Hello, everyone! I’m a week behind, but I want to share about this cool, little restaurant we discovered last week. Last Sunday we met up with my parents for a late lunch. Wanting to branch out from our usual pizza joint, we tried a new place I stumbled across online that morning: J. Bean’s Restaurant and Gathering Place.
J. Bean’s, named after the owners’ daughter, Jillian (nicknamed Jilly Bean), opened about a year and a half ago in the New Longview neighborhood of Lee’s Summit. I got my AA at Longview, but it had been several years since I had been back. What used to be a small college campus surrounded by a massive expanse of fields and openness was unrecognizable. It’s like a small village appeared out of no where — small businesses, shops, restaurants, apartments. What I wouldn’t have given to have had this area across the street to pick up a few things or to grab a bite to eat with friends between classes! Especially a casual restaurant with inexpensive but tasty eats and super friendly staff like J. Bean’s.
Their menu is filled with a lot of your standard American fare, such as burgers, sandwiches and salads. What sets it apart is that they make virtually everything from scratch, from the house veggie burger all the way down to the dressings. The staff is very knowledgeable about all ingredients and methods used. And, because everything is made from scratch, they can easily — and are very willing to — customize most items on their menu to make them vegan-friendly. They also offered to make a special off-the-menu dish. They aim to please!