Because hundreds of restaurants in the Kansas City area serve great lunches, we’ve narrowed the playing field for this list and purposely left out barbecue, self-serve or ethnic restaurants. Several iconic eateries are missing too, allowing new owners and/or chefs some time to establish their own style before receiving a review. From the old industrial West Bottoms neighborhood, with several new five-star restaurants, to a decades-old business offering premium sweets and hearty midday fare, these restaurants offer plenty of diversity in their menus and ambiance. If you appreciate dishes that showcase local ingredients, check out Room 39 or The Sundry Market & Kitchen, where nearby shelves stock a plethora of locally made food items alongside produce and other goodies to stock the pantry or frig. Several of this year's local favorite lunch spots serving Southern-inspired food and hospitality include West Bottoms Kitchen, where the small dining room combines bright colors with rustic materials. And breakfast lovers will find several of restaurants where they can order morning favorites at midday too. Enjoy the search and your meal!