PT’s makes list of top coffee shops in U.S., and will soon rebrand Crossroads Coffeehouse

04/22/2014 12:00 AM

04/22/2014 6:20 PM

After Kansas City SmokeShack BBQ closed in North Kansas City, former customers who hadn’t gotten the word still came knocking on the door.

Now new owners, Paul and Ybel Davalos, have opened El Burrito Loco Mexican Cafe in the building at 900 Swift Ave.

While they specialize in Mexican cuisine, they didn’t want to turn away those barbecue fans. So El Burrito uses SmokeShack’s former smoker for such items as brisket and pork butt. Customers can not only order barbecue plates including a brisket chopped sandwich, they also can get the brisket in their burritos and tacos.

Still, El Burrito hasn’t forgotten about burritos. Along with the brisket, customers can pick picadillo, pork, chicken, asada-steak, carne guisada, beef en salsa verde, and vegetables for their filling.

Other menu items include enchiladas verdes, chimichangas, fajitas, flautas, chiles rellenos, sope, taco salad, chicken wings, chips and guacamole, chili cheese fries, fried plantains, Mexican rice, beans, and congri (rice with black beans).

El Burrito’s chef, Jorge Perales, was born in Cuba and has put some homeland specials on the menu, including a pork sandwich smoked and seasoned with Cuban spices.

The new restaurant also is offering daily specials, including Tamale Tuesdays — two tamales, beans and rice for $4.99 — and breakfast Monday through Saturday.

“We have a different, diverse menu for everybody, a little crazy,” said Paul Davalos. “The smoker was a key piece of equipment for us. We’re not strictly burritos.”

Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is closed Sunday.

PT’s makes top coffee shop list

The owners of PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. in Topeka recently took over the Crossroads Coffeehouse at 310 Southwest Blvd. They will temporarily close the shop from May 3 to May 5 to rebrand to PT’s and refresh the decor.

Meanwhile, their PT’s at College Hill in Topeka has been selected as one of “America’s 50 Best Coffee Shops” by The Daily Meal, a website covering food and drink topics.

PT’s, which was founded in Topeka in early 1993, was No. 9 on the list. The top coffee shop was Everyman Espresso in New York.

In putting the list together, The Daily Meal first evaluated the coffee, selecting shops that used high quality beans and have close relationships with their roasters, or roasted the beans themselves. Then it evaluated the culture of the shop, looking for shops with “unique, tight-knit community” spaces and with some of the best-trained, most knowledgeable baristas around.

PT’s was highlighted as one of “the old guard that's been succeeding at the specialty game for more than 20 years.”

Jeff Taylor, co-founder and coffee buyer at PT’s, said: “We are honored to be part of it. We’ve worked very hard and it’s nice to be recognized.”

Quick bites

•  La Costa Mexican Restaurant opened at 5 E. Kansas Ave. in downtown Liberty.

•  Mali Thai Bistro is planning a mid-May opening at 579 S.E. Melody Lane, Lee’s Summit.

•  Nick Nino’s Pub is scheduling an early June opening at 10022 N.W. Ambassador Drive. The locally owned sports bar plans a “upscale menu.” It also will offer live music, along with a game area featuring pool tables and darts.

•  Main Slice plans an early June opening at 235 S.E. Main St. in Lee’s Summit. It will offer East Coast-style pizza and entree salads.

•  Pizza Manifesto, Neapolitan-style pizza, is opening soon at 505 W. 75th St.

•  The 103rd Street Tavern at 424 W. 103rd St. has a new owner, Bob Yancey. On Monday, Yancey changed the name to Tavern on 103rd. It also previously operated as Pockets.

•  Ryan’s steakhouse and buffet has closed at 1511 E. 23rd St., Independence. In a statement, the company said the restaurant was at the end of its lease and it is “exploring other possible locations to reopen new, renovated restaurants in the future.”

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