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Far too often the first (and most important meal of the day, according to most grandmothers) is either skipped or neglected in lieu of a convenient alternative, leading to the same old bowl of cereal over and over again. Thankfully, tons of Kansas City breakfast spots break the mold of the traditional, expanding diners’ options and taste buds with meals way beyond routine.

Here are some of the most unique morning meals to start your day:

Wait. A Donut Milkshake?

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Yup, you read that right. A Donut Milkshake. The mad scientists at Donutology in Westport have cooked up one of the craziest breakfast concoctions imaginable. The 20-ounce shake comes in vanilla, chocolate or any of the seasonal flavors and anchors a full espresso bar menu at the create-your-own-donut shop. Pick up a Donut Milkshake as a treat-yourself or pair it with any of your mini “done” creations for a sweet morning.

Not Your Usual Scramble

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The Kitchen Sink Scramble from Succotash in Union Hill combines some of the tastiest breakfast ingredients into one incredible meal. The original includes scrambled eggs with ham, onions and peppers, all topped with cheddar cheese and homemade gravy. The best part? The Scramble comes in both vegetarian and vegan options, so just about anyone can enjoy this scrumptious dish.

A Decadent Take on a Breakfast Classic

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As if French toast wasn’t delicious enough, the menu at eggtc. features the Banatella French Toast for diners who love all things sweet. The dish at the South Plaza restaurant boasts an incredible ingredient lineup: two slices of sourdough toast covered in Nutella spread and topped with sliced bananas, chocolate sauce and powdered cinnamon sugar. It’s a breakfast so decadent that all will be in awe of your palate. 

Mexican Meets Southern Comfort

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Westport’s Port Fonda has made a name for itself by dishing out unconventional takes on traditional Mexican cuisine. Its brunch menu is no different. The restaurant’s latest addition, Fried Chicken and Churros, is a mouthwatering a.m. feast sure to satisfy your hunger—and your taste buds. The hot-ranch fried chicken teams up perfectly with the cocoa nib sugar churros for an unbeatable savory-sweet combination. And we didn’t even mention the hot sauce butter and roasted jalapeño honey.

Make it a Michi Morning

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Simple, local ingredients and thoughtful preparation make up The Michi breakfast wrap at McLain’s Bakery, a KC institution and Waldo bakery with two locations, one that’s been around since 1945. The wrap is loaded with Local Pig chorizo verde and veggies, all topped with chipotle pepper sauce. It’s a Southwest take on breakfast, and one that keeps customers coming back time and again.

European Dining Delights

Nestled in the Westside neighborhood just off Southwest Boulevard is Chez Elle, a French-themed restaurant that specializes in crepes (or, thin pancakes) both savory and sweet. The establishment’s namesake crepe, Chez Elle, delivers distinct flavor with roasted chicken, sautéed mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, baby spinach, mozzarella and pesto, all topped with marinara sauce.

A One-of-a-Kind Menu

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Organic ingredients and local, farm-raised eggs provide the backbone for the baked goods from Heirloom Bakery in Brookside. But where the bakery truly stands out is in its plentiful offering of unusual scones, muffins and more. Try, for example, the Strawberry Mint Chia scone or Butternut Squash & Sage scone for something totally different. Or start your day with a Chocolate Chip Zucchini or Grapefruit Olive Oil muffin.

Sun Up Short Rib

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Eggs benedict is already a hard-to-beat dish, but The Corner Restaurant may have perfected it thanks to its Short Rib Benedict. The farm-to-table favorite in Westport matches poached eggs, tomato-stewed collard greens and hollandaise with juicy short ribs, making for a morning wakeup call that can’t be missed. Plus, when topped off with either house potatoes or a hashbrown patty, you’ll be asking for seconds before you’ve finished.

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