Westport is the place to go for nightlife — and cheap eats.
The neighborhood north of Kansas City’s tony Country Club Plaza is populated by eclectic eateries that serve everything from Mexican breakfast burritos to Mediterranean falafel. The best part: You can eat your way through Westport without blowing your budget.
Bread for All Bakery Tandoori Naan Cafe, 536 Westport Road, makes a good starting point for a Westport food crawl. Go at 11 a.m., when the fluffy naan is fresh from the tandoor oven. The flatbread comes with Bread for All’s smooth and silky hummus ($4.99) and wraps the vegetarian falafel ($6.99), fava bean and chickpea patties made with plenty of fresh green parsley.
Continue the carb fest at Cupini’s Fresh Pasta & Panini, 1809 Westport Road. The casual brick-walled cafe serves a 5-inch homemade meatball sub sandwich for $4.99. The crusty baguette bread just barely reins in the hefty marinara-covered meatballs.
Walk off lunch with a 1-mile trek to Murray’s Ice Creams & Cookies, 4120 Pennsylvania Ave. The cash-only scoop shop serves banana splits, egg creams, snickerdoodle cookies and experimental ice cream flavors such as Pineapple Mojito sorbet. If you’re trying to save money, ask for a small scoop, because Murray’s ice cream is weighed and sold by the ounce.
After some shopping, chill out with happy hour at Beer Kitchen, 435 Westport Road. Between 4 and 6 p.m., sliders and 24-ounce “tall boy” cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon are $2 each. For $3, you can get a pour of locally brewed Boulevard Wheat, bacon fat popcorn or deviled eggs. (Beer Kitchen’s happy hour returns on Fridays and Saturdays between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.)
Afterward, walk a block or so down Pennsylvania Avenue to Cancun Fiesta Fresh. The authentic Mexican cafe at 4019 Pennsylvania Ave. sells street tacos for $1.75 each. Choose from seven kinds of meat (including barbecue beef, roasted pork, chicken and even beef tongue) served in your choice of soft or crispy corn tortillas.
Hope you saved room for a fourth meal, because Westport does it well. Eat Me Gourmet, 4112 Pennsylvania Ave., puts chef Peter Castillo’s spin on late-night munchies with its gigantic pork tenderloins, mac and cheese and bourbon brownies.
Eat Me Gourmet’s crave-worthy banh mi sandwich ($8, tax included) starts with pork belly marinated in ginger and soy sauce. The pork belly is slow roasted, then deep-fried until crispy and nestled into a torpedo-shaped roll with crunchy slaw made from carrots, cabbage, ginger and cilantro.
You can order the sandwich inside Westport Saloon — a rockin’ roots music bar — at a window in the alley near Buzzard Beach, 4110 Pennsylvania, or from one of Eat Me Gourmet’s roving servers, who work until closing at 4 a.m.
Hungry after 4 a.m.? Drive through the 24-hour Pancho’s Mexican Food, 3546 Main St., for a hefty chorizo breakfast burrito ($4.25), stuffed with scrambled eggs, crumbled chorizo, big hunks of potato and melty cheese.
Chubby’s, 3756 Broadway, also makes a mean breakfast burrito. The 24-hour diner’s Country Breakfast Burrito ($4.99) is a mix of bacon, eggs, sausage, onions, hash browns and gravy. Only in Westport.