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Happy Gillis Cafe & Hangout

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549 Gillis St, Kansas City, MO 64106-1261
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Monday
Closed
Hours:
Sun 09:00 - 15:00
Tue 08:00 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 15:00
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Kansas City
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 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 

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Thank finertasteskc
Chicago vicinity
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212 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 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 

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Thank BigTool
Midwest
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210 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 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 

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Thank Lovtorun
Kansas City, Missouri
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161 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 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 

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Thank carolyn h
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 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 

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Thank BrewersMom
Kansas City, Missouri
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 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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Thank cknab1
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 reviews
Reviewed 23 March 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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Thank brittany m
Lawrenceville, GA
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111 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 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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Thank TWags52
Kansas City, Missouri
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 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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Thank Kirk_Hardcastle
Troy, Missouri
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83 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2015 via mobile

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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 15:00
Friday
08:00 - 15:00
Saturday
08:00 - 15:00
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?