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“Go before the rush”

Gailey's Breakfast Cafe
Ranked #21 of 677 Restaurants in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Diner
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Good for: Kids, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Springfield, Missouri
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103 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Go before the rush”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

As many reviews warned, there was a wait (Sunday around 8:40). We waited about 30 minutes to be seated and about 25 minutes to get our food after ordering. The food was good. The prices weren't bad and the service was good. It was nice having the live music while we were eating.

  • Visited November 2012
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English first
Springfield, Missouri
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150 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Reward yourself”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

After an early morning doctor's appointment, preceded by a 12-hour fast, one deserves a little reward. There was a big crowd at our usual breakfast place, and I wanted to try Gailey's. We found a parking place across the street and were quickly seated.
The menu has many of the expected items (some with a twist) and a few that are out of the ordinary, for Springfield at least. I had the omelet with the hollandaise sauce, while my husband had the Seville omelet. Both omelets were fluffy, and full of ingredients that were chopped coarsely enough that you could recognize, and taste them. He had the regular hash browns (which weren't greasy as they are in many places) and I had the sweet browns. He had biscuits and gravy, which was thick and had plenty of sausage in it. I had whole wheat toast — large, crunchy slices with some body to them, not the type of "whole wheat" bread that gains its name only by having a little caramel coloring added. When the waiter delivered our food he asked if we needed anything else. We didn't, as the table already was equipped with honey, syrup, Tabasco, ketchup, and a container of extra napkins. And, my favorite, wrapped individual packets of real butter, not the miniscule, hard-to-open, capsules of whipped whatever. And the toast didn't have that little smear of oily yellow stuff some restaurants attempt to pass off as "butter."
Our waiter was attentive, and we enjoyed the experience.
Especially liked that the restaurant has an old-time atmosphere in a restored downtown hotel building — which just happens to be the place where my parents spent their wedding night during World War II!

  • Visited October 2012
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St Louis
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57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Favorite breakfast diner in Springfield”
Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

This is my go to place for Sunday breakfast when I'm in town for a visit with my sons who attend MSU. It is always crowded and there is a wait for a table. They have coffee sitting out so you can help yourself to coffee while you wait for a table. Prices are reasonable. Food is fresh and tasty. Service is good as long as you don't mind the wait for a table.

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Adams, Tennessee, United States
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
“Great Breakfast Experience”
Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

We had Sunday breakfast here and the food and service were both great. The biscuits and gravy were not good however. The live music was very enjoyable.

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Springfield, Missouri
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Food is Great, but Long Wait”
Reviewed July 13, 2012

This place is so popular that it has become very crowded and has a very long wait time, even though they added more seating space.

If you don't want to wait, I recommend eating breakfast at Anton's or George's, both on Glenstone.

Visited April 2012
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