You know what they say: West Bottoms, best bottoms. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the best turkey club sandwich you can get after midnight (actually, from 6 am–1:30 am, Monday–Sunday) is in the heart of the best bottoms. Over on the corner of W. Ninth Street and Genessee, you’ll find The Lunch Box (lunchboxkc.com), a corner store that sells everything from tall boys to cat food, if you’re interested in feeding the West Bottoms kitties while you’re there.
Upon entering the small corner store, you might wonder if you’re in the right place to find some of the best sandwiches in the city. But go on back to the counter and you’ll find the divey diner menu with everything from a pork tenderloin sandwich to a breakfast burrito to a fried bologna sandwich. But our favorite is the classic turkey club with bacon and cheddar cheese served on grilled wheat bread.
While The Lunch Box has long been a staple for construction workers and truck drivers passing through the Bottoms, it’s also a popular late-night spot for some folks after a visit to 9th & State and/or The Ship, two other popular neighborhood joints.
The Lunch Box has a sister location in, you guessed it, the East Bottoms (aka the second-best bottoms). This location, while it is only open for breakfast and lunch, does have tables, so you don’t have to eat your food on the go. You can’t do that at the West Bottoms location unless you want to sit on one of the concrete slabs outside the store, which we don’t recommend but have done after a late night of enjoying the Bottoms.