There is so much to love about Judi’s Bakery Café in North Kansas City: bacon fritters, breakfast egg sandwiches on flaky homemade croissants, buttery, beautifully decorated sugar cookies for all occasions and the best jelly-filled doughnuts in town, in my opinion.
But we are here today to discuss a ridiculously great lunch deal: Every weekday at Judi’s, a fiver gets you a full-size sandwich on bread baked in-house (except the wraps), a bag of chips and a house-baked cookie. And it’s a different sandwich every day, so this could be the last lunch tip you ever need.
The sandwiches are top-shelf, too. We tried them all to be sure. Here’s the lineup:
Turkey wrap with roasted red pepper sauce
Chicken Caesar salad wrap
Smoked ham and Swiss on pumpernickel Owner Judi White of Shawnee is celebrating her bakery’s 35th anniversary this year. (She opened a second location at the Legends in Kansas City, Kan., six years ago.)
Judi’s Bakery has a legion of loyal customers up north but remains largely undiscovered by office workers south of the river, even though the nondescript storefront on Burlington is just across the Missouri 9 bridge from downtown.
Although a big part of Judi’s lunch business is carryout, there are several booths and tables with comfortable lounge-type chairs if you prefer dining in.
Here’s a tip: Make sure you bring an extra couple of bucks when you come for your five-buck sandwich. The odds of being able to leave without a doughnut or pastry are against you.
Judi’s Bakery Café
1250 Burlington Ave.
North Kansas City
Hours: 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday (lunch served 10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Parking: Free in small lot
Credit cards: Yes
Don’t miss deal: Sandwich, chips and cookie, $5
Vegetarian options: Cheese sandwiches on house-baked bread