Every spring and fall, Ink magazine publishes a comprehensive bar guide full of detailed info on hundreds of bars in the Kansas City area.
For our fall 2014 bar guide, we went with a booze-for-breakfast theme. Reporting and writing the cover story meant scoping out cocktails at eight Kansas City bars with great brunches. Tough job, right?
The drinks were amazing — think spiked caramel lattes, bacon Bloody Marys and endless mimosas — and the food was just as memorable.
Here are 10 of the best brunch dishes I tried while working on Ink magazine’s fall bar guide, on stands now through Oct. 1.
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Turkey sandwich at Ca Va in Westport: This open-face sandwich is stacked fresh bread with thick-cut turkey, smoky bacon slices and the most beautiful golden heirloom tomatoes. The champagne bar also serves some of the best quiche I’ve ever had — the flaky, buttery crust is the perfect match for a mimosa from Ca Va’s mimosa bar.
Burnt end hash at RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack in Mission: Breakfast gets the barbecue treatment with this smoky hash, which mixes sauteed onions, peppers and mushrooms with burnt ends and house-smoked bacon. I’m also a fan of the Santa Fe Chorizo Scramble, scrambled eggs with smoked chorizo sausage, pepper jack cheese and pico de gallo. Both breakfasts pair perfectly with RJ’s saucy BBQ Bloody Mary.
BLT at Sasha’s Baking Co. in downtown Kansas City: Slices of fresh-baked bread sandwich heirloom tomatoes, crisp lettuce and lots and lots of thick-cut bacon. It’s hands down one of the best BLTs I’ve ever had. With a side of chilled gazpacho dappled with olive oil, it’s a midday meal that explodes with late summer flavor.
Pozole Rojo con Huevo at Voltaire in the West Bottoms: Picture a football-sized bowl filled with braised pork, tender hominy, red chiles, crispy tortilla strips and a fried egg. The Mexican-style comfort food pairs perfectly with a spicy Michelada. Prefer noodles? Order the Korean ramen, served in a rich broth with crispy beef short rib.
Shrimp toast at Bo Ling’s on the Plaza: My favorite dish at Bo Ling’s dim sum brunch is a crispy fried pillow of dough stuffed with minced shrimp and sprinkled with sesame seeds. The gourmet Hot Pocket tastes even better if you wash it down with a sip from Bo Ling’s enormous Scorpion Bowl cocktail, which comes with a flaming volcano in the middle.
Crawfish eggs benedict at The Corner Restaurant in Westport: When a server and a bartender both recommended this dish, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. Picture oversized Wolferman’s English muffins topped with stewed greens, hearty crawfish patties, poached eggs and dreamy hollandaise sauce. The hearty breakfast comes with hashbrowns or golden house potatoes.