Kansas City, KS

Historic breakfast eatery: Dagwood's Cafe has been around since 1938 which must mean something

CJ Coombs

This year marks 85 years for the popular breakfast and lunch cafe, Dagwood's Cafe, located at 1117 Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City, Kansas. Dagwood's Cafe has been operating since 1938.

Dagwood's is open from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. This cafe serves all things breakfast. Visit here to see the menu.

The historic Dagwood's Cafe has earned its place as a landmark in Kansas City, Kansas, especially having served the surrounding community for over eight decades. Imagine being taken there when you were younger and years later, you return with your own children. That's how a family tradition starts.

Historic restaurants have returning customers. Maybe this is an old school diner you chose to get reacquainted with. Regardless, it probably felt good to go back. When this eatery opened in 1938, it was known as Dagwood's Eat Shop and after that, it was Ruby's Dagwood's Cafe for a long time until it was acquired by another owner in 2010.

Many rely on Yelp reviews when trying a new breakfast joint. Overall, Dagwood's has a five-star review rating. It's a diner that's been around since 1938, and that has to mean something. Sometimes an eatery is all about the experience too. While some don't like the coffee here, some do.

If you like bling with your breakfast, this probably isn't the place or you. If you want a breakfast that tastes like it was made in your aunt's kitchen, or you like the small town feeling of stepping into an old diner, this might be your spot.

Interestingly, also in 1938, rural Kansas was getting electric power with the Brown-Atchison Electric Cooperative stringing up wire. That gives you a taste of how old Dagwood's is. So far, it must be doing something right because it has stood the test of time.

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