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English first
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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

My downfall is cheeseburgers. I know a good one and the cheeseburger I had today at Ernies was awesome! I had a 1/3 pound cheese burger with Swiss cheese and bacon on a soft bun with fries today that was worth every calorie! The cheese burger came with a side of bbq sauce which was also nice. The burger and... More 

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Plainfield, Illinois
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a true diner. It is very small so the wait can be long, we sat at the counter so it was not too bad. Food was ok, my wife went to college in Columbia and she remembered the biscuits and gravy being better back then. Overall it was a good experience.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

If you're looking for that true diner experience, this is the place to go. Great service and good food.

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Columbia, Missouri
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65 reviews 65 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This is probably one of Como's best breakfast places. I've had it all here and have yet to not like anything I ordered. All cooked the way I asked it to be. The last visit I had Scrambled soft eggs and sausage, hash browns and toast. Was very good. Just note, this is a small place and the wait can... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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272 reviews 272 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you're looking for a non-chain restaurant for breakfast, check out Ernie's. I try to go before 930am on weekends to avoid a long wait. It's a small diner type of restaurant. You can't beat the prices. Bob Evans is my favorite breakfast in town but it's a chain so if you want some place local I would recommend Ernie's.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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337 reviews 337 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The service and food are very good at Ernie's in downtown Columbia. Unless you are VERY hungry, do not order the full biscuits/gravy; the half portion is four biscuits and loads of sausage gravy. My eggs were cooked to perfection. My spouse's waffle was reported to be outstanding, and he's rather a waffle snob. The tea is upscale, i.e., not... More 

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Brandon, Florida, USA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I had a good traditional breakfast, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, and toast at Ernie's. The coffee could be better, but the food was good. My husband had French toast and it was made with Texas toast and had powdered sugar sprinkled on top (my favorite way to eat French toast) and they also gave him warm syrup, a nice... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Had the omelette, and while the food was great, we enjoyed the help and the ambiance even more. They're open from 6:30am till 2 pm. Serves breakfast and lunch and we went about 9am on a Monday. Luckily a table was leaving as we got there but be aware it's very small and popular, so you might have to wait... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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121 reviews 121 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We chose to have breakfast here because of the recommendations on TripAdvisor. Both of us chose five-ingredient omelets. The omelets were fat, fluffy, full of ingredients and delicious. There were no hash browns served with the meals and the only option we were offered was toast — white, wheat or rye. When we got into the door, all the tables were... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

If you are not a patient person, you should probably go someplace else. However, Ernie's breakfast is worth the wait. The food is just down right awesome!

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Additional Information about Ernie's Cafe

Address: 1005 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201
Phone Number: 573 874-7804
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Columbia
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Monday 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday 6:30 am - 2:00 pm

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