Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe in Springfield MO


Gailey's once was a drug store. photo: PBH

Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe offers a wide selection of morning favorites in a cozy, casual historic building.

Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe is another Walnut Street treasure. Built in 1937, once a drug store, Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe is now a neighborhood cafe serving breakfast all the time. Voted Best Breakfast for 5 years in a row by 417 magazine. (While you are in town, savvy travelers should pick up a copy of 417 Magazine for what’s going on in Springfield.

The staff works like a well oiled machine, preparing and serving meal after meal nonstop on a late Sunday morning. Though the traffic is heavy and there’s always a waiting list on Sundays, there’s no feeling of being rushed once you are seated.

‘Serve Your Own’ coffee helps to ease your wait for a table. If you came for breakfast food, it’s on the menu. Omelets are limited only by your imagination, real ‘browned and crispy’ hash browns, as well as sweet potato hash browns, French toast, pancakes, eggs benedict.

Biscuits & Gravy fans quickly learn about Gailey’s B&G. If you are not a fan of Biscuits & Gravy, it may be because you’ve never ordered this simple, yet hardy, dish at Gailey’s. Try it -you’ll like it- and you are welcome.

Three things Gailey’s is not:

  1. Starbucks, they have regular coffee at a realistic price. (With free refills.)
  2. This is not a fast food joint, so relax. Made to order food takes time to make after you order it.
  3. Fancy. Gailey’s has the look and feel of a cozy neighborhood cafe where you meet friends and linger over a second cup of coffee.


    Plates are delivered hot off the grill. photo: PBH


Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe
220 E Walnut St
Springfield, MO, 65806-2126
Tel: (417) 866-5500
Hours: Mon – Fri: 7:00 am-1:00 pm; Sat: 7:00 am-2:00 am; Sun: 7:00 am-2:00 pm

Gaileys is on Walnut Street. You’ve read several of my reviews with a Walnut Street address. In fact, you could have a great getaway weekend in Springfield and never leave Walnut Street.

Where to stay – My favorite B&B, is Walnut Street Inn.  Read More Striped Pot about Walnut Street Inn at Springfield’s Walnut Street Inn B&B&B Reserve a two night stay and make this truly relaxing getaway.

Where to shopBistro Market is located in a historic building at 401 South Avenue on the corner of South Avenue and Walnut, Springfield, MO. Open Sunday–Wednesday, 6 am–midnight, and Thursday–Saturday, 6 am–2 am. Read More Striped Pot about Bistro Market at Traveling Gourmet Look for the great selection of wine, beer and deli selections.

Where to eat Aviary Cafe and Creperie, 400 E Walnut Street, located on the southeast corner of Walnut and Jefferson in downtown Springfield. Phone: (417) 866-6378 The Creperie serves lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Open Sunday – Wednesday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Read More Striped Pot about Springfield’s First Creperie, the Aviary Cafe and Creperie. Try the creperie’s sweet selections, perfect for brunch, afternoon coffee or, dessert anytime.

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Meaty gravy is ladled over hot fresh biscuits, hash browns are a restaurant favorite. photo: PBH

For More Information about Springfield MO: Visitor Information Center
815 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100
Springfield, MO
Toll-Free: (800) 678-8767
Phone: (417) 881-5300
Fax: (417) 881-2231

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