In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, I made a visit to Browne's Irish Marketplace for an authentic Irish breakfast.
Stepping through the doors of this 126-year-old Kansas City institution is like being transported to a different time and place. More than just great food, Browne's offers a true Irish experience. The owners, Kerry and John Browne, sit and chat with customers, ring up orders and are involved in every aspect of the business. This time of year is the busiest for Browne's yet Kerry sat and talked with me and introduced me to the regulars. It is no surprise this place has been around so long, the Browne's are truly warm-hearted and generous people.
And the food is incredible.
I'm ashamed to admit that this was my first authentic Irish breakfast, I mean, I am half Irish.
I've been seriously missing out.
Browne's Irish breakfast includes Bewley's potato cakes, rashers (Irish bacon), eggs, tomato, bangers (Irish sausage) and beans. Every item on my plate was flavorful and they complemented each other so well. The bangers are similar to American sausage but have a smoother taste and consistency.
Look at this table decor - so cute!
I bet you've never seen an Irish gingerbread house before!
After an amazing breakfast, Kerry invited me back for lunch.
And just when I thought it couldn't get any better...
First off, the Reuben sandwich. Kerry tells me this is a Browne's specialty.
The corned beef and melted Swiss cheese are such a compliment to the tang of the sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing. Browne's uses only the best, quality corned beef and it makes all the difference in this sandwich. Washing it down with a Guinness - perfection.
Next up, Browne's famous potato soup.
Hold onto your kilt. This soup is creamy, rich and filling. Every customer I talked to agreed Browne's potato soup is one-of-a-kind. I concur.
Save room for the the Shepard's Pie...
Ground beef and vegetables are marinated in an Irish bisto gravy and red wine to give it a light, yet hearty flavor. Browne's uses Yukon gold mashed potatoes with the skins on - a very nice touch.
After eating and drinking my fill, I browsed Browne's extensive collection of Irish clothing, jewelry, teas and home decor.
Look what I found...
My family crest!
Visiting Browne's Irish Marketplace was one of the best experiences I've had since moving to Kansas City two years ago.
You will discover a warm, inviting and charming atmosphere - in addition to some fantastic eats.