During our visit to Springfield, Missouri, we just had to make a point of trying Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe. During my research, I reached out to them to arrange a good time for a visit. When they found out we were planning a Saturday, their response was, “the earlier, the better”.
The restaurant is housed in the old Gailey’s Pharmacy, and extends into the historic Seville Hotel building. The decor is eclectic, and has a hip vibe to it. Assorted artwork from local artists decorate the walls. The kitchen area is housed in the old pharmacy section of the building. This is where we decided to dine, since it offered the best view of the action. Our original plan was to arrive around 9:00, but the manager suggested we may want to swing by a tad bit earlier on the weekend. Since it was our first stop of the day, we arrived around 7:30. The place already had a steady stream of customers, but we were seated immediately. From our perch we were able to watch the staff at work.
After placing our orders, they were assembled in quick fashion. The staff all seemed to be on the same page, as the whooshed around the galley shaped prep area. Playful banter between workers showed that they all enjoyed their work atmosphere. Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe opened in 2005, and has won notoriety for it’s breakfasts. Recently, they expanded their menu, as well as their hours, to include lunch and dinner. Our early arrival time gave us the chance to speak with the manager on staff for a bit. She explained that during the week you can usually walk in and get a table. Come the weekends, the place becomes extremely popular by 8:30. Quite often they will have a line out the door waiting for a table. That told us the food must be pretty good.
The menu had so many great options that choosing was difficult. I ended up with the Sientz Bowl with a side of fruit. Layers of hash browns, scrambled eggs, and even biscuits with gravy mix into a delicious concoction. Crystal went with the Freedom Waffle, which is appropriately named. A thick waffle is topped with strawberries, blueberries, and sweet whipped cream. The resulting flavor is light, and amazing. This dish comes with a side of eggs and meat. Toss in a couple of cups of coffee, and our breakfasts were delightful. Now we had plenty of energy to start a fun-filled day of touring. Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe is a must-try for visitors to Springfield, but arrive early.
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