Life is a series of small victories. Not all will be our own, but fortunately, those of others can often be shared. Being life-long Kansas City, Kansas residents have come with a certain level of ups and downs. After years of economic struggle, our city has seen a revitalization over the past decade. With this resurgence comes new small businesses. Now that shoppers have destinations to visit, the next progression is an opportunity for local restaurants to sprout. One of the newest in the southern edge of Wyandotte County is Deep Roots Restaurant and Bar, at 4601 Shawnee Drive. We find this to be a welcome addition that brings well-designed plates to our dinner table.
Just Like Mom’s
New businesses never know what difficulties they may face, but opening just before a pandemic strikes is not one to be expected. Even though they were immediately thrown into a trial by fire, the owners of Deep Roots have remained positive. Seeing the growing need in the community, they offered up a rotating menu of family-style meals. Our first visit occurred during the lockdown. When we arrived home to unpack our dinner, we found it to be packed full of comfort food. The fork-tender Pot Roast was accompanied by carrots and mashed potatoes. Fresh baked bread and gravy completed the meal. Of course, we didn’t stop there. A heaping serving of their Carrot Cake was the perfect ending to our home-style meal. Even our hearty appetites fell short of completing the meal, so we had plenty of left-overs for a second meal.
Were we shocked at how great this meal was? Of course not. After all, we had the previous pleasure of sampling bites from owners Jeremy Lane and Megan Kendall. We had already created an article about the Homesteader Cafe in downtown KCMO. When we discovered that they are locals in our neck of the woods, we knew that Deep Roots would be a huge success. This pair has combined the wonder powers for the good of mankind. Jeremy is a trained chef who creates amazingly savory dishes, while Megan shows off her baking skills with taste bud tantalizing treats. Our first visit utilized their curbside service and gave us a chance to thank them for bringing a welcome addition to KCK.
Now that we had our inaugural dinner under our belt, it was time to dive a little deeper into their menu. Our second meal was a casual affair that included some handhelds. Crystal chose to sample the Black & Blue Burger with a side of fries. The hefty burger patty is prepared with a nice blackening seasoning that adds a layer of flavor. This is topped with a tangy blue cheese spread and grilled onions. Crystal opted to leave off the lettuce and tomato. The fries are thick slices of potato with a nice salt & pepper seasoning.
On the evening of this visit, there were a few specials being offered up. One of them was their take on a Cuban Sandwich. Now I am a sucker for just about any version of this handheld that I can find. As I was ordering it earlier in the day, Megan noted that it was not a traditional version. I told her that I would like to see just how their creation tastes. It came paired with sweet potato fries, which makes for a delectable one-two punch of flavor. This version of a Cuban is made with pulled pork and their house-made slaw. The flavors blend wonderfully and reminded me of a Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich, which is another one of my favorites. All-in-all, I was completely satisfied with my selection.
Now there was no way that we were going to order a meal at Deep Roots without picking out one or two of Megan’s creations. On this particular evening, she had a few to choose from. I saw that Strawberry Shortcake was on the menu and grabbed one up. The crumbly shortbread is the perfect base for the sliced strawberries and homemade whipped cream. It tasted so decadent, and we savored every bite. Not to be outdone, our second selection was just as delightful. Crystal is a huge fan of Key Lime Pie, so I knew she would want to taste Megan’s version. The not too tart filling coupled with the airy crust and fluffy whipped topping to create a medley of flavors in our mouths. Even though we were full from our huge dinners, we found room to stuff ourselves with these delicious sweet treats.
A Welcome Addition to KCK
Now that the lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease, we are looking forward to a dine-in meal at Deep Roots Restaurant. The idea that they revitalized the old Pizza Hut building intrigues us and creates a welcome addition to the neighborhood. With so many years of seeing the same design, it will be interesting to see how they have made it their own space. Besides, it will allow us another chance to catch up with two of the nicest people we have found in the Kansas City restaurant scene. We hope this article will intrigue you to plan your own visit and show these two locals some love and support. Just be sure to leave some dessert for us.