While traveling, my husband and I tend to gravitate towards places where the locals would eat, and the Sunrise Cafe fits the bill perfectly. It is located in an unassuming building in a working-class neighborhood near downtown Springfield. The place is clean, clean, clean (we saw a waitress wiping down the chair legs while bussing a table), the wait staff is extremely friendly, the price is right, and the food is phenominal. If you are looking for more elegant surroundings, this is not the place for you. There are several booths and the tables are all metal with orange vinyl chairs. There was also a dining bar area where you could sit and chat with the cook while waiting for your food. The decorations are bare-bones.
The sign outside advertises "breakfast anytime," and since I was craving scrambled eggs, my husband and I decided to give it a try for dinner. I ordered "Dan's Choice," which is two eggs, toast, potatoes, and either bacon, ham, or sausage, all for around $5.50. My husband had the double cheeseburger and fries. We both had a drink, and our total bill was $15 (I had orange juice and he had a Pepsi). The eggs were probably some of the best scrambled eggs I have ever had: light, fluffy, cooked to perfection and not greasy. The bacon was perfectly cooked, as were the potatoes (large chunks of potatoes with skin-on, grilled).
The menu was extensive and included all the usual breakfast items such as biscuits/gravy, pancakes, waffles, omlettes, and anything else you can imagine. The lunch/dinner menu was equally extensive.
There were several tables with elderly "locals" and the waitresses all seemed to know them, which is a good sign because if a restaurant has repeat local business, it must be doing something right.
If you are looking for awesome food at a great price, served by friendly waitresses, then the Sunrise Cafe is the place for you. Highly recommended to others who like to eat at diners while traveling.
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