Glenn’s Café, a longtime staple in the mid-Missouri food scene, returned to Columbia two years ago as the signature restaurant for the downtown Tiger Hotel, serving up Cajun, Creole and Southern comfort food for lunch and dinner.

Previously, a limited selection of hot breakfast dishes was offered at another onsite hotel space, The Velvet Cupcake. But as Glenn’s Sunday Brunch grew in popularity, Tiger Hotel owner Glyn Laverick began to receive customer requests for a daily breakfast service in the restaurant.

Laverick and his staff finalized the breakfast changes in April, and hotel guests and locals can now enjoy a full-service breakfast at Glenn’s seven days a week from 7 to 11am. Glenn’s Café serves a full menu of breakfast classics along with a few signature items created by chef Chris Pender, including some from their popular Sunday brunch menu. Brunch will continue to be offered on Sundays from 10:30am to 3pm.

Unsurprisingly, the new breakfast menu features biscuits and gravy. Glenn’s version is a hefty scratch-made pastry perfectly complemented by homemade sausage gravy. Diners can also try the biscuits with a sausage patty, fried eggs and Cheddar cheese.

Glenn’s Southern breakfast favorites include seasoned shrimp and grits, served with bell peppers and onions and the Southern Omelet, made with smoked ham. For those with a hearty morning appetite, Glenn’s offers the Chicken Fried Chicken Breakfast: hand-breaded, tenderized chicken breast served with gravy, two eggs cooked any way and skillet potatoes.

The skillet potatoes here aren’t merely a side dish afterthought. They’re crispy on the outside, pillowy on the inside and perfectly seasoned. To add a bit more flavor, ask for a side of Glenn’s housemade Harissa ketchup.

Other unique menu options include the Open Face Sandwich – house-cured prosciutto, wilted arugula, manchego cheese and fried egg – and the Waffle Sandwich – sausage, egg and cheese, but enveloped in a Belgian waffle and served with maple syrup. If you just can’t wait for lunch, there’s a 6 oz. Angus Breakfast Burger on the menu (topped with bacon and egg, of course).

Glenn’s Café has always included a number of vegetarian dishes on its menu, and breakfast is no exception. In addition to the Belgian waffle, special order omelets and breakfast basics like a yogurt parfait and oatmeal, the Royal Quiche is filled with veggies including artichoke, zucchini, mushroom, tomato and asparagus.

Moving breakfast to the Glenn’s Café dining room also means access to Glenn’s bar, including mimosas and what may be the spiciest Bloody Mary in Columbia. It's made with Glenn's signature blackening spice for extra heat.

Glenn’s new morning hours should be a boon to the downtown breakfast scene, especially for those looking for a full-service restaurant to meet friends or business clients. The dining room is spacious and chic, with distinctive chandelier lighting and large pane windows that allow for lots of natural light. Guests of the hotel can also enjoy the full breakfast menu as a room service option.

Glenn’s Café, 29 S. 8th St. Columbia, Missouri, 573.447.7100, glennscafe.com

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