May 21, 2009

Gebby's Family Restaurant

By Eric Shangraw

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM CDT

Some health professionals say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Eric Shangraw gathers a couple friends for a morning meal at Gebby's Family Restaurant, in this week's You Gotta Eat.

There is no better way to start a day than gathering with the gang at Gebby's. At least, that's according to the crusty old guys at the counter.

"Come down here and have a coffee every morning. And then I talk with some of the guys I know around here," said customer Greg Guth.

"No one is stuck up. There are just good old boys here and god food. And its' cheap!" said Ken Newell.

And no wait for refills, they put a coffee pot at every table!
The brains and brawn behind Gebby's economical menu is Bobby Williams and his wife Pam.
Whether it is bacon, pancakes, potatoes, ham or hash browns, it is all cooked fresh and served with a positive attitude.

"We try to treat employees and the customers the same. We treat them great. And our customers love us because when they come to the door we smile, we laugh with them and have fun with them," said Bobby between flipping pancakes.

I decided to create my own A–M amusement by inviting some former 25er's for breakfast on the company dime.
Christine Zak immediately started acting like she was my Mom again. Made me try her order of grits, which I worried, would be gross but in the end tasted like... nothing.

"They taste like something to me," quipped Zak.

Retired photographer and rural food critic Don Washburn had the "Number 4: Hearty Breakfast." It comes with three eggs, a pancake, American fries with gravy, sausage and toast. These retirees make breakfast part of their daily routine.

"Saturday I have three fried eggs. 3 or 4 days a week I have scrambled eggs using egg beaters. And then the other days I have hot cereal," said Washburn.

"It gets you charged up. –Horse don't eat. –Horse don't run," said Zak.

I ran with two eggs over easy, hash browns, a couple of exceptional pieces of sausage and toast.
The bill for our trio, $22.52 plus tip. After exchanging gossip and reading the paper for a while, we parted ways... hoping to gather again for breakfast at Gebby's.

Gebby's is at 736 War Memorial Drive. (309)685-7811
They are open seven days a week from 6am until 2pm.
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day are the only times they are closed.

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