If I could brunch every day, I would, especially in Kansas City. With a blooming foodie culture and an unwavering commitment to local love, Kansas City’s breakfast and brunch spots are booming. Here’s a list of nine breakfast hotspots with mouth-watering menus to keep your brunch munchies satisfied.
Happy Gillis – Columbus Park
Happy Gillis Cafe & Hangout has been serving up delicious, local food since 2013. The owners are committed to using local farmers and retailers at every turn. Inside, they keep a casual, neighborhood atmosphere with soft colors and open seating. Their deceptively simple menu will take you by surprise, and the breakfast sandwich is to die for. Be sure to stop by early, though. They close at 3 p.m.
You Say Tomato – Hospital Hill
You Say Tomato is as adorable as it sounds. “Home-grown goodness served daily” is their motto. In addition to a full and rotating menu, You Say Tomato offers seasonal produce and coffee for purchase. Their biscuits and mushroom gravy are savory enough to make you forget sausage even exists. That being said, they have pretty bomb sausage gravy too.
Succotash – Hospital Hill
This hip and quirky breakfast spot serves unique and delicious coffee drinks in addition to a wild breakfast menu. Succotash also offers a burrito challenge that would put the average eater to shame. Enjoy their eccentric decor as you wolf down their original and delicious breakfast options.
The Farmhouse – River Market
This elevated farm-to-fork restaurant is fantastic for impressing your out-of-town friends for brunch. In addition to a friendly staff, the Farmhouse committed to using local food from local farms at every opportunity. They also embody a “tip-to-tail” ideology, meaning they waste little to no product in the cooking process. Plus the menu is delish. I mean, that’s the point.
Beignet – River Market
Beignet brings a taste of New Orleans to KC. Located in the River Market, Beignet offers creamy mac-n-cheese, jambalaya, and of course a wild variety of beignets. Items I’ve tried there include the 7-cheese mac-n-cheese, blueberry and brie beignet, and a fried chicken and apple pie beignet (don’t judge me until you try it). Every bite was a dopamine rush good enough to scare me. I wouldn’t eat this on a weekday since food this hearty tends to put me right back to bed, but if you don’t eat here at least twice, you’re missing out.
Niecie’s – 64th and Troost
Niecie’s has been serving up soul food in Kansas City since 1985. Their mouth-watering menu is built on family recipes and a tradition of good taste. If you get one thing there, get the chicken and waffles. It’s served with chicken wings and a big fluffy Belgian waffle so good you don’t even need syrup. I’m not kidding. I finished my plate and then remembered syrup.
Heirloom Bakery & Hearth – Brookside
This sweet made-from-scratch bakery promises local, seasonal ingredients and an inviting atmosphere. You can build your own biscuit sandwich, or catch a quiche on the weekends only. You’d expect food this good to pack a punch to your wallet, but the menu is actually fairly priced to add a cherry on top of a delicious Heirloom experience.
YJ’s Snack Bar – Crossroads
YJ’s is a small snack shop located in the heart of the Crossroads. With a different special every day and loaded with personality, you’re guaranteed a unique experience with each visit. The staff is super friendly and as skilled with the coffee stuff as the foodstuff. Try their Sunday Southern Love Breakfast if you get the chance. It won’t let you down.
Room 39 – W. 39th Street (and Leawood)
Their casual yet elegant atmosphere is the perfect unassuming brunch date spot. Another restaurant on the local food train, Room 39 promises food that comes from local farmers who use sustainable harvesting and growing practices. Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., but it’s easier to get in if you go early. Try Kevin’s Artichoke Toast for a healthy option that leaves you satisfied, or go all-in with the Steak and Eggs Benedict (Saturdays only) because oh my god it will make you weep it’s so good.
I can’t write this anymore. My stomach is growling. Get out there and brunch your heart out before they go and change the menu. Then go again when they change the menu.