At 11 a.m. on a rainy Friday in April, midtown is sheathed in a gray haze.
But inside Succotash, a cheery “bruncheonette” at 2601 Holmes St., it’s dry and warm, the scents of bacon and fresh espresso wafting by. A case next to the front door bursts with rainbow-colored cupcakes resembling goldfish, owls and bluebirds.
Kristen Landes of Waldo and her friend Lindsey Penyock of Lee’s Summit have the day off and have chosen to spend much of it here, catching up over scrambled eggs, home fries with gravy and freshly juiced limeades. The women linger long after they’re full and satisfied. Because lingering is a key part of brunch, the only meal that is also a mindset.
“Brunch is a lost art,” Landes explains. “It’s not something you do every day, and you don’t do it alone.”
Landes has two other brunch no-no’s: Putting a time limit on the meal and making post-brunch plans.
“You have to go into a food coma,” Kristen Landes says, “or if it’s nice out, it’s good to walk it off.”
That’s the other thing about brunch: Because it’s two meals in one, eating a lot is expected and even encouraged. Plus, there are no restrictions on what you can eat, says Bluestem chef and owner Megan Garrelts, who likes mimosas and lemon cake with her brunch.
That’s what’s so good about brunch food, Garrelts says: It mixes sweet and savory flavors (imagine syrupy pancakes with a side of salty, smoky bacon).
Brunch, above all else, is decadent. Breakfast, lunch and dinner feed the body — brunch feeds the soul.
There is one big drawback, though: Not every restaurant serves the hybrid meal.
“So you have to seek it out,” Landes says.
That part’s easy with this, Ink’s guide to 20 of the most decadent brunches in the Kansas City and Lawrence area.
Read on to find out where to order peanut butter and jelly pancakes, $2 mimosas, goat cheese-stuffed tamales and (if that’s not enough) a bacon-and peppercorn-infused Bloody Mary.
At night, Bluestem serves multicourse meals that cost $60 to $100 per person.
But at Sunday brunch, the top Zagat-rated restaurant relaxes a bit with meals that cost $8-14. Prices are lower, but the quality of the ingredients and preparation is not, says owner Colby Garrelts.
“We just try to do American classics the absolute best we can,” Garrelts says, adding that his chef de cuisine (and brunch boss) Bill Espiricueta is a stickler when it comes to perfectly cooked eggs. Which is probably one of the reasons why restaurant industry workers convene over cups of Roasterie coffee here on Sunday mornings.
Bluestem’s brunch is strictly a la carte (“We don’t believe in buffets,” Colby Garrelts says).
If you’re in the mood for savory, try the corned beef hash ($11), made with extra tender, flavorful Wagyu beef. If you want sweet, spring for the crepes ($8), stuffed with cream cheese, Missouri honey and whatever’s in season (strawberries, for example).
And because Bluestem’s also known for its desserts and sparkling cocktails, don’t forget to order some chocolate pudding cake ($6), a mimosa ($8) or both.
Where: 900 Westport Road in Westport
Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Info: bluestemkc.com, 816.561.1101
2. Bristol Seafood Grill
Eating at The Bristol on a Sunday requires a game plan.
If you want to conquer the opulent smorgasbord, ditch your belt, avoid filling up on protein early in the meal and step away from the custom-built omelet before you ruin your dessert appetite. Most importantly, do not — we repeat, do not — schedule any post-brunch activities. Because there will be a food coma.
It’s worth all that to get your money’s worth: An all-access brunch pass costs $21 at the downtown and $22 at the Leawood location. Both buffets have made-to-order omelet and waffle stations and a long line of entrees that include lobster macaroni and cheese, roasted vegetables and Thai chicken wings. The downtown branch also has a seafood bar stocked with sushi rolls, fresh oysters and smoked fish. In Leawood, the dessert list is longer and includes cream cheese blintzes, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, carrot cake and pecan pie.
