Barbecue may be king in Kansas City, but brunch is a close second. Here are three spots that’ll kick-start your day the K.C. way.
5107 Main St.
Just two blocks off of upscale Country Club Plaza, gourmet breakfast haven Eggtc. is a sweet little spot everyone from 9 months to 90 can appreciate. Snag a seat at the long wooden bar, eye the bright art and prepare to dig in. Whether they’re simply sunny-side up or fancily folded into an apple-goat cheese omelet, the signature egg dishes are only rendered complete when joined by spicy breakfast potatoes. Creative crêpes are another house specialty; indulge in the Crêpe Dolce oozing with guava cream cheese and juicy strawberries, and topped with a festive mix of diced mango, whipped cream and candied pecans. The reverse happy hour from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. is K.C.’s hair-of-the-dog hangover cure, and features discounts on beer, wine and mixed drinks.
1719 W. 39th St.
In 2004, the original Room 39 was rehabbed from a dark, atmospheric coffee house into a popular, sunny bistro. Be prepared to stand in a line that runs out the door, knowing that what’s in store—a season-driven menu filled with locally sourced ingredients—is worth the wait. For breakfast, diners spring for the vegetable frittata made with eggs from a local farmer and fillings that reflect the time of year: Warmer months see summer corn and heirloom tomatoes, while a harvest blend of zucchini, squash and feta cheese marks the change of the season. Pair it with a cup of bottomless coffee roasted at nearby Broadway Roasting Co., or let the morning fade into afternoon with fresh-squeezed mimosas.
409 W. Gregory Blvd.
Once a ladies’ tearoom, Classic Cookie was transformed by chef/owner Leslie Stockard into a breakfast and bakery for all. A hand-lettered sign welcomes patrons into the tiny neighborhood café, which seats only a few dozen. For the achingly hungry, a hearty herbed potato-and-sausage casserole crowned with a poached egg awaits. But if you’re just looking for a little something to tide you over, the small bakery case is a treasure trove: Fluffy cinnamon rolls, muffins and soft cookies are all baked fresh daily from closely guarded recipes. •
Late-night nosh: Open 24 hours a day, 6 days a week, Chubby’s On Broadway (3756 Broadway) is the quintessential greasy spoon and a Kansas City institution. Pick an oldies tune on your very own personal jukebox, and soak up alcohol with the Mac & Cheese Wedges or the Manager’s Favorite, a grilled steak sandwich featuring a classic sautéed four-ounce Kansas City strip. Still hungry? Top it all off with a creamy milkshake made the old-fashioned way.