Housewife Cafe & Bistro features freshly made breads, pastries, desserts, breakfast and lunch, all made from scratch in a uniquely chic environment that makes you feel right at home. Owner Anna Sorge discovered her passion for baking and cooking as a stress reliever.
“I started cooking seriously at home when I had my fourth child, a NICU baby who cried 12 hours a day, and I started baking as a way to relieve stress,” says Sorge. “I began to get really good and through social media developed a small following. In my career, I have held many jobs—I worked at Dean and Deluca for ten years, spent time in retail management at Nordstrom, Standard Style, and Trader Joe’s, then developed an underground restaurant in Michigan, a cheese and charcuterie board company, and started managing large scale catering and events. My last job was the general manager of a fine dining restaurant and cafe in Prairie Village. After being told by someone I respect and admire that they couldn't believe a housewife like me could cook better than their executive chef, I knew it was time to open my own place. I had always dreamed of having my own brick and mortar but never had the guts to do it. I figured I wasn't getting any younger and my four children needed to see their mom take a risk and pursue her dreams.”
If it’s your first time at Housewife, expect a warm welcome when you arrive, an unforgettably delicious snack or meal, and thanked as you leave.
“We have a small but solid menu with offerings for everyone, including house-made gluten free multigrain bread. We are focused on the quality of the food and customer experience. We want every customer to feel like they're walking into an extension of our home and we are here to take care of them and serve them some really great food. The almond croissant and fig, goat cheese, and honeycomb croissant are our top selling pastry items. Breakfast sandwiches and breakfast burritos fly out the door in the morning. Our avocado toast is the best in the entire city and our sandwiches are fantastic. We have a sandwich called "The Mayor" named in honor of Grandview's Mayor—it has shaved turkey, provolone, thick cut bacon, chipotle mayo and apricot mustard toasted to perfection on our house-made focaccia bread and it's our most popular sandwich. We also feature a scratch made soup every day that sells out if you don't come before 1 or 2 p.m. My personal favorite is our olive toast. I make a lovely olive tapenade with pine nuts, Kalamata olives, basil and pecorino romano and it gets loaded on a large piece of toasted rustic bread with tomatoes, pickled red onion and micro greens.”
It doesn’t stop there—venture next door to Housewife to her second brand-new business, Truman General, an ice cream shop and mercantile that opened in October of this year.
“I make eight different ice creams from scratch including flavors like salted brown butter pecan, rosemary goat cheese, lemon olive oil, lavender sage, peppermint chocolate, vanilla, dark chocolate with whiskey, and strawberry made with 10 pounds of strawberries. We have a curated selection of gifts, packaged foods, books, cookbooks, candles, apothecary, toys, bulk candy, dried fruit and so much more. We care about investing in the city you're in and Grandview needed a great breakfast and lunch spot as well as a general store and some amazing ice cream. So here we are. We have future dreams of opening a sporting club with Pickleball, bocce ball, vintage arcades and possibly a great upscale burger place as well.
“Thank you so much for supporting your local, female-owned business. It means the world to my family and we are so grateful to be in south Kansas City sharing our passion for great food and customer service. We can't wait to serve you soon.”
Housewife is located at 801 Main Street Suite 104 in Grandview. For more information, visit housewifekc.com.