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Niecie's

6441 Troost, Kansas City, MO - (816) 444-6006
Posted By Michael Stern on 11/24/2009 4:47:00 PM
"You get two ears!" beamed Ms. Myra C., identified on her waitress badge as having 19 years of service at this good soul food cafe. Ms. Myra was referring to the pig ear sandwich, a regular item on the menu, and a selection, of course, we could not resist. Yep, it's two whole ears in a bun. We got ours with the works: lettuce, tomato, onion and ultra-hot horseradish. We've got to admit that ears are a little scary, not so much because they're the worst part of the pig – there are plenty of edible parts that are, logically speaking, much ickier – but because they look exactly like ears. Their taste is not objectionable; it's something like the fatty parts of bacon or streak o' lean; but the gelatinous texture is, to say the least, a little weird.

If you're not an ear epicure, Niecie's has plenty of more mainstream fare to offer: breakfast of chicken and waffles or fried pork chops with grits, a fantastic specialty of seasoned chicken wings grilled with onions and served with fried green beans, and a $3.99 ham and bean bowl with corn muffins. Daily specials include salmon croquettes on Monday, a legendary smothered chicken Tuesday (we NEED to return to try that!), short ribs Friday, and fried catfish Saturday.

Desserts are as homey as can be, including sweet potato pie and peach cobbler. And to drink, there is lemonade that's freshly squeezed.

Please note Niecie's new, larger quarters, on Troost. The Prospect location now is closed.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Caramel Cake
Pork Chop Breakfast
Chicken & Waffle
Lemonade
Pig Ear Sandwich
Biscuits & Gravy
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The pancakes are light, fluffy, and topped with real butter.
"The pancakes are light, fluffy, and topped with real butter."
Cliff Strutz





When I asked my waitress at Niecie's about the menu item listed as 'Ham, Fried your Way,' she started to list the different ham options.  I stopped her when she got to country ham and was rewarded with this wonderful slice of salty, chewy, and powerfully flavored meat.
"When I asked my waitress at Niecie's about the menu item listed as 'Ham, Fried your Way,' she started to list the different ham options. I stopped her when she got to country ham and was rewarded with this wonderful slice of salty, chewy, and powerfully flavored meat."
Cliff Strutz


If Niecie's moist caramel cake, with super-sweet icing, is an indication of the quality of dessert here, don't even think about leaving without ordering a piece or slice of something!
"If Niecie's moist caramel cake, with super-sweet icing, is an indication of the quality of dessert here, don't even think about leaving without ordering a piece or slice of something!"
Cliff Strutz


Niecie's simple, moist chocolate cake is dessert perfection!
"Niecie's simple, moist chocolate cake is dessert perfection!"
Cliff Strutz


The biscuits are more like grilled corn cakes, while the peppery gravy has a generous amount of sausage chunks.  Simply the best biscuits and gravy I have ever had!
"The biscuits are more like grilled corn cakes, while the peppery gravy has a generous amount of sausage chunks. Simply the best biscuits and gravy I have ever had!"
Cliff Strutz


Niecie's listing for this breakfast of fried pork chops, eggs, and grits (with a biscuit on the side) reads, '2 Pork Chops (fried right)' They certainly were.
"Niecie's listing for this breakfast of fried pork chops, eggs, and grits (with a biscuit on the side) reads, '2 Pork Chops (fried right)' They certainly were."
Michael Stern


Chicken and Waffle is a favorite dish for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Niecie's gives you three large, beautifully fried wings, a Belgian waffle with a globe of butter on top, and a jug full of syrup.
"Chicken and Waffle is a favorite dish for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Niecie's gives you three large, beautifully fried wings, a Belgian waffle with a globe of butter on top, and a jug full of syrup."
Michael Stern


The pig ear sandwich is listed on the menu with barbecued brisket and grilled chicken breast among ''specialty sandwiches.'' It doesn't taste bad at all once you get past the idea of sinking your teeth into a couple of ears.
"The pig ear sandwich is listed on the menu with barbecued brisket and grilled chicken breast among ''specialty sandwiches.'' It doesn't taste bad at all once you get past the idea of sinking your teeth into a couple of ears."
Michael Stern


This close-up of an ear in the pig ear sandwich hints at its extremely piggy nature, not unlike a big piece of bacon fat. The ears are boiled for a long time to make them tender.
"This close-up of an ear in the pig ear sandwich hints at its extremely piggy nature, not unlike a big piece of bacon fat. The ears are boiled for a long time to make them tender."
Michael Stern


The $1.99 you pay for a large glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade (served in a Pepsi glass) includes free refills.
"The $1.99 you pay for a large glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade (served in a Pepsi glass) includes free refills."
Michael Stern


Interacting with the friendly staff is just as much a draw at Niecie's as is the excellent food.  If you are especially lucky, you will get Ms. Myra C as your waitress.
"Interacting with the friendly staff is just as much a draw at Niecie's as is the excellent food. If you are especially lucky, you will get Ms. Myra C as your waitress."
Cliff Strutz


While this old location on Prospect was charming, it also was small. Niecie's has moved out of here and now can be found in larger quarters -- a former Pizza Hut on Troost.
"While this old location on Prospect was charming, it also was small. Niecie's has moved out of here and now can be found in larger quarters -- a former Pizza Hut on Troost."
Michael Stern


Of the several pies Niecie's offers, the sweet potato pie is the only one made in-house.  Plenty sweet, with just the right amount of spice, it is a soul food classic!
"Of the several pies Niecie's offers, the sweet potato pie is the only one made in-house. Plenty sweet, with just the right amount of spice, it is a soul food classic!"
Cliff Strutz



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