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937 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-869-7681
An omelet must be good when it’s been dubbed the “Opulent” omelet. This fluffy mountain of eggy-goodness is stuffed with mushrooms, crumbled bacon and Swiss cheese and is accompanied by an equally massive pile of crispy hash browns and a side of toast. But because breakfast is best eaten super-sized, we recommend swapping the toast for a hearty biscuit and gravy. It’s only a 50-cent upcharge and will make your stomach bulge with contentment.
Anton’s is known for its omelets. An entire page of the breakfast menu is dedicated to the dish, but other items like the malted Belgium waffle and the buttermilk biscuits make the list of customer favorites. Be sure to bring cash when dining at Anton’s, and get there early. Only open until 2 p.m. Wednesday–Monday, this retro-kitchy breakfast nook fills up quickly. The low ceiling and décor of hanging frying pans, spatulas and menus from a bunch of restaurants give this joint a definite country vibe.
Gailey’s Breakfast Café
220 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-866-5500
The Mediterranean Omelet at Gailey’s unites traditional American breakfast with some more savory counterparts. This omelet is jazzed-up with avocado, roasted red peppers, eggplant, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, oregano, feta cheese and hummus. Now try saying that with your mouth full! Another crowd pleaser is the sweet potato hash browns. They come with a sprinkle of brown sugar, and true regulars know to order the starchy treat with a dash of cinnamon and sugar.
College Street Café
1622 W. College St., Springfield, 417-631-8375
This tiny café sits on the corner of Kansas Expressway and College Street and is cash-only. The recipes used back in the kitchen have been passed down through family and old girlfriends and keep the menu stocked with homemade items like from-scratch biscuits and a ham and bean chili that only makes an appearance during the winter. While the omelets are massive and filling, several lunch items like the fried catfish and the open-faced roast beef sandwich bring in a steady lunch crowd. Being so small, it’s said that the servers here will know your birthday and your wife’s name after just a few visits.
Mary Lee’s Café
712½ W. 20th Street, Joplin, 417-623-9666
Omelet lovers wake up early to get to Mary Lee’s, especially if they’re part of the omelet club. Much like a coffee punch card, customers at this café get their sixth omelet on the house once. The veggie omelet along with the three-meat omelet and Western omelet are the most popular choices. Breakfast is served Monday through Saturday 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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