The Sunrise Café
There are times when eating breakfast for lunch makes perfect sense and the Sunrise Café is the local go-to spot for both.
- story and photos by Lisa Monti
315 Reese St.
Bay St. Louis
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to noon.
There’s breakfast and there’s lunch. And then there’s the time when eating breakfast for lunch makes perfect, satisfying sense.
Lucky for you Sunrise Cafe, a cozy spot at Dunbar Avenue and U.S. 90 on the service road behind C Spire, offers delicious breakfast dishes from early morning to afternoon closing time. And lunch, too.
“I do cooked-to-order breakfast, sandwiches, soups and plate lunches,” said owner Cindy Kane.
The daily lunch special might be red beans and rice, pork chops, lasagna or meatloaf. “It depends on the day and what mood I wake up in,” she laughingly explained.
“It’s pretty steady most days but Saturday is our busiest,” she said. “Most of our customers are local but we do have some who come from Waveland, Pass Christian and even Long Beach. And Hollywood Casino has a valet who always recommends us to guests.”
Kane said she loves her cafe’s location and the town’s welcoming, small-town atmosphere. “I have great neighbors in this little business area. We have a dentist, an orthodontist, and the cellphone company. It’s a close-knit community. When customers come in, they know each other,” she said.
There are also breakfast standards like buttermilk pancakes and hard-to-come-by dishes like corned beef hash. The menu covers all the breakfast bases.
Lunch items include tasty burgers, mixed green salads, sandwiches and melts plus made-from-scratch desserts. Homemade soup of the day is partnered with a small tossed salad or half a chicken salad croissant.
Kane said the cafe’s menu is pretty well set, but don’t be surprised if you see more sandwiches and fewer plate lunches during the heat of the summer season. And of course you can satisfy your breakfast food cravings any time the cafe is open.