Thursday, November 13, 2014

Eat Local: Longboards Wraps & Bowls

A little Asian-infused Hawaiian flair makes Longboards Wraps & Bowls a standout in Kansas City. Their "surfer" style cuisine is downright delicious, and put them on our list of favorite restaurants in Kansas. 

We walked into Longboards Wraps & Bowls, and walked straight into the back of a line. The place was packed! As we neared the window to place our order, panic set in. Where would we sit? There was not a single table or chair open in the entire dining area. Fortunately my husband has hawk eyes and nabbed us a table the second a poor family's tooshies left their chairs. The panic and wait were well worth it because Longboards is one Kansas City restaurant you don't want to miss.

Longboards hang loose sign
I think this sums up the essence of their atmosphere. Hang loose, my friends. 

Has anyone else tried Longboards Wraps & Bowls? This place had been on my restaurant list for a very long time. I first became aware of Longboards after I saw a trending story on Facebook about Hillary Swank visiting the joint. After reading their menu, I jotted it down and stored it away in my file of "must-try" restaurants in Kansas City.

Unfortunately, it took some time before I got a taste of their laid-back food, but they finally opened a new location in Mission, KS, and Dave and I hopped on the opportunity!

Longboards' Cabo Grilled Wrap
Meet the Cabo wrap.

About their food, their wraps are LOADED. Like, Chipotle-size loaded. You can get grilled, hot wraps, or cold ones. We opted for grilled, but my bets are that either way, they are delicious. The ingredients are fresh. I would know because their restaurant has an open kitchen and I could see the refrigerator stacked full of tubs of fresh, chopped veggies.

The wraps were bomb. E-specially that Cabo Chicken wrap. It doesn't sound fancy (chicken, guacamole, pepperjack cheese, pico de gallo, rice and chipotle ranch), but holy moly does that thing taste awesome. My husband ordered this, and I wound up eating more of his than I should have. :)  Luckily he loves me and shares better than I do.

I wanted to go for something more Asian inspired, so I ordered the grilled Teriyaki Chicken wrap. It was definitely delicious too, but maybe a little on the saucy side. Teriyaki is one of those sauces that can get too runny and it soaked in to the wrap, making it a little soggy. I guess that just means eat faster, right?

If you visit, our friends who dined with us also highly recommend the grilled Thai Chicken wrap.

Now that I have you drooling, we can move on to the sides. And let me tell you, I am one picky person when it comes to potato salad. I haven't encountered many that I love, or even like, except for my momma's. Longboards knows how to do potato salad. In fact, it's a Garlic Potato Salad. Garlic anything is great, but this potato salad was super great.

Garlic Potato Salad

And lastly, I have never been so in love with a chip. These. Are. Awesome. I tried to find them online to share with you, not order more for myself. Just kidding, I looked to order some for myself, but had no luck! Wah! If someone finds these, let me know, mail them to me, anything. I just want these chips. I guess I will have to go back to Longboards and buy out their stock.

I give you, Sweet Maui Onion kettle chips. Cue the Hallelujah. These are crunchy, sweet and salty, and just darn delicious. Even better, they go perfectly with your wrap of choice.

Sweet Maui Onion Kettle Chips at Longboards

Give Longboards Wraps and Bowls a try. They have three locations: Mission, KS, Liberty and North Kansas City, MO. I will be going back for a yummy noodle bowl, chips and many other options on their menu. It's a great place for lunch. Mahalo, Longboards!


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