Eden Alley

Vegan-Friendly | Vegetarian
Worth a detour

A vegetarian restaurant in a city famous for steak, fried chicken, and barbecued meats of all kind? Yes, indeed. The menu is strictly vegetarian with a large selection of vegan items that contain no animal products whatever. One such wonder is vegan cheese made from raw cashews that enriches a marvelous avocado and corn grill – a tortilla loaded with “taco meat,” corn salsa, red salsa, and slices of cucumber. The avocado virtually melts among the corn kernels, making the dish especially luxurious. I also enjoyed a vegan cocoa waffle topped with candied walnuts and, on the side, vegan “cheesy” potatoes laced with caramelized onions and spice.

But I do like animal products, cheese in particular, and my favorite thing to eat is a lunch special known as the Ultimate Garlic Grilled Cheese sandwich: a thick slab of sturdy garlic bread spread with chili cumin aioli, layered with pickles, onions, and tomatoes, then topped with cheddar, mozzarella, blue, and Parmesan cheeses and baked until bubbly. Holy moly, what a fantastic open-face sandwich! Its garlic punch is tremendous – I found whole cloves buried underneath the melted cheeses – and the garlic toast at the bottom is itself chewy and full-flavored.

There are some beautiful, chocolaty dessert cakes and tortes on display, but the sweet that won my heart is the chocolate chip cookie sold from a jar near the cash register. It is rich and chewy and its intense chocolate essence is perfumed with the flavor of lavender. What a surprising (and alluring) twist!

So, if ever you are in Kansas City and need a break from animal protein, do check out this enclave enlave of virtuous cuisine at the lower level of the Unity Temple. It’s a big, open dining room (and an outdoor patio) staffed with people for whom The Right Food is a mission in life.

Note: Eden Alley is closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

What to Eat
Eden Alley, Watermelon Mania
Watermelon Mania
Squeezed to order: watermelon, lemon, carrot, and apples
Eden Alley, Avocado Corn Grill
Avocado Corn Grill
A completely vegan meal in which the 'cheese' is made from raw cashews. Toasty corn kernels, bright tomato relish, and luscious avocado are a devastating trio.
Eden Alley, Ultimate Garlic Grilled Cheese
Ultimate Garlic Grilled Cheese
The anticipation of four kinds of broiled-bubbly cheese are what made me order this magnificent sandwich, but it was the garlic and the sturdy bread supporting them that won my heart.
Eden Alley, Whole Wheat Cocoa Waffle
Whole Wheat Cocoa Waffle
The vegan waffle is light and delicious; the candied walnuts atop it are irresistible.
Eden Alley, Bread
Freshly baked bread accompanies many meals.
Eden Alley, Chocolate Chip Cookie
Chocolate Chip Cookie
It looks like a regular chocolate chip cookie, but when you bite into it, surprise: it is laced with lavender.
Eden Alley, Broccoli Bread Pudding
Broccoli Bread Pudding
Broccoli bread pudding is a hearty meatless meal.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Wednesday11 am - 9 pm
Thursday11 am - 9 pm
Friday11 am - 9 pm
Saturday11 am - 9 pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 28 MILES | 1 hr

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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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