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Support Local: Lunch in Kansas City's River Market

Although we are working from home, myself and my partners are still trekking to the office once or twice a week for a few hours. This gives me a break from homeschooling my kids and lets me scan in the mail and sign letters that must be sent by snail mail. No one else is at the office and we stick to the CDC guidelines on distancing and masks.

These office treks also allow us to support our neighbors in the Kansas City River Market, those businesses and restaurants that have stayed open during the pandemic. They also give us a welcome break from homemade lunches. These places have adapted superbly to lock-down restrictions and offer curbside pickup while still offering their typically delicious dishes.

Here are a couple of my favorite lunches in the River Market I’ve had during the lockdown:

Local Pig: Cold Cut Sandwich

Although they temporarily shuttered my beloved Pigwich – that I visited at least once a week before the lockdown – the good people at the Local Pig remain open. In addition to their awesome selection of local meats and butcher shop items, they make a killer cold cut sandwich. Piled with their own homemade meats and pickles, the sandwiches come in 6-inch or footlong varieties and is served on a fresh baguette.

Freestyle Poke: Poke Bowl

This is another place from which you can order online and pickup curbside. Freestyle Poke was also a once-a-week stop for me pre-pandemic. All of their usual options are available. Its very healthy and delicious and its a good to get some fish in your diet.

There are many more amazing River Market establishments still open and serving the community. Here are a few of our other favorites offering curbside pickup:

Beyond the River Market, the website CurbsideKC lists over 1,000 Kansas City restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries that are offering curbside take-out and/or delivery. Even though Kansas City remains on lockdown, you can still get great meals and support local businesses, all while staying safe during the pandemic.