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435 Magazine's Best Brunch: Café Sebastienne

Best of KC 2015
by Kate Baxendale, Caitlin Busch and Nancy Staab

For our 10-year annversary of 435 Magazine, our editorial team revisited some of our absolute favorite spots, services, food/drink, culture picks and professionals, as well as plenty of new entrants for added spice. This is by no means a comprehensive list of KC's riches, but it's a good starting place. And if you don't agree with our choices, we would love to hear from you about your own KC favorites. Countless of our loyal readers also weighed in with their own curated picks. Consider this a little black book of our KC city life.

Best Sunday Brunch:
Café Sebastienne
Café Sebastienne at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is our pick for a refined brunch in an arty setting. The eye-popping café is painted floor-to-ceiling with famous paintings from Botticelli to Matisse, rendered in primary colors, while the airy, sky-lit atrium is graced by large-scale contemporary art. Feast on equally artful dishes by chef Jennifer Maloney (she’s been a guest chef at James Beard House) such as brioche French toast with blackberry compote; crab cakes with poached farm eggs, roasted potatoes and hollandaise; or a pan-roasted Amish Chicken with savory date-bread pudding and oyster mushroom velouté, as well as seasonal salads, quiches, omelets, and scones with jam. Consider a tour of the museum post-brunch. 4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 561-7740,

Café Sebastienne Named to Three USA Today Top 10 Lists

#1 Best Lunch Spot
#2 Best Brunch
#4 Best Café

USA Today 10Best: Kansas City
By Lisa Waterman Gray

One of the best reasons to visit the Kemper Museum is this innovative American restaurant, whose talented chef serves up delicious portions of pan-seared foie gras, grilled scallops, and roasted beef tenderloin. A concise but eclectic wine list rounds out the experience. The dining area is decorated with more than 100 original oil paintings, each of which reflects a different movement, school, or figure in art history. While the cafe is a favorite lunch destination among members of Kansas City's well-heeled elite, dinner is served only on Friday and Saturday nights. (816-561-7740)

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

Zagat's 2013 America’s Top Restaurants

“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.”

Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants

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 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

Café Sebastienne's Jennifer Maloney keeps her art contemporary, The Pitch, 2013

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

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