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Breakfasts at Blue Bird Bistro (KCMO), Great Day Cafe (Overland Park), 119th Street Diner (Olathe)

Melanie Wong | May 27, 201112:32 PM     6

Friday’s breakfast stop was BLUE BIRD BISTRO in the West Side/Crossroads neighborhood. The skies opened up for a deluge of biblical proportions, and I was grateful to my waitress who found a stray umbrella that I could take with me.
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I loved the funky, casual, lived-in ambience here. The vintage tin ceiling is beautiful.
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I tried a half order of biscuits and gravy including housemade sausage, $5.70, plus a side of one poached egg, $1.25. The sausage and the mushroom gravy were so good. Unfortunately, the biscuit seemed like it had been handled roughly turning out tough and hard. But it was easily ignored surrounded by so much wonderfulness. Coffee, $2.30, was characterful and kept refilled yet rather acidic.
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Blue Bird Bistro celebrates local, sustainable sourcing. Here’s what I’m calling its “hall of fame” of local farms, growers, and suppliers.
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I’d overheard someone at the farmers market rave about the soups at GREAT DAY CAFÉ in Overland Park, so I headed over there to see what might be up for breakfast.
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No wait at 9am on Saturday, but here’s the colorful bench in case there is a line.
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A cup of green posole for breakfast turned out to be super sour from the tomatillos and little else to balance it. The chunks of white meat chicken were hard and dry. I did like the bread, and the a capella live performance of the National Anthem to start the day.
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About 10 minutes from my hotel, I tried 119th STREET DINER in Olathe early Sunday morning. It had only been open for three weeks at that point. Yet my server seemed assured and the manager stopped by to check on my satisfaction. It’s ready for prime time.
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A contemporary take on an old-fashioned diner, this one has booths, a counter overlooking the open kitchen, and a full bar with seating painted in lively colors.
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Unfortunately, with the dodgy weather and a lot of driving ahead of me, I didn't feel that I could have a breakfast Bloody Mary or martini to start the day.
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My server said the Irish Benedict with Corned Beef Hash, $8.49, was one of his favorites on the menu. Easy to understand why. The corned beef hash is prepped in-house, as are the condiments and sauces here. The finely minced style with some potato is pan-fried in patty format, crisp and nicely browned. Just the right amount of toasting on the English muffin halves, soft-centered poached egg, velvety Hollandaise sauce --- what’s not to like?
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Breakfast is served all day. Here are the front and back of the menu, rumpled from being stuffed in my carry-on.
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Blue Bird Bistro
1700 Summit, Kansas City, MO 64108

119th Street Diner
14178 W 119th St, Olathe, KS 66062

Great Day Cafe
7921 Santa Fe Dr, Overland Park, KS 66204

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