The Five Best Breakfast Spots in St. Louis

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       The most important meal of the day. | Jennifer Silverberg

Unlike its more glamorous sister, brunch, a classic breakfast evokes casual morning comfort. Sure, it's nice to be fancy, but sometimes, you just want to roll out of bed, hair uncombed, pajama pants on, and venture out for some cheesy eggs and strong coffee. Fortunately, St. Louis has a seemingly endless array of choices for the day's most important meal, but all of these options can overwhelm the bleary-eyed. To help with the decision, Gut Check has narrowed the field to the five best breakfast spots in the city.

See Also: The Five Best Brunch Restaurants in St. Louis

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       The Webster Skillet. | Rease Kirchner

Boardwalk Café
(600 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-963-0013)

As the reigning winner of the Riverfront Times' award for Best Breakfast, the Boardwalk Café has all the makings of a quintessential breakfast spot: huge portions, dirt-cheap prices and ridiculously quick service. The breakfast menu features traditional bacon and egg platters, pancakes and French toast, and hefty skillets of hash browns piled high with meats, veggies, cheese and eggs. The servers are no-nonsense, keeping customers' cups full of hot coffee no matter how busy the restaurant is. They're not exactly reinventing the wheel here, but the lack of fuss makes it the right choice for those in need of a classic.


Location Info

Connelly's Goody Goody Diner

5900 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Half & Half

8135 Maryland Ave., Clayton, MO

Category: Restaurant

Benton Park Café

1900 Arsenal St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Southwest Diner

6803 SW Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Boardwalk Café

600 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO

Category: Restaurant


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181 comments
Carol Edmonds
Carol Edmonds

Uncle Bill pancakes on south Kinghighway\U0001f44d\U0001f44d\U0001f49f\U0001f49f

Rick Hood
Rick Hood

Uncle Bills, 3427 S Kingshighway Blvd used to be the go to place back in the seventies and eighties. Maybe it went downhill, don't live there anymore.

Linda Young Noel
Linda Young Noel

Nov 26, 2013 is the date on the story, not exactly up to date.

Suzanne Caston Topham
Suzanne Caston Topham

You totally ignored two of my three faves -- Rooster and The Shack. You did get one -- Southwest Diner. Boo.

Dennis Williams
Dennis Williams

These places need a 2nd shift so me and my boys can get to them all

Joe Johnson
Joe Johnson

Waffle house all the way muthaphukas

Greg Brown
Greg Brown

Definitely the "slinger" at the Courtesy Diner on Kingshighway just south of Arsenal. It only has about 10,000 calories. One of those, and I'm set for the rest of the day.

Laura Mathews
Laura Mathews

MoKaBe's Sunday breakfast buffet is pretty stellar too...

Domma Brown
Domma Brown

Yes!!!!!!!!! That's awesome! #greatmindsthinkalike

Timothy Gatti
Timothy Gatti

The lack of Melt makes this list irrelevant.

Laura Mathews
Laura Mathews

Hahahaha oh my god, I was LITERALLY about to tag you in this.... #BrunchClub

Diana Yenne
Diana Yenne

Nadine's Gin Joint in Soulard has an amazing breakfast! And very reasonably priced =)

Sallie Jirauch Spence
Sallie Jirauch Spence

I would have agreed with Benton Park a few years ago but I think it has gone downhill recently. IMHO

Matthew Ingmire
Matthew Ingmire

No Florissant City Diner even though it at one time won Best Breakfast In St. Louis?

Randall Crowley
Randall Crowley

For good reason. That trash isn't comparable to these.

Jenna Brown
Jenna Brown

Breakfast and Burgers on Gravios in Affton is my family's go to place for breakfast. The name is bland, but the food is amazing!

Domma Brown
Domma Brown

I'm sure you're ALL over this Laura Mathews! Next BPC trip I'm trying the bfast pizza!

Andrew Egger
Andrew Egger

Oh gosh, stop. I'm in Michigan and SO HUNGRY

Nick McClane
Nick McClane

Do yourself a favor and go to the White Knight Diner the next chance you get!

Adrienne Seb
Adrienne Seb

Matt a place for us to have our green sauce on our breakfast!!

James Hardy
James Hardy

Dumb shit, don't go for a hangover. Be smart, have self control of yourself. Enjoy the next day, or two.

Eddie_Effects
Eddie_Effects

This list should be expanded to include EAT RITE (downtown), The Clayton Diner (Clayton), Courtesy Diner (multiple locations), Spencers Diner (Kirkwood). Tiffany's Diner (Maplewood). not necessarily in that order.

Donna Fox
Donna Fox

The Barn-Crestwood, Mo. is fantastic! Local meats and wonderful grub!

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