Let’s be honest, takeout isn’t going anywhere. During the pandemic, Tarah and Tracee—twins, next-door neighbors, and self-described foodies—crafted a list of their go-to takeout spots that became a weekly staple. As longtime Lee’s Summit residents, they focused on supporting local as they discovered new places and new favorites. Here is a portion of that list including their “twin-picks” of menu items not to miss:
Bake My Day: (Twin Pick - Cream Puffs) A local boutique bakery right off 470. We dream about these cream puffs. A dozen of these will turn anyone's day around.
Bella’s Italian Restaurante: (Twin Pick - Tortellini Michelangelo or Philly Cheesesteak Sub) Bella’s is an authentic, family-owned Italian restaurant that serves Northern and Southern Italian cuisine.
Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill: (Twin Pick - Sweet Pork Salad with Mango Salsa and Tres Leches Dessert) Made-to-order counter service Mexican food with a laid-back environment.
Gusto Coffee Bistro: (Twin Pick - Iced lattes, Christopher Elbow Chocolates, Breakfast Burritos) A local coffee shop in the heart of Longview that also serves breakfast and lunch. They know us by name here and can tell us apart. Bonus: you can text in your order and they will have it ready for you!
Mali Thai Bistro: (Twin Pick - Crab Rangoon, Pad Ka Prao Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken) Our favorite Thai restaurant. Authentic Thai food that is so addicting! They say Thailand is the land of smiles and so is Mali Thai Bistro.
Neighborhood Cafe: (Twin Pick - Breakfast Tacos, Cinnamon Rolls, Homemade Pies) Want to welcome a new neighbor? Our go-to is buying a dozen of these tasty and affordable cinnamon rolls and dropping them off on their porch with a note.
Mint Asian/Cafe and Sushi: (Twin Pick - 3-Roll Lunch Special: Tuna Avocado Roll, Sweet Potato Roll, Shrimp Tempura Roll). Incredible, affordable sushi.
Tokyo Grill: (Twin Pick - Teriyaki Chicken Combo Meal) This authentic hibachi and sushi restaurant is a homerun for us. The combo meal comes with a house salad and our fave homemade ginger dressing (don’t forget to ask for a pint to-go!), rice, chicken, veggies, and yum yum sauce. It is enough to share but you won’t want to.
Hand in Glove: (Twin Pick - Burnt Sugar Latte, Smoked Vanilla Old Fashioned) A hip coffee bar located in downtown Lee’s Summit. You can grab a non-alcoholic latte with their incredible espresso and homemade syrups or choose from their featured to-go cocktails.
Stroud’s Express: (Twin Pick - Family Meal Special-Combo Box) This Kansas City favorite came to Lee’s Summit and is a new concept that offers curbside pick-up, carryout, and delivery only. Order ahead because most days they sell out.