From the décor to the menu and the staff, Café Gratitude is not just about yummy, healthy salads and café style food; it offers an entire experience to its guests. The menu is entirely vegetarian with several raw options and everything on the menu is made in house. Their 100% organic ingredients come mostly from a farm in Edgerton, Kansas.
The menu items all begin with the words, “I am…” For example, a bowl of sautéed seasonal veggies, kale, brown rice, and quinoa topped with a sesame dressing is called, “I Am Fortified.” Their take on a pesto tomato pizza is called, “I Am Creative.” They have tons of salad combinations, soups, vegetarian bowls and sandwiches named things like, “I Am Unique,” and “I Am Pure.”
When the server hands you your order, she says, “You Are Healthy,” or “You Are Pure,” according to your order. We have also had our server ask us to think about something we were thankful for in our life. It is a fun conversation starter!
In addition to their salads, bowls and soups, Cafe Gratitude is one of the best places in Kansas City for fresh juices. They offer tons of fresh produce combinations. Tonics, elixirs and smoothies also make the menu. They also have an extensive breakfast and dessert menu and serve both all day, although we’ve yet to try anything from those menus.
We ordered salads, juices, soup and pizza when we were in last weekend. Cafe Gratitude does a great job of reminding you that healthy food doesn’t have to be flavorless, in fact with their in-house sauces and combinations of texture and spices you’re in for a very flavorful experience. I loved the pesto pizza I had on a live grain cracker, it felt healthy yet satisfying.
The atmosphere is fun, the Café is located on Southwest Boulevard and has tons of seating. It’s a sit down experience but the prices are comparable to a take out café. There is a chalkboard on the wall where people can write their dreams for the New Year or what they are presently thankful for.
We noticed words printed on the jars of water on our table and asked why they were named things like, “brilliant, beautiful, etc.” Our server referenced studies done on water properties and their ability to take on the nature of positive or negative words. We weren’t sure what we thought about that but it was very in keeping with the whole experience.
The self-proclaimed mission of the café is to express a world of plenty and to celebrate life through food and community. The experience at Café Graditude is uniquely bright, refreshingly positive and definitely satisfying.