Completely Random Kansas City Photos

March 7th, 2011

I’ve been going through some of my old photos lately to find certain images for certain posts and as a result have found large numbers of images that have never seen the light of day. Some of these photos I like quite a lot. Other of them aren’t really very good at all, but for sentimental reasons I feel compelled to place them on my blog at this time. This would be why blogs will never be the same as books. Book writers have editors that slice away the sentimental nonsense. Blog writers edit themselves.

This is the d’Bronx cafe on 39th street in Kansas City.  39th street is a short passage adjacent to the KU medical school that boasts a fabulous variety of funky shops, bars and restaurants.  When my husband was in medical school, I worked at the school of nursing at KU med as a Secretary I (not to be mistaken with the far more titillating position of Secretary II).  During my tenure at the KU school of nursing, I would frequently walk down to d’Bronx for my lunch.  Although famed for their New York style pizza, I was in the midst of a heated love affair with their daily soup special and their baked calzones.  My son Calder was born later that year.  We have never publicly admitted to the troubling uncertainty regarding his paternity.

Across the street from d’Bronx is Prospero’s a fabulous used book store.  My friend and singer songwriter Forrest Whitlow plays at Prospero’s several times a year.  On a few occasions, I have played with Forrest (singing back-up and opening his set with a few of my own tunes). It is always a great evening.

Here’s Forrest playing one of my favorite tunes.

The Jerusalem Cafe is also in this neighborhood.

Here you can get a fabulous lunch of middle eastern cuisine.

After you have explored the extent of 39th street, you can drive to Pryde’s – a kitchen store extraordinaire, located on the far eastern edge of Westport.

Where you can wander in utter delight just soaking up the lovely items everywhere.

At some point during my day in Kansas City, I took a photo of this car because I love Narnia too.

We had dinner with Mike and Liz that evening at an Indian cafe in Brookside.

And the country doctor ate some goat.



  • When my husband and I were first married, we often went to D’Bronx for their sandwiches. The ruben was huge and fantastic! We would go to Ghengis Kahn’s Mongolian Grill a lot, too. I love the 39th Street area; I would like to live there, but the husband isn’t as in love with that idea as I am. Great photos!

    • Rechelle:

      Loooove a Reuben, but I don’t think I ever ate one at d’Bronx. How is that possible?

      • Now how can you fix a vegetarian ruben? Is there a tofu version of pastrami? Their meatloaf sandwich was good, too.

        They opened up a 2nd location in Overland Park, and I was so excited because they would be close to my house. But it’s not half as good as the 39th Street location. It has no ambiance, it’s cold, and suburban and boring.

  • DirtyKSmama - Nikki:

    Oh Oh Oh!
    There’s no pink in my house except for my daughters’ rooms.
    However, I MUST go to Pryde’s and get a glass cake stand! The pink one is screaming at me!!!

  • km:

    Love the peek at another city. Huge Indian food fan here. My kids love it too. I am on my own with the midEastern though. They tried it with me, but did not like it. Even the one affectionately known as the composter, he’ll eat anything, could not enjoy it
    I’m interested in Upper Crust, because I am, and always will be, team pie.

  • Cherie:

    How very weird! I drove by Prospero’s Books today and wondered if it was a good place to stop one day… I DID stop at Pryde’s though and did my best to help the economy! Also visited the Harris Kearney house- which I highly recommend.

  • Oh WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY did you have to torture me with that picture of Pryde’s?

    It’s always at the top of my list when I go to KC!

  • Kay in KCMO:

    Pryde’s is one of the wonders of the world. How they manage to get so much stuff into that place is beyond me. Wait, I know: It’s because the aisles are 18″ wide. Seriously, if Pryde’s doesn’t have it you don’t need it.

    Hubby and I haven’t been to d’Bronx in ages. The Wild Bill is one of our favorite sandwiches, ever! and the pizza is 12 kinds of fabulous.

  • CD:

    Oh my heart. My Mom lives in KC and I’ve lived there on and off much of my life. I’ve now lived in the Buffalo NY area for nearly two years. I miss everything you just posted. The food, the music, the culture, Pryde’s – I now know that I neeeeed one of those … everything’s. KC is like none other imho. Waaahhhh, somebody fly me home! (My cousin is a Mgr at d’Bronx, we’d get a discount!)

  • Jaime:

    Love Forrest, love Madagascar and especially love your “Oklahoma” tune. I can totally see Faith Hill recording it! BTW that guy that came to my house for the house concert totally RUINED it with his cover.

    • Rechelle:

      Jaime –

      I knew you were kidding.

      Yes – mail order condoms. Why didn’t think of that? You don’t suppose they say condoms on the outside of the box do you? I don’t know why I worry so much about Brandon Davies and his pregnant girlfriend. I just feel bad for the guy.

  • Thanks for the tour through Kansas City. I wish I lived closer; I think Pryde’s is calling me!

  • Nadine:

    This is my neighborhood! You make it look so delightful. Well, it is delightful. Next time you’re in town be sure to check out Donna’s Dress Shop on 39th St, too!

  • Love the look of the bookstore. It reminds me so much of The Strand which is my all time favorite store.