Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. Also the best meal of the day. Mimosas, or bloody Marys, pancakes, eggs, waffles, the list of reasons to love Breakfast goes on and on. This also means there can be a lot of variety in breakfast styles, so sometimes it can be hard to find a breakfast restaurant that you truly love. Well this blog is going to go into some of the best breakfast places around the Kansas City area so maybe you can find your new favorite breakfast place.
Happy Gillis Café & Hangout made Thrillist’s list of “The 22 Best Breakfast Spots in America,” but its accolades don’t stop there. It was also on an episode of ‘Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.’ When a Breakfast makes a list of best breakfasts in America, it immediately goes to the top of my must try list. Happy Gillis is owned be a couple, Josh and Abbey, that believe in fresh, quality, local ingredients. This belief shines through in their restaurant. With a regularly changing menu you will often have the chance to try new items, but there’s a few core items that you are sure to love as well. When in doubt go with the veggie hash or the Biscuits & Gravy, you won’t regret either.
Succotash is one of the more fun and unique places on this list. It’s a bright, eclectic that sure to brighten your spirits and make your taste buds happy. It’s popular with students and any that prefers a lively brunch. One of the favorites about Succotash is the full service juice bar that’s guaranteed to have something new you will love. The menu is full of fun treats that are just as delicious as that are fun. Try the Burrito of Love(a breakfast burrito wrapped in a pancake) or the Modern Elvis(French toast with bananas, almond butter, and vegan bacon). And you can’t forget to try their famous rainbow cake.
Located on the corner of Westport and Broadway, The Corner Restaurant is an extremely popular, and busy, breakfast spot. The constant busy nature and the atmosphere are part of what makes this spot a hit with locals. Building on a rich history, The Corner Restaurant focuses their menu on American Home-Style cooking. Their menu is full of American classics, with a little twist. Try the French Toast Stuffed Croissant, or the biscuits and gravy. If you are looking for something a little more unique, try the Prosciutto Hash, purple potatoes with a duck egg. The Corner Restaurant has a little something for everyone and is guaranteed to be a fun way to kick off your day.
The Farmhouse works on a clear dream, making comforting, delicious, soul food while supporting local farmers and being environmentally conscious. And they do it incredibly. They work with local farmers to have everything they need grown locally. They also make everything in house, from the bacon to broths. So you can be positive everything you eat is fresh and as good for the environment as it is for you. With an ever changing menu full of classical and seasonal comfort foods, there’s something for everyone. The Farmhouse is also right across from the City Market, so you can have an incredible breakfast and get your market goods at the same time.
You Say Tomato is a charming, modest little corner store and breakfast spot in one. With a hodgepodge of colorful furniture and décor, you feel right at home when you walk in the door. They have a wall full of local products; sodas, fruits and veggies, homemade bread and everything else you could want. Their menu is also full of delicious American-style food, all made from scratch every day with local ingredients. Try the French Toast or the corned beef hash and you wont be disappointed.
Eggtc has been a local favorite since it opened in 2006. Eggtc is made up of a warm and cozy atmosphere and food to match. It’s the perfect place to spend the day working or bring some friends and have some fun. With one of the most extensive breakfast and brunch menu’s you will find, I promise you will struggle to decide what to get. Their menu is focused on tradition gourmet American-style cuisine. Add in a full-service coffee bar that serves a wide selection of gourmet coffee and expresso, and what else could you ask for from your favorite breakfast spot.
Harvey’s is located right in the middle of Union Station, serving locals and travelers alike. Harvey’s serves up a full, American-style breakfast all week, with a Breakfast buffet added on Sundays. Now don’t make judgements on Harvey’s, its easy to hear that it’s in a train station and has a buffet and assume it sacrifices quality for quantity, but Harvey’s doesn’t. Harvey’s is rich with history, the first Harvey’s opening in 1914, and they continue to stay true to the history. They focus on making a wonderful menu with made from scratch ingredients, without letting their location weaken their quality. Check out the delicious omelets and pastries and soak up the history of Harveys and Union Station.
Westport Café & Bar is a number one breakfast restaurant for a lot of locals, and there’s a good reason for that. It’s location makes it the perfect place to start a day of fun. Westport Café & Bar is a gorgeous restaurant, and its always full of excited customers, making it the perfect atmosphere of fun. It’s best described as a combination of both Old-school Europe and NYC. Westport’s breakfast menu offers modern French breakfast, with an American spin. Try their Brioche French Toast or house made biscuits and gravy. And don’t forget the complimentary drink that comes with any breakfast.
Beer Kitchen should be your go to for a hangover breakfast. There’s a reason it continues to be one of the most popular brunch places in Kansas City. Their combination of a wide variety of cocktails, and a large, fun food menu makes breakfast at Beer Kitchen an event you never want to end. They have everything; green eggs and ham, bread pudding, Dutch Baby’s(baked pancaked & brunch potatoes), and brunch enchiladas. If you are looking for a hearty, and maybe a little bad for you, breakfast, Beer Kitchen in the place to go.
Chez Elle can be found in the gorgeous, newly converted, historic Summit theater building. The Kansas City food scene is very full, so its hard to find a restaurant that is completely unique, but Chez Elle is a one of a kind in Kansas City. Their menu is comprised of only of crepes. They have a huge variety sweet and savory crepes, whatever you are looking for, you will find. They focus on making the best crepes with only the freshest ingredients, and they prove that by making your crepe right in front of you, with their made from scratch batters. This little step into Paris is the perfect cozy spot to get a crepe and relax.
If you are up for a little drive, The Roost in Lawrence is a must try. It’s a cozy, American-style place that’s a favorite with students and locals alike. Their menu has everything from pancakes to benedicts, including make your own omelet. Every day they have a different special, if you go on the weekend its usually Biscuits and mushroom gravy, which you have to try. All of their ingredients are local, including their coffee which all comes from Broadway Coffee and New Mission Coffee. They also have a full bar which serves the best bloody mary’s you will ever have. Afterwards you can take a walk down Massachusetts street and do some shopping.