Some students are content eating cold cereal or toasted poptarts for breakfast every morning, but let’s face it, sometimes you want REAL breakfast foods and you don’t want to make them yourself. While the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area hosts the usual Denny’s, IHOP, and Cracker Barrel offerings, these chain restaurants might not be your first choice. Fortunately Edwardsville also boasts some awesome, family-owned, and very satisfying local breakfast diners near Axis.
Fiona’s Family Restaurant
Located on Main Street, right across from the courthouse, Fiona’s bought out the Sunrise Diner several years ago, but kept many of the regular patrons’ favorite dishes. Fiona’s serves breakfast all day (and night) as well as great lunch and dinner fare. This is a traditional family diner that focuses on low prices (seriously great prices), large portions, and real comfort food. Beyond the usual American diner fare, patrons will see several Greek and Greek-inspired dishes offered as well.
County Seat Cafe
This is a new offering in the Edwardsville area. Located at 316 Buchanan Street, the County Seat Cafe has been open since 2014. While many patrons gush over the biscuits and gravy being “just like grandma’s”, the real star of the breakfast menu is the breakfast burritos. The atmosphere is comfortable and homey. It isn’t unusual to see a fellow student studying while nursing a cup of coffee. County Seat Cafe is open 7am – 8pm and is a bit more moderately priced than Fiona’s, but has huge portions as well.
Also located on Main Street, Sgt. Peppers is known for its all-day breakfast menu, horseshoes, and awesome Beatles decor. If you’ve never had a horseshoe breakfast (or ponyshoe for those with smaller appetites), you are in for a real treat. Sgt. Peppers was opened in 2005 by SIUE alum Tarek Samara, importing recipes and atmosphere from his family’s Sgt. Peppers location in Springfield. The schedule may seem a bit odd: Sun-Wed 7am-3pm, Thurs-Sat 7am-8pm, but the food is well worth planning ahead for.
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