Whenever we head out for a day full of exploring, we pre-examine the dining options in the area we plan to visit. This was our second Shop Small Saturday event, and we were excited that it was in Parkville, Missouri this year. Picking Stone Canyon Pizza as our lunch choice was a chance to visit this long time local eatery. With over twenty years in the downtown district, it’s a staple restaurant for locals and visitors alike.
We want to thank Main Street Parkville and Stone Canyon Pizza for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions are our own.
Stepping through the entrance, our first view was the long bar where to-go orders are picked up. Having arrived in Parkville before the shops had opened, we were ready for a midday meal a little before the regular shopping crowd began filing in. Of course, we would notice the increase in occupants before we finished our meals. We seem to have good timing when it comes to avoiding the long wait lines.
Festive Atmosphere During Shop Small Saturday
We were seated and began reviewing the menu options. Stone Canyon Pizza is obviously a pizzeria, but their menu is filled with plenty of other possible choices. Pastas, salads, and sandwiches make picking more complicated. When in doubt, we fall back on our tried-and-true practice of asking the server for some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes. Knowing that we had more Christmas shopping to do after lunch, we wanted to be sure to refuel for the afternoon session.
Christmas Colors at Stone Canyon Pizza
Crystal had stopped at the salad section of the menu. It should have been obvious to me what she would lean towards, since she loves raspberries. Her order of the Berry Spinach Salad is served with a roll. Baby green spinach is topped with roasted chicken breast, strawberry slices, goat cheese, and candied walnuts. The sweetness of the nuts combines with the tang of the cheese to make a good compliment of flavors. To this mix, she added the raspberry vinaigrette dressing. It was quickly obvious that she was pleased with the combination and passed her compliments to our server for the suggestion.
Going Old School
Since they don’t have a Cuban sandwich on the menu, I decided to go with one of my other favorites. The Reuben Sandwich is a standard version of the traditional handheld found in delis across the land. Slices of tender Corned Beef are stacked on a bed of sauerkraut, and topped with a nutty Swiss cheese. The tangy-sweet Thousand Island dressing oozed from under the toasted marble Rye bread. The dish comes with a choice of a side, and for an extra dollar I went for the sweet potato fries. Crunchy on the outside, yet with a creamy interior, these fries were a hit with both of us.
Back to the Business of Shopping
With our lunch complete, we thanked our server for her assistance. The meal had been everything we hoped for and now we were ready to head back out to the shopping scene in downtown Parkville. We noted that a future visit would be needed to test the namesake menu item at Stone Canyon Pizza. For now, we were happy to be featuring our second Shop Small Saturday event on our social media channels. The first one took place in Bonner Springs, Kansas and was featured in an article we wrote for Visit KCK, our local Tourism Bureau. (You can read about the first event here.) With the holiday shopping finished, we now have a few months to decide where our next Shop Small event will take us. Do you know a boutique rich neighborhood, in the Kansas City metro, that you would like us to feature? Tell us a little about it, so we can check it out. In the meantime, happy shopping.