by Steve S.
Kansas City, Missouri
October 6, 2002
It's not shocking to learn that in an older busier section of town, space is of the essence and the Jerusalem Cafe is no exception. As you enter, you find that the restaurant is quite tiny with dining areas on either side of the front door in very distinctly decorated rooms.
The menu tells you that the fare is Mediterranean with a "Taste of the Holy Land." As such, such delicacies as hummus, gyrros and backlava grace the pages of their menu.
Keeping with the Mediterranean concept, a basket of fresh baked pita bread is served and frequently refilled. Try it with their hummus and you are in for quite a treat.
As far as main courses are concerned, I love their gyrro platter. Rather than served as a pre-manufactured sandwich, you get a basket of tiny slices of pita bread and a pile of gyrro meat served over a spiced rice bed and a cup of their homemade cucumber gyrro sauce. The gyrro meat is absolutely wonderful and has so much flavor. The portions are enough to feed even the hungriest diner and the gyrro platter will easily make a dozen smallish gyrros.
For dessert try their fresh baked backlava which is consistently rated as the best backlava in Kansas City. The layers are so flakey that it nearly melts in your mouth.
Overall, Jerusalem Cafe is rated as one of the top 10 "World" restaurants in Kansas City and it an excellent value. No main course on the menu is priced at more than about $7 and the appetizers like hummus and desserts like backlava are a couple dollars each. A family of four could easily eat here for less than $30.
One note of warning: As the Jerusalem Cafe is in an old store front type setting, parking is slim. Your best bet is to avoid street parking and try one of the shared parking lots that you'll find about a block away from the restaurant. Although that lends a bit of a walk to your visit, you'll find that the opportunity to explore Westport may very well lead to your discovery of another must visit restaurant or an excellent shopping opportunity at one of the many boutiques.
Enjoy your visit to historic Westport, after visiting, you're sure to come back!
From journal Kansas City