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Posted on April 19, 2018 at 11:38 AM by Michael Goens
Relaxation and Sundays go hand-in-hand as readily as mixing breakfast with lunch to create brunch. We have quite the brunch spreads to offer around here, the Gateway to the Flint Hills. As folks digest the impacts from Saturday’s spring football game, you might just as well digest some hearty brunch, too. Pack away the grub like a defense packs the box to stop K-State’s powerful QB run game.
Bistro best of the brunch
Best Things Kansas blog recently shared its list of the state’s 10 Best Brunch Spots, which unsurprisingly listed Bluestem Bistro in Aggieville along Moro Street. A few steps into the bistro yields a laid-back vibe, which owner Kevin Peirce has worked fiercely to perfect. Whatever Bluestem is doing has worked immensely well, as MHK visitors find discount cups of brew to fire up the mid-day. The ’Stem’s standalone banana bread also serves as base for the diner’s delectable French toast, and savory skillet items are always a Moro morsel of high standards.
Gimme a booyah for Bolos!
Not far away at the main northeast entrance to Aggieville, Coco Bolos has been doing its tasty thing since the late ’90s. Yep, back when Bill Snyder and the Cats stormed to an 11-0 regular season, Bolos stirred up the MHK dining scene with its version of loud food and spicy music. While the Cats strive for 12-0 in 2018, Bolos celebrates 20 years with a great Tex-Mex mix on brunch.
Give the Bluemont B&G a whirl, ’cause well the side o’ taters are just outta this world good! Not to mention, Bud and Bob Cox give Bolos fans a real hankering for their breakfast tacos. Dive into the Cox Boys’ breakfast burrito with a trio of scrambled eggs, chorizo sausage, taters, Monterey Jack and more smothered with pico and sour cream. Then head home for golf on the tube. And maybe a nap.
More ’Ville, more tasty bites
The opposite corner of Aggieville ironically brings another of the high-flying dining spots with Wahoo Fire & Ice, a ’Ville hot spot since 2012. At Wahoo, the Salmon BLT could stand for brunch languidly terrific, topped with avocado aioli. Yummy! Wahooers swoon for the Wahoo Burrito, an expert mix of bacon, sausage, diced tomatoes and onions with scrambled eggs in a tortilla with a blanket of white cheddar cheese sauce.
Get up and head downtown
Rounding into the downtown area, the settings are just as enticing. Here, MHK diners find Bourbon and Baker and della Voce situated off classically-perfected Poyntz Avenue. Bourbon and Baker has captured the essential mergence of diner with quintessential cocktail lounge. Bourbon and Baker does everything better and better, and that includes brunch which came into existence one year ago at 312 Poyntz Ave.
B&B doesn’t have to stretch its reach far when menu favorites already included chicken and waffles and chicken-biscuits-gravy. Dazzling darlings of the small plate also include the recent menu addition of sausage biscuit sliders that’ve been a real hit among Manhattanites. Mmmm!
The 312 Sangria is a scintillating supplementary cocktail with red-white wine and house specialty Whiskeyrita added to orange and simple syrup. Make Bourbon and Baker a must! Just a block away across Poyntz, dining aficionados will spot della Voce, a Mediterranean-influenced bistro which goes big for brunch with lemon ricotta pancakes and blueberry or strawberry shortcake French toast. The Mediterranean Scramble is powered by spinach, roasted red peppers and Kalamata olives. Don’t sleep on della Voce!
New kid on the block
Not to be left behind, MHK last summer added Wine Dive Kitchen to our awesome restaurant rotation. Foodie lovers will gravitate to Wine Dive’s offerings at 121 S. 4th St., just west of AMC Dine-In 13 at Manhattan Town Center. The a la carte brunch menu spotlights a delectable blueberry French toast plate, and new fried sausage-wrapped hard-boiled egg appetizer with spicy maple aioli that’s been a hit with brunch fans. Of course, the drink menu at Wine Dive is divine, with Cajun Spiced Bloody a favorite, and the French Vanilla Screwdriver has been a hit with ladies seeking a late-morning cocktail splash.
More downtown brunch spots include Blue Moose Manhattan buffet menu and Radina’s Bakehouse, which serves up a dash of early-morning brew and breads or pastries to hit the Sunday spot. Of course, diners can always find the Best Breakfast in Kansas at The Chef, where blending breakfast and lunch has become common only in the occurrence, and not in the stellar menu execution. Out west, Colbert’s restaurant at the golf course brings out a great game with Flint Hills scenery to boot.
Position battles for K-State football will become important when fall drills roll around in August. For spring, direct your efforts into a brunch campaign to sample everything Manhappiness has to offer. We’re the Gateway to the Flint Hills; come here to find the entry to your eager appetite each weekend. Oh, and come hungry. You won’t leave disappointed!
Bluestem Bistro Coco Bolos Wahoo Manhattan Bourbon and Baker Colbert's della Voce Radina's Blue Moose Wine Dive Kitchen
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