My Kansas City Fall Menu

It is always a good time to eat in Kansas City. The wealth of top chefs and delicious street food come together to form a foodie culture that is truly unique to our city. There’s always something good to eat, but fall is one of my favorite times to try all of the things that Kansas City restaurants have to offer. There’s something about the fall season that sparks creativity in the culinary minds that Kansas Citians are lucky enough to be surrounded by. Most restaurants and cafes have a seasonal menu for the fall – so there are plenty of new things to try.

Being a college student with limited time and money, it’s not possible to eat at the sheer amount of places that I want to. But if I could build my perfect fall menu, my day would start and end with these meals:

I would head to the Westside neighborhood and bask in the sunlight on the patio as I eat a cinnamon toast crêpe at Seven Swans Crêperie. The crêpe has cinnamon, sugar, kerrygold butter and a touch of salt (crucial for the crêpe to not be too sweet) then is topped with whipped creme. The crêpe is so flavorful you’ll forget you’re not really eating french toast. The batter at Seven Swans tastes great and the crêpes are perfectly cooked. I would also add a sunny side up egg to balance out the dish. 

Seven Swans Crêperie: 1746 Washington St, Kansas City, MO 64108

My breakfast was sweet, so I would be in the mood for something savory to balance it out. There’s nothing better than some warm comfort food on a crisp fall day. For me, that comfort comes in the form of a hot, scratch-made soup. I love the tomato soup from Thelma’s Kitchen. They always have a scratch-made soup on the menu, and it’s always delicious. Thelma’s is Kansas City’s first donate-what-you-can cafe, and it’s nice to know that you’re helping feed others just by grabbing a great lunch. 

Thelma’s Kitchen: 3101 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64109

An afternoon snack on a day full of eating is definitely necessary. For the perfect fall bite, I’d go to Mud Pie Vegan Bakery on W 39th St. I’d grab a Mexican hot chocolate and a chai spiced apple pecan muffin. Then I’d sit on the patio and bask in the cool air as I savor my fall-flavored treats. 

Mud Pie Vegan Bakery: 1615 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

photo courtesy of @mudpiebakerykc on Instagram

Evening means it’s time to go to dinner at one of my favorite spots in Kansas City, Fox and Pearl. The restaurant rotates its menu seasonally and sources its ingredients from local farmers, so everything here is fresh and fulfilling. I’d order their smoked pork belly off the fall menu. It’s served with confit duck sausage, blue barley, smoked apple butter and apple chutney — it truly is a taste of what Kansas City has to offer in the fall. 

Fox and Pearl: 2143 Summit St, Kansas City, MO 64108

To finish off my day of perfect fall eating, I’d head to Ashleigh’s Bake Shop in Westport for dessert. They make all their pies in house each morning, and their handmade all-butter crust is proof that a crust’s flakiness really does equate to my happiness. I’d order their apple & cranberry pie with oat crumble. The balance of sweet and tart gives excitement to each bite, and there’s nothing better than a good crumble in the fall. 

Ashleigh’s Bake Shop: 115 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

Savannah Hawley

Savannah Hawley is the Managing Editor and Chief Copy Editor of The Hilltop Monitor. She is a senior majoring in Oxbridge: Literature & Theory and French.

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