Best Really Cheap Breakfast

Winstead's

Kansas City's best-known hamburger hamlet has been grilling up its distinctive steakburgers in this former drive-in location since 1940. But breakfast -- served every day from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. -- has never gotten the respect it deserves, probably because discussion has focused only on the famous burgers. (Writing for Life magazine in 1970, Calvin Trillin said Winstead's served "the best hamburger in the world.") Also distracting are the Skyscraper sodas and creamy milkshakes. But few diners in town sling up a better cheap morning meal than Winstead's $5.25 combo: two eggs, hash browns, buttered toast and a choice of bacon or ham or sausage. A cup of java is $1.25, and a big platter of biscuits and gravy goes for three bucks. (Fill up on those before noon and you won't be hungry again until 7 p.m.) The original Plaza location is the best place to enjoy this budget breakfast because it attracts a wide cross-section of customers, from the bleary-eyed hung-over to TV news anchors to frazzled parents attempting to read the paper while keeping their toddlers from spilling orange juice.
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