As you may know, we get together with our friends, the Diamonds, every Saturday for brunch and for the past year we have sampled almost everything in the city. We like places that offer both savory and sweet items, Michael must have vegetarian gravy and I really enjoy mimosas. Sometimes we will sacrifice some of those items and we don’t mind if the brunch is fantastic. The following list was a big hit with all of us, so choose one and get your brunch on this Saturday!
Mixing Bowl Noshery
Located in the Crossroads, this down-home unpretentious diner serves up some pretty amazing breakfasts & lunches. I didn’t even miss the mimosa as we were splitting the fresh, gooey cinnamon roll. I chose the Crossroads Country breakfast – the country fried steak, made with a tenderloin. Absolutely delicious! Cooked to perfection with creamy warm gravy, it was the perfect contrast to the pancakes I have to try at any place I go. Theirs didn’t disappoint. With a hint of vanilla, they were light, moist and tender. The hashbrowns were perfectly crisp on both sides. I stole a small taste of my husband’s biscuits and gravy which were incredible along with a bite of grilled cheese that led me to order my own (See my blog on the best grilled cheeses)!
Why did I wait so long to eat here? With three locations (Liberty, Olathe and Lee’s Summit) this local charmer is a must try for any brunch lover. The food is so good, I forgot about their lack of mimosas and our server was a delight. We started out splitting the french toast (my second favorite in the city behind the Majestic). Made with french bread, it’s perfectly tender with cinnamon, fruit and a dusting of powdered sugar. Next I had the West Coast Omelet with a perfect blend of bacon, avocado, cheese, sour cream and salsa. I promised to split the biscuit with my husband, but it was so good I kept eating it all, sorry Honey. Some of the best biscuits I’ve had. They have a wide selection of delicious coffees and quite a nice variety of pancakes. Put this place on your list for this weekend!
The Drop Bistro
We’ve been here several times for happy hour and their drinks and apps are very good. We recently tried them for brunch and had such an incredible experience! Our server was amazing and the chef cut our shared items that we sampled in fourths for us. We started with the french toast. Ok, I really can’t decide who has the best french toast in the city. This was just sooo good made with ciabatta bread, soft & tender with pecan orange whipped butter….mmmmmm.
Then I branched out a little and had the croque madame – such an intense combination of flavors and textures with the capicola (chewy & delicious Italian pork), ciabatta, fontina, bechamel sauce and fried egg. Perfect.
Finally, we ended with some bread pudding, always made from scratch and different every week. This particular week was chocolate and oh my gosh, it was beyond incredible. And yes, they have mimosas!
Baked in Kansas City
This Westport bakery has gone through a few changes since its opening in January 2014 but I think it’s established itself as a premier brunch and patisserie spot in Kansas City. First of all, their mimosas, HUGE. Happy dance!
We split the cinnamon roll to start. Everyone has their own opinion of what makes a great cinnamon roll, but this one was close to perfect for me. An equal balance of cinnamon, glaze and roll – so good I bought another to take home.
Vicki and I then shared the herb omelette with cheese and it was amazing, the egg moist without being too wet and perfectly fluffy.
The french toast was delicate, buttery and sweet.
Our server was very good and was nice enough to bring the chef out to meet us. We were able to show our appreciation for such a wonderful meal. Add this to your list of must try brunches!
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