bowood by niche in the central west end photo by michelle volansky

6 restaurants with great breakfast menus in the St. Louis area

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so it’s crucial to get it right. Here’s a rundown of some unique and tasty spots guaranteed to give you a delicious start.

Bowood by Niche
This charming spot, tucked away in a quiet corner of the Central West End, serves breakfast until 3 p.m. every day.  The menu has favorites like eggs Benedict and the aptly named classic breakfast, featuring two eggs, brioche toast, potatoes and bacon (vegan and gluten-free options are also available), alongside specialties like the Vermont cheese waffle, which combines sharp cheddar goodness and maple syrup for a delicious sweet and savory combo. 4605 Olive St., St. Louis, 314.454.6868,

Billy Gs Finer Diner
Who says breakfast is only an AM deal? At Billy G’s, it’s an all-day affair, served from 7 a.m. until close, seven days a week. The behemoth of a menu has something to please every palate. Indulge in breakfast staples like buttermilk pancakes, brioche French toast, biscuits and gravy and a plethora of omelets, or keep things light with offerings like avocado toast, oatmeal and the yogurt berry crunch parfait. 1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, 636.778.9120,

french toast from billy g's finer diner in chesterfield // photo courtesy of billy g's finer diner

French Creperie
This spot brings a little bit of Paris to West County. As the name suggests, crepes are the star of this show. The menu features a total of 16 crepes – 10 savory and six sweet varieties. An additional $1 gets you extra meat or a scoop of ice cream, depending on the crepe, and there’s a gluten-free buckwheat option that can be had as well. Bon appetit! 17409 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, 636.778.0188, 

Tartines are the main attraction at Ivy, which offers a variety of savory and sweet toppings served open-faced on housemade sourdough toast. Variations include The Forsyth, with caramelized bananas, cinnamon peanut butter, housemade jam and vanilla yogurt, and The Fern, a vegan extravaganza with Oatly cream cheese, vegan eggs and plenty of veggies. The menu also boasts plenty of other breakfast favorites and a wide range of coffee and tea drinks. 14 N. Meramec Ave., Suite A, Clayton, 314.776.9377,

Looking Meadow Cafe
The all-day breakfast menu at this new vegan cafe satisfies whether you adhere to a plant-based lifestyle or not. Specialties include vegan versions of biscuits and gravy, quiche and a biscuit sandwich made with Beyond sausage. For those inclined to a bit of sweetness, there are pastries like fritters, doughnuts and cinnamon rolls, and to keep guests caffeinated, a list of coffee drinks based on ethically sourced Blueprint Coffee beans and featuring housemade syrups and plant-based milks. 2500 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314.550.2583,

This eatery from the folks behind Kounter Kulture features a menu of dishes created with the best local, sustainable ingredients from purveyors like Buttonwood Farm and Lindley Mills. The jewel in Songbird’s culinary crown is The Combo, a breakfast sandwich with egg, white cheddar and applewood-smoked bacon on toasted sourdough, which fans will recognize from Kounter Kulture’s booth at Tower Grove Farmers’ Market. There are also plenty of other bites to choose from, including a kale frittata and a breakfast tamale. 4476 Choteau Ave., St. Louis, 314.781.4344,