Brunch is a mainstay of any vacation. It’s your chance to put down the phones, connect with your friends & family, and set the tone for an amazing day. Coffee helps, so does a Bloody Mary.
We did the hard work. We loaded up on skillets, burritos, pancakes, waffles, and yes, even the mimosas to find some of the best brunch in KC | OP. No thanks necessary, but please send elastic pants.
- The Shack - With two locations in Overland Park, The Shack is all about breakfast and lunch. The menu is inspiring with Starchy & Cluck (fried chicken & waffles) and Gringo Killer™ (chorizo breakfast skillet). You want to skip right to the Adult Swim section where you can find spiked coffee, three different Bloody Mary’s and boozie milkshakes. The restaurant décor is fun, including customer doodles on plywood walls. This popular restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so arrive early to claim your seat!
- Wooden Spoon - A traditional diner-style breakfast joint; you’ll find homemade favorites at The Wooden Spoon in central Overland Park. Locals and visitors love the corned beef hash and the egg panwich, an egg sandwich with pancakes instead of bread. Pro tip: ask for a side of the hash brown casserole. It’s topped with ooey-gooey melted cheese.
- McLain’s Market - McLain’s Market in Overland Park is the sister store to Kansas City mainstay, McLain’s Bakery. You’ll find delicious, locally-sourced brunch options that we could write about all day. (We’re partial to the market bowl and their homemade chicken salad.) But what we need visitors to know, and this is SO important: don’t leave without dessert. We’re serious. McLain’s roots are in baking for heaven’s sakes. There are homemade pastries, donuts, muffins, “cup cookies” and other sweet bites. One more tip? Grab a coffee to go. You’ll be grateful as you hit all the nearby attractions in KC | OP.
- Ambrosia Café - Chef Rich and his wife Colleen opened Ambrosia Café in downtown Overland Park in 2017. It continues to be a staple of the vibrant scene. It’s a cozy space with a chef-driven menu made from scratch daily. Our favorite is the blueberry-stuffed French toast. Build in time after breakfast to explore downtown’s small-town vibes with unique offerings. Maybe even check out the Farmers’ Market if you are there on a Saturday morning.
- Brass Onion - The word is out. Locally-owned Brass Onion’s weekend brunch is one of the best in OP. Brunch starts at 10am but hold off on any pre-gaming because the options are plentiful. Brunch offerings include Mr. B’s fried chicken, low country biscuits & gravy, and shrimp & grits. Plus, there’s a full cocktail menu devoted to brunch including our favorite, The Sunny Side – orange vodka, pear, lemon and prosecco.
And The Winner Is
How can we possibly choose a favorite? Okay. Okay. And the winner is… The Brass Onion. Homemade fried chicken is hard to beat, especially when paired with a waffle and spicy Bloody Maria.
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