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Happy Gillis Cafe & Hangout

549 Gillis St, Kansas City, MO
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Ranked #75 of 1,201 restaurants in Kansas City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 8:00 am
Fri 4:00 pm - 9:00 am
Cuisines: American, Diner
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English first
Kansas City, Missouri
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Kansas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My brother recommended "Happy Gillis," so we decided to make it our Sunday morning breakfast destination during our last K.C. visit. While it was different than what we'd expected, we really weren't disappointed! The little waitress with her green hair was very helpful and friendly, as were all the staff we talked to. The breakfast sandwich was excellent -- and... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Very small menu (about 6 sandwiches and 2 salads) but everything was extremely fresh and their flavor combinations were amazing! Looks like a dive, but don't let that fool you! Great food, Definitely should give it a try!

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Mount Vernon, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This location may not be in the most happening part if the town none-the-less it was a great find. I had a mushroom panini (I am a veggie) which tasted really amazing along with chips and homemade walnut chocolate cookie. It is a great place for the organic aficionado. In one short line great way to start your day. I... More

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Kansas City
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We love this place. Most of the ingredients are from local farms, dairy farms, butchers, etc.. The food is excellent. There are some uniques combinations but they always work. The place is small, but somehow it all woks out. We have neve had a bad meal there. If you want quick or cookie cutter go to Chili's or Wendy's. If... More

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Austin, TX
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Having the internet in the palm of my hand made me very happy, because we were able to find Happy Gillis for a lunch stop during a long road trip. The food at Happy Gillis is fresh, prepared from scratch, locally sourced, and delicious! We had a pork confit sandwich, salad of the day and soup of the day. The... More

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Springfield, Missouri
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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Happy Gillis made me very happy, good quality food, very tasty, I love little gems like this one! At first the price seemed high but the freshly made tasty goodness won me over & reminded me how important it is to support quality local establishments! After all you are what you eat :o) and I prefer to be Happy! The... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Although hard to find if you don't know the area - it's worth the search. Great sandwich and soup for lunch. Seating a little limited in the cold weather. I'd go back again!!!!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This is one of the best breakfast spots in all of Kansas City. The food is excellent as is the service and the atmosphere cannot be beat. The biscuits and gravy were excellent, but the breakfast BLT was unreal. The bacon was thick and tasty, the tomatoes were thick and juicy, and the bread was great as well. It is... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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120 reviews 120 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

I visited Happy Gillis with a co-worker for lunch. My ham and cheese sandwich was actually very good. It has a nice mustard and honey taste and was truly delicious. The place is small with only a few tables and the decor is rather twilight-zonish with some old antique plates on the wall and a strange pea-soup green paint on... More

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