Megan Kendall & Jeremy Lane

Chef Owners of The Homesteader Cafe

Hungry for something a little down home, comfort-foody, yet with a touch of upscale class in a charming casual environment? Then, one of the KC original’s newest additions to our restaurant family, The Homesteader Cafe, at East 7th St. & Walnut, should definitely suit your fancy. Opened in October 2015 2015, Homesteader is the long time dream come true of husband and wife team. Megan Kendall and Jeremy Lane. Both boast extensive experience gleaned from years in the culinary scene in the KC metro including the JCCC Culinary Arts program [Megan in the Pastry Program. Jeremy enjoys the cooking side for sure but also relishes the challenges of management and systems.

Megan got her start at 40 Sardines under the watchful eyes of Debbie Gold & Michael Smith and then workied for some commercial baking enterprises as well as free-lancing out of her own kitchen. Jeremy honed his culinary and management skills at the Eldridge Hotel, TGI Friday’s, McCoy’s Public House and the Longhorn Steakhouse. They both ended up at Market 3 in the River Market; but when they saw the opportunity to take over the turnkey location on East 7th St and make it their own, they jumped at the chance.

Megan says that after years of making desserts, “cakes and pies that were boxed up”, she yearned for the chance to “actually plate [her] creations” and see the delight of guests enjoying them. Jeremy too wanted something a little more upscale than the delicatessen model and the opportunity to create full entrees and a real dining experience. “Don’t get me wrong,” he says. “A lot of good food goes into butcher paper” and they still offer great sandwiches and sides at The Homesteader Cafe; but a quick look at the Lunch and Dinner Menus will quickly show you the depth of their culinary range and creativity. That’s another thing they like about owning their own place – “it’s a joy to explore our own creativity, and even being able to indulge in changing things up on a whim.”

Even so, their seasonal menus, locally sourced, and all made from scratch, farm to table fresh – “nothing out of a can or frozen in a box” offer consistently good, creative yet simple fare. They are particularly proud of some of the most popular items on the menus; including the Gnocchi, Slow Cooked Pot Roast, the Cat Fish Platter, the BLT Mac & Cheese and a Pulled Pork Cuban Sandwich. Oh yes, there are lots of great sandwiches on the lunch menu as well as a “So You Missed Breakfast”section for morning food lovers. And of course, there are great beers, wines, and cocktails to accompany your meals.

Don’t forget dessert. That menu changes frequently but when we were in Megan was describing 3 which she makes quite often: A Citrus Tart with Grapefruit Gelee, Ginger Cake with Apple Compote & Brandy Sauce and a Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. Lord, save us!

And for Brunch Lovers – well they are open from 8 AM to 2PM every Saturday and Sunday and it’s a packed house. In fact, it’s been so popular that they are looking at expanding it to other days of the week and you can look for that to happen in early March . Be sure to check that out. You might also want to consider them for your Valentine’s Day dinner with that special someone. They are planning 5 courses dinner starting with a individual soufflé, shared appetizer, individual soup or salad, individual entree, and shared dessert for $65 for 2 or $45 for singles. From the twinkle in Megan’s eye as we talked, we’re pretty sure that it will be a sure-fire pleaser; especially the dessert!

So, if homestyle, comfort food is your thing; then make your way to The Homesteader Cafe where Megan and Jeremy will welcome you for Lunch [Tue – Fri], Dinner [Tues – Sat] and Brunch [Sat & Sun]. Pricing is modest [Under $20 for most everything] and the hospitality is priceless! Visit the website at www.thehomesteadercafe.com for more details.

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