Where: 51 East 14th St. in the Power & Light District and 5400 W. 119th St. in Leawood
Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday (at both locations)
Info: bristolseafoodgrill.com, 816.448.6007 (downtown), 913.663.5777 (Leawood)
3. Café des Amis
This tiny Parkville cafe is a Francophile’s dream. Everything here is French: The music, servers, décor and, of course, the food.
At Sunday brunch, the hors d’oeuvres include the feuillete e’escargot ($8) — six snails sautéed in butter, garlic and herbs and nestled into a tower of puff pastry. And that’s only the first course.
Café des Amis also serves mind-blowingly delicious loaves of fresh-baked bread with rich entrees that include a crepe ($13.50) stuffed with duck sausage, bacon, poached egg and béchamel sauce, and scrambled eggs ($10.50) with shavings of black truffle and a drizzle of truffle oil.
If you want the full French experience, order a bottle of wine, grab a table on the patio and don’t leave until the last drop is gone.
Where: 112 ½ Main St. in Parkville
Brunch hours: Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday
Info: cafedesamiskc.com, 816.587.6767
4. Poco’s on the Boulevard
Poco’s serves its spicy breakfast menu every day until 3 p.m. So even if it’s a Tuesday, you can go there, order breakfast food for lunch and pretend you’re at brunch. Why not? The food is worth a special trip, even on a lunch break.
We tried the vegetarian tamales ($6.95) — two tamales stuffed with roasted vegetables and goat cheese and swaddled in corn husks. The tamales were served with two eggs and smothered in green tomatillo sauce.
Poco’s serves other south-of-the-border classics such as huevos rancheros ($6.95), chilaquiles ($6.95) and breakfast enchiladas ($6.95), served open with two eggs on top.
The restaurant makes its chorizo from scratch and puts it in omelets, scrambled eggs and moyetes, which are open-faced Mexican sandwiches.
Where: 3063 Southwest Blvd. on the West Side
Brunch hours: Poco’s serves breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
Info: pocosontheblvd.com, 816.931.2526
5. Coal Vines
This pizza-and-wine concept restaurant on the Country Club Plaza serves (you guessed it) pizza and wine for brunch.
Coal Vines also serves Italian-inspired breakfast dishes such as eggs benedict ($9) made with arugula, prosciutto, roma tomatoes and hollandaise sauce made with fragrant basil.
If you want to customize your meal, head to the omelet station where you can build your own omelet using prosciutto, smoked salmon, sausage, grilled chicken, lots of veggies and at least three cheeses. A chef prepares the omelet for you, and a trip to the station costs $7.
There’s also a pancake station with chocolate chips, candy bar chunks, breakfast cereal, caramelized bananas, coconut, pecans and walnuts. A trip to that station costs $8.
Where: 616 Ward Parkway on the Country Club Plaza
Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
Info: coalvines.com, 816.912.2690
Eating at Succotash is a little, well, trippy.
There are decaying chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The mismatched furniture includes a long, white leather couch that looks like it came from a cocaine den. And there’s a case of Technicolor desserts in the window that look like props from the food fight scene in “Hook.”
All this comes off as artistic, not weird, because the food is over-the-top good. One of the most popular menu items, the Kitchen Sink ($7.95), is a heap of eggs scrambled with ham, peppers, onions and cheddar cheese served on home fries and drenched in gravy (there’s a vegetarian version, too).
And, that’s not the most decadent thing on the menu. That would be the Sumo Wrestler ($12), which consists of everything in the Kitchen Sink stuffed inside a buttermilk pancake and smothered with more gravy.
If you’re popping in for a snack, consider ordering one of those whimsical cupcakes (we ate a marshmallow-stuffed bluebird) and some coffee roasted locally by Oddly Correct.
Savor the rich, roasty flavor in a simple macchiato ($2.50) made with a shot of espresso and a dollop of frothy milk. Where: 2601 Holmes St. in Kansas City
Brunch hours: Brunch is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, but you can order breakfast until 11 a.m. on weekdays (and the most popular breakfast dishes are on the lunch menu, too).
Info: succotashkc.com, 816.421.2807
7. Avenues Bistro
There are fancy brunch spots, and then there are hangover brunch spots.
