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November 28, 2017

Get a quick overview of EJ's Urban Eatery and inside look in the kitchen from John C. Smith.

November 13, 2017

EJ’s Urban Eatery will be hosting our very first Tequila Ocho Dinner Thursday, November 16th at 5:30. 4 courses for $60.00 per person.

1st Course

Oysters Two Ways...
Raw – Served with Lemon-Jalapeno Vinaigrette, Fresh Horseradish and Basil
Char-Grilled – Served with Gulf Shrimp, Lafayette Spice Butter and Pecorino Cheese

Paired with Mexican 75 (Tequila Ocho Plata, Fresh Lemon Juice, Sugar Cube and Sparkling Wine

2nd Course


October 8, 2017

EJ's Urban Eatery is proud to participate in a citywide culinary event to benefit No Kid Hungry KC featuring small-plate tastings from top KC restaurants and spectacular cocktails including a Bloody Mary SmackDown between rock-star bartenders. 

August 28, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City’s beloved chef, John C. Smith, will open EJ’s Urban Eatery in the historic West Bottoms Tuesday, Aug. 29 and introduce his own modern version of a traditional “Meat and Three” to the Metro.

With 20 years of culinary experience in a variety of genres, Smith will debut his first locally owned and operated restaurant with a concept he’s been formulating for a decade using recipes from his childhood....

August 14, 2017

EJ's Urban Eatery chef and owner, John C. Smith is proud to host one of the exclusive Missouri Barn Dinner Series at the Powell Gardens. Each year the Powell Gardens offers six exclusive evenings featuring a delicious outdoor dining experience, designed and prepared by KC chefs. Each dinner begins with a cocktail hour, during which guests enjoy an aperitif and the opportunity to stroll through the Gardens before gathering unde...

August 14, 2017

Again this year, EJ's Chef John C. Smith has been invited to be a part of one of KC's finest culinary events in support of the March of Dimes. Guests enjoy the opportunity to sample KC chefs’ creations for a one-of-a-kind tasting experience along with a live auction featuring culinary and chef sponsored packages. 

Click here to get more information about Kansas City's March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction. 

Signature Chefs...

July 11, 2017

EJ’s Urban Eatery set to open in August

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With 20 years of culinary experience in a variety of genres, well-known Executive Chef John C. Smith has blended his tastes and experience into his own restaurant bringing a unique creation to Kansas City’s historic West Bottoms.

Scheduled to open in August, EJ’s Urban Eatery is categorized as a “Meat and Three” but with a modern, refined twist. A southern culinary tradi...

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EJ's Urban Eatery in Kansas City's West Bottoms. The Original Meat-and-three.

 EJ’s Urban Eatery is a classic “Meat and Three” but with a modern, refined twist. The southern
culinary tradition is well-known in The South but new to many in the Kansas City area.

“All throughout the American South, old-school Meat-and-Three restaurants offer affordable,
customizable meals. Now, we are bringing that same idea to Kansas City but with a local twist."


—EJ's Chef John C. Smith