I always find it amusing when I stumble upon a new restaurant, not expecting much, and it ends up being terrific. This place is just that. Located in a strip mall in Gladstone, just north of downtown KC, next to a hobby store is where you'll find a great lunch spot.
Whether you've been to Hawaii or not, you will get this laid back feeling when you stroll into Longboards. And how can you not with the jams of Bob Marley and Jack Johnson playing and the staff wearing flip flops and board shorts. While it's not the beacon of fancy, it doesn't have to be. It's perfect for a lunch dive.
Pork Luau Wrap with Garlic Potato Salad
Longboards offers wraps, rice bowls and my wife's favorite, the sliders. Many prefer the Cabo Beef wrap but I'm partial to the Pork Luau wrap, which is a huge tortilla stuffed with rice, roasted pork, pepperjack cheese, sugar snap peas, peppers and hawaiian relish.
The King Hawaiian Sliders are also pretty dang good. They take 6 of those sweet Hawaiian rolls and stuff them with roasted pork, crab and cheese and throw them on the panini machine and serve them with a chipotle ranch or peanut dipping sauce. Super flavorful but a lot of food.
If you do end up stopping by, you must try the Garlic Potato Salad. Trust me.
King Hawaiian Sliders
King Hawaiian Slider
Longboards isn't going to win any awards for fanciest or most romantic restaurant. But that's quite alright because there food is great and is a perfect lunch spot if you're north of the river. If you can't make it to Hawaii soon, trek on up to Gladstone and try Longboards instead. If you close your eyes and have a good imagination, it's a pretty close second.