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2014 Best Brunch Restaurants in America
As voted by OpenTable Diners
Delicious and fun, brunch brings us together like no other meal. Gather with family and friends at a 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winner for Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America. Based on more than five million verified OpenTable diner reviews of nearly 19,000 restaurants across the nation, the list points to the perfect places for unforgettable French toast, spicy Bloody Mary's, and other weekend favorites.
–"OpenTable Diners' Choice Awards" May 2014
OpenTable diners brunched with the best and selected Café Sebastienne to the Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants
British author Guy Beranger once wrote, “Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting...it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” And we think he was spot on. The list of winners is derived from more than five million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. "The Best Brunch Diners’ Choice winners have proven that they have the perfect recipe for a standout brunch,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable's Chief Dining Officer. “OpenTable congratulates Café Sebastienne on being the place people want to celebrate the weekend."
—“OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards” OpenTable, May 2013
Best Sunday Brunch
Executive chef Jennifer Maloney changes her Sunday brunch menu each week, but the three most popular choices remain standards: the raisin-brioche French toast, a crab-cake Benedict smothered in the city's most luxurious hollandaise sauce, and the American Kobe corned-beef hash (with eggs and that absurdly good hollandaise). In fact, brunch is the ideal way to sample Maloney's wide-ranging culinary talents, which neatly complement the ambitious, eclectic art in this bright space. Seafood dishes are usually available, as is a gorgeously marbled rib-eye (served with eggs and spuds), and you can count on at least one rich pasta creation. Afterward, stroll through the galleries and feel visually satisfied as well.
—“Best of Kansas City 2011” The Pitch, October 2011
Maloney "takes her role as a culinary creative force very seriously. The artfully composed entrées at Café Sebastienne are often as eye-popping and attractive as some of the works hanging in the galleries."
—Charles Ferruzza, "Artist in Residence: At the Kemper's Café Sebastienne, Jennifer Maloney's art stays Contemporary," The Pitch, March 28–April 3, 2013
“There’s ‘art on the plate and on the walls’ at this ‘hidden gem’ inside the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, where the ‘superb’, ‘eclectic and every-changing’ New American menu ‘won’t bust your budget’ (especially at lunchtime) and the courtyard atrium is a ‘beautiful refuge’ that lets you ‘eat outside without being outside’; a ‘relaxed, knowledgeable’ staff only adds to the ‘cool, understated’ (if a bit ‘noisy’) atmosphere; P.S. dinner Friday-Saturday only.”
"Executive Chef Jennifer Maloney turns out creative and above all soul-satisfying American fare that is hands-down some of the most brilliant food in Kansas City."
—2013 America’s Top Restaurants, Zagat Survey, 2013
—Sylvie Hogg Murphy, Food Lovers' Guide to Kansas City, September 2011
“Chef Jennifer Maloney’s ‘delicious’ dishes show ‘balanced flavors’ and are a perfect fit with the ‘super’ setting at this New American housed within the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; more may know it as a ‘lovely’ lunch spot since its nighttime hours are limited.”
—2008 America’s Top Restaurants, Zagat Survey, 2008
“Her sense of reflecting the season in sumptuous, creative combinations of ingredients might be her real secret weapon.”
—Steve Paul, “The Fine Art of Food,” Kansas City Star, December 9, 2010
“If last night’s barbecue has you yearning for a salad, head to Café Sebastienne, an airy, glass-covered restaurant at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art”
—Charly Wilder, “36 Hours in Kansas City,” New York Times, May 16, 2010
“One of the city’s best dining spots sits inside the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Chef Jennifer Maloney creates food worthy of her vivid surroundings, using local and seasonal ingredients.”
—June Naylor, “Beyond Barbecue,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, April 1, 2008
“Culture never tasted this good.”
—Anne Brockhoff, “Most Memorable Meals,” Midwest Airlines, July/August 2006
“At this ‘striking’ yet ‘serene’ ‘urban escape’, an ‘airy’, mural-bedecked venue at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art near the Country Club Plaza, ‘outstanding’ chef Jennifer Maloney pleases palates with a
palette of ‘fresh, local, seasonal and creative’ New American cuisine (the ‘food they probably serve in heaven’); patrons praise ‘relaxed’ servers too, while pointing out to prodigious partiers that ‘nighttime hours are limited’”
—2005 America’s Top Restaurants, Zagat Survey, 2005