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Chuck Munson

Shawarmar: Fast Middle Eastern in Midtown

So I was very excited a few years back when Shawarmar opened in a former fast food chicken spot on Linwood, just a block East of Main Street. Midtown finally got a fast Middle Eastern concept that offers drive-thru, takeout, tasty food, and friendly service.

Chuck Munson

Meriwether Café: An Authentic Third Place in Leavenworth, Kansas

The Meriwether Café in downtown Leavenworth, Kansas can be described as a third space that encapsulates the social good of third spaces. While it’s a restaurant, coffee shop and gift shop, it’s also a space where you can take the kids, meet up with a date, take some time to read the newspaper, or have a public coffee klatch with friends.

Chuck Munson

BIBIBOP Asian Grill: New Asian Fusion in Waldo

Bibibop is a new fast casual Asian fusion restaurant in Waldo. Korean style customized bowls with vegan and gluten free options.

Fish tacos
Chuck Munson

Cancun Fiesta Fresh: A Decade of Appreciation

Fresh, affordable, delicious Mexican food with vegetarian options in the heart of Westport. One of my favorite local Mexican restaurants. I’ve been a regular for over a decade.

Chuck Munson

BurgerFi: Gourmet Burgers With Veggie Burger Options

As a vegetarian for most of my adult life, burger chains and restaurants were mostly off my radar for many years. Around 15 years ago, gourmet burger restaurants started becoming more common and many of them often had a veggie burger on the menu.

Chuck Munson

5 Favorite Coffee Shops in Kansas City

A look at Chuck’s favorite coffee shops around Kansas City, including Downbeat Coffee and Tea, Mud Pie Vegan Bakery & Coffee, Broadway Café, Sister Anne’s, and Monarch Coffee.