I have a confession. The first time I ever had Eggs Benedict was… a mere month ago. I have no idea why it took me so long to try this brunch staple, perhaps it was a vague uncertainty of hollandaise sauce, but whatever it was, it is now nothing but regret.
Hatch in Oklahoma City gets the credit for taking my Eggs Benny v-card. With a multitude of Benedicts to choose from, I went with the Southwest Royale, complete with chorizo, a very delicious and not at all scary smoked cheddar hollandaise and pepper jelly. And just like that, I was hooked.
So, in celebration of Eggs Benedict Day, I was eager to get my hands on a plate at one of Kansas City’s fine brunch establishments. In keeping with the spirit of trying something new, I sought out a place I hadn’t been yet, Genessee Royale Bistro in the historic West Bottoms. Nestled right on the corner of Genessee and 16th, the bustling but cozy bistro serves Sunday brunch 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
I started with a Bloody Mary, as one must when it’s the middle of April and snowing outside. Strong, tangy and garnished with a very hefty piece of thick-cut bacon, it was the perfect remedy for a very disappointing spring day.
But on to what we’re all here for: the Country Benedict. While I’m no expert, as this was only the second Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had, I can confirm that this is so so good. ‘Country’ in the title pays homage to the fact that this take on Eggs Benedict is served with crispy buttermilk fried chicken and sausage gravy. It was hearty, savory, lick-your-plate good.
The perfect runny egg yolk mixing with the rich sausage gravy made for what must surely be the definition of comfort food. While a bit on the pricey side (at $14, the most expensive item on their brunch menu), I can confirm it is worth every penny. Maybe come try it on a warmer day, when you can enjoy it with a nice summer breeze on the cute adjoining patio or inside through the open garage doors. Or, come get it the next time it snows, because I can’t think of anything that would be better to warm you right up.
Genessee Royale Bistro
1531 Genessee Street
Tuesday – Saturday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fri Evenings: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.