Thursday, December 1, 2011
Parisi Café at Union Station
Robert and I recently attended a tasting event at Parisi Café. Located in Union Station, this is Parisi Artisan Coffee’s first venture into the restaurant business, and it opened in September. Now while I don’t know much about coffee, I do know plenty about sandwiches, so I was excited to try the food.
The bacon chunks in this thing were awesome, too. Huge and extremely flavorful. I couldn’t decide which was better -- mixing in the bacon chunks with the other elements for the full flavor explosion, or treating them like marshmallows in Lucky Charms and waiting to savor them at the very end. Either way, you win. (Salads of the day run from $7.50 to $7.95.)
The salad was served with a sample of Bangkok Iced Tea, made with Sencha tea and accented with coconut, ginger and lemongrass. I couldn’t make out much of an immediate flavor when sipping, but the coconut came out pleasantly in the aftertaste. (A large iced tea is $2.65.)
The second sandwich we had was Turkey & Brie, made with sliced rotisserie turkey breast, homemade apple butter, baby spinach, French Brie and a whole grain mustard, and it was also on the French bread. I wish the Turkey & Brie was available regularly, because while I’m fairly certain it was fantastic, I’d appreciate the opportunity to eat a full-size one just to make 100% sure. I’m thorough like that. (Like the salads, sandwiches of the day run from $7.50 to $7.95.)
Along with the sandwiches, we had a house-made Ginger Peach Italian Soda that was super tasty -- not overly sweet, with a nicely balanced flavor. It’s made with a combination of Parisi Café’s house-made peach flavor and The Rieger’s ginger syrup. Although it doesn’t look like the Ginger Peach is on the regular menu, Parisi Café does have year-round Italian Soda options that include Mixed Berry, Reiger Ginger Ale and Reiger Cola. ($2.85 for a large Italian Soda.)
The gelato was very rich, especially with the caramel sauce. Even though it’s not listed on the menu, we’re told you can still order it. Or you can get an Affogato ($3.25), which is the gelato drowned in espresso. I should have grabbed one of these before heading back to the office -- WANT.
Robert and I sat at a table with Scott Connerly of KC Perky and talked with him while getting to try all this goodness. If you’re looking for more info on Parisi Cafe’s coffee and coffee-related expertise, Scott has a great write-up on his site that’s definitely worth checking out, as well as a second opinion on all the eats.
All in all, I’m looking forward to stopping back in at Parisi Café for lunch. I’ll be the obnoxious guy calling at 7:02 every morning to see if they’re going to have the Turkey & Brie that day.
A big thank you to Parisi Café for the invitation.
30 W Pershing Rd | Kansas City, MO 64108