Avenues Bistro, which has outposts in Brookside and Leawood, definitely falls in the former category. The mood, the clientele and the prices here are all very grown-up. That said, the portions are pig-out huge and the sangria is knock-your-loafers-off strong.
The Sunday brunch costs $16.95 and includes an enormous entrée and unlimited trips to a grazing station loaded down with fresh fruit, sticky buns, peel-and-eat shrimp, olives and various other morsels.
The list of entrees features breakfast classics with rich touches. The best-selling dish at the Leawood location is the lobster ravioli, but the Grand Marnier French Toast, made with eggy brioche bread and smothered with fresh fruit and chocolate sauce, is also popular.
We tried the crab cake benedict, two pillowy poached eggs drenched in hollandaise sauce atop CD-size crab cakes. Stick a fork in, and gold yolk melds with the hollandaise, drenching the cakes with even more richness. Where: 338 W. 63rd St. in Brookside and 10681 Mission Road in Leawood
Brunch hours: Brookside: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Leawood: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Info: avenuesbistro.com, 816.333.5700 (Brookside), 913.381.5678 (Leawood)
8. Classic Cup Café
The sidewalk patio outside this perennially popular Plaza café is — to quote “Seinfeld” — “the place to be” on Sunday. It’s where average Joes and local celebrities alike lounge in sunglasses, drinking wine by the glass with smoked salmon and griddle cakes as they plot out the day’s shopping agenda.
In addition to that patio, Classic Cup is famous for its service and its Thai Chicken Pizza ($8.95), topped with scallions, carrots and roasted chicken breast tossed in a spicy peanut sauce. If you like salmon, you’ll love this place, which serves a salmon eggs benedict ($9.95), an herb-roasted salmon salad ($11.95) and a lox and bagel platter ($11.95, shown below).
By the way, there’s a second patio out back if the sidewalk patio’s full. Where: 301 W. 47th St. on the Country Club Plaza
Brunch hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
Info: classiccup.com, 816.753.1840
9. Westport Café and Bar
Eat at this cozy French bistro in Westport on a weekend before 4 p.m. and you get a free bellini, mimosa, Bloody Mary, coffee or soft drink.
A bellini, made with sparkling wine and peach puree, makes a sweet counterpoint to one of the rich dishes on the menu, like the brioche French toast ($12, shown above), served with honey-lavender cream and your choice of bacon or sausage. On the savory side, the full English breakfast ($12) is a filling feast of two eggs, bacon, baked beans, sausage, mushrooms and tomatoes.
Westport Café and Bar also serves three types of eggs benedict ($12 each) and a beer cocktail made with that honey-lavender flavor combo from the French toast. The Boulevard Shandy ($7) is made with the Kansas City brewery’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, cognac, lemon juice and honey-lavender syrup
Where: 419 Westport Road in Kansas City
Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Info: westportcafeandbar.com, 816.931.4780
10. Genessee Royale Bistro
This sunny bistro is located in the unlikeliest of spots: A gas station in the West Bottoms.
The former warehouse wasteland has become a destination for art, music and now food.
The Bistro’s owned by married couple Todd Schulte and Tracy Zinn, who also own Happy Gillis Café & Hangout in Columbus Park.
Happy Gillis serves sandwiches and soup inspired by cuisines from around the world, but Genessee Royale Bistro’s focus is on classic American comfort food like you’d eat at a farmhouse. Think cornmeal pancakes, potato hash and made-from-scratch pie.
We devoured the fried chicken ($9), a juicy golden-brown breast topped with a sunny-side-up egg and nestled into a hot, flaky biscuit. After that, we polished off a sinful slice of Dixie pie ($5) — pecan pie with added decadence, in the form of chocolate chips and butter-rum sauce.
To drink, there’s fresh-squeezed orange or grapefruit juice ($4), champagne cocktails ($8) and Zinn’s famous Bloody Marys ($7), which are snappy-hot and include everything but the kitchen sink: tomato juice, V8, Tabasco, celery seed, horseradish, Old Bay seasoning and a garden of garnishes.
