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The Diner in downtown KC

china | Apr 13, 200503:26 PM

I had a serious need for pancakes for lunch yesterday, so I pulled out my trusty notebook and flipped to the diner/breakfast page. Unfortunately, all the spots I had written down that are within walking distance of my work had closed recently -- Honeymom's, Cascone's, and Garrett's Corner Market. Bluebird was my next choice, but they don't serve breakfast after 11 am (sacre bleu!). Couldn't find an online menu for Succotash, so I marked them as a maybe. I was almost resigned to Denny's (I tell you, people, SERIOUS pancake need) when I remembered that diner to the northeast of the City Market.

Is it The Diner, or City Diner, or what? The internet doesn't know and has both names; the sign says City Diner. Either way, it's at 3rd & Grand, a nice brisk walk from my work, and it was heaven-sent. Their pancakes are a foot in diameter, no exaggeration, and though it was the thick and heavy type of pancake (can't imagine how you'd get it light and fluffy at that size), it still tasted great. One egg, some Italian sausage, and a couple of cups of delicious diner coffee later, I rolled back to work to begin my carb nap for the afternoon.

The place had great atmosphere too, and friendly service. I'm sure most of you other locals know of it, but since I just discovered it, I wanted to sing its praises. Especially since we seem to be quite bereft of all-day-breakfast options downtown at the moment -- but if I'm wrong and there are more, someone please chime in!

The closed places I mentioned -- anyone know of plans to reopen any of them? The Honeymom's spot is now a chocolatier (can't remember the name, but really tasty & lovely chocolates) and Cascone's has morphed into Blue Nile, I think. But will they reappear elsewhere?

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