When I heard that there would be a place named Souperman opening downtown, I was a bit overly excited. I absolutely love cleverly-named places. I'm a sucker for a good name or a good advertising campaign - clever or witty or just plain weird goes a really long way with me.
Other favorable elements included the owner, Rob Dalzell, who has completely won over my husband with his restaurant 1924 Main. And then they had to put it in such a good location, next to the Barkley Building with the rocket on top. And the interior is stylishly industrial; it's a space in the bottom level of a parking garage that manages to be comfortable and hip at the same time. I've heard grumblings about the utilitarian presentation of the food - that the plastic spoons and very "to-go" looking soup cups aren't nice enough for the food that they make portable. Really, when the food is this good, I can't say that I care. Why be a snob when the food itself is enough to make you happy?
The food is unbelievably fast, it is always fresh, and the soups are hearty and good. The Boulevard Cheddar Potato Chowder was creamy with large chunks of potato and really potent cheddar ale flavor, while smelling the Moroccan Lamb and Lentil soup was almost as intoxicating as eating it. The sandittos (a sandwich wrapped in a tortilla, burrito-style) are served hot or cold and are well-made and filling. The roast beef with swiss, horseradish aioli, and grilled onions was absolutely loaded with tender roast beef. When the weather heats up too much for soup, they serve several salads, including a Chinese Chicken Salad with crunchy noodles & almonds, dressed in a ginger vinaigrette.
1724 Main in Downtown KCMO
Monday-Friday 10am - 3pm