I am going to Kansas City next week to do research at the Truman Library in Independence. I am staying near Independence, but I'm willing to get in my car for food. Unfortunately, I have constraints. I'm a state-university professor on a state-university budget (the Des Moines Register ran a front page "expose" on the not-very-extravagant travel expenses of state employees last month and it would not help my tenure review if I were featured in the next one). I'm also strictly vegetarian (i.e. no dairy). So KC's finest BBQ and finest fine dining aren't possibilities. Given all of these constraints, does anyone have any recommendations left? Italian and Middle Eastern restaurants are usually a safe bet for vegetarian dining.