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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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8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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, Seating, Takeout

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great breakfast spot

KC friends took me here and I was impressed. I had a creative and very tasty oatmeal and egg dish. With bacon and squash too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
via mobile
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

KC friends took me here and I was impressed. I had a creative and very tasty oatmeal and egg dish. With bacon and squash too.

Thank Yamachaser
Kansas City, Missouri
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183 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Everything I have ever thought about breakfast has been a lie. The place is tiny, but a seat always seems to magically just open up once you are ready to sit down. The menu is small, but the options are fresh and SO SO good. Plus, you really don't need anything on it besides the biscuits and gravy. Paul and... More 

Thank travelcal033
Kansas City
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Can I just say how much I love this place? After hearing great reviews from those living in Columbus Park and friends traveling from the suburbs to visit, I knew I had to make a trip. Girlfriends in tow, I made my way on a Sunday afternoon for a late lunch. The café has such a great ambience -- it... More 

Thank finertasteskc
Chicago vicinity
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215 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We saw this place on DDD. It's the sort of place that you'd expect to see on that show- a small neighborhood diner with a sophisticated menu. We had breakfast here and it was superb. I had the green eggs and ham (pesto) and the Wife had the Breakfast sandwich. We definitely want to try lunch here the next time... More 

Thank BigTool
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127 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We stopped by here for lunch one day on our way home from errands. The neighborhood is so picturesque with lots of historic buildings. It was easy to find street parking nearby. There were several outdoor tables on the sidewalk in the shade, but we opted to eat indoors. Orders are placed at the counter, then brought to your table... More 

Thank Lovtorun
Kansas City, Missouri
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135 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

First let me say, "Redeye Gravy & Grits" perfectly cooked grits, with shreds of country ham, very thin sliced pickled celery for a little acidity. Topped with "corn nuts" which had the most perfectly little crunch. You also get a soft egg on the side. Biscuits and gravy are simply perfect, as is the huge breakfast sandwich. This couple offers... More 

Thank carolyn h
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

We spent most of our time in a completely different part of KC so when the GPS took us here we were completely confused as to where we were. It was hidden in a little neighborhood that seems to be becoming re-established. In any event, the food was great and exactly the right size. I got the half portion of... More 

Thank BrewersMom
Kansas City, Missouri
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

Thank cknab1
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 reviews
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.

Thank brittany m
Lawrenceville, GA
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70 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 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.

Thank TWags52

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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
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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