A hidden treasure serving breakfast in Peoria

By Joe Bennett

A hidden treasure serving breakfast in Peoria

March 21, 2013 Updated Mar 21, 2013 at 5:36 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Just off the corner of Knoxville and Lake, Over Easy Café attracts businesses for lunch and families for early morning breakfast.

"We have a lot of families that come in after church. We do a lot of church families on Sundays," says the owner Fay Gilman.

Family is important to the owner and the manager, whom are not the same person.

However, they do resemble one another, since Fay and Kay are twin sisters.

"If they come to me and think I'm Fay, I will continue on a conversation with them,” Kay Young says with a smile. “Most people do not notice the differences between twins."

Regular customers do notice a synchronicity between the sisters, which they say keeps the kitchen and service running smoothly

"You can always be assured that you're going to get a consistently good breakfast,” says Over Easy regular Frank Benningfield. “We enjoy the owners, and they're just good people."

Doug Smith devoured a plateful of pork called the Big Country Sampler, which consists of carved ham, sausage links, bacon strips, eggs and hash browns.

Doug gives the entire restaurant an A, crediting their good portions, friendly atmosphere and quick service.

I had the Veggie Omelet with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and bell peppers with Monterey Jack cheese.

It's a perfectly prepared omelet with my favorite fresh vegetable medley.

Our bill with two drinks was $25.60, plus tip.

That included our dessert; an original recipe of Fay's which I highly recommend.

"Our cinnamon roll pancakes are very unique,” the owner says. “I don't think anybody else in the area has that."

Over Easy Café in Peoria is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday.

They are closed on Mondays.