Go on a nice day, when Schulte opens the roll-up garage-door style windows, transforming the bistro into an open-air restaurant. Where: 1531 Genessee St. in the West Bottoms
Brunch hours: Breakfast served 8 to 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday, but some of the best-selling menu items (like the fried chicken and egg on a biscuit) are also on the lunch menu.
Info: genesseeroyale.com, 816.474.7070
11. Hamburger Mary’s
You wouldn’t expect drag shows and Sunday brunch to go hand in hand. But they do — they really, really do — at Hamburger Mary’s, where Dirty Dorothy and other queens strut their stuff for consistently sold-out crowds from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Go early: Some customers line up at 10:45 a.m. — 15 minutes before Hamburger Mary’s opens — to get a seat next to the stage on Sunday, the busiest day of the week. Those lucky enough to score a seat get a free mimosa or orange juice (the second, third and fourth cost $2 each).
To cut the drinking, try the divine PB&J Cakes ($8.50), a stack of griddle cakes layered with peanut butter and jelly, then topped with whipped cream. Or there’s the Monte Cristo sandwich: ham, turkey, Swiss cheese and apricot preserves between fat slices of French toast. Who knew brunch could be so … fabulous? Where: 101 Southwest Blvd. in the Crossroads Arts District
Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
Info: hamburgermarys.com, 816.842.1919
12. Blue Bird Bistro
On a rainy Wednesday morning in April, a couple of flannel-clad artists sat drinking coffee and discussing a gallery show at Blue Bird Bistro.
Next to the artists sat a gray-mustachioed man wearing a cowboy hat and nicely broken-in Lee jeans, reading the newspaper. Some restaurants that serve local and organic food can come off as pretentious, or exclusive. But at Blue Bird Bistro, everybody seems to feel at home.
That comfort level is thanks to both the warm décor (beat-up wood tables, peach walls, sugar served in mason jars) and the food.
“We keep it fresh and simple,” says manager Hope Dillon.
Blue Bird’s rustic French toast ($6.60 for a half order, shown right) is made with ciabatta bread from Fervere, the bakery next door. The hot, gloriously thick slices are dabbed with pecan butter, which imparts nuttiness to the not-overly-sweet slabs. The local bacon ($3), a round slice like ham, is crusty on the edges and soft in the middle. It practically melts in the mouth.
“We have the best bacon,” Dillon says. “And I make the best Bloody Mary.”
The breakfast cocktail begins with a homemade mix made with organic tomato juice.
“I shake the mix with vodka, then I add a touch of beer so it’s not so thick,” Dillon says.
The resulting drink (which costs $8) is ripe, peppery and probably strong enough to give the guy in the cowboy hat a nice buzz. Where: 1700 Summit St. on the West Side
Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, but you can order from Blue Bird’s breakfast menu from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Info: bluebirdbistro.com, 816.221.7559
13. Harvey’s at Union Station
The most decadent thing about Harvey’s is its location: Smack in the center of Union Station.
If you like a healthy serving of people-watching with your brunch, grab a seat upstairs, where there’s a bird’s-eye view of travelers scuttling to and from their trains.
Harvey’s, which is operated by Brancato’s Catering, serves classic diner food such as all-beef hot dogs ($6), Reuben sandwiches ($9), meatloaf ($8.50) and banana splits ($6).
The breakfast menu (served until 3 p.m. on weekends) features indulgent entrees such as huevos rancheros ($8) and a Big Mac-size breakfast panini ($7) overflowing with spinach, bacon and a cheddar cheese omelet. Surely that oversize bagel sandwich would provide adequate fuel for an afternoon wandering through “Diana, A Celebration.” Where: 30 West Pershing Road, inside Union Station
Brunch hours: Harvey’s serves breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Info: unionstation.org, 816.765.4707
Everything is decadent about weekend brunch at Lidia’s, a famed Italian restaurant in the picturesque Freight House.
