Café Corazón’s new breakfast and lunch menu, Yoli paletas and a Korean pop-up

Café Corazón breakfast and lunch dishes. // Photo by Tyler Shane

Café Corazón’s new breakfast and lunch menu

Kansas City’s first Latinx cafe, Café Corazón, is offering a new breakfast and lunch menu at its Crossroads location.

Crossroads Café opened in March, showcasing a colorful and spacious interior, the perfect neighborhood spot for a drink or a bite to eat with friends.

Their Taos breakfast burrito is a classic delight stuffed with eggs, potatoes, pinto beans, cheese, and your choice of bacon or chorizo. The breakfast tamale is topped with works including an egg.

The breakfast egg sandwich is mixed with nopal (cactus), cheese and ham. If you’ve never tried cactus, this sandwich is the way to do it. Vegan and vegetarian options are available for all items on the breakfast menu.

The cafe makes sure to serve education and pride with its dishes. The Three Sisters salad is a tribute to Native American cultures and mixes corn, beans and squash over an arugula salad and is tossed with a light dressing.

The Argentinian choripan sandwich features sausage with a delicious, refreshing chimichurri spread. Comfort foods such as tarte frito and papas y chile (fried potatoes, cheese and chili) are must-haves.

The New Mexican hatch chili sauce that complements many menu items is made from scratch. Ask for your dish to be served “Christmas” style, and it will get red and green chili sauces.

Cafe Corazon is located at 110 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108. The kitchen is open until 3 p.m., seven days a week.

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Paletas and beer at Yoli Tortilleria. // Photo by Anna Petrow

Paletas available at Yoli Tortilleria this weekend

It’s craft popsicle season. Yoli Tortilleria, specializing in flour and corn tortillas, is a company to watch out for when shopping for a limited-edition product. Whether it’s taco sauce, spiced honey or tamale, Yoli keeps guests spellbound with their seasonal improvisations.

This coming Friday, a small batch of Taco Stand paletas will be available at the Yoli store on the Westside. Paletas are traditional Mexican popsicles made from various fruits. Taco Stand is one of Yoli’s hot sauces made with tomatillo, serrano, and habanero peppers and creates a cool, spicy kick with its refreshing simplicity.

The paletas are made with the broth from the Taco Stand sauce and tossed with citrus fruits. Expect a subtle heat from these frozen treats. While paletas can be enjoyed on their own, Yoli recommends dropping one into a cold beer, like Alma Mader’s Premient Czech-style pilsner, and letting the flavors meld.

Torterilla Yoli is located at 1668 Jefferson St. #100, Kansas City, MO 64108. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Bibim guksu. // Courtesy Kimchi and Bap

Kimchi and Bap pop-up serves fresh, simple and traditional Korean food

Traditional Korean cuisine features the many ways to enjoy the combination of rice, vegetables, and meat. While the components seem simple, the flavors of Korean cuisine are complex and deep.

Lisa Hamblen, adopted from Korea at the age of two, is exploring her native roots through cooking. Kimchi and Bap, its Korean cuisine pop-up, invites people to enjoy the burst of Korean flavors while serving traditional dishes. Her pop-ups at the Lenexa Public Market have been so successful that she sells out almost every time. So, arrive early.

The vegetables are fresh, the portions are plentiful and each dish is prepared to serve. Bibimbap, a traditional rice dish served with a generous portion of vegetables such as Korean radish, bellflower root, cucumber, zucchini, carrot and mushroom, and drizzled with a spicy Korean sauce. Advice to the wise: garnish it with an egg.

Japchae is a delicious savory noodle dish served with vegetables and your choice of protein. Chicken and beef are available bulgogi style, thinly sliced, marinated and grilled. The tofu is served crispy, and a side of the famous kimchi is required.

The next popup features a new menu item to help beat the heat: Bibim guksu. This noodle dish is served cold and topped with cucumber, kimchi and a hard-boiled egg. The bibimbap sauce is served on the side, allowing customers to dress to their liking.

Kimchi and Bap’s the next pop-up dates are July 2 and 3 at Lenexa Public Market. They are open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dinner.