The core shopping area of Brookside offers many restaurant choices: Italian, American, Mexican, sushi, burgers, etc for lunch and dinner. What’s missing? A full service breakfast spot: welcome HomeGrown Kansas City Brookside, recently opened at 338 W 63rd St, in the former Avenues Bistro.
Manager Mark Androes says this location is the fourth one for the small chain; the other three are in Wichita. Owners Jon and Lauren Rolph have a specific mission for all of their eateries: Cultivate Kindness. They believe “if we help each other start the day right, we’re certain we will also awaken a chain of positive acts that cultivate kindness throughout our community.” The Rolphs specifically wanted to be in the Brookside area and be part of our neighborhood. Mark says “when people come in and are greeted with genuine kindness, we think it will spread to other neighbors and through the city”.
HomeGrown has a cozy, warm vibe and everyone I encountered during my visit was sincerely friendly. It’s a spacious restaurant—seating 140—with counter spots too. Large windows frame the corner building, inviting passers-by inside. But let’s get to the food: HomeGrown makes most everything onsite and uses local purveyors like Shatto Milk, Farm to Market breads and Scavuzzo meats. They even make their own granola and raspberry jam. Some of their best sellers include the avocado toast, biscuits and gravy, salsa verde pork and egg, and lemon pop tarts. HomeGrown is open for lunch as well—serving salads and sandwiches.
A couple of other things to mention: HomeGrown also has Family Packs you can pre order: sammies, egg bakes, pancakes and scrambles—perfect when family and friends come by for a Chiefs viewing party or the holidays. On busy weekends when there tends to be a wait—you can hop on Yelp, put your name on the list, and know when to come in. I also wanted to mention a unique way they spread kindness is through their kids’ menu: children color on the paper and write greetings to a friend or relative; then drop it in the mailbox on the way out. HomeGrown mails the messages! Try HomeGrown soon for a tasty breakfast or lunch. The restaurant is open seven days a week, from 6:30am-2:30pm, at the corner of 63rd St and Wornall.