Julep - WestportA whiskey lovers haven. Pick your whiskey of choice or better yet, let their extremely knowledgeable staff select one for you. Tell them what you like and why and trust that you are in good hands. If you aren’t a whiskey drinker, there is a terrific selection of craft cocktails with a variety of spirits to choose from as well.
Cafe Gratitude - Crossroads / Downtown
Although their menu is vegan, meat eaters and veggie-nuts alike will find great options at Cafe Gratitude. Their BLT made with coconut may not rival the Peanut’s, but it is absolutely delicious and you won’t have to double up on the morning workout to make up for it. If you are a newbie, ask the servers for recommendations - they have never steered me in the wrong direction.
For those that work in the neighborhood, this place offers a healthy dose of lunchtime happiness in this simple but lovely package. Takeout service is prompt and you can call in your order in advance.
The latest addition to the neighborhood is a boutique dress shop that offers a unique selection of 1950’s style attire.
Rozelle Court at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
Town Topic - Crossroads
A Kansas City staple and quite possibly the most iconic dinner in this city. Their two locations are only a few blocks away from each other but both are equally packed until the wee hours of the morning.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts - Downtown / Crossroads
Underdog Wine Co. - Brookside
Located in the Crestwood shops at 55th and Brookside Boulevard, this new wine shop has quickly become the go-to spot for neighborhood residents. Although the space is small, the variety is well balanced and offers many options in the $10-20 range for those who just want to pop by on their way home from work. In addition to wine, they also have a well curated selection of craft beers.
Foggy morning on the Trolley Trail - Brookside
Lil Freshie - Westside / Downtown
They have the most extraordinary selection of carefully crafted goods at this lovely little bakery on the Westside.
Tiny park statue - Brookside
All throughout Brookside and Waldo there are tiny neighborhood parks tucked away in out of the way places. Many have fountains or statues and are incredibly well maintained. I discover new ones everytime we take a new walking or biking route through the neighborhood and each time I wonder if it actually gets used by the neighbors. Either way they create a lovely addition to the neighborhood.