Peachtree Cafe’Teria Brings Southern Cuisine to Kansas City | Kansas City

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Jhe Peachtree Cafe’Teria offers Kansas City diners a cafeteria-style soul-food experience on the outskirts of town.

Vera Willis opened the restaurant in July 1996 after seeing the need for a black-owned soul food restaurant in the Kansas City area.

The inspiration for the restaurant is evident the moment a customer enters. Pictures on the wall depict the struggles of African Americans and their history over time.

“Images tell a story by showing our journey,” Willis said.

For the menu, Willis drew inspiration from her Louisiana roots and her own mother’s cooking.

She said the restaurant’s most popular dishes are fried chicken and braised oxtails. Accompaniments are Southern classics, such as collard greens, cabbage, macaroni and cheese, and candied yams.

The restaurant also offers chicken and waffles which uses homemade Belgian waffles for breakfast.

Those craving something sweet might want a helping of homemade peach cobbler.

A popular take-out item is called “Ms. Francis”, with two meats, two sides, and the customer’s choice of a bun or cornbread muffin.

“The Big Mama,” another popular option, includes three meats, three sides, and a roll-up or cornbread muffin.

“Everything is made from scratch and made with love,” Willis said.

The Peachtree Cafe’Teria offers dine-in, take-out, and curbside pickup.

Food is presented on a buffet-style steam table, and customers are served cafeteria-style, meaning they pick up their dishes as they walk through the line. At the end of the line, the customer chooses to either eat in or take out the food to go. The Peachtree Cafe’Teria also emphasizes giving back to the community. The restaurant organizes an annual Coats for Kids campaign. Last year, the drive collected more than 100 coats, hats and gloves for children in the Kansas City area.

“When I see those I’ve helped come back and say thank you, it’s the most rewarding feeling,” Willis said.

The Peachtree Cafe’Teria is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Willis said Sundays are the busiest days at the Peachtree Cafe’Teria when it’s traditional for families to head to the restaurant after church on their Sunday best.

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