Let's Do Brunch!

KC's best brunch spots, bloody mary bars, ultimate chicken and waffle dishes, burgers and Bennies



Brunch fare at The Well

Anglea Bond, London Angelique Photography

   Whoever said breakfast is the most important meal of the day clearly never experienced brunch, that festive and leisurely weekend repast blending the best of breakfast and lunch. It’s a thing now — especially here in Kansas City. Think of it like the ooey gooey center and best part of a perfectly fried egg, but reserved for the weekend. Far from the buttoned-up and bland “ladies who lunch” of yesteryear, brunch has evolved into something bigger and better, an important extension of your Saturday night, and with something for everyone. From chicken and waffles and hangover cures to bountiful buffets and bottomless mimosas, we’ve rounded up some of the best brunch spots in town to culminate your weekend on the right note. So get your reservations and forks ready — you’re in for a delicious ride.

 

Southern Comfort

Rye

Bluestem’s rustic sibling, Rye, pays tribute to Midwestern cuisine with from-scratch, downhome eats like burnt end hash (‘cause what’s KC without a little ‘cue?); shrimp and grits with smoked pork; and of course their out-of-this-world fried chicken. Pair it with the tangy Bee’s Knees cocktail (Beefeater 24, lemon zest, honey syrup, sparkling wine) for a combination that’ll please the heartland gods. And it’s a sin not to try one of Rye’s homemade pies like the lemon meringue.

Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 10551 Mission Road, Leawood, Kan., ryekc.com

Catfish Benedict Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

catfish Benedict from Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - photo courtesy of Jax Fish house

 

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

New Orleans comes to KC in the form of a Southern-style brunch at seafood sanctuary Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar on the Plaza. Start your tour of Louisiana off with Southern hospitality and a plate of powdered sugar-dusted beignets accompanied by seasonal preserves, then finish on Bourbon Street with the blackened catfish benny or buttermilk fried oysters and waffles — just don’t forget your Mardi Gras beads!

Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 4814 Roanoke Parkway, Kansas City, Mo., jaxfishouse.com/kansas-city/

Pork belly hoecakes Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements

Pork belly hoecakes from Char Bar

 

Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements

The amusements at Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements aren’t just the beer garden and adult playground — it’s also the smorgasbord of Southern-inspired dishes. Get a taste of the South with creations like the smoked chicken hash and the piled-high pork belly hoecakes. Soothe your soul with Southern belle cocktails like the peach mimosa, blackberry-basil fizz or the habanero-infused moonshine Bayou Mary. End with the Icky Sticky (cinnamon loaf with burnt rum caramel and salted pecans).

Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4050 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Mo., charbarkc.com

 

Gram & Dun

Experience the charm of the South on the Country Club Plaza with elegantly reimagined Dixie dishes by Gram & Dun. Soul-satisfying options like burnt end mac and cheese, blackened shrimp and grits or the Smoking Dun Waffle with smoked cherry-rye syrup and bacon are best enjoyed in the comfort of the patio with a brunch punch in hand.

Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 600 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Mo., gramanddun.com

 

Barrel 31

Few brunches in KC offer bottomless mimosas and bloody marys, but the whiskey-centric gem Barrel 31 makes the list. The elegant and aptly named Fat Madame (brioche, fried egg, crispy pork belly, Gouda Mornay and fresh fruit) and the brash Wake the F*Up (beignet, citrus sugar, chocolate sauce, black coffee and a shot of whiskey) are worth rolling out of bed for. Vegetarians will appreciate the Hakuna Frittata (Bourbon-braised mushrooms and onions, roasted tomatoes, goat cheese, arugula).

Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 400 E. 31st St., Kansas City, Mo., barrel31.com

 

Take Your Mother

Webster House

For a refined girls’ day out or a romantic Sunday morning meet, look no further than the English-country-home elegance of the Webster House and its tastefully appointed series of dining rooms, from the library to the chef’s kitchen. In addition to its decadent brunch dishes (think quiche of the day or a proper Croque Madame paired with a bloody mary or peach Bellini), this charming former schoolhouse doubles as a chic shopping destination with artisan and antique finds for all. The downtown destination is also conveniently located next to the Kauffman for weekend matinee shows.

Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1644 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo., websterhousekc.com

 

Gaslight Grill

Elevate your brunch experience with a bountiful buffet of good eats at the Gaslight Grill in Leawood. Expect chef-carved prime rib; fresh cinnamon rolls; made-to-order eggs Benedict, omelet and Belgian waffle bars; savory entrees like jambalaya and mac and cheese, and a sweet spread of homemade desserts.

Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $13 to $23. 5020 W. 137th St., Leawood, Kan., gaslightgrill.com

 

Bluestem

By night this award-winning Westport bistro helmed by Colby and Megan Garrelts serves up three-, five- and 10-course dinners, but on Sunday mornings its menu focuses on traditional faves. Soak up the swanky ambiance over bright lemon ricotta fritters with seasonal jam; eggs Benedict with country ham, hollandaise, greens and home fries; the Local Pig burger and The Roasterie’s custom Bluestem blend.

Sundays 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 900 Westport Road, Kansas City, Mo., bluestemkc.com

Cafe Sebastienne Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Cafe Sebastienne

 

Café Sebastienne

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is known for its galleries of entrancing works, but you and your muse won’t want to miss its hidden gem, Café Sebastienne. After taking in a few exhibits, delight in an artfully curated brunch menu by chef Jennifer Maloney surrounded by vibrant re-creations of masterpieces from Botticelli to Matisse. The menu changes weekly, but the crab cake Café Benny and the brioche French toast with blackberry compote and Vermont maple syrup are a must-experience. Vegetarians will spring for the arancini with roasted tomato sauce, arugula salad, figs, whole-grain mustard.

Sundays 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., kemperart.org/cafe

 

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks

Take a break from the typical with McCormick & Schmick’s unconventional twist on brunch, located on the pretty Country Club Plaza. Start your Sunday off on a high note with decadent dishes like the candied walnut-decorated bananas Foster French toast or the barbecue bacon-wrapped shrimp with jalapeno cheese grits. For love at first bite, go with the vanilla bean ice cream-crowned Nutella waffle.

Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 448 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo., mccormickandschmicks.com

 

Chaz on the Plaza

Spoil your mom or your amor with a feast for the senses at the Raphael Hotel’s intimate restaurant and lounge on the Country Club Plaza. On Saturdays and Sundays consider your soul soothed with live jazz and Chaz’s display of decadent, Southern-influenced dishes like poached Maine lobster eggs Benedict with fried green tomato, a splash of Béarnaise and Hackleback sturgeon caviar; buttermilk vanilla bean pancakes; she-crab soup; or fried chicken with summer squash risotto.  

Saturdays and Sundays 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 325 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Mo., raphaelkc.com/chazontheplaza

 

Boozy Brunch

chimichanga Port Fonda

Chimichanga from Port Fonda

 

Port Fonda

For a critically acclaimed hangover cure that’s worth rolling out of bed for, journey across the border — State Line — for Port Fonda’s desayuno. The beloved cantina in Westport is known for its heaping helpings of crave-worthy authentic Mexican fare and lively atmosphere, making it the perfect place to recover from and recount the night before. Our picks include the chile verde chilaquiles and the famed build-your-own-bloody maria bar. End with the ricotta doughnuts with mezcal tres leches and dusted with cinnamon sugar.

Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Mo., portfonda.com

 

The Phoenix

In a city renowned for its jazz and bustling food scene, it only makes sense to have a brunch that combines both. Cure your weekend blues at The Phoenix’s famed Saturday-only “Hangover Brunch” with the stylings of Alex Abramovitz and his Swingin’ Kansas City Jazz Band, a bloody mary bar and plates like a crab cake Florentine Benny or the hearty Downtown Dip (juicy shaved prime rib on a hoagie bun with melted provolone and Jack Daniel’s horseradish).

Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 302 West Eighth St., Kansas City, Mo., thephoenixkc.com

 

Louie’s Wine Dive Kansas City and Louie’s Wine Dive & Kitchen 119

Few things in life sound better than weekend boozy brunches, and Louie’s Wine Dive has perfected the art. Round up the girls and taste test all four mimosa flavors — classic, “Lou” Mosa, ruby red and hibiscus — then dive into Louie’s from-scratch menu (gluten-free included). For the adventurous try the ooey, gooey and unconventional mac and cheese-stuffed omelet; others opt for the confit maple chicken wings on a buttermilk biscuit with gravy.

Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Two locations. louieswinedive.com

Green eggs and ham Beer Kitchen

Green Eggs and Ham from Beer Kitchen

 

Beer Kitchen

Early and late risers never fear; Beer Kitchen is here. Bring your appetite to this worth-the-wait “beervana” hotspot in the heart of Westport. The road to recovery is paved with comfort-food creations like green eggs and ham, dunkable drunken doughnuts that come with Grand Marnier chocolate sauce, and 8-hour corned beef hash. And if mimosas and bloody marys aren’t your thing, there are beers and ciders, too.

Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 435 Westport Road, Kansas City, Mo., beerkitchenkc.com

 

Pig & Finch

Delight in an upscale Sunday brunch in a charming English pub-style setting at Leawood’s Pig & Finch in Park Place. The menu weaves together flavors from France, the U.K. and the U.S., resulting in plates like the classic pub breakfast and a flavorful crab omelet with lump crab, fontina cheese and asparagus. What earns this gastropub a spot in our boozy brunch category is its classy cocktails like the Kir Royale (Chambord, sparkling wine and lemon twist) and Café Nelson (coffee with Baileys Irish Cream and Frangelico).

Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 11570 Ash St., Leawood, Kan., pigandfinch.com

 

Farm to Table

Renée Kelly’s Harvest

The fantastic brunch at Renée Kelly’s Harvest is as fairytale as it gets — down to the century-old “castle” it inhabits and its picturesque patio in Shawnee. Helmed by namesake chef and season 13 Top Chef contestant, Renée Kelly, this sophisticated farm-to-table destination enchants with classic, healthy and decadent offerings — like the Pretty Darn Good Breakfast (two poached eggs on a herb biscuit with crispy pancetta, hollandaise and cottage fries) — that are fit for royalty.

Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 12401 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kan., reneekellysharvest.com

steak and eggs The Farmhouse

Steak and eggs from The Farmhouse

 

The Farmhouse

After working up an appetite at the River Market, reward yourself with The Farmhouse’s collection of classic comfort foods with a seasonal twist. Consult the chalkboard for the day’s offerings, which feature ingredients from local farmers, and experience why this welcoming and rustic haven is known for its “farm-to-table, tip-to-tail” philosophy. Our vote is for the Lord Kenzo: two house-made biscuits with cheddar cheese, a pork sausage patty and a Windhaven Farms fried egg smothered in pork sausage gravy.

Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 300 Delaware St., Kansas City, Mo., eatatthefarmhouse.com

lemon ricotta pancakes Westport Cafe and Bar

lemon ricotta pancakes from westport cafe

 

Westport Café and Bar

Rise and dine and savor a taste of France at this Midtown, Paris-style bistro. One taste of delightful brunch bites such as brioche French toast (try it with fried chicken, too); picture-perfect lemon ricotta pancakes topped with blueberry compote; or the dainty, fried egg swaddling the Crepe Madame will have you yearning for Europe. The inspiration may be Europe, but the café’s ingredients are a farm-fresh as they come.  As a delicious bonus, each brunch entree comes with a complimentary cocktail. And for savory brunch cravings, dig into a daily selection of oysters, seared tuna Nicoise or steak frite from the café’s new French-import chef.    

Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 419 Westport Road, Kansas City, Mo., westportcafeandbar.com

 

Blue Bird Bistro

Birds come from near and far to perch at this organic, all-natural, Westside eatery, which serves delicious artisan cuisine for the carnivore, vegetarian and vegan palates alike. Add a quaint and neighborhood ambiance and historic building and you’ve got the recipe for a new brunch fave. Sink your fork into the vanilla egg-dipped French toast with Fervere Bakery’s bread. Top it with Missouri pecan-infused organic butter and pure maple syrup from Shaker Mountain Farm. The vegetarian but fully loaded 17th Street Eggs Benedict features sautéed mushrooms, organic baby spinach, caramelized onions, feta cheese, Campo Lindo Farm poached eggs, house-made hollandaise and an organic English muffin

Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1700 Summit St., Kansas City, Mo., bluebirdbistro.com

French toast The Westside Local

French toast adorned with fresh berries and mascarpone cream from THe Westside Local

 

The Westside Local

Touted as “the best-kept secret on the Westside,” The Westside Local features a locally sourced “blunch” menu with a little somethin’ for everyone. We recommend soaking up the farm-to-table atmosphere in the beer garden while enjoying picks like the mascarpone cream and fresh raspberry-adorned almond French toast or the succulent ½-pound rib-eye Summit Burger (with arugula, Emmenthaler, Dijon vinaigrette and toasted Farm to Market brioche).

Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1663 Summit St., Kansas City, Mo., thewestsidelocal.com

 

Hipster Hotspots

pozole rojo con huevo Voltaire Kansas City

Pozole Rojo con heuvo and Michelada drink from Voltaire

 

Voltaire

Every Sunday this dinner-only West Bottoms fave run by Wes Gartner and Jill Myers transforms into one of KC’s hippest brunch spots. Get enlightened with Voltaire’s rotating menu of worldly tastes like the braised pork pozole rojo con huevo, steak and eggs Argentinian, and malted diner waffles. The old-fashioned cinnamon roll comes with orange-bourbon frosting! Then bask in the speakeasy atmosphere with a bourbon-based Whisker Licker cocktail.

Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1617 Genessee St., Kansas City, Mo., voltairekc.com

 

BLVD Tavern

In Kansas City KFC stands for Korean Fried Chicken, and you can find this insanely addictive dish at the ruggedly handsome BLVD Tavern in the Crossroads. Take advantage of the charming alleyway patio as you treat your taste buds to bg&e (biscuits, maple-ginger sausage gravy and two sunny-side up eggs), or the new gravlax plate with house-cured salmon lox, a NY-style bagel and scrambled eggs. Lunch items include a Vietnamese-style bahn mi sandwich or the daily grind burger with Swiss cheese, red wine shallot jam, peppercorn mayo and fries. Add in their “The Morning After” cocktail to remedy the night before.

Sundays 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 320 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., blvdtavernkc.com

 

Succotash

One of the few eateries on our list that doesn’t offer alcohol, this quirky  café known for its heaping portions makes up for it with Oddly Correct coffee and fresh-pressed juices. Try the Captain Kangaroo-themed Mr. Green Jeans juice or satisfy your sweet tooth with a cotton candy cappuccino, complete with a stir-in spoon of fluffy cotton candy. As for food, loosen your belt for the Kitchen Sink Scramble. It features everything but — well you know.

Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2601 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Mo., succotashkc.com

mixed berry quinoa granola pancakes Genessee Royale Bistro

Mixed berry quinoa granola pancakes from Genessee Royale Bistro

 

Genessee Royale Bistro

The Genessee Royale Bistro knows all about keeping customers full; after all, it is located in a former Sinclair filling station in the West Bottoms. From its pale peach walls and eclectic collection of furniture and art, to its gourmet take on comfort food, this vintage bistro glows with charm. For brunch, indulge in GRB’s mixed berry quinoa granola pancakes or hearty creamtop biscuits topped with Andouille sausage gravy, fried chicken and a sunny-side up egg. Then toast to spring with a refreshing Lillet Royale (Lillet, elderflower, grapefruit, bubbles).

Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1531 Genessee St., Kansas City, Mo., genesseeroyale.com

 

Happy Gillis Café & Hangout

Find your brunch happy place at Columbus Park’s beloved diner, Happy Gillis Café & Hangout, where the menu is short, and the locally sourced helpings are plenty. Headlined by their signature dish — two biscuits lovingly blanketed with Broadway Butcher pork sausage gravy — the rest of the chalkboard menu is filled with cozy and creative selections that’ll have you lined up for more. Or try their lunch-menu grilled pimento cheese with arugula or the kale Caesar paired with a kimchee bloody mary.

Saturdays and Sundays all day. 549 Gillis St., Kansas City, Mo., happygillis.com

 

Classic Nosheries

Caprese Benedict Tavern in the Village

Caprese Benedict from Tavern in the Village

 

Tavern at Mission Farms/Tavern in the Village

Indulgent dishes like the Caprese Benedict (featured on our cover), creme brulee French toast, short rib hash and Tavern beignets, served in the comforts of a modern-meets-neighborhood eatery, are just what the doctor ordered for a wonderful weekend. Wet your whistle with an Italian Wallbanger (Hangar 1 Mandarin Blossom, sambuca, OJ) or the Tavern Signature Coffee. The latter’s cinnamon-sugar-dipped rim is too tasty to miss.

Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Two locations. taverninthevillage.com and tavernatmissionfarms.com

 

The J Bar

Olathe’s swanky J Bar found in the new Embassy Suites puts on the charm with its delightful Sunday brunch selection. Relish classics like bacon, eggs and breakfast potatoes; fusion fare like chipotle hollandaise-drizzled steak tostadas, or pick from the lunch menu for the unbelievably juicy 50/50 burger. Don’t miss the decadent Blue Masa Fried Chicken French Toast.  Best experienced with friends and bottomless mimosas pre-brunch on the rooftop bar terrace.

Sundays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 10401 S. Ridgeview Road, the-jbar.com

Dutch baby The Classic Cup

Dutch baby from The Classic Cup

 

The Classic Cup

Patios and brunch go together like bacon and eggs, and lucky for us The Classic Cup has two patios and all of the above. Our mouths water for this Country Club Plaza staple’s savory and colorful Florentine ham frittata and the stacked smoked turkey hot browns with bacon and sharp cheddar. But be warned — grabbing a patio spot might result in hours of lingering and people watching.

Sundays 301 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo., classiccup.com

 

Bountiful Buffets

Bristol Seafood Grill

If you like your brunches lavish and with options as far as the eye can see, then Bristol Seafood Grill’s brunch is right up your alley. The lay of the land includes four food stations (made-to-order omelets, a carving station, cold seafood station and made-to-order Belgian waffles), plus outstanding entrees like creamy lobster mac and cheese and desserts spread. Pair you dishes with an array of libations, including the bloody mary bar and featured bubbly cocktail.

Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $14 to $29. Free for kids age 4 and under. Two locations. bristolseafoodgrill.com

 

Nick and Jake’s

When you’re craving good home cooking on the weekend, visit Nick & Jake’s for a sweet and savory Sunday brunch buffet. This restaurant’s roundup of classic staples and family recipe favorites like mama’s meatloaf, jalapeno cheddar grits and corned beef hash will have you feeling nostalgic. Menu items vary at all three locations, so check ahead before tying on your bib.

Sundays 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $3 to $19. Free for kids age 2 and under. Three locations. nickandjakes.com

 

Harvey’s at Union Station

Located in the heart of Union Station’s great hall, this open-air restaurant with a view features an impressive spread of traditional breakfast entrees. Selections like made-to-order huevos rancheros, build-your-own Belgian waffles, smoked salmon, and desserts paired with the ambiance and beauty of the historic station make Harvey’s a must-try.

Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $13 to $24. Free for kids age 3 and under.  30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, Mo., harveyskc.com

Newport Grill Prairiefire

Newport Grill

 

Newport Grill

Prairiefire’s seafood paradise cooks up a menu to impress for its Sunday brunch buffet. Be sure to savor entrees like fresh seafood paella with saffron rice and Newport tuna poké — which demonstrate the eatery’s devotion to fresh seafood — and fun flavors like maple bacon Brussels sprouts or French toast casserole. For dessert: We pine for the pineapple upside-down parfaits.

5501 W. 135th St. Suite 2330, Overland Park, Kan., newportgrillkc.com

The Well Bar, Grill and Rooftop Kansas City

brunch fare at The well - photo by angela bond of london angelique photography

 

The Well Bar, Grill and Rooftop

There’s something for every kind of brunch lover at The Well Bar, Grill and Rooftop’s Sunday buffet. The menu boasts six food stations, which means you can make a trip or two, and get your fill of brunch favorites like omelets, seafood pasta, fresh fruit, pastries, Belgian waffles with bananas Foster syrup and the famous bloody mary bar.

Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $7 to $18. Free for kids age 5 and under. 7421 Broadway St., Kansas City, Mo., waldowell.com

 

Doughnuts Worth a Dunk

Lamar’s isn’t the only game in town. Check out these other rings of glory.

Doughnut Lounge Kansas City

s'mores, lemon pistachio and chocolate glazed doughnuts from Doughnut Lounge

 

Doughnut Lounge

Westport’s hip new lounge appeals to one’s childhood with classic creations, signature (think s’mores and Monte Cristo) and “noduts” — fork-and-knife-creations that stretch the imagination with duos like a sausage gravy topped glazed and the sweet and spicy chicken fried nodut.

