You Say Tomato
Housed in the old Weneck Bros grocery store across from Longfellow Elementary School, You Say Tomato is part -grocery, part-restaurant. Concrete floors and an eclectic mix of furniture make for a down to earth experience. The kitchen and prep area occupy the back half of the expansive room and are separated from the scattered tables by a wraparound counter that displays luscious housemade pies and cinnamon rolls, tall layer cakes, and an assortment of cookies and muffins.
Grocery shelves line one wall, holding an assortment of pastas, vinegars, canned tomatoes, Thai chili sauce (perfect for replicating the Classic Cup’s signature Thai chicken pizza), sugar and marshmallows. A small selection of farmer’s market-worthy fruit and vegetables is also available for sale. You can also order bread through YST from the City Bakery. Use one of their vintage mini grocery carts to gather your foodstuff.
Open from Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., YST serves the same menu throughout the day, though on a recent visit I was disappointed that I couldn’t get a sandwich to go before 11 am. On Sundays, brunch is available from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Start your morning by choosing from a large selection of coffee drinks made with Kansas City’s own Paris beans (also available to take home in bulk).
In addition to a limited number of breakfast items, including a quiche of the day, the large board on the wall lists several sandwiches as well as a daily soup selection and a handful of salads. While the selections are not particularly creative or exciting, each is fresh, delicious, plentiful, and perfectly executed — far superior to your average deli.