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Clay & Fire brings traditional Turkish specialties to Kansas City

Clay & Fire Dishes

Offerings include classic mezze, menemen, rotisserie chicken and more.

Clay & Fire has reignited the hearth in the Westside spot that formerly housed Lill’s on 17th, Novel and then Fox and Pearl’s pop-up location.

To develop recipes for the restaurant, which specializes in Turkish fare along with dishes from Iran, Lebanon, Armenia and other surrounding countries, chef Brent Gunnels collaborates with restaurateur Orcan Yigit (who is still based in Turkey for the time being) via Skype.

To start, try the classic mezze with any combination of lamb köfte, olives, Feta, yogurt, labneh and grilled bread. Then dig into the menemen (a traditional Turkish egg scramble with tomato, onion, green pepper, cumin and Aleppo pepper) or the rotisserie chicken paired with roasted vegetables, house-seasoned pickles and fennel spread.

Stopping by for breakfast? Savannah Bennett’s bar program includes Turkish coffee to savor with pastries from Blackhole Bakery and SunFlour Bakery.

Clay & Fire, 815 W. 17th St., Westside, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.569.5533,

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Writer Pete Dulin is the author of Kansas City Beer: A History of Brewing in the Heartland, KC Ale Trail, and Expedition of Thirst: Exploring Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries Across Central Kansas and Missouri.

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