4117 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Mo., doughnutlounge.com

 

Hana’s Donuts

Hana Simcak’s hidden gem in KCK boasts some of the best doughnuts in town. With flavors like maple bacon, lemon-rosemary and orange zest, plus the option to customize your jelly filling, you’ll be hard-pressed to argue.

2131 S. 34th St., Kansas City, Kan.

 

Topgolf

Topgolf’s injectable doughnut holes are a delicious backswing break. Twenty-four cinnamon sugar-dusted doughnut holes come with the order, ready to customize as you please with three syringes filled with chocolate, raspberry and Bavarian cream. Needless to say, they’re a hole-in-one hit.

10611 Nall Ave., Overland Park, Kan., topgolf.com

 

Beignet

Beignet in the River Market reimagines NOLA’s signature pastry with sweet and savory fillings like brie and apple; Almond Joy; and herbed goat cheese, blue crab and hickory bacon. Bien sûr, we’re there!

307 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., beignetkc.com

 

Donut King

These doughnuts fit for royalty have been around since the Chiefs won the Super Bowl; drawing swarms with its more than 36 flavors like Triple Chocolate Crunch, Caramel Delight and the cereal-inspired Fruity Pebbles.

2320 Armour Road, North Kansas City, Mo., donutkingkc.com

 

 

 

Trending Now: Chicken & Waffles

The latest Southern trend to hit KC’s brunch menus combines savory and sweet in one heavenly duo.

chicken and waffles Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements

Chicken and waffles from Char Bar

 

Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements

This Southern-inspired smokehouse gives a nod to the South with a bacon-cheddar waffle topped with Tabasco-honey chicken wings and a smoked chicken tender, plus smoky hollandaise and bourbon syrup to pour on top. Talk about sweet heat.

4050 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Mo., charbarkc.com

 

Beer Kitchen

Beer Kitchen’s version of the Southern classic might look plain, but it’s anything but. The cornflake-crusted chicken breast with maple-mustard marinade is served atop a cheddar-bacon-chive waffle and flanked with mini pitchers of maple syrup and chicken pan gravy.

435 Westport Road, Kansas City, Mo., beerkitchenkc.com

 

Gram & Dun

Elegant and pretty as a Southern belle is Gram & Dun’s made-to-order chicken and waffles, which features Paillard-style fried chicken stacked on a fluffy malted waffle and drizzled with a Texas Pete Hot Sauce reduction.

600 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Mo., gramanddun.com

 

The J Bar

What happens when you combine Latin and French cuisines with a Southern fave? The result is The J Bar’s Blue Masa fried chicken interlaid with thick slices of brioche French toast, garnished with fresh strawberries and topped with a fried egg and barbecue syrup.

10401 S. Ridgeview Road, Olathe, Kan., the-jbar.com

 

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks

McCormick & Schmick’s interpretation of the famed duo leans more toward the savory side with a pork belly green apple waffle and two pieces of fried chicken served with a side of hearty sausage gravy and honey butter.

448 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo., mccormickandschmicks.com

 

Best bloody marys in Kansas City

 

Espresso Yourself

Top KC baristas pick their favorite brews.

words and photos by Cynthia Karanja

Crows Coffee Kansas City

Crows Coffee

Barista: Kyle Weishaar

Favorite drink: An 8-ounce latte with four shots of espresso

“The most caffeine for the least amount of volume.”

 

Quay Coffee

Barista: Blake Huntington

Favorite drink: Gibraltar

"It highlights the taste notes in the espresso well, without overpowering it and making it taste milky." 

Parisi Artisan Coffee

Blackdog Coffeehouse

Barista:  Jordan Albers

Favorite Drink: Cortado

"The perfect milk-to-espresso ratio." 

 

Parisi Artisan Coffee

Barista: David Hester 

Favorite drink:  A pour-over

“I like pour-overs because of the way we extract the notes from the coffee. They're an easy way to taste coffees from different countries."

 

The Roasterie

Barista: Josh Ganote

Favorite drink: Nitro

"Because I like how smooth it is, you just feel like you're drinking a coffee-flavored stout beer.”

Quay Coffee