1st: Billy Gail’s, Branson West, Ozark; 417-338-8883
Billy Gail’s has been a Branson West institution since it first opened in 1995. A second location was recently opened in Ozark and, just like the original, is known for its plentiful portions. Looking to impress your kids? Order them one of Billy Gail’s 14-inch pancakes. Even better, they’ll dip the pancake in French toast batter and cook again making their signature French cakes. If you’re in search of a food coma, opt for Billy’s Belly Buster Breakfast or Gail’s Famous Omelet, named for Billy and Gail Blong, the original owners of Billy Gail’s.
2nd: The Kozy, Bloomsdale; 573-483-2898
The Kozy is known for its warm atmosphere and delicious fare just off of Interstate 55 in Bloomsdale. The restaurant shares a kitchen with The Dew Drop Inn on the other side of the building, but before 11 a.m., it’s just the mouthwatering breakfast options. In a nod to the nearby Gateway City, The Kozy features a St. Louis classic: Breakfast Slinger. A bed of hash browns is topped with a biscuit, choice of meat, eggs, shredded cheese and is smothered with chili or gravy. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, you can’t go wrong with the homemade quiche or Belgium pearl sugar waffles.
EC: Cosmic Cafe, Warsaw; 660-438-6171
Cosmic Cafe has been a breakfast staple since it opened in downtown Warsaw in 2016. Owner Shannon Noland has created a breakfast menu featuring traditional breakfast dishes with a twist. Try the Stuffed Crepes which feature a pair of homemade crepes filled with vanilla cinnamon sweet cream and topped with your choice of strawberries, lemon blueberries or sweet cinnamon peaches and cinnamon sugar. For a hearty option, go with the steak huevos rancheros featuring a rib-eye and veggies topped with a pair of eggs and ranchero sauce served with potatoes, a crepe and guacamole.
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