Restaurant Review: Sunrise the Breakfast Place in Winchester

Franklin County — Since I launched Mason Jar Magazine, I don’t really take Saturdays off. I’m always off exploring … trying to discover local attractions and kitschy events happening all over southern, middle Tennessee.

And as a quirky Virgo who digs her routine, I indulge in certain Saturday rituals. I get up early, go for a two-mile run, and then eat a big breakfast at one of my favorite locally-owned restaurants.

Sunrise the Breakfast Place in Winchester is heavy on my rotation.

Owners Ricky and Demi Summers and their daughter Christina opened the popular breakfast spot over six years ago. There’s always a crowd on Saturday mornings, but they tend to turn tables quickly thanks in part to their super friendly and oh-so-efficient staff.

Located just off Dinah Shore Boulevard in Winchester, the interior of Sunrise possesses a modern, warehouse feel with polished concrete floors, high ceilings, and metal art decorating walls painted bold orange, blue, and yellow.

The modern decor contrasts nicely with the good, old-fashioned southern breakfast fare served inside. In addition to eggs served your way, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and home fries, they also serve a full menu of specialty omelets including my favorite the Vegetarian Omelet ($8.99) with onions, green peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, and cheese. Many restaurants either under cook or over cook the veggies but Sunrise manages to get them just right.

Sweet cream specialty pancakes are a signature item and include variations you won’t find just anywhere like Banana Pancakes ($7.99), Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes ($8.59), and Cinnamon Roll Pancakes ($9.99). Kids love the Happy Face Pancakes ($3.99) and the Chocolate Chip Pancakes ($7.99).

The Happy Face Pancakes ($3.99) are a big hit with kids. {Photo courtesy of Sunrise the Breakfast Place}

Right now, the offer their seasonal Sweet Cream Pumpkin Pancakes. I haven’t tried them but I overheard more than one person gush about them they last time I ate there. In addition to fresh-made pancakes, they also serve French Toast ($4.29) and homemade Belgium Waffles ($4.99) and for a small additional charge, you can get toppings like strawberries, blueberries, apples, bananas, peaches, peanut butter, chocolate, and caramel.

All of their vegetables are organic and locally-grown including their tomatoes, which are homegrown year-round. They also use organic meats like locally-sourced whole hog sausage.

Even on a busy Saturday, you’ll get amazing service from their army of sweet local gals. They hit just the right note of friendly but no-nonsense. I go there often enough that most of them know I prefer the strawberry jelly and they usually bring it without me having to ask.

Whether you’re a local or a tourist looking to eat like a local, Sunrise the Breakfast Place is a solid bet. •

If You Go >> Sunrise the Breakfast Place is open Tuesday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. They close every Monday. Check out their Facebook Page or website to learn more.

Written by: Tabitha D. Moore, Mason Jar Magazine, Editor

{Mason Jar Magazine covers food, dining, arts, culture, events, attractions, music, books, film, and recreation in a cluster of 18 small towns in southern, middle Tennessee including Bell Buckle, Belvidere, Cowan, Decherd, Estill Springs, Fayetteville, Huntland, Kelso, Lynchburg, Manchester, Monteagle, Mulberry, Normandy, Tullahoma, Sewanee, Shelbyville, Wartrace, and Winchester plus the best of what’s happening in Huntsville, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, and Nashville.}

 

 

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