If you haven’t already explored Cosentino’s Market downtown, treat yourself to the experience. Regardless of whether you live or work downtown, it’s worth the drive. A grocery store was the missing link to entice people to live downtown, and Cosentino’s (the same family that brought us the Brookside Market) really did it right.
Among other features, it has a salad bar that doesn’t quit, made-to-order sandwiches, a coffee bar with Kansas City’s own Roasterie, pizza and pasta, a bakery and pre-prepared foods for carry-out. And then’s there the sushi bar by Kaiyo. Kaiyo is my favorite sushi restaurant in Kansas City, and David Loo travels from his Leawood outpost to prepare sushi at lunchtime for downtowners who stop in. If you’re lucky, there will be leftovers in the display case to take home for dinner…..
If you’re a beer lover, you’ll be thrilled with the vast selection of brews from around the country and world. There are very fine wine labels to choose from, too–worthy of a picnic or romantic dinner.
Many people think parking is a problem. Far from it. Drive into the parking garage off Main, just north of 13th St. There’s a door from the garage into a corridor that leads to the grocery store. The store will validate your parking ticket and an elevator makes it easy to get your cart full of groceries to the car. Piece of cake.