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Sandwich shop opens in back space of Westport Saloon

Updated: 2013-11-29T18:21:23Z

By JOYCE SMITH

The Kansas City Star

A new sandwich shop has sprung up in the back of The Westport Saloon and it is selling its goods in several different ways.

Eat Me Gourmet’s customers can order at a window inside of the saloon, they can order at an outside window, and they can order from one of Eat Me Gourmet’s roving servers if they are at one of a half dozen Westport bars.

Chef and owner Peter Castillo puts out a big menu for such a small kitchen.

There’s The Rooster (bacon, three fried eggs and chile mayo on buttered Texas toast), The Rabbi (brisket on dark rye with sharp cheddar), The Shorty (short ribs braised in Boulevard stout then pan-seared and topped with crispy onions and served on an artisan roll), Travis’ T&H (crispy fried green tomatoes layered in white bean hummus and a Vietnamese carrot slaw and served on grilled French bread) and its mac-and-cheese (Blackened Chicken, shrimp, vegetarian or Buffalo chicken).

Other menu items include mega cinnamon rolls, pork rinds and hand-cut fries.

“It’s all done in-house. Food with a lot of flavor,” Castillo said. “We are small enough that we are able to change seasonally and have something totally different. Last week we took two items off and added four.”

Several nights a week, Eat Me Gourmet servers hit a half-dozen Westport bars to take orders, including The Riot Room and The Gusto Lounge, then they head back to the kitchen to place the order and then take it back to their customers — typically in under 30 minutes.

On Sunday, it serves a gospel brunch from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Westport Saloon, at 4112 Pennsylvania Ave., and the saloon provides a Bloody Mary bar.

Castillo has more than 25 years experience in the restaurant industry, including stints at the former Cafe Allegro and Eddy’s Catering. Most recently he was corporate executive chef at the University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics in Salt Lake City, Utah, while still keeping the family home in Lenexa.

As for the Eat Me Gourmet name, he considers it, well, tasteful.

“I tell people to get their minds out of the gutter. It’s all about the food. You see it and it just says ‘eat me,’ ” he said.

The Westport Saloon opened this summer as an “American roots music” venue featuring Americana, Bluegrass, Hillbilly, Rockabilly, Honky-Tonk, Classic and Alt Country, Cajun, Zydeco, and Mountain Stomp music, and specializing in whiskey.

To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to jsmith@kcstar.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter at JoyceKC.

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