The Cure for Cabin Fever

With all the snow, ice, freezing drizzle and being warned to stay off the roads for the past few weeks it’s no wonder I got “cabin fever”.  I needed to go somewhere!  I have been wanting to have breakfast at a mom and pop diner in my area for about a year now.  I’ve put it off because it was so close that I figured I could go there anytime.  I’m such a procrastinator.  With the uncertain road conditions I decided that this was the perfect time to go. Not that I was driving, my husband Rick was the chauffer. It was far enough to be a nice drive and close enough so that if the road was bad we wouldn’t mind.  The road was actually pretty good.


The destination was Lillee’s Sunrise Grill &Catering in Reeds Spring, Missouri, about 30 miles to the south of us.


The town was built around a spring, which had a wall built around it and a roof put over it, many, many years ago.  One hundred years ago Reeds Spring was a bustling town.  At one time it had the fame of being the capital of railroad tie production in the USA.  There was also a very large tomato canning factory in the area because the weather was very favorable for tomato farming. DIGITAL CAMERA

Another claim to fame for Reeds Spring is that one day in 1934, several weeks before they were killed, Bonnie & Clyde drove into town in a stolen car, had a shootout with the local police, and kidnapped a local man so that they could make a getaway.  The 3rd Annual Bonnie & Clyde Days event was held in Reeds Spring in October 2013. DIGITAL CAMERA

Lillee’s Sunrise Grill is easy to spot on the main road through town.


The current owners have only been here for one year, but have already gained a lot of support from local customers because of their good home cooking.  I tasted it a few days ago and I’m ready to go back.  20140208_082325

They are also catching the attention of folks in Branson, MO.  As I was looking through the photos on their Facebook page I noticed that a popular group of Branson entertainers had been shooting what they hoped would be a future TV series, The Bucket Lid Café, using Lillee’s as the show’s café.  Another photo was of Barry Williams, aka, Greg Brady of The Brady Bunch fame.  He had stopped by for lunch one day. 20140208_081756

The owners are not new to the food industry.  Melissa and her husband moved their restaurant to Reeds Spring from the nearby town of Spokane, MO, where they had been for 2 years.  Before that she had worked and managed a catering business, The Wild Fork, in Nixa, MO, for 10 years.  Her husband was doing the cooking the morning we were there and let me tell you, he is a darned good cook! 20140208_082343

Their menu is not huge, a good thing because I don’t want to read a book before ordering.  It runs the gamut from good for you healthy food to total cholesterol bomb.  Melissa was our waitress.  The service was excellent, she is such a pleasant person to talk to and brought us more coffee just before we needed a refill.  I swear she is psychic. 20140208_083308

I ordered the Birds Nest, 2 eggs on a huge pile of hash browns and asked to have it topped with gravy.  Yes, I went with a cholesterol bomb.

20140208_083138 Rick ordered the South of the Border Omelet.  20140208_081227

Both dishes were delicious, and the coffee was really good.  Almost 100% of their food is made from scratch.  Our next trip will be for lunch.  If you live in the Springfield area or will be visiting Branson, make the trip to Reeds Spring for breakfast or lunch.  Their Winter hours are Monday thru Saturday from 8am to 3 pm.  The rest of the year they will be open Monday thru Saturday from 7am to 3 pm.  You will find them on Main Street, in the original part of town.  The address is 22221 Main Street, but don’t trust Google Maps, it landed me in the wrong place.  You will get much closer by just entering Reeds Spring, MO.  The restaurant will be across the street on the south side of the bend in the road, which is also know as highways 413 and 265. DIGITAL CAMERA

Bon Appetit!

And for photos of their food go to their Facebook page.

3 thoughts on “The Cure for Cabin Fever”

  1. This looks like a great place to have breakfast, and their prices are really good. 🙂 Both your meals look delicious. I’d like half of each, but I guess it’s too late. 😦 What a coup it will be for Melissa and her husband if the “Bucket Lid Cafe” series takes off. 🙂

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