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Happy Gillis Cafe & Hangout

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American, Diner
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549 Gillis St, Kansas City, MO
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Up scale meal in a neighborhood restaurant

I love having breakfast at Happy Gillis because I have food there that exist nowhere else. Their take on everyday items that turn into culinary delights is a treasure every time we go. Do yourself a big favor and go there and try something new.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I love having breakfast at Happy Gillis because I have food there that exist nowhere else. Their take on everyday items that turn into culinary delights is a treasure every time we go. Do yourself a big favor and go there and try something new.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Happy Gillis ferments their own kimchi, and uses the leftover juices to make kimchi bloody marys, which are divine. I'm not a huge fan of bloody marys but I loved them. I also ordered biscuits and gravy which were very good. The atmosphere is another reason to come here, and they are a business that truly supports local.

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Lawrenceville, GA
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64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Nice spot for lunch. A good local area place that caters to those that like to know where their food came from.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We LOVE Happy Gillis. Great food from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, a relaxed, easy-going atmosphere, and warm, friendly people. Luscious recipes, beautifully prepared with a deft hand. Unexpectedly rich flavors, and in an atmosphere that invites you to linger over coffee and conversation. This is what breakfast is meant to be. It's perfect.

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Troy, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I am so glad Farmhouse was had the doors locked even with the open sign on so that we went in search of our second choice (only bc it was farther away) Happy Gillis! Such a great little place! We lucked out in our timing and got ordered and found a place to seat right away. Really cute quirky place... More 

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Kansas City, MO
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

I came here at the recommendation of a friend who loves it. I had the soup du jour, which was butternut squash and was quite delicious. The sandwich I had was Asian pulled pork with home made kimchi. It was good, although I might have enjoyed it more without the kimchi. Still this is a fine place. I had an... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

Best biscuits and gravy ever. ...fresh...fresh ingredients make a huge difference. The grits with rib eye were off the chart tasty and perfect on a cold Dec day. We will be back

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My wife and I have been visiting local spots for breakfast and Happy Gillis was at the top of our list. I had the biscuits and gravy and my wife had a breakfast sandwich. Both were outstanding! We loved that we could buy and bring home the coffee mugs. The spot had a very small town feel to it as... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We are out of towners, was hoping for brunch but only lunch was available. The date grilled cheese was good but the bloody Mary's were just ok. The soup of the day was just ok. Cute place but wouldn't race back.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I just ate at Happy Gillis the first time since it sold. The new owner kept the fresh savory favorites and made them better. The new owner is present and really making this long time favorite even more authentic. I had a grilled sandwich that was mostly non-meat proteins and vegetables. The flow and layout of the tables and drink... More 

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Additional Information about Happy Gillis Cafe & Hangout

Address: 549 Gillis St, Kansas City, MO
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kansas City
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cuisine: American, Diner

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 549 Gillis St, Kansas City, MO
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kansas City

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Diner
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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