Fast Pitch reader Chris Whitmore arrived at the DelHi Southern Cuisine Buffet, the family-owned soul-food restaurant at 8055 State Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas, a little too late. It was closed - for good. "The website and Facebook page are still up," Whitmore says, "but the phone number is disconnected."
I didn't want to believe the awful truth, so I drove out to see for myself. Yes, there's a "Closed" sign taped to the door, and the owner of the dry cleaners next door confirmed that the business had stopped serving food 10 days ago.
It's a loss to Kansas City diners. DelHi Buffet, which we wrote about in 2011, didn't offer as many selections as the Peachtree Buffet or even the equally intimate Papa Lew's Soul Delicious, but what the restaurant did serve - fried chicken, stewed greens (made with turkey, not pork), yams, mashed potatoes, homemade cornbread and desserts - was always well-prepared and fresh.
This stretch of State Avenue isn't buffetless: Two Chinese buffets are operating nearby.