Kansas City, MO

Trying to find the best breakfast in Kansas City

CJ Coombs

Finding the best breakfast anywhere covers a variety of subjects, including what makes it the best. You start out with a list of venues. For some, it's the cost. It can also be the consistency that brings back repeat customers.

Some might say breakfast is breakfast. Well, that's not true in every case. Let's think about what makes it good experience when going out to a breakfast restaurant.

The menu variety

Having lots of options like the Corner Cafe is important unless you are indecisive. And isn't it funny how you always get the same thing instead of trying something new?

If you like a healthier option such as avocado toast, then you have to seek out the places that serve it like First Watch. This small chain has a variety of options. You can get the seasonal avocado toast with crab or the healthier version that's strictly avocado. If you don't want breakfast, go for brunch. I've been there so many times over the years and it's always a happy experience! Maybe you should go for the Million Dollar Bacon and the creative juice options.

A good breakfast venue will cater to different tastes and dietary needs. Whether it's a classic favorite such as pancakes and omelets or something healthier like avocado toast and smoothie bowls, a diverse menu ensures there;s something for everyone. If you want gluten-free, check out Succotash.

Photo byGinger Sue's/Facebook.

Quality of the food

The quality of food is probably the most important detail. Think about freshness. You might even consider going somewhere like Happy Gillis Cafe & Hangout or the Blue Bird Bistro which use locally sourced ingredients that support local farmers and businesses.

This commitment to quality can make all the difference in creating a memorable experience.

Customer service

You can't beat great friendly customer service, right? Another key factor in what makes a good breakfast restaurant is exceptional service. Friendly, attentive staff who genuinely care about making sure your experience is memorable is key. Why? Because they want you to come back again and again.

Having great customer service includes having the ability to listen. For example, my sad story is that I don't like cheese. I've tried saying, leave off the cheese, please, or leave off the dairy. Most of the time it works and sometimes it doesn't. I've even had the waiter blame it on the chef.

Quick service, attention to detail (listening skills included), and hearing about any personal recommendations helps to make a customer feel valued.

Photo byThe Big Biscuit/Facebook.

The atmosphere

I think the ambiance is an important factor too right down to having a comfortable chair to sit in. Maybe decor is important to you or lots of light coming in. Maybe you want to go somewhere that feels like its taking you back in time like The Big Biscuit. I remember going there when there was only one location and all of a sudden, the new venue exploded in popularity and they're around the city now.

Sometimes you also want to go somewhere where you can grab a booth and actually hear the person you're talking to. The noise factor plays a role in bringing you a positive experience. One of my favorite spots is Kate's Kitchen in the Northland. It has a bit of a feel like First Watch, but the food is good and you get a lot for your buck. Sometimes there's a lot of volume there, but it's a popular place.

Another place I enjoyed was Ginger Sue's up in Liberty because of one item they had that was prepared in a different way. It was their signature bacon! I was told several years ago it's sprinkled with sugar and rosemary and baked. They're also in Lee's Summit and Olathe.

The cost

For many, affordability is factored into what makes a breakfast restaurant good. While quality comes at a price, offering reasonable pricing options ensures all customers can have access to the menu including awesome taste and portion sizes. When grocery costs were rising, some of the restaurants had to tailor their costs accordingly.

When thinking about what makes a good breakfast restaurant, try to remember all the important factors:

  • Menu variety
  • Ingredient quality
  • Exceptional service
  • Inviting atmosphere
  • Affordability

When breakfast or brunch restaurants keep these elements in mind, they'll have customers coming back for more. Here's something else to think about, try going to a venue that isn't a chain. Sometimes those stand-alone places can knock your socks off.

Thanks for reading, and let me know your favorite breakfast spot!

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Multi-genre writer and author/publisher with a BA in Eng Journalism/Creative Writing. I worked in law firms for 30+ years and retired early to pursue writing. I was born into the Air Force, so you could say I'm from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Missouri. I love family, research, history, true crime, reading, art, and travel.

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