Joplin, Missouri has an interesting Route 66 history. The city actually has multiple paths, since the route was realigned a couple of times. While we were making our itinerary for a visit to Joplin, we worked with Carrie Puffinbarger at Visit Joplin. She pointed us toward testing the eats at The Bruncheonette, a local hotspot that rests on the 1937 to 1945 alignment. What we found there confirmed our belief of  listening to the locals.

The outside of The Bruncheonette hides the business found inside.

Unassuming Exterior

We knew that the restaurant opened at 9:00, so we planned our morning to have us arrive right on time. When we arrived the parking lot was already packed, and cars were beginning to line the street. I dropped Crystal off at the door, while I went to park the car. By the time I made it inside, I found her near the end of a line that snaked around the interior. It quickly became apparent that this place was something special. (Thank you Carrie for the recommendation.) While some may be thwarted by this spectacle, we found it exhilarating. The willingness of so many to pack in so quickly gave us high hopes of a special meal.

Busy hands work the front counter of The Bruncheonette.

Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

As the line proceeded through the restaurant, everyone was taking the chance to check out the dishes being consumed by those who arrived early. Periodically, we would hear a conversation between friends, and would strain to hear any golden nuggets of advice on what to order. By the time we were near the front of the line, we had seen just about every possible dish pass by, and were just as confused as when we started. Plates being prepared for delivery adding to the anxiety of choosing, and soon we were at the register. Fortunately, the lady taking orders was prepared for such a situation and quickly walked us through the menu. With our orders placed and the anxiety past, we grabbed our coffee to take outside, while we waited for a table to clear. The Bruncheonette has this process down to an art, and we were seated just in time for our dishes to be served.

Benny Harper is an eggs Benedict dish that resembles a BLT.

More Local Advice

While we were waiting to be seated, we struck up conversation with others nearby. Some lived in Joplin, while others visited here frequently for business. We had a lively discussion about various restaurants in and around the region. Food is a universal requirement, so we find it to be an excellent conversation topic. Our new friends insured us that our choices would be great no matter what they were. I recently got on an Eggs Benedict kick, and the menu has some interesting variations. The Benny Harper reminded me of a BLT sandwich of sorts, and was packed with deliciousness. Once inside, one of our new friend groups were seated next to us, and also enjoyed this choice. My counter partner, who was visiting his daughter in Joplin, touted the delicious taste of the biscuits and gravy. I made a mental note to get that when we have a chance to pass this way again.

The Migas is a dish featuring scrambled eggs with an assortment of add-ons.

Taking A Different Route

Crystal wasn’t feeling like a Benny or even the pancakes, and ended up picking the B. A. Migas. (I was sure she would get the crepes with Nutella.) This omelet style dish is composed of scrambled eggs, bacon, salsa, cheddar cheese, avocado, green onion, and crispy strips of corn tortilla. When the plate was placed in front of her, I knew she would struggle to finish such a large dish. (I was right.) Her first comment was about the generous amount of avocado that they provide. As we chowed down on our meals, we both realized that The Bruncheonette was an excellent choice. Next time though, we will know to arrive a wee bit earlier. Have you visited this unique Joplin eatery?  We would love to hear what your favorite dish is and why.


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