Feb / 15

The brunches you have to try

Consider the facts: You’re allowed to start drinking before noon, the food is comforting and delicious and it’s the perfect opportunity to unwind before jumping into the busy week ahead. We rounded up a dozen morning meals worth getting out of bed for from all over KC.

Food and drink

Yes, this Crossroads-based restaurant specializes in the cuisine of its owners’ native Germany, but Affäre’s Sunday-only brunch menu proves there’s more to Continental breakfast than cold cuts and cheese plates. Choose from familiar favorites with a European spin, including Arme Ritter, the German version of French toast, made with brioche bread and topped with vanilla sauce; Kaiserschmarrn, shredded, fluffy crepes served with almonds, rum raisins and caramelized apples; and the Affäre Omelette, stuffed with house-cured Canadian style ham, red peppers, asparagus, and fontina cheese. Or try something new—like our favorite, the Käsespätzle, soft egg noodles topped with a blend of cheeses, plus chorizo and onions. Wash it all down with a Bloody Mary with your choice of add-ons, such as bacon powder, blue cheese or a shrimp skewer, or opt for endless mimosas for $10.

Glowing diner reviews landed the restaurant inside The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art on online booking service OpenTable’s list of the country’s top 100 brunch spots, and who are we to argue? Chef Jennifer Maloney’s brunch menu changes weekly but features a few consistent favorites, including the Café Benny, which features poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce served atop meaty crab cakes with a side of roasted potatoes, and the Raisin Brioche French Toast topped with fresh berries and Vermont maple syrup, plus a side of bacon from Missouri-based Burgers’ Smokehouse. The setting—in a colorful courtyard with wall-to-wall art—is as attractive as the dishes.