The food is delicious and abundant, the service is top-notch and the setting, a sun-soaked patio with colorful umbrellas and terra cotta pots brimming with flowers, is perfectly gorgeous. The price, however, is also decadent: $22 per person, excluding tax and gratuities.
For that $22, you get a heaping breadbasket, unlimited trips to the antipasti buffet (stocked with olives, cured meats, fine cheeses and tasty made-from-scratch salads), an entrée from the brunch menu and unlimited trips to the dessert buffet (shown below left).
When we went, that smorgasbord of sweets was practically sagging under the weight of tiramisu, brownies, biscotti, carrot cake and panna cotta.
The most popular entrée by far is the pasta tasting trio, unlimited helpings of three pasta selections that change daily. The servers actually bring the pan of pasta to your table, then heap spoonfuls onto your plate until you tell them to stop.
Lidia’s is known for pasta, so the trio is always a good choice, but if you’re craving adventure, try the grilled octopus. The briny tentacles look intimidating on their bed of frisee greens, olives, pickled onions and pan-fried potatoes. But once you bite into the salty violet flesh, which resembles the taste and texture of perfectly seared scallops, all you can think is: So worth the money. Where: 101 W. 22nd St. in the Freight House
Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Info: lidias-kc.com, 816.221.3722
15. La Parilla
This Latin bistro in Lawrence was remodeled last year, so if you haven’t been there for a while, there are a few things you should know: Instead of ordering at the back counter, customers are seated by a hostess and served by, well, servers.
That back counter is now a full bar with a TV showing soccer games. Lastly, La Parilla now serves breakfast until 2 p.m. daily.
The spicy breakfast menu features eggs scrambled with homemade chorizo ($6.99), breakfast burritos ($6.49-$6.99, depending on the filling) and chilaquiles, a traditional Mexican comfort food made with corn tortillas, eggs and salsa.
We tried the daily special, local steak and eggs served with corn tortillas, rice and beans and a spicy habanero salsa that complimented the perfectly seared steak.
If those dishes don’t pack enough heat for you, order the Bloody Mary ($6), made with tequila infused in-house with jalapenos, cilantro, celery, green onions and tomatoes. Just don’t forget to order a glass of water. Seriously, don’t. Where: 814 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence
Brunch hours: La Parilla serves breakfast 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
Info: laparrillalawrence.com, 785.841.1100
Some brunch buffets sacrifice quality for quantity. Not Teller’s, where the eggs on the brunch buffet are perfectly scrambled, the bacon is crisp, not soggy, and the berries in the fruit salad look and taste freshly plucked. Which is entirely possible because Teller’s buys lots of produce from local farms.
Brunch at Teller’s (which costs $14.95 per person, or $9.95 for students with ID) is a dreamy affair. Hazy sunlight from the restaurant’s two-story-tall windows floods the dining room in late morning, casting an ethereal glow over murals by landscape artist Stan Herd. Prosecco corks pop, an espresso machine hums and Radiohead songs echo through the 134-year-old former bank building.
Brunch at Teller’s is popular among all sorts of people in Lawrence: We spotted college professors, a yoga instructor with her baby and KU students entertaining their visiting families. If you want a more laid-back, café feel, grab a seat in the bar area, which is more casual than the main dining room.
There, you can sip generous pours of Prosecco mimosa ($4) as you look out the window onto Massachusetts Street. At the buffet, make a beeline for the addictive bread pudding, which is spiced with cinnamon, soaked with cream and studded with raisins and fresh berries. Where: 746 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence
Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
Info: tellerslawrence.com, 785.843.4111
If you like to know exactly where your food comes from, you’ll love 715, where the ingredients’ origins are explained on the menu.
No, it’s not necessary to know that the bread’s baked two blocks away at Wheatfield’s Bakery, the butter’s churned at Iwig Family Dairy near Topeka and the bacon is cured in-house. But it’s nice. So is the atmosphere, especially in late morning, when sunlight spills through the east-facing windows and illuminates the warm wood-and-stone interior.
