For early risers looking for a hearty meal to start off their day, Missouri’s capital, Jefferson City, has multiple restaurants open for breakfast.
Even though most of these selections will make you leave happy and well-fed, three choices stand out above the rest.
Here’s a local’s perspective for the next time you have to visit the Missouri State Capitol Building and want to get some breakfast.
Mel’s Country Café
If you’re looking for a delicious country-style breakfast, Mel’s Country Café is the place to be.
It has a country, rustic theme that is very inviting, and the wait staff is welcoming, too.
My wife swears by Mel’s Big Country Breakfast Bowl. It’s basically the most filling, largest breakfast you can get, and it costs less than $7!
It’s a huge bowl that has biscuits and gravy, hash browns, eggs, and bacon all piled on top of each other. My favorite dish is Mel’s fried chicken and pancakes.
Getting this meal is kind of like eating lunch and breakfast at the same time! It’s the best of both worlds.
Other customer favorites include omelets, country fried steak, pork chops and eggs, and breakfast burritos.
Address: 2421 Industrial Drive, Jefferson City, MO
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. / Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. / Sunday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oscar’s Classic Diner
Oscar’s Classic Diner has a pretty flashy exterior, and the interior is quite dapper, too.
If you want to bump into a state legislator before session begins, this may be the place to go. Legislators oftentimes have breakfast meetings here with staffers and lobbyists.
Everything is tasty at Oscar’s, but the hot cakes and French toast are probably two of the best dishes on the breakfast menu.
You also can’t go wrong with the grilled, boneless pork-chop deluxe.
This grilled chop is served atop biscuits and hash browns. Then, everything is crowned in sausage gravy, and topped with two eggs cooked however you want them.
Address: 2118 Schotthill Woods Dr, Jefferson City, MO
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. / Sunday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
To be completely honest, you don’t go to Sapphires for the food.
It isn’t poor quality food by any means. In fact, the biscuits and gravy would compete with almost every restaurant in the region.
Still, though, you don’t go to Sapphires for the food.
The reason so many people come to Sapphires for breakfast is because of the breathtaking view.
The restaurant is inside of the very top level of the Doubletree Hotel in Jefferson City.
From this level, you have a glorious, magnificent view of Jefferson City.
It’s quite breathtaking, and couples tend to go here for romantic breakfasts.
Also, the food prices are less than some of the other area breakfast spots, so that’s good, too!
Address: 422 Monroe Street, Jefferson City, MO
Hours: Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. / Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. / Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.