The North End KC, located at 910 E. 5th St in Kansas City, is rapidly gaining in popularity. In fact most of the reviews for this place are pretty stellar. As the name implies, the restaurant and bar is located just north of the downtown area, in the historic Columbus Park neighborhood, an area with heavy Italian influence. In fact, the entire building is pretty noticeable, as it is painted with the colors of the Italian flag. The building is the former home of the La Sala Deli, and according to the North End website, has been an eatery of some sort for 90 years.
The North End has a menu with a lot of variety and they offer delivery. Much of their recent popularity relates to their weekend specials. With this in mind, fellow blogger Mike and I had to check the place out. We ordered two of their pork offerings including the giant pork tenderloin and a sandwich called the trap, which includes capacola, genoa salami, mortadella, provolone cheese, and is topped with giardiniera.
According to Wikipedia, “The Italian version (of giardiniera) includes bell peppers, celery, carrots, cauliflower and gherkins. The pickled vegetables are marinated in oil, red- or white-wine vinegar, herbs and spices.”
I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical of the salad on my sandwich at first, but I’ll be honest with you, it was one of the best sandwiches I have ever tried. If you find yourself near downtown Kansas City, it’s worth the short trip to the North End KC for the trap!