When he moved to his current location at 5500 Troost Ave in 2019, Justin Clark, owner and chef at Urban Café said he was one of the first restaurants in the area that wasn’t soul food, fast food or barbecue.

Urban Cafe, a casual, relaxing and laidback breakfast and brunch restaurant, offers healthy and vegan options, as well as the perfect atmosphere for reading and getting work done. 

All their food is farm fresh, with most of their ingredients sourced from less than 30 miles away. Urban Café does not fry any of their dishes or submerge anything in grease.

biscuits and gravy

Biscuits and gravy

One of Urban Café’s most popular items is the urban bowl, which includes local mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, sweet potato, an egg or tofu scramble and a meat protein choice.

urban bowl

Urban bowl

Another popular item is the lobster grilled cheese, with lobster meat, aged cheddar and Cognac Boursin cheese on toasted sourdough.  It’s served with tomato basil soup.

Clark opened the  original Urban Café at 41st and Troost in 2016 and shortly after began the Urban Café food truck. He still uses the food truck for community and private events.

food truck
food truck

The great news is Urban Café is expanding.  The restaurant will be featured in the new Kansas City International Airport, with a similar concept. The airport location will serve breakfast, lun h and dinner and offer a full bar, all with the same local feel.  

“I’m excited about the airport deal,” Clark said. “I knew I was doing something right when that happened.”

Clark is also excited about opening two separate restaurant concepts at the new Borough neighborhood food hall, 8026 The Paseo.  There, he’ll offer a chicken concept called Chicken King and a burger concept called Burger.  Those locations are scheduled to open next month.   

Check out Urban Café’s menu here:https://www.urbancafekc.com/menu-tues-fri-11am-7pm.

Jazzlyn "Jazzie” is the former senior reporter for our team, who joined the company in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, through the Report for America service program. For the past two years, she covered...

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