At brunch on Saturday and Sunday, Lawrencians linger here over squat mugs of locally roasted coffee (“the best I’ve ever had,” according to one diner), listening to full albums (The Beatles’ “White Album,” T. Rex’s “Electric Warrior”) and eating food that looks like it could be from the heartland of Italy or America.
Standout menu items include the quiche of the day ($7.99), a rich, puffy wedge studded with seasonal ingredients (ours had bacon, leek and goat cheese) and the Three Meat Special ($15.99), which is big enough to share and includes three types of house-prepped pork, pan-fried potatoes and two eggs.
The rustic pasta here is also incredible and, of course, made in-house. Where: 715 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence
Brunch hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Info: 715mass.com, 785.856.7150
18. Beer Kitchen
The chefs at Beer Kitchen manage to slip bacon into some surprising places.
It’s in the pancakes (bacon apple pancakes, $8), it’s in the waffle in the hulking chicken and waffle dinner ($13) and it’s even in the Bloody Marys.
The Wake & Bacon ($8) is a Bloody Mary made with bacon- and peppercorn-infused vodka. The over-the-top cocktail is served with a giant piece of bacon for a swizzle stick and a phallic arrangement of a pickle and twin olives on a spear. And yes, it actually tastes good: The slightly sweet tomato mix plays well with the salty, smoky bacon and punchy pepper flavor.
It might seem strange to drink a cocktail with a piece of bacon sticking out above the rim, but no one bats an eye at Beer Kitchen. Even in the early afternoon, everyone there’s focused on which craft brew or bacon-specked dish to indulge in next. Where: 435 Westport Road in Westport
Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
19. Corner Café
The Corner Café in Riverside is just 5 miles from downtown Kansas City. But when you step inside, you feel like you’ve transported to small-town America: There’s black-and-white checkered tile on the floor, boxcar wood paneling on the walls and a case next to the hostess stand loaded with freshly baked lemon meringue and banana cream pie.
You really know you’re not in Kansas City anymore when the hostess asks if you’d like to be seated in the smoking or non-smoking section.
Owner Jason Rule says Corner Café strives to be comfortable, like a second home.
“We’re the local bar without alcohol,” he says. “The local hangout.”
If you’re health-conscious, you wouldn’t want to hang out every day: The Corner Café serves last-meal worthy grub like biscuits and gravy ($3.09 for a small order), chicken fried steak ($8.89 with eggs and hash browns) and fresh-baked pie ($3-4 per slice).
The Cafe doesn’t serve “brunch” per se, but you can order breakfast there from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
You can’t leave without ordering one of the Corner Café’s famous cinnamon rolls ($2.99), cantaloupe-sized orbs of gooey, buttery cinnamon goodness that are so worth the calories (and the 5-mile drive). Where: 4541 N.W. Gateway Ave. in Riverside, 8301 N. Flintlock Road in Liberty and 4215 S. Little Blue Parkway in Independence
Brunch hours: Corner Café serves breakfast daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Info: thecornercafe.com, 816.741.2570 (Riverside), 816.415.0050 (Liberty), 816.350.7000 (Independence)
20. Big Biscuit
Chow down on hefty portions of classic American breakfast food until 2:30 p.m. every day of the week at Big Biscuit, a local chain with three metro locations.
The dining rooms are frill-free, but who needs ambiance when you’re staring down a plate-sized banana-pecan pancake, a heap of corned beef hash or a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich?
Big Biscuit’s known for its biscuits and gravy, but the eatery also whips up a wide variety of waffles. The red, white and blue waffle ($6.99) is buried in strawberries, bananas, blueberries and whipped cream. Where: 12276 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Shawnee, 16506 E. 40 Highway Hwy in Independence and 530 N.W. Missouri 7 7th Hwy in Blue Springs
Brunch hours: Breakfast is food’s served anytime Big Biscuit’s open. The Shawnee location is open 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, and the Independence and Blue Springs locations are open 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Info: bigbiscuitrestaurant.com, 913.912.7350 (Shawnee), 816.478.6958 (Independence), 816.229.3108 (Blue Springs)