In honor of KC Local Week, we’ve rounded up some of our top picks of breakfast and brunch spots that are worth waking up for. And if you need an extra little jolt to help get your day started, be sure to stop by one our favorite coffee shops around the KC metro area.

Aixois Bistro

For more upscale morning outings, Aixois Bistro in Brookside provides the perfect setting. Sample classic French fare on the lovely outdoor patio (leashed dogs are welcome to join diners) or enjoy the scenic views from the window­lined private banquet room. Aixois offers brunch on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The brunch menu includes omelettes, quiche pastries, coffee, fruit and more. We recommend trying the simple yet delicious salade maison, a mixed green salad with citrus vinaigrette and sautéed potatoes.

251 E 55th St, Kansas City, MO 64113 | aixoisbistro.com

Carmen’s Cocina II

No matter where you live in the KC metro area, it’s worth your while to head to Olathe for a fresh, authentic Mexican breakfast. Carmen’s has a devoted following of regular customers who line up as early as 7 a.m. to get their fill of favorites such as breakfast burritos and quesadillas. This family­-owned establishment also offers gorditas and tortas served with egg, potatoes, cheese and your choice of bacon, ham, sausage or chorizo. Or try the massive platter of huevos rancheros with beans and potatoes – you won’t regret it.

15926 S Mur­Len Rd, Olathe, KS 66062 | carmenscocina2.com

Chez Elle Creperie and Coffeehouse

Need a little escape? Chez Elle Creperie and Coffeehouse in Kansas City’s westside neighbrhood, will make you feel as though you’ve just stepped into a Parisian café – and you probably won’t want to leave any time soon. Chez Elle offers a huge selection of savory and sweet crepes to satisfy any type of craving. Customers can dine at intimate bistro tables surrounded by beautiful pieces of art, or lounge outside under the signature red umbrellas on the patio. Of course, you’ll want to take home some fresh pastries to enjoy later. 

1713 Summit St, Kansas City, MO 64108 | chezellekc.com

eggtc.

eggtc. will please the breakfast traditionalist as well as those folks looking to branch out from the basic bacon, eggs and toast. Located in the South Plaza neighborhood, this popular spot serves up breakfast and brunch staples along with specialty creations such as Bananutella french toast – yum! The restaurant’s quirky, colorful décor is sure to help you start the day in a cheerful mood. Don’t forget to try a drink from the extensive coffee bar, featuring locally­brewed Parisi coffee.

5107 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112 | eggtckc.com

Barrel 31

When it comes to brunch spots, Barrel 31 in Martini Corner is one of KC’s hidden gems. The low­key, relaxed atmosphere makes this the perfect place to sip mimosas with the girls while indulging on dishes such as the “fat madame” (Brioche, Fried Egg, Crispy Pork Belly, Gouda Mornay, Fresh Fruit) or the “hakuna frittata.” For those looking for more healthy options, check out the Skinny Britches (fruit and yogurt) or gluten free Whole Oat Banana Pancakes.

400 E 31st St, Kansas City, MO 64108 | barrel31.com

 

Photos by Shanda Cook, Laura Noll and Allie McDowell

 

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