Posted: March 15, 2013
Written by: Amy G.
When I think of Cascone’s I think of yummy Italian food.
However, one day my husband came home and told me he had gone to lunch at Cascone’s Grill in the River Market area of downtown Kansas City. I was surprised to hear that he had eaten pancakes and Italian sausage for lunch. He suggested that we should go for breakfast sometime on a Saturday morning. I was still finding it hard to believe that an Italian restaurant served good old American pancakes. Well, to my surprise Cascone’s Grill serves up a very good home-style breakfast and lunch with a wide selection to choose from. People sometimes wait in line to enjoy this delicious meal.
Cascone’s Grill is now one of our breakfast favorites and we like to invite family and friends to come enjoy it with us. One of their fluffy pancakes (or two) is always on our meal selection. And, I love the Italian toast, and country sausage and gravy with crispy hash browns. You can also order a side of marinara to go with your Italian sausage! They also serve breakfast sandwiches. My nephew really enjoyed the BLT. Last weekend we got to taste the fried chicken for our mid-morning outing.
This quaint diner is family owned and operated, and has been a major presence in the River Market area for many years. It is a neighborhood favorite with its great food, friendly staff and casual dining atmosphere. If you have not already been there I highly recommend giving it a try next time you are headed to the City Market for a morning of shopping. It might just become one of your favorites too.
Posted: April 12, 2012
Written by: Jeanne B.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and enjoying breakfast at a restaurant is a favorite of mine. My husband and I like to kick off our busy weekends with a good breakfast out when possible. There are so many wonderful places to choose from, but one of our special places is Chaz. We so enjoyed the charming atmosphere, special cuisine and wonderful service that it became a favorite of ours. Chaz on the Plaza is the signature restaurant at The Raphael and offers creative American cuisine. It is known as a wonderful place to enjoy lunch, or a romantic dinner, and has a lounge that offers entertainment by local musicians Tuesdays through Sundays. We were so pleased to find it is also a wonderful place for breakfast a well.
The breakfast menu at Chaz features traditional fare with a special touch. You can get Chicken Fried Steak, Eggs Benedict, Lox and Bagels, or Smoked Salmon Benedict just to name a few of their entrees. There is something for all tastes from light to heavier fare. My personal favorite is the Petite Filet with toasted gorgonzola, parmesan potato cake, eggs and Hollandaise sauce. They also serve morning cocktails, such as mimosas, breakfast martinis and several more special selections. We enjoyed this dining experience so much that we now have several friends meeting us for breakfast there regularly and it is always a fun event.
Chaz on the Plaza is a wonderful dining experience. I highly recommend giving it a try, and think you will enjoy it as much as we do. You may become a regular too!
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Posted: November 3, 2011
Written by: Krista P.
I like to eat. A lot. One of my absolute favorite meals is brunch. Ah, brunch. Just thinking about it makes me smile; do I want breakfast or lunch today? Or both? Such is the beauty of brunch. Kansas City is quickly moving up the ranks as a foodie’s delight, but still remains an unknown gem to a lot of the country. Those of us who live here, though, know there’s no shortage of amazing dining options, brunch included. So where are some of my favorite brunch haunts? Well, I’m glad you asked.
Room 39 – This menu changes with the seasons, but the food is always superb. Using only the freshest ingredients, Chefs Ted Habiger and Andy Sloan have created a menu for all to enjoy. My choice? The Steak and Eggs Benedict (offered only on Saturdays) is hands down my number one choice, however, the Croque Madame is a close second. Also find on the menu delights like Brioche French Toast and Bacon, Oven Eggs and the Quiche of the Day. There’s plenty to please everyone. The portions are on the smaller side but not stingy by any means. You will definitely get your money’s worth and leave satisfied. The restaurant has two locations, and I suggest making reservations to secure your spot.
Beer Kitchen No. 1 – One of my favorite restaurants in Kansas City, Beer Kitchen is sure to please. Without a doubt, start your meal with the Drunken Doughnuts. These are homemade doughnuts that you dip in chocolate sauce made with Grand Marnier. Sound good? They’re not just good, they’re unbelievably good! My only complaint is that there’s always more sauce than doughnuts to dunk and it’s hard for me to resist eating the rest of it with a spoon. (It’s better than sticking my finger in it!) After your brunch “appetizer” enjoy soups, salads, burgers (I always get the Smokestack), dutch baby’s (try the Bavarian Apple), omeletes, grilled sandwiches and more. Beer Kitchen is known for their burgers, but their breakfast packs a punch. I plan to keep going until I’ve tried everything!
Avenue’s Bistro – One of my favorites for lunch, dinner or brunch, Avenue’s knows a thing or two about good food. Their brunch includes a few select entrees with a buffet, or you can upgrade to a different meal for a few dollars more. Their buffet has everything from sliced meats and cheeses to fresh fruit, pastries, shrimp and salads and some house favorites such as Chicken Piccata, Roast Pork Loin or Baked Pasta. The last time I enjoyed brunch at Avenue’s I decided to upgrade to the Crab & Potato Frico. I am really glad I did as it is my new favorite. Avenue’s has two locations, one in Brookside and one in Leawood.
Genessee Royale – Maybe one of the quirkiest places for brunch in town, Genessee Royale is located in an old gas station in the West Bottoms – one of the most interesting and storied parts of Kansas City. The first time I went there I drove right by it. Inside, though, is a wonderland of mix-matched delights. The décor seems plucked straight from the vintage market and the servers all have a certain artistic flair, but despite the hodge-podge appearance of the place the food is put together just right. I would suggest the Buttermilk Biscuit and Fried Chicken but you can’t go wrong with the traditional Stockyard’s Plate either!
Story – One of the newest restaurants in town, Story, is nestled in the heart of Prairie Village. Story is a trendy and upscale dining environment, but the food is down-to-earth and something everyone can enjoy. It’s a little pricier than your typical brunch fare; however, it’s worth it down to the last bite. I’ve only been one time but I hope to go again soon. It was that good. My husband and I frequently enjoy brunch with some friends and between the four of us we enjoyed the Fried Chicken, Steak & Eggs, French Toast and Pork Sandwich and Fries. I don’t think any of us left hungry or disappointed. This is quality food!
Whether you live in KC or are just visiting, I hope you try one of these amazing brunch spots! Who knows, you might see me there.