Sunday breakfast is all about the ritual of exploring Kansas City neighborhoods and finding local restaurants, coffee shops and cafes. There is something truly special about finding one-of-a-kind places to eat. It supports the local economy and gives us the opportunity to really savor the tastes of Kansas City. In recent weeks, we have visited a variety of fascinating coffee shops that are worth a second visit:
YY’s is within walking distance of the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, but miles apart in attitude. It is a “dive” in the best sense. The food is good, the maple syrup is real, and the few customers who fit in the confined space seem to represent a microcosm of Kansas City.
The Roasterie in Brookside is “Bean Baron” Danny O’Neill’s coffee shop that features his own locally roasted coffees, and a wonderful assortment of rolls, croissants and even desserts. It is wonderfully suited to the charm of neighborhood near our home. Danny travels the world in search of great coffee beans and has worked hard to perfect the art of fine coffee.
Hi Hat focuses on the Pembroke Hill School crowd. Parents drop by Hi Hat after dropping their kids off at school. Students visit the coffee shop before and after school. Too small to have much room inside for customers, except in the coldest weather there are often people gathered on the tiny front porch visiting and enjoying coffees, frozen drinks and muffins or rolls.
We have so many great places to explore here in Kansas City. It’s not only important to support our local businesses, but it’s just so much fun!