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Panclog #5: Simply Breakfast

Simply Splendid.
August 26, 2012 – 11:05 A.M.

We’re back on the Panclog wagon. This week’s treat brings us to Simply Breakfast.

Simply Breakfast is located in the historic Westport district of Kansas City, Missouri (4120 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 9, Kansas City, MO 64111). They’re open Monday-Friday, 6:30am-1:30pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 12:00am-7:30am and 7:30am-2:30pm. They do offer call-in pickup, as well as delivery for the Westport and Plaza areas on Saturdays. They offer a 10% discount on your first visit if you check in with the Foursquare app. They also have a reward for the Foursquare “mayor.” Additional information can be found at their website.

Location/Environment: In the heart of Westport, Simply Breakfast is very easy to find. However, parking can some times be a pickle in the urban cluster of Westport. Nevertheless, on a busy Sunday morning we didn’t have too much trouble. The restaurant has a very cheery feel from the moment you walk in. The bright, vibrant colored walls are adorned with local artists’ work. The plates your food is served on are a deep orange. It was busy and a tight squeeze for a Sunday morning crowd, but not disrupting to a cherished meal with friends and family. There’s no music to enhance the ambience, which might make Simply Breakfast a bit quiet during the slower hours.

Service: Simply Breakfast is a different type of breakfast experience. You don’t have a waiter. Instead, you order from the front counter and are given a number for your table. Your food is then brought out by a restaurant attendant. Drinks and such are self-serve. Coffee is served behind the counter, which could make refills troublesome during busier hours. With limited space, they are quick to bus and clean tables for new guests.

Wait time for food: 18 minutes

Menu/Selection: The selection is somewhat limited, however you’ll find most of your breakfast staples (pancakes, biscuits & gravy, omelets, french toast, egg’s Benedict, oatmeal, etc.). Sadly, waffles are not simple enough for Simply Breakfast. They offer two different batters for their pancakes, sweet cream and multigrain. They also have daily chef’s specials which are not listed on the menu.

The menu can be viewed here.

Food:

Sweet Cream Pancakes (Jared!)

The Panclog has been experiencing breakfast in a number of different ways.  I have undoubtably declared my major in Pancakes.  I have been enjoying pancaking left and right.  I have tried pancakes with the toppings on top, toppings mixed into the batter, and a completely different batter in itself.  The latter has to be the most difficult to achieve success with.  I am always surprised when a brunchery builds their menu around this new type of pancake.  If you are dumb and you do not know what type of pancake is the “usual” type, it is Buttermilk.  Simply Breakfast has built their business around the Sweet Cream pancake.   These pancakes are more cake-y than the other pancakes.  This taste sometimes causes dessert messengers to go to your brain and dance.  The sweet cream pancakes can be perhaps a little too heavy.  The underside of the pancakes were a bit crispy which I actually enjoyed.  Having a bit of crunch is never a bad thing.  These cakes are something to be enjoyed. Four pancakes are $5.49.

One thing I really enjoyed about the presentation of the meal was the use of metal cups for the dollop of butter.  The metal allows the butter to start melting without causing a mess on your pancakes. Melted butter is very easy to spread.  The amount of syrup I was portioned left something to be desired.  And that something was more syrup!  I hate hashbrowns.   Simply Breakfast’s silverware seemed cheap.  The forks were way to weak for shanking your pancakes.

Sweet Cream Pancake Platter (Stephen)

I ordered the pancake platter which included two cakes, hashbrowns, and your choice of bacon or sausage for $6.49. I’m a bacon kind of guy, that’s what I do. The sweet cream pancakes were fantastic. I really enjoy pancakes, but I usually order french toast or waffles just because of pancake exhaustion. “What is pancake exhaustion?” you might ask. Pancake exhaustion is that third or fourth cake. The one that doesn’t taste special. The one that makes you sick. It’s the cake that says to your face, “Why’d you choose pancakes, boy?” I suffered absolutely no pancake exhaustion with these sweet cream cakes. They were delicious, sweet, and dense. I could have eaten them without any syrup or butter, which is something I’d never say about an ordinary buttermilk cake. The bacon was your standard bacon. Nothing special to report.

In retrospect, I should have ordered a stack of just the sweat cream pancakes like my main man Jared. I hate hashbrowns. Nothing against the potatoes themselves or people who love hashbrowns, just not my thing. However, all is well because the two pancakes and bacon were plenty to fill me. The platter also came with coffee included, which I like. Many times I want coffee but don’t order it because I don’t want to pay the extra two bucks for a cup. With it included, it’s less expensive.  Either that or I don’t have a choice to not get coffee. I’m not sure which. Either way, I’m good with it.

Price: Pricing is pretty congruent with similar bruncheries. In a city environment like Westport, the pricing could easily be higher. With the Foursquare discount, it’s definitely lower priced than it’s competition. You don’t have a waiter, and drinks are self service, but it shouldn’t be an issue for most.

Overall: Simply Breakfast is a solid choice for a mid-morning brunch or a late night meal. With affordable pricing, moderately quick service, and tasty food, you’ll be happy with your experience. With a few tweaks, it could be the talk of the town.

Grade: 

Jared: B

Stephen: B

Email recommendations and feedback to thepanclog@gmail.com

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