From donut mochi to empanadas, get a taste of Kansas City’s unique bakery | KCUR 89.3

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No matter what your craving, Kansas Citians are lucky to have access to many delicious innovative bakeries across the city—from tiramisu to strawberry cake to those wild cupcake hybrids at McLain’s in Waldo.

These shops are not just about baking, they also share with us the family’s traditions and culture and make sure that those delicious dishes stay alive.

After all, even the greatest things in the world can be forgotten!

In 2001, a Chillicothe, Missouri, reporter named Catherine Strutz Ripley appeared on the 1928 headline: “Slices of Bread Are Made Here. Chillicothe Baking Co., First Bakers in the World to Sell This Product to the Public.”

Sliced ​​bread invented in Chillicothe? Ripley had never heard of such a thing before, and could not believe that something so important had been forgotten.

It turns out to be true: the now ubiquitous bread slicer in bakeries was invented by Otto Roehweeder and first shown at Frank Bench’s Chillicothe Bakery. Since Ripley made her great discovery, Chillicothe has embraced her identity, holding Bread Slice Day every July 7 – the date the bread slicer debuted.

You can hear the full story of how Chillicothe turned into the only real home of sliced ​​bread in the latest episode of KCUR’s A People’s History of Kansas City podcast.

But listening to the podcast made us hungry. So, in honor of him, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite bakeries (and good neighborhood bakeries and restaurants!) in the Chillicothe and Kansas City area, and the dishes we think they should be known for.

Parlor Bakery & Café

Devon Ritchie


Parlor Bakery & Cafe

In addition to baked goods and desserts, Parlor Bakery & Café in Chillicothe, Missouri offers flavored croissants and a full lunch service.

Dustin Todd Rinnells, owner Parlor Bakery & CaféSince childhood, he has been baking with the help of his mother, grandparents and aunt. The confectioner – who recently took part in the Julia Child on Food Network Challenge – grew up in Chillicothe and was able to cook complete dinners for his family at the age of eight.

“I started with an Easy-Bake, but very little of the mixture got to the other end,” Renels said. “I would take it out and take a bite every minute or so to check for doneness.”

Surrounded by patisserie from day one – the nearest bakery was just below the block – Rennells began to see skill in the kitchen as a catalyst for success in life.

So it made sense for him to take over the Francine Confectionery in Francine, a Chilico confectioner for more than 27 years. Last December, Rennells set up shop in the same location after Francine’s retirement.

In addition to serving up the tried-and-true pastries that Francine is known for, Renels puts his own spin on things, serving up flavored croissants and a full lunch service with daily salads, soups, and sandwiches.

Oh, and the parlor makes bread. If you are wondering.

Black Hole Bakery

Black Hole Bakery

Blackhole Bakery on Troost Street specializes in classic “out of this world” French pastries.

Fun fact: people in Black Hole Bakery out of this world.

For example, we are sure that employees believe in foreigners, since they market their sweets as “baked goods of another dimension”.

Second, pastry chef Jason Provo opened the bakery in the midst of a pandemic, and his creative success is proof of that. Along with crusty croissants and a cinnamon roll, Blackhole makes the only mochi donut in Kansas City.

Mochi are chewy flavor bombs made with sticky rice, a sticky and sticky mixture. In Japan, rice balls are sometimes dyed pink and wrapped in edible salted cherry blossom leaves in the spring, or eaten at the beginning of the new year.

Lots of things are sourced at Blackhole Bakery – from pink berries to coconut guavas to whatever is cooked every day.

And that’s a crew that thrives on collaboration — John Navarre of Blackhole tells us that shop owners across the street and down the block have worked together in the past on pop-ups, and they have ideas for the future.

Since everything in the vintage-inspired shop is made from scratch, some items tend to sell out. Get your spaceship to Troost and see for yourself.

Corazon Café

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Luis Fidel Cuevas


Corazon Café

Café Corazón recently opened a second location on Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City.

If you live in Kansas City, you’ve likely driven east down Westport Road on your way to the Southwest Highway and the Interstate. Yes. We suggest ignoring this intersection completely.

Instead, make a circle. Look out for the lush, colorful mural on the side of a brick building and follow the scents of coffee and yerba mate inside. Completed task. I found it Corazon Caféa café with a heart and a big dose of Latin hospitality.

yerba mate (yer-poh ma-tai) is descended from the holly plant, a caffeinated herbal tea that has been used medicinally and socially by the indigenous people of South America for centuries. At Café Corazón, it is served in the traditional way – in a metal cup in the form of a gourd with a metal straw or a grenade.

“Our focus on Latino and indigenous culture has created a safe space for POC,” says Mel Castagna Herrera, who co-owns Café Corazón with his partner Curtis Herrera. “It is a place where many can connect with their cultures, while introducing the scents, colors and flavors of our childhood to the broader KC community.”

While you’re there, pick up one of Silvia Miguel’s legendary beef, empanadas, or a pastry filled with vegetables. Miguel owns Pan Caliente bakery, which offers some delicious dishes to Café Corazón. Don’t sleep on alfajor Santa Fe, a stack of crunchy cookies with dulce de leche.

And that’s not all – Castagna-Herrera and Herrera spread love. They recently opened a second location on Southwest Boulevard.

McLean Bakeries and Markets


Emily Standley


KCUR 89.3

The original McLain’s bakery in Waldo was opened by the McLain family in 1945, and quickly became a beloved neighborhood staple.

Well Well. You don’t have to live in Waldo or Brookside to try these chocolate brownies McLean’s Bakery. There are cookies that can be eaten all over town.

Opened by the McLain family in 1945, the original Waldo location quickly became a neighborhood staple beloved by all who walked under its black lettering sign.

The bakery came under new ownership in 2014, when the Hirleman family decided to expand on McLain’s community-centric legacy. The success of the first iteration led to markets in Overland Park, Shawnee and Lawrence, Kansas.

The McLain staff is hospitable and attentive to detail – even the coffee is custom made using McLain’s Sway Coffee Roasters. (Pep this market house drink, made with a blend of vanilla, cinnamon, and honey.)

The bakery is a center for special occasions. Alongside four local breweries, Shawnee Market takes place in Battle Beer (local) on July 15th.

You’ll find McLain’s classic bakery items at many locations, as well as all-day breakfast on Sundays and plenty of fresh salad options. Wouldn’t it be nice if the café packaged its lunch menu with more than just lettuce, tomatoes and cheese?

Pee Boy special sandwiches


Pee Boy special sandwiches


Bay Boy started as a weekly pop-up but has since become an institution in Kansas City.

As a bonus, we include Pee Boy special sandwiches Here, which has some of the best baked cakes in town! If you haven’t tried Sando on their crispy Dutch bread, you’re missing out. The combination of high-quality ingredients, the combination of amazing flavors and this bread… oh, that bread.

Yes, we know you came here to learn about specialty bakeries – and we stand by our decision to include Bay Boy here. The shop bakes its own Dutch Crunch daily, and it’s probably the best specialty sandwich shop in town.

Bay Boy started as a weekly popup but has since become a KC Corporation. It recently extended business hours and is open Monday through Saturday, 11am to 8:30pm, at its West Plaza location.

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