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Best Breakfasts in Branson

By: Michael Ayo

Vacations are great for a number of different things. You can relax, spend time with family, and maybe even catch a few extra hours of sleep in the morning. However, if you’re more of an early riser or love taking in a beautiful Ozark sunrise, it may be beneficial to know where in Branson you can start the day off right with a delicious breakfast.

Sugar Leaf Bakery and Café

Mainly known for their bakery and desserts, Sugar Leaf Bakery and Café has an excellent selection for breakfast as well. Sugar Leaf varies from day to day on what is served on their breakfast menu, but they always have their quiche to order each day. An open-faced pastry crust with an egg-based custard filling, their quiche features a variety of breakfast fillings to go along with sides such as bacon, eggs and toast.

Branson Café

As one of Branson’s oldest restaurants, the Branson Café offers a delicious menu of breakfast items served all day. Established in 1910, this café in historic downtown Branson has been featured on a number of different television programs such as “60 Minutes” and Fox News Channel’s “Across America.” Their homemade pies have also been featured on the “Today Show.” For breakfast, they offer just about any classic breakfast option you can imagine. From skillets and Eggs Benedict to oatmeal and cornmeal mush, Branson Café has a comprehensive menu you are sure to enjoy.

Billy Gail’s

If you enjoy large proportions, you’ll be hard-pressed to find bigger pancakes than the ones located at Billy Gail’s. This staple of the community is most known for their hubcap-sized pancakes that are guaranteed to satisfy even the hungriest of appetites. Billy Gail’s is also known for their French cakes, which are pancakes dipped in egg batter and cooked like French toast (though not quite the size of a hubcap). Other menu items include regular French toast, breakfast burritos, grits and French cakes stuffed with pecans. Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., this place gets busy in a hurry so be sure to get there early. It is also a cash-only restaurant so hit the ATM before you leave.

Grandma Ruth’s

When you’re on vacation, something as quick and easy as doughnuts may be the go-to option for breakfast. But what about cinnamon rolls? They’re quick and easy, and you still get the sugar-induced pickup you’re looking for in the morning. Grandma Ruth’s in the Victorian Village has some of the freshest and most delicious cinnamon rolls you will find in the Ozarks. Conveniently located off Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Grandma Ruth’s is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and offers sweet, cinnamon, caramel and toffee rolls as tasty breakfast treats.

Clockers Café

Another breakfast served all day, Clockers Café offers a rather large menu to choose from. If you enjoy pancakes or French toast, get them before 11 a.m. because they’re the only breakfast items not served after that time. If you’re not a big fan of pancakes or French toast, worry not because there are several other delicious items such as Belgian waffles, omelets, and biscuits and gravy. There is also a number of classic a la carte options such as bacon and sausage as well as four different egg platters to feast on.

Dobyns Dining Room at the Keeter Center

Not technically breakfast, but close enough, the Sunday Brunch at Dobyns Dining Room inside the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks is a must during your vacation to Branson. This brunch gets so popular, it is highly suggested you make reservations at least 48 hours in advance. With the freshest of foods coming from the campus’ own farm, menu options include carved meat, made-to-order waffles and omelets, and various other typical breakfast items. The brunch is Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and provides beautiful views of the college campus.

With so much to see and do in Branson, it’s impossible to get through it all without getting an early start to the day. If you’re trying to jam as much fun as possible into one day, a hearty breakfast is a must and each one the places listed above provide just that. The next time you’re in town, be sure to give a few or all of these breakfast spots a try.

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Branson’s Hidden Food Gems

By: Michael Ayo

From steakhouses and barbecue to pizza and Mexican food, there’s no shortage of dining establishments to go along with the variety of live entertainment in Branson. Several places in town are popular among tourists, especially the unique ones likeMel’s Hard Luck Diner or the ones associated with shows such as the Grand Country Buffet and the Baldknobbers Country Restaurant. However, these places can get pretty crowded at the height of show season, so check out these hidden gems that offer some of the best food in Branson.

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A definitive favorite among locals in Branson, East Coast Subs is a great place to find some of the best sandwiches in town. Located on Highway 248, roughly a mile away from the Branson RecPlex, East Coast Subs is open until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is perfect for a Reuben or baked Italian sub lunch date. Since this place is popular among Branson residents, it can get fairly busy from time to time. We highly recommend stopping by to pick up a menu and calling ahead to place your order.

Billy Bob’s Dairyland

There are several places in Branson to get a burger and fries, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one better than what is served up at Billy Bob’s Dairyland on Highway 76. You can order a normal hamburger, or if you’re feeling adventurous you can add a few more patties and some cheese to that order. Billy Bob’s also serves hot dogs, corn dogs, salads and other delicious options. After you’ve enjoyed your meal, be sure to stick around to try one of their tasty desserts. A favorite among visitors tends to be the peanut butter milkshake.

NOTE: Billy Bob’s only accepts cash as payment, so be sure to stop by the ATM before you go.

Mr. Gilberti’s Place

Mr. GIt’s almost a custom that one vacation meal involve pizza. If you’re looking for a friendly and unique atmosphere paired with delicious Chicago-style pizza, make the short trip to Hollister for Mr. Gilberti’s Place. Here you can find pizza unlike anything you’ve tried before along with salads, sandwiches and pasta. Located a few minutes from the College of the Ozarks campus, Mr. Gilberti’s is great after a day of fishing on Lake Taneycomo or if you’re just wanting to escape the city for a little while.

Mitsu Neko Fusion Cuisine and Sushi Bar

Everyone should strive to try something new while on vacation. Mitsu Neko Fusion Cuisine and Sushi Bar on Highway 76 near the Apple Tree Mall can be that “something new” on your trip to Branson. With its modern look and city-like atmosphere, Mitsu Neko is great for a dining experience you’re sure to remember. All their ingredients are healthy, fresh and natural, and you can order anything from steak and duck to smoked salmon and tuna sushi.

Grandma Ruth’s

Whether you want breakfast or just trying to satisfy your sweet tooth, Grandma Ruth’s has exactly what you need. Located in the Victorian Village off Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Grandma Ruth’s has some of the best cinnamon rolls around and delicious sugar cookies made from scratch. They’re open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday, so be sure to stop in while you’re in town.


Popular dessert places in Branson such as Andy’s Frozen Custard can get extremely busy during peak season. When that happens, you’ll want to make the trip to Scoopsin nearby Hollister. You can enjoy your choice of ice cream cones, shakes, sundaes, banana splits and various other sugary treats along with a scenic overlook of the Ozarks. Located on Highway 165, a few miles southwest of the College of the Ozarks campus, Scoops is a great way to beat the heat during the summer months.

BLKTYeti’s Shaved Ice and Ice Cream

Another great place to go to cool off during the summer months is Yeti’s Shaved Ice and Ice Cream. This place takes shaved ice to the next level with their unique flavors and ways of preparing them. Enjoy flavors such as banana split, blueberry cobbler and cherry cheesecake, or expand your taste buds with flavors such as the Iron Man and Lu’s Luau. Located in the parking lot of Sunfest Market on the east side of Lake Taneycomo, passed Mount Branson and near Ozarks Memorial Park, the family is sure to love digging into one of these sweet treats.

Whether you just got out of a show and looking for a good place to eat or in the mood to try something different, this list of hidden gems will certainly provide you with a few great meals. From sandwiches and burgers to sushi and ice cream, anything you order from these places will leave you wanting more after you return home.


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