Kdulche Cafe earns Local Flavor Award for traditional foods with a Lansing twist
by Melanie Jongsma, with Josh Bootsma
LANSING, Ill. (December 7, 2022) – “The pink building” on Ridge Road quickly became a Lansing favorite when it opened in November of 2021. Kdulche Café met Lansing’s need for a family-owned coffee shop where friends could gather for conversation and a variety of hot or cold drinks. Unlike many coffee shops, Kdulche Café also serves savory meals as well as pastries. Their Chilaquiles and Lansing Crepe provide an example of the unique local flavor available inside the pink building.
Kdulche Café contact info
Address: 3521 Ridge Road, Lansing IL 60438
Signature dish: Chilaquiles Verdes
Almost any of Kdulche’s menu items could qualify as a signature dish. Owners Eduardo Zepeda and Paola Ayala hail from Guadalajara, Mexico, and they have brought some familiar Mexican foods to Lansing, but each item is infused with its own unique flavor twist. The Chilaquiles Verdes, for example, has all the ingredients of the traditional Mexican breakfast dish — corn tortillas, salsa, queso fresco, crema, pulled chicken — but the Kdulche Café version is somehow lighter and more flavorful. The dish can be spiced to order, so all palates will be able to enjoy it.
Kdulche’s chilaquiles earned The Lansing Journal’s Local Flavor Award, and while the dish is always on the menu at Kdulche Café, the specific flavor combinations will vary according to produce that is in season. In fact, Zepeda and Ayala have learned to be flexible, and they use an arrangement of framed chalkboards to provide menu updates and enhancements.
Signature sweet: Lansing Crepe
When Zepeda and Ayala found a Lansing storefront where they could serve their creations, they knew they wanted to name a new dish in honor of their new location. The Lansing Crepe is a thin, firm, dessert-style pancake that is just sweet enough. This signature dessert is garnished with whipped cream, ice cream, condensada, and mixed fruit — strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and kiwi — which represent Lansing’s flavorful diversity, Zepeda said.
Kdulche’s full menu — along with prices — is available on their Facebook page.
Kdulche Café offers a variety of beverages, from infused water, to fruit smoothies, to hot and cold coffee drinks, tisanas teas, and more.
Other menu items
The printed menus at Kdulche list breakfast sandwiches, lunch/dinner sandwiches, paninis, wraps, and tortas as meal options, along with several salads. The team is active on their Facebook page, which is how they inform potential diners of seasonal items or new flavors they are trying.
Inside Kdulche Café is not just colorful; it’s bold, detailed, and eclectic. Gold and pink are the dominant colors, accented with shades of aqua, purple, and green. Many of the wall hangings and curios are repainted, repurposed finds that create an atmosphere of playful adventure. Exploring the often-changing decorations is like exploring a combination of your grandmother’s treasure-filled attic and Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
- Workers at Kdulche Café pride themselves on being responsive to customers. They can adapt their regular dishes to meet some dietary needs, though they encourage diners to experience the full flavor of their unique dishes.
- Parking can be tricky along Ridge Road, with just a few spaces available in front of the restaurant and across the street. More parking can be found along West Street.
- The restaurant’s current hours are available on Kdulche’s Facebook page.
In July of 2021, The Lansing Journal published an article about what Zepeda’s and Ayala’s plans were for the pink building:
- Lansing Journal launches Local Flavor Awards
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