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These Kansas City brunch spots help hungry runners refuel

In honor of National Running Day, here’s a list of six Kansas City brunch spots that serve up great post-race grub. You can find more info about local trails, running clubs, and upcoming races in

Ink’s 2013 running guide

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Succotash

This cozy, centrally located “bruncheonette” has a full-service juice bar and lots of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Succotash also serves a couple of over-the-top breakfast dishes that are perfect for curing hangovers or post-race hunger pangs.

The Kitchen Sink ($8.50) is a heap of eggs scrambled with ham, peppers, onions and cheddar cheese served on home fries and drenched in gravy. There’s a meat-free version, too.

The Sumo Wrestler ($15) consists of everything in the Kitchen Sink stuffed inside a buttermilk pancake and smothered with even more gravy.

Succotash, 2601 Holmes Road, is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Info: succotash
Beer Kitchen

Maybe it’s the carbs, maybe it’s the carbonation, but few things taste better than a cold beer after a long, hot run. This Westport beer bar taps into its deep supply of brewskis during its decadent weekend brunch.

On the food menu: A splurge-worthy Red Velvet Waffle ($8) and a Pork Belly Waffle Dinner ($14), a hearty stack of two fried eggs and maple-braised pork belly on a cheddar-bacon-chive waffle with bourbon syrup. Health nuts will dig the Caramelized Grapefruit ($4) and the house-made tomato mix in the Bloody Marys. You know, for the lycopene.

Beer Kitchen, 435 Westport Road, serves brunch from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Info: beerkitchenkc.com Port Fonda

Palm tree decals on the floor-to-ceiling windows make this bustling Mexican joint feel like it’s tucked in a beachy south-of-the-border hideaway — not in Westport.

The weekend brunch menu is always changing, but you can count on a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar with several kinds of tequila, mezcal and hot sauces to pick from. The food is equally spicy: Imagine chimichangas made with bacon and poblano cream, ricotta doughnuts dipped in Christopher Elbow drinking chocolate, and biscuits and gravy made from handmade sausage from The Local Pig.

Port Fonda, 4141 Pennsylvania Ave., serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Info: portfondakc.com Cafe Gratitude

If you don’t want to undo all your hard work, head over to Cafe Gratitude to fill up on food that won’t fill you out. The cafe serves organic, plant-based meals that leave you feeling healthy and satisfied.

Order the staff-recommended I Am Awake ($9.75), gluten-free buckwheat pancakes, or the hearty I Am Bonita ($10), a spicy protein-packed bowl of brown rice or quinoa, black beans, salsa fresca and avocado served with rustic corn tortillas, nacho cheese (made from cashews) and fresh lime. Wash it down with a hydrating I Am Cured drink ($6.75) made with coconut water. The vitamin-packed tonic also works for hangovers. Cafe Gratitude’s breakfast is available all day.

Cafe Gratitude, 333 Southwest Blvd., is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Info: cafegratitudekc.com Poco’s on the Boulevard

This Southwest Boulevard spot — which recently was revamped on an episode of the Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” — serves breakfast all day and has something for every runner’s appetite. Craving sugar? Order up a stack of blueberry, buttermilk, chocolate chip or pecan pancakes ($1.50-$2 each). Need cheese? Go for the goat cheese tamales ($9) or a cheddar-stuffed omelette ($8). Spicy types will like the huevos rancheros ($8), chilaquiles ($9) or breakfast tacos ($7), kicked up a notch with chorizo and jalapenos.

Poco’s on the Boulevard, 3063 Southwest Blvd., is open from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Info: pocosontheblvd.com Blue Bird Bistro

I like running, but I’m more of a three-mile person than a 26.2-mile person. A couple years ago, I completed a half marathon and, shortly after crossing the finish line at Crown Center, ordered my family to drive me to Blue Bird Bistro for Ciabatta French Toast, bacon, and a Bloody Mary.

The thought of that buttery, nutty French toast -- drizzled with real maple syrup, not the fake stuff -- was what got me through those last three miles. That, and little cups of Gatorade handed to me by strangers.

Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes dining and bar guides for Ink magazine. She also writes a monthly cooking story for The Star’s food section and tweets (mostly) about food @sarah_gish.
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