Voltaire begins brunch this Sunday


You don’t have to attend a church service before driving to Kansas City’s West Bottoms for Sunday brunch. In fact, Voltaire, the night-only restaurant and saloon at 1617 Genessee, which kicks off its first Sunday brunch this Sunday, August 10, may be the only restaurant in town where pre-brunch religious worship is not a proper homage to its namesake; the actual “Voltaire” — French philosopher François-Marie Arouet (1694-1774) — was on record for claiming to make only one prayer in his life.

“I have never made but one prayer to God,” Voltaire wrote. “A very short one: ‘O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.’  And God granted it.”

It’s certainly one prayer to contemplate this Sunday — there are reservations still available — from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., when Voltaire’s chef and co-owner, Wes Gartner, and his partner, Jill Myers, try out brunch service at the 15-month-old restaurant. 

There’s nothing ridiculous about Voltaire, one of the most appealing dining spots in downtown Kansas City, and Gartner is one of the metro’s more imaginative chefs. The Voltaire spin on the traditional eggs Benedict starts with a locally baked English muffin topped with a poached egg, baby arugula, a slice of tomato from Goode Acres farm, and roasted yellow pepper hollandaise. That’s the vegetarian version. For meat eaters, the Benedict can also feature a choice of fried pistachio mortadella or house-smoked Faroe Island salmon or a seared Cedar Rivers flat iron steak — all with home fries and fruit. 

“Jill and I are big fans of brunch, and we’ve wanted to offer one for quite a while,” Gartner says. “But it’s taken us some time to get everything in the restaurant set up to take on another day.”

The prices range from $11 for an American plate (two eggs, house bacon or sausage, home fries, toast or English muffin, and fruit) to $14 for fried chicken with creamy polenta and a poached egg.

To make reservations, call 816-472-1200.

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