Free streetcar service begins Friday, and because organizers expect large numbers of people to show up for opening weekend, they encourage riders to hop on and off the streetcar instead of riding the entire route continuously. All that hopping is bound to build an appetite, so take the time to explore these five dining destinations.
Carollo Gourmet Grocery, Deli and Grill, 9 E. Third St.
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
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Located on the north end of the streetcar route and closest to the River Market North stop (Third and Grand), City Market satisfies any appetite big or small, sophisticated or simple. Nestled in the northwest corner of the market is Carollo’s, an Italian grocery and deli.
Skip the line of people outside by the grill and slip inside to order the Number One: Napolitano. Sliced capocollo, prosciutto, salami and provolone sit between crusty Italian bread doused in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The sandwich is finished with lettuce and tomato, and add hot giardiniera for a spicy, crunchy bite.
Milwaukee Deli, 101 W. Ninth St.
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Hop off the streetcar at the Library stop (Ninth and Main), go a block south to the Kansas City Central Library at 10th and Main to sign up for a library card, and head one block west to Baltimore. Opened in 2013, Milwaukee Deli makes its kraut in-house, serves Pizza 51 slices and pies, and has a full bar.
Show that library card for a 10 percent discount, and enjoy $3 Tallgrass Brewing Co. beers, as well as Reuben sandwiches, pizza and cocktail specials.
Sundry, 1706 Baltimore Ave.
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
Equal distance from the Kauffman Center (16th and Main) and Crossroads (19th and Main) stops, the Sundry is a bustling cafe and grocery stocked full of locally made products. While it’s fun to browse its impressive selection of goods, the real magic comes from the kitchen. Menu items change but house-made ingredients from scratch are a constant. Chef and founder Aaron Prater serves a daily selection of house-made sodas, so be sure to grab a celebratory Strawberry Streetcar Soda made with fresh, local strawberries.
Affäre, 1911 Main St.
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. this Saturday only, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.
Step off the streetcar at the Crossroads (19th and Main) stop and look east on Main Street for the blue façade. Step inside to find a sleek, yet immediately comforting, space where chef Martin Heuser puts a modern twist on German cuisine. To celebrate the streetcar’s opening weekend, Affäre is setting up a sidewalk station to serve German brats Friday and Saturday evening, and brunch will be served Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. Grab a brat to explore the neighborhood, cozy up to the bar for a cocktail and a snack, or enjoy a meal outside in the charming courtyard.
Parisi Artisan Coffee, 30 W. Pershing Road, No. 100
7 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
At the Union Station stop (Pershing and Main) on the south end of the streetcar line, enter historic Union Station to find an island of solitude among hurried passengers making their way to the Amtrak train and parents swooping their children off to Science City or the model train exhibit. Parisi’s sleek, modern cafe serves an always-rotating list of inventive drinks, from cappuccino and coffee to its own blend of chai tea. For a bit of a twist, try the seasonal lavender mocha or a refreshing specialty Italian soda mixed with house-made flavoring.
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