220 E. Walnut st.
Springfield Missouri 65806United States
Gailey's has been a Springfield favorite for home-style food since 1940.
In 1940 in downtown Springfield, Joe Gailey opened a pharmacy called Gailey Drugs, and his wife Beulah (Mrs. G) decided to make one meal per day for sale to his customers: One day it might be hamburgers; the next it might be chili. Now, some 70 years later Gailey Drugs is long gone, but Mrs. G's restaurant continues. Beulah ran Gailey's Breakfast Cafe for many years, but "a few years ago," according to staff, she retired and sold the restaurant. In honor of Mrs. G's long-standing connection to the restaurant, the new owners retained her name even as they expanded into the abandoned Hotel Seville lobby next door. The restaurant retains an old-time feel, with an old-fashioned dining counter and, right behind it, the fryer and grill. Breakfast is what this restaurant is known for. Simple, hearty breakfasts, all under $8, fill the menu, which includes meat-and-vegetable-filled omelets, French toast, and steak and eggs. Lunchtime choices include burgers, an egg sandwich and a BLT.Everyone at our table who ordered savory breakfast fare -- eggs, bacon, sausage -- were thrilled with their choices, but blueberry pancakes disappointed. (The frozen berries hadn't quite defrosted all the way). Still, the backstory alone makes this a fun stop for folks traveling through central Missouri.