Kansas City just had their first fall of snow today. Even though it was only about an inch, it’s a sign that Kansas City’s winter has begun. Granted it might be in the 60’s next week, but if you can not wait that long there is a place you can go. It’s Longboards Wraps and Bowls in North Kansas City. I was so surprised that I had never even heard of this place. As you walk in you see surfboards, leis, and anything that might remind you of Hawaii or the Pacific Islands. Even as you walk in it has such a warm welcoming atmosphere. Their owner, Gilbert, used to live on the Pacific in his childhood and loves the surf life, so he brought that atmosphere to Kansas City.
Their specialty is wraps filled with influences from Hawaii, Thailand, Vitenam, Mexico, and California. I went with a couple of friends who told me about it. We each got something different as well as a different side. One thing that I absolutely loved is that everything on this menu is under $10, and most of the menu is even under $7. When you get walk in you see the menu and you tell the guy standing at the bar your order and then he gives the ticket to the kitchen and wait for your name to get called. When your name is called you pick up your food and pay for it at the register.
One of my friends got the Spicy Krab Wrap for $6.50 and it had imitation crab, peanuts, pepper jack, rice, a spicy Chinese Sauce, and sriracha served on a chipotle wrap. The wrap is grilled to give it a nice crunchy outside. Her wrap was so delicious. It was a on the spicy side, but it was not overwhelmingly spicy. I absolutely loved the peanuts in it. The peanuts added such a nice texture into the mix. She also got the side salad with a Thai Chili Vinegrette. Also delicious.
My other friend got the Cabo Beef, with a twist. Instead of getting it with the beef, she got it with the veggie medley. Proving this place to be even vegetarian friendly. This wrap was also $6.50. It contained guacamole, salsa, pepper jack, rice, and chipotle ranch on a chipotle wrap. The vegetable medley contained julienned carrots, cabbage, broccoli, green peppers, snow peas, and celery. This was just as delicious as the Spicy Krab. As her side she got the Pita and Hummus. The pita when it came out was so hot and soft and you could tell that the hummus was homemade. It was delicious.
When it came my turn to oder I decided to get the Vietnamese Noodle Bowl with beef, vegetables, rice noodles, and sriracha. It came with a side salad. In my opinion you can not go wrong with noodles. especially when it has some kind of asain twist to it. This was $6.65 so only $0.15 more than the wraps. I got a garlic potato salad as my side. When they called my name I was so excited and could not wait to dig in. It was so much food. I did not think I was going to be able to finish it, but I could not stop eating it. The potato salad was delicious. I can honestly say that I never heard of a garlic potato salad, which is surprising since I love garlic.
Needless to say you can not go wrong with a menu with items that cost less than $7.00 and the sides an additional $1.65. allowing your meal to easily be under $10.00. You are guaranteed to leave full. As their website says, “Longboards wants you to be happy, welcome, and full every time you come in.” If you think those wraps looks small they do have a side menu that is filled with wraps filled with even more. Those were about $8, I believe. We went about 1p on a Saturday and it was slow for maybe the 10 minutes when we were ordering, but from that time forward they had lines that were almost out the door. Definitely a hidden gem that Kansas City is very lucky to have. I’ll be back for more.