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.
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.