Another thing to love about this cafe-shop combo: Owners Jennie and James Boosey put a huge focus on local ingredients. The flour they use in their pastries is from a Kansas City-based milling company, and their savory dishes are packed with 417-land ingredients like Terrell Creek Farm cheese, Box Turtle Farm greens, locally made sausage, Willow Mountain mushrooms, chicken from Peace Valley Poultry and more.
On my first visit, the shop wasn’t offering those savory items because they were temporarily serving a limited menu while they worked on a few expansions to their dining room seating area. After those tasty pastry indulgences whetted my appetite, I couldn’t wait to return and try more.
I went back a few days later to taste the Le Pot Pie dish and a Lincolnshire sausage roll.
Le Pot Pie was comfort on a plate, like a warm and steamy hug. The pastry was deliciously flaky, and the filling was packed with tender bite-size bits of chicken, celery and peas. But my favorite part was the side of carrots. They were roasted to perfection and seasoned just right. If they offered those carrots as a standalone side, I’d order them every single time I visit.
The Lincolnshire sausage roll was a delight too. While the flakey pastry and herbacious sausage are quite tasty on their own, the acidic little punches from the accompanying whole-grain mustard and teeny little pickles were an ideal complement that made the dish.
Whether you visit Blue Heron for a sweet morning treat or a savory lunch, one thing you can bank on is expertly made pastry on anything you dig into. So order a sippable drink and plan to stay a while to savor the flavors at this charming little C-Street spot.