Springfield, the capital of Illinois, is known for being the home of Abraham Lincoln before he moved into the White House. But perhaps more importantly, Springfield is the home of the horseshoe, an open-face sandwich consisting of thick slices of bread or Texas toast, a hamburger patty, French fries, and a cheese sauce. Make it in a breakfast form with hash browns and eggs, and you’ve got yourself the ultimate versatile brunch dish. Check out these top brunch spots in Springfield.
Built on the site of a Lincoln-era family home, Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery & Eatery is downtown Springfield’s first microbrewery. Just down the street from Lincoln’s home and neighborhood, guests can enjoy local crafts, a game of bocce out in the beer garden, and a delicious Sunday brunch. Their menu offers eggs, waffles, a breakfast horseshoe, breakfast flatbreads, and Papa Conn’s original breakfast with deep-fried cinnamon bread covered in maple syrup and the breakfast meat of your choice.
American Harvest Eatery is a restaurant all about sustainability. They source their ingredients from locally owned and family-operated farms in Illinois, and they team up with local organizations to promote locally grown Illinois products. Since everything is made fresh, local, and seasonally, their menu is subject to change. But for their Sunday brunch, expect to find a diverse selection of dishes of everything from breakfast sausage patties to blue berry coffee cake to chicken and waffles.
D & J’s Café is a local, family-owned and operated diner that has been serving Springfield from the same location since 1974. They serve breakfast all day as well as lunch and dinner. D & J’s menu offers home-style cooking with traditional breakfast favorites, hamburgers, and of course, horseshoes. They make all their gravy from scratch and serve their coffee hot and with a smile. The café accepts cash only, so come prepared or use the ATM by the register.
Located down the street from the Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield, Café Moxo is a relaxed, contemporary breakfast and lunch restaurant and coffee shop. Café Moxo’s menu offers breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, egg dishes, yogurt and granola parfait, bistro sandwiches, grilled cheeses, wraps, soups, and salads. This café has quick, personable service and indoor and outdoor seating. Situated downtown, it is the perfect place for people-watching too.
Ritz’s Lil Fryer is a hole-in-the wall local restaurant serving breakfast all day. Their Facebook boasts that they have the best horseshoes in town, and their customer reviews echo that sentiment. This traditional American diner offers guests more food than they may be able to eat at an exceptional value. Ritz’s Lil Fryer’s menu offers a large selection of traditional diner food, from breakfast comfort foods to burgers and sandwiches to the horseshoe.
Sunrise Café is another traditional American diner. Here, the cooks wear paper hats, the service is always friendly, and the food is always worth the wait. Sunrise Café serves breakfast all day and boasts serving the best hamburgers in town, made with fresh ground beef and cooked fresh to order. Their breakfast menu offers plenty of country breakfast favorites, omelettes, breakfast burgers, waffles, and pancakes. Everything is made to order so you know your brunch will be fresh and delicious.
Mariah’s Restaurant is a classic steakhouse with Italian fare housed in a log cabin-style building. Mariah’s offers a brunch buffet every Sunday except holidays. The restaurant staff keeps the buffet food fresh and the serving trays full for the best brunch experience. Buffet items vary from week to week, but you can expect to find a ham or prime beef carving station, beans, corn, potatoes, fried chicken, veal cannelloni, pasta, omelettes, waffles, eggs, salads, pastries, and Cheesecake Factory cheesecake.
Sgt. Pepper’s Café is a Beatles-themed family restaurant that serves breakfast all day. The Springfield location is the original location of this family-owned and operated restaurant that also has a second location in downtown Edwardsville. Their all-day breakfast menu includes omelettes, waffles, pancakes, fajita skillets, Mediterranean skillets, and breakfast quesadillas. In addition to breakfast, Sgt. Pepper’s Café offers a selection of specialty horseshoes, steak, thick burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and Tex-Mex specialties.
Café Andiamo is a locally owned restaurant and coffee shop located in downtown Springfield. Downstairs, the café offers an intimate music space called Charley’s Club. They offer a variety of specialty coffee and espresso drinks, fresh pastries and a full breakfast menu in the mornings, and pizza, salads, and sandwiches for lunch. Café Andiamo has a cozy dining area inside as well as a few tables outside for dining in nice weather, which is also great for people-watching.
Café Brio is a funky place with bright décor and a cocktail lounge. The café’s menu offers global cuisine, from tacos to falafel, and they have a selection of vegetarian cuisine too. Weekly events of live music and karaoke are hosted here. Café Brio’s brunch menu, offered Saturday and Sunday mornings, has selections of pancakes, French toast, a breakfast horseshoe, a breakfast quesadilla, eggs, and vegetarian options like zucchini patties and potato pancakes.