Need a Place to Eat in Downtown Kansas City? Try Cosentino’s Market

An affordable place to eat in downtown Kansas City MO dinner hour at Cosentinos Market (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

Lining up for dinner hour at Cosentino’s Market in downtown Kansas City, Missouri (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

After a fine meal, one of my Navy friends used to say, “That was some good groceries!”

I think of him whenever I end up eating at a grocery store, including recently when I needed an affordable place to eat in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, and visited family-owned Cosentino’s Market in the KC Power and Light District.

It has more of a variety of prepared foods than you will find at any other restaurant (at wallet-friendly prices) including lots of entrees, an 83-foot-long salad bar, sushi, sandwiches, pasta, and pizza, plus a pleasant, light-filled seating area to enjoy your food as you watch the world go by on the busy sidewalks.

The nearby wine section has a beautiful painted ceiling to admire. It is a tribute to co-founder Dante Cosentino Sr., who used to paint ceiling frescoes at various local Catholic churches….

Wine selection and painted ceiling Cosentinos Market downtown Kansas City MO (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

Painted ceiling over the wine selection at Cosentino’s Market in downtown Kansas City MO (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

There is no shortage of beverage options to go with your meal, including plenty of craft beer from all over this part of the U.S. Midwest.

If I had been driving instead of flying, I’d have picked out one heck of a six-pack variety from the display case below, including my favorite unfiltered wheat beer by Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing….

Craft beer selection at Cosentinos Market downtown Kansas City MO (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

Beer, anyone? Mind-boggling selection at Cosentino’s Market downtown in Kansas City (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

And of course, who is going to argue with plenty of things to choose for dessert?

At the gelato bar, I sampled the Cherry Coke flavor and found it quite tasty:

Gelato flavor variety at Cosentinos Market downtown Kansas City MO (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

Gelato flavors at Cosentino’s Market in downtown Kansas City, Missouri (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

If you haven’t been to Kansas City lately, it’s time to plan a trip. The RideKC streetcar runs up and down Main Street for about two miles, with 16 stops from City Market near the Missouri River – don’t miss Steamboat Arabia there! – all the way down to Union Station and the outstanding National World War One Museum and Memorial nearby.

Best of all, the streetcar is completely free, and there’s a stop right by Cosentino’s.

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