Rise and Shine with these Peoria Co. Breakfast Spots


Sam Scordo, Guest Writer


The Peoria Area has seen a mini growth-spurt of breakfast spots in the last few years. Narrowing this down to a manageable list of breakfast joints in Peoria County was challenging to say the least. Tackling the morning hungries just became effortless with these crowd favorites.

We’re not ‘yolking‘, whichever breakfast route you follow—sweet, savory or maybe a bit of both—you’ll like these spots a ‘waffle‘ lot!


The 50’s Diner   {{Peoria}}   //  This modern-meets-retro strip mall eatery is where folks come to tackle the Jukebox Combo and take selfies on the ’50s-vibing decor. Classic breakfast dishes are served all day at this family-owned and operated retro local favorite.

Childers Eatery   {{Peoria + East Peoria}}   //  Childers Eatery lays down such a mean morning meal—with good thick, crisp-chewy bacon, flaky house-made cheddar biscuits, and creamy homemade hollandaise. With three Peoria County locations, the locals are known to throw down s’mores French toast and conquer butternut squash-andouille-kale frittatas. Regardless of your mood, Childers will start your day with a classic American breakfast.

One World Cafe   {{Peoria}}   //  Elvis waffles. Breakfast quesadillas. Chicken and Waffles.  Truly, what more could you ask for from a breakfast menu? One World Cafe’s mission is to serve the Peoria Area with a globally-inspired menu and their kitchen does just that by serving creative interpretations on classic fan-favorites. There is something for everyone on One World’s seemingly endless menu.

Sweet Basil Cafe   {{Peoria}}   //   Head over to Sweet Basil Cafe for breakfast just the way you like it! This family-owned and operated spot prides itself on using the finest and freshest ingredients in everything they make, which means you can be sure their homemade biscuits and gravy were made with love AND quality ingredients. From every kind of omelet imaginable to crepes of every kind, this is a breakfast dream spot to wake up early for.

Gebby’s Family Restaurant   {{Peoria Heights}}   //   Gebby’s Family Restaurant is your spot for homestyle cooking! The extensive menu includes a build-your-own skillet, an endless variety of combination plates, and omelets—making an ‘egg’cellent stop to start your whole day.

Touch of Grey Cafe  {{West Peoria}}   //   Dinner and a show? How about breakfast and a concert! Okay, maybe the phrasing doesn’t flow as well, but the concept is just as good! Stop by Touch of Grey Cafe for live music performances as you enjoy your morning coffee. This music-inspired cafe serves fan favorites like breakfast panini and a wide selection of bakery items. This joint is a great spot to spend your mornings.

Jubilee Cafe  {{Edwards}}   //   A late start to your day doesn’t have to mean you miss breakfast thanks to Jubilee Cafe. Proudly serving breakfast all-day since 1990, the kitchen makes everything from scratch and it’s unmistakable! Try the hot, made-to-order apple fritters and you’ll fall in love with this cafe too. From the Kickapoo Special to the Hot Mess—whatever you order, you can’t go wrong.

Track Inn   {{Chillicothe}}   //   In about 50 years of business, this diner has earned its title as a breakfast spot many locals and visitors call their favorite! With customizable skillets, sweet-as-can-be pancakes, and a build-your-own breakfast, there is something for everyone at the Track Inn. This spot is complete with great service and a family-friendly atmosphere, so it’s the perfect place to enjoy breakfast with the whole family!

Ardor Breads + Provisions   {{Peoria}}   //   Sometimes, sitting down at a restaurant for breakfast just doesn’t fit in our busy schedules, but that shouldn’t mean you miss out on a top notch breakfast. Just get it on the go! Stop by Ardor Breads + Provisions and pick up freshly baked bread, pastries, and one-of-a-kind toast options that you can enjoy anywhere! 

Thyme Kitchen   {{Peoria}}   //   Thyme Kitchen prides itself on providing an exciting and versatile experience to each and every one of its customers. Their brunch menu follows suit, bringing us classics we know and love, but with a twist! Omelets with goat cheese, lemon ricotta pancakes, and cajun shrimp and grits are just a few of the fun options that make brunch at this kitchen worth your “thyme”! 

Coffee Can  {{Hanna City}}   //  Have you ever had breakfast in a cargo container? After a stop by The Coffee Can, you can certainly say that you have! This breakfast spot is sure to bring you spectacular coffee and delicious breakfast sandwiches and bagels, and even better, a smile! The Coffee Cans’ motto is that it’s hard to be unhappy with a great cup of coffee in your hand, so stop by for a meal that’s sure to make your day!

Bartonville Diner  {{Bartonville}}   //   Four words:  Breakfast. All. Day. Long. The Bartonville Diner is a quintessential Midwestern breakfast joint. This will become your new favorite if you’re looking for a home-cooked classic. From French toast with all the toppings to scramblers with all fixings. Country-fried steak and eggs, buttermilk pancakes, biscuits and gravy, skillets, parfaits, and oatmeal, –all served with a neighborly smile and a hot steaming cup of coffee.

Sam Scordo, Guest Writer

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