Spring has finally arrived in Kansas City, and it couldn’t get here soon enough. No more snow, no more Arctic-blast temperatures, no more rummaging through the pantry for sustenance. Throw caution to the wind, and enjoy this beautiful weather! Treat yourself to a freshly brewed cup of coffee, eggs benedict, even a mimosa or two.

Here are our 10 favorite KC spots for that lazy late-morning meal. What are you waiting for? Get out there and brunch.

10. Eggtc.

Enjoy fantastic, all-American fare at this South Plaza favorite. Named “Best Breakfast and Brunch” by Kansas City Magazine, Eggtc. specializes in stick-to-your-ribs breakfasts like country fried steak & eggs and “banatella” (yes, that's banana and Nutella) French toast, artful coffee beverages and delicious morning cocktails. Brunch is served daily from 6:30am (you're welcome, early birds!) to 2:30pm. 5107 Main Street, South Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri. 816.561.0116, eggtckc.com  Anna Dudenhoeffer Simpson

9. The Brick

Sometimes brunch is a time for recovery from whatever it was that happened the night before. When it's this very specific comfort you seek, the Brick delivers. First, shake the edge off with $1 Bloody Marys (up the ante with house pepper-infused vodka, available by request). Then saddle up to the biscuits and gravy bar, which features handmade, from-scratch Southern-style biscuits that you can top with either a traditional cream gravy or a spicy chorizo offering. We recommend the latter. The beloved Crossroads dive also serves up other serious comfort classics, including shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles – or, if you just want some eggs and bacon, they can help you with that, too. Hangovers note: Brickfast is available on Saturdays only. Sunday, you're on your own. The Brick, 1727 McGee St., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.421.1634, thebrickkcmo.com  April Fleming

8. Urban Table

Treat yourself to delicious modern American cuisine at Corinth’s “urban bistro.” Whether you fancy home-style breakfast specials (grilled doughnuts, waffle sliders, breakfast tacos) or healthier fare, like the house-made granola parfait or an egg white omelette, you’ll love Urban Table’s funky minimalist vibe, seasonal ingredients and innovative brunch items. 8232 Mission Road, Corinth Square, Prairie Village, Kansas, 913.948.6900, urbantablekc.com  Anna Dudenhoeffer Simpson

7. The Farmhouse

This Rivermarket staple partners with Kansas and Missouri farmers to provide some of the best locally sourced comfort food in Kansas City. From farm-fresh eggs and house-made bacon to hearty biscuits and gravy, brunch at The Farmhouse is always seasonal, sustainable and downright delicious. And with an exposed brick interior and rustic-chic décor, The Farmhouse is as hip as it is tasty. Farm-to-table at its finest. 300 Delaware Street, Rivermarket, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.569.6032, eatatthefarmhouse.com  Anna Dudenhoeffer Simpson

6. You Say Tomato

This eclectic neighborhood restaurant, housed in the old Weneck Brothers grocery store, regularly draws a crowd for weekend brunch. Dine-in guests queue up and order before settling in at a table, taking in thrift store art and ephemera that quietly generates a warm, cozy ambiance. Steam rises from mugs of coffee as conversation unfurls. Soon, plates arrive loaded with baked French toast, Jane’s popular knish, BLT, bierock or weekly panini and flatbread specials. Must-order made-from-scratch biscuits, topped with sausage or mushroom gravy, fit squarely in the comfort zone of classic brunch. While You Say Tomato doesn’t offer alcoholic drinks, the food and atmosphere deliver its own feel-good buzz. Brunch served Saturday and Sunday, 8 am 'til 2 pm. 2801 Holmes, Union Hill, Kansas City, Missouri. 816.756.5097, facebook.com/yousaytomato  Pete Dulin

5. Beer Kitchen

The perfect spot for a little Sunday morning “hair of the dog,” Beer Kitchen’s hearty Southern-inspired brunch dishes, killer playlist and knock-your-socks-off Bloody Marys turn brunch into a party. Saddle up to the bar and start your day with a Cajun Mary—Absolut Peppar, spicy tomato mix, fresh jalapeños and a cucumber slice—or grab a table and chow down on hand-cut sweet potato fries, brunch enchiladas or the chicken and waffle special. 435 Westport Road, Westport, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.389.4180, beerkitchenkc.com  Anna Dudenhoeffer Simpson

4. Bristol Seafood Grill

If you like your brunches expansive and beautiful, try the incredible Sunday buffet brunch at the Bristol, which has two locations each in KC and St. Louis (we tried the downtown KC spot). The Bristol is known for having its fresh catches flown in daily, and the restaurant doesn't skimp on the seafood offerings even at the buffet. The “cold line” features generous hunks of fresh seared tuna, mussels, shrimp, sushi, oysters and salmon. Across the dining room, a chef makes omelets to order, while also offering guests cuts of prime rib and honey ham. Lobster macaroni and cheese, Brussels sprouts, Thai chicken wings, bacon, eggs and sausage, among other treats, are all kept warm nearby. If that’s not enough, fresh waffles with honey butter and fruit compote are delivered to your table upon request, and a dessert bar and Bloody Mary bar also await. Bottles of wine under $100 are also half price on Sundays. This crazy, rich spread is just $26 per plate but feels like a million bucks. Bristol Seafood Grill, 51 E. 14th St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.448.6007, bristolseafoodgrill.com  April Fleming

3. Westport Café and Bar

This charming Westport brasserie offers brunch staples with an elegant French twist. Think crepes madame, brioche French toast, lemon ricotta pancakes and eggs Florentine. The checkerboard floors, bistro tables and elbow-to-elbow seating will make you feel like you’re brunching in a quaint Parisian café. Plus, all brunch entrées, served Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am to 4pm, include a gratis breakfast cocktail. We’ll drink to that! 419 Westport Road, Westport, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.931.4740, westportcafeandbar.com — Anna Dudenhoeffer Simpson

2. Voltaire

With a worldly brunch menu that zips from savory to sweet, and craft cocktails that can't be beat, Voltaire is delivers brunch like the mailman. Offered 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday only, it has become a favorite industry stop. Chef Wes Gartner and his partner Jill Myers have created a perfectly chill atmosphere where you can carry on a conversation and enjoy the food in front of you. Take a seat at the gorgeous dark bar and have bartender Ryan Miller mix you a mid-day libation. Don’t miss the eggs benedict with house-smoked trout and poached egg. It comes on a house-baked English muffin with roasted yellow pepper Hollandaise. 1617 Genessee St., West Bottoms, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.472.1200, voltairekc.com – Jenny Vergara

1. Happy Gillis Café and Hangout

“Happy” aptly describes the vintage tables, mismatched chairs and antique plate collection in this wildly popular Columbus Park eatery. Husband-and-wife chefs Abbey-Jo and Josh Eans uses many nearby suppliers, from Broadway Butcher sausage for the cilantro-dotted biscuits and gravy to Local Pig chorizo verde tucked inside massive scrambled egg burritos. You can also sip a Bloody Mary or beer alongside salad showcasing golden beets, smoked trout on pumpernickel, or wild mushroom grilled cheese with arugula on farm bread. Delicious. 549 Gillis St., Columbus Park, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.471.3663, happygillis.com  Lisa Waterman Gray


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Writer Pete Dulin is the author of Kansas City Beer: A History of Brewing in the Heartland, KC Ale Trail, and Expedition of Thirst: Exploring Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries Across Central Kansas and Missouri.

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