Sometimes last minute plans can uncover some interesting destinations. Recently, we were leaving church on a Saturday evening, and decided to find some place nearby for dinner. Since we were in Mission, Kansas, there were plenty of options available. Neither of us wanted to commit to a particular cuisine, so I made the decision to sample a new restaurant. As we cruised down Johnson Drive, we came upon Kinzi, a Mediterranean restaurant. This would be a perfect chance to for getting our Greek on without traveling far from home.
Kinzi sits in a strip mall location at 5329 Johnson Drive. With plenty of other businesses around, it was hard to gauge how busy they were from the outside. Upon entering, we found the place to be about half full, but they would change to near max capacity by the time our food was served. The decor is simple, and has undertones of Mediterranean style. There is a combination of booths and tables to choose from, and guests can seat themselves. We found a nice table in the middle of the action, and soon we were greeted by the owner. This is in line with many of the places we have found in this area. Mission has a few interesting cuisine options, and we were eager to sample another one. (You can see our Thai food experience here.)
Getting Our Greek On
After explaining to the owner our purpose, he seemed to be more understanding of why I was taking photos. Looking over the menu, we saw a wide range of options that sounded pretty authentic. When the owner came by to take our order, we pointed out that we were struggling with our decision. He pointed out a couple of sampler platters that would provide a good cross-section of some of their most popular dishes. That sounded like a good plan, so we ordered a couple of them to share. While we waited for our meals, we watched a sudden influx of new diners, and soon the place was nearly packed. Clearly we weren’t the only ones who would be getting their Greek on this evening.
Our choices this evening were designed to give us a broad sampling of the food at Kinzi. The Greek Sampler is an assortment of menu items that are commonly found at most Mediterranean restaurants. A serving of Gyro meat is accompanied with onion, lettuce, and tomato, as well as the common Tzatziki sauce. We piled these parts together, on the accompanying pita slices, to create our own miniature Gyros. We also used the pitas to dish up the Hummus and Baba Ghanouj that was served up on both plates. Nestled among the vegetables were three Stuffed Grape Leaves, which are filled with a rice and herb stuffing.
The second dish was the Veggie Plate, which shares a couple of the same menu items. Hummus and Baba Ghanouj are common to both plates, which worked out well for us. Being two items popular with us, we were getting our Greek on without having to move the plate back and forth for dipping. More Stuffed Grape Leaves here, as well, so we each had three to enjoy. What differentiates this sampler from the first are the Falafel patties and Spanakopita. The Falafel is made from Fava beans, chickpeas, and spices. Their patties were actually more like balls, and had a bit of a spicy kick. The Spanakopita is a cheese and spinach stuffed pastry made with Phyllo dough. Their version was not as flaky as some we have sampled, but still had good flavor.
By the end of our meal, we were pushing back unfinished plates. We find that when we are getting our Greek on, the dishes are much more filling than they appear. With plenty of protein being supplied through the Gyro meat, hummus, and Baba Ghanouj, it didn’t take long for our appetites to be quenched. As we headed back to our car, we took one last look at Kinzi, knowing that we would certainly be back in the future. The menu still holds a variety of dishes that we will need to explore. It is satisfying to find a new cuisine option close to home. Have any of you sampled the cuisine at Kinzi? We would love to hear your experiences in the comments section below.
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