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Happy Gillis Cafe & Hangout

American, Cafe, Diner
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549 Gillis St, Kansas City, MO 64106-1261
Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

After reading earlier reviews my wife and I where drawn to Happy Gillis for there biscuits and gravy. The biscuit, under cooked and the eggs over cooked and the gravy was so so. I ordered the Smoked Salmon was was fantastic. The lunch menu look good so 'll give them another chance.

Thank Ken G
Springfield, Missouri
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Went there for breakfast with my friends. Food was good and atmosphere was familiar. I would go there again.

Thank Hhhenna
New York City, New York
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

While visiting KCMO for business, we found this place through a Google search. We like small businesses that take pride in their work. Happy Gillis is that kind of place! Superb menu, friendly & accommodating staff and a cozy, warm space to enjoy a meal. We went on a Sunday morning and I think we hit the brunch time rush.... More 

Thank Coog31
Concordia, Missouri
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a breakfast place close to the City Market & happened upon this little gem in an old sundries store. It had a fun, quirky vibe, with mismatched chairs, tables & plates. We had biscuits & gravy & a breakfast sandwich. The gravy, which everyone knows is the best part of B & G was delicious, it... More 

Thank mbscherer
Kansas City, Missouri
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2016

We love coming here for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. I like that they have some classic options like biscuits and gravy, and they also do some twists on a few classic meal options. For instance, you will probably never get a plain potato soup here, but you may get rosemary potato soup or cheesy potato soup and you'll be glad!... More 

Thank Cate W
Friendswood, Texas, United States
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

Want to fill up on down home goodness? Then this is your stop. Fluffy and flavorful biscuits with a gravy that has a hint of heat. Quaint neighborhood corner diner. I walked here alone from the downtown area without any worries. Relax and Enjoy your satisfied tummy and tastebuds.

Thank Sarah A
Kansas City, Missouri
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50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2016 via mobile

Once again I need half stars so I could give 3.5 stars. Happy Gillis is a place I want to love but ended up only liking. This is a pocket restaurant with maybe a dozen tables in a residential neighborhood. The staff cares about what they are doing and clearly love food. I love that they support local farms, in... More 

Thank GabrielJohnstone
Kearney, MO.
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368 reviews
328 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

We split the Pastrami and Portobello mushroom sandwich on Marble Rye with chips. We had plenty of food for us both and it was very good! There are only 7 tables inside and the come available very slowly because of the pace of the food coming out of the tiny kitchen. We shared a table with a couple who were... More 

Thank KearneyCat
Berlin, Germany
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2016

My sister & I went for lunch, & our sammiches were most excellent! I ordered the Pulled Pork with Kimchi, they don't cheat y'all on the serving & the Kimchi was kickin'! She ordered the Pimento Grilled Cheese, & that was also very tasty. The space in decked in grandma kitsch, it's got a good feel. I'm def returning here!

Thank SoJoDeLaHoho
Kansas City, Missouri
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2016

Good food. good vibe. friendly people everywhere well executed , interesting food made from quality ingredients.

Thank Ancalagan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 549 Gillis St, Kansas City, MO 64106-1261
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kansas City

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?