Saturday, March 28, 2009

Billy Gail's Cafe --- The Best Breakfast in 417!

I love March in Branson! Not only do we see the buds and birds of spring, but we begin to see more out-of-state license plates than Missouri plates! The theaters begin another season of sensational shows, the unique shops are stocked, and all the attractions are shined up and welcoming visitors of all ages.

Branson offers so much to do and you need a lot of food to keep up your energy! We have many fine eateries, too. Let me introduce you to one.......

Billy Gail's Cafe is not your typical restaurant on the "76 Strip". It's not even on the strip, but 1/3 mile south of Hwy 76 on Hwy 265 and if you didn't know what to look for, you would probably drive right on by. So, take a look at Billy Gail's:

5291 Hwy 265, Branson, MO 65616 (Click here for map) (417) 338-8883
Open 7:00 am to 2:00 pm every day.

Yes, it was once a gas station and, yes, it is an old log cabin. But for the past 14 years it has been an eclectic and cozy cafe that is a favorite with local folks and visitors alike. In fact, it was recently named the best breakfast by the 417 Magazine, a publication of all things in area code 417, which includes Springfield.

Let me take you on a tour!

Entering the bright red screen door (which even squeaks!) you find yourself in a colorful great room which will take you back in time. I was first attracted to the log walls, then the collection of relics from antique farm tools to crocheted afghans.

As you are led to your table you will find that Billy Gail's is much larger than it appears from the front. You might find yourself seated in the "Flea Market" where the walls are lined with cabinets containing all sorts of collectibles. Dishes, toys, pictures, and tools from bygone days will spark many memories. Plus, as the name "Flea Market" suggests, they are for sale at very reasonable prices.

Moving on through to the back is another bright and welcoming dining room. All of the tables are covered with red checkered table cloths and coffee mugs at the ready for the always-fresh brew. The walls are lined with mirrors, paintings, and a collection of lanterns from railroad cabooses. This is my favorite room! Alongside this dining room is a spacious screened-in patio that is open all through the warm weather.

So, what about that "best breakfast" in 417? From personal experience I can attest to that claim and add old-fashioned and fresh. Billy Gail's is famous for their pancakes which literally fall over the plate. Below is a photo of my breakfast and that pancake is the small one! Light and tasty, much like a crepe, the pancake is really yummy with warm maple syrup all over it! I actually rolled my scrambled eggs in the pancake like a burrito --- then poured on the warm syrup! Oh, and the blueberry pancakes are amazing, loaded with fresh blueberries! You must try their new "French Cakes" which were created one morning when Billy couldn't decide on French toast or pancakes. So the cook came up with my new favorite, the French Cake. I'm not going to reveal the secret --- but try it, you'll like it!

While breakfast is the speciality at Billy Gail's, they also serve fresh hot and cold sandwiches, soups and hearty chili. Top it off with fresh-baked pie and you are set for a day of shopping, shows, and sightseeing!

Another thing you can be sure of at Billy Gail's is that you will be treated as a long-lost friend every time you visit!

Now meet Billy and Gail, proprietors:

Oh, and if you are from Minnesota, you'll probably get a hug from Gail!

Visit Branson --- often --- and bring the whole family!