Chew Diligence: John Cedric Smith of EJ's Urban Eatery

Posted at 5:27 AM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 06:34:38-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Would you consider Kansas City a Southern city? John Cedric Smith, executive chef and co-owner of EJ's Urban Eatery, does.

Chew Diligence co-hosts Lindsay Shively and Jill Silva sat down with him in the 41 Action News podcast studio to chat about his West Bottoms meat-and-three restaurant.

Smith serves up a menu of signature meats and sides rife with southern roots, including espresso-rubbed smoked brisket, braised collard greens, squash casserole and more.

Smith said he drew inspiration for his concept from classic cafeteria-style meat-and-three restaurants of the South, but wanted to give his place a bit of an upscale twist.