3906 Waddell Ave., Kansas City
HOURS: Mon.–Tues. 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m.,
Wed.–Thurs. 6:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m., Fri. 6:30 a.m.–3 p.m.,
Sat. 7 a.m.–10:30 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
COST: Most entrées less than $10
In 2008, Jan Imber and Ira Auerbach moved their Midtown diner, Bell Street Mama’s, into the former home of Nichols Lunch. Homestyle breakfast and lunch favorites rule the menu, with more than 60 omelet combinations that run the gamut from traditional (ham and cheese) to the just plain bizarre (peanut butter, jelly, and banana).
Loosen your belt and make room for one of Mama’s sky-high slices of cake. Chocolate devotees should choose the German chocolate; more adventurous palates will enjoy the fruity sweetness of banana split cake.