Vegetarian restaurant and juice bar is open in midtown

06/19/2014 5:10 PM

06/19/2014 10:12 PM

A little pocket on bustling Broadway in midtown is drawing new restaurants and entertainment.

FooDoo, which recently opened at 3605 Broadway, is described as a vegetarian “earth grill” and juice bar.

For lunch, the menu includes salads such as the Roasted Root (quinoa, mushrooms, beets, carrots, plantains, cinnamon sea salt pepitas, basil oil and citrus greens) for $8.95, as well as “handhelds” such as the Big Kahuna (caramelized onions, jalapeno jam, avocado aioli, grilled pineapple and mozzarella on a soy burger) for $9.95, or the Broadway BBQ (barbecue braised jackfruit and sauteed mushrooms) for $9.75. The handhelds are served with quinoa black-eyed pea succotash, organic greens and a spicy pickle.

Customers also get a choice of a pretzel bun or a gluten-free bun for their sandwich order. Other lunch items include quesadillas, wraps, tacos and brick oven pizza.

The dinner menu includes a Garden Goulash (zucchini, plum tomatoes, onions, ground soy protein, sweet peas, quinoa, corn and cinnamon sea salt pepitas), dumplings, griddle cakes and pizza.

FooDoo offers fruit juices and smoothies such as the Cobra Verde with cucumber, spinach, red apple, kiwi, celery, jalapeno and pineapple.

Carlos Mortera and Brian and Deanna Thorne are partners in BBC Concepts, which owns FooDoo and the Bite in the City Market.

Bryan Merker, co-owner of Lagniappe: Nica’s Cajun Kitchen on Southwest Boulevard, is consulting with the owners on both operations. He helped with the mystical decor featuring masks from Korea, China and Africa, plus voodoo images and figurines, and vintage light fixtures.

“We were trying to create a place that, when you come in, you didn’t know quite what to make of it,” Merker said. “To make it real unique, like the neighborhood. Something intriguing.”

Other new businesses have opened nearby, including iPho Tower Vietnamese-French Bistro and the Broadway Jazz Club.

The owners of the area’s only Hamburger Mary’s will be moving the restaurant and bar from the Crossroads Arts District to the Uptown Theater’s Conspiracy Room space by this fall. ComedyCity, an improv comedy show, also is moving from Westport to a larger space in the Uptown Shoppes with a full bar for a scheduled July 5 opening.

“We play it like a sporting event, so we will have local ballpark food without the ballpark prices,” said Clay Morgan, owner of ComedyCity. “It’s really an up-and-coming district. There’s a lot of fun stuff moving into the area.”

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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