There's no need to descend into a jaded, Philly-gritty Sunday morning 'tude with the prospect of Morning Glory brunch. Even the inevitables -- the long wait, the slow service and the likelihood of running out of the special -- won't detract from steady stream of good vibes emanating from this whimsical Bella Vista diner.

A good breakfast place is best judged by the easy things, since there is much potential therein. You could make a whole meal out of the hot biscuits at Morning Glory, and the exceptional homemade ketchup is to die for. Still, bringing a Tupperware with which to heist some of the aforementioned condiment is probably a bad idea.

Whether you enjoy going all-out in the sweet department in the morning hours (pancakes with bananas, blueberries or chocolate chips) or you are of the old-school meat and potatoes type (sage sausage patties), you will find something affordable (between $5-$10) and delicious to whet the appetite. Furthermore, Morning Glory, which is best known for its breakfast, is also a BYO, so it's nice to know it doesn't discriminate against alcoholics.

The staff has that eccentric could-have-been-a-camp-counselor-in-another-life vibe -- in other words, the kind of people who have ADD and probably shouldn't be in the food service industry but are loveable enough to get away with it. On a busy weekend morning you can expect your dining experience to be on the long side, but if you can't get enough of the hip, hungover thirtysomething scene, then that's probably a good thing.

There's nothing like a home-cooked meal that you don't have to cook yourself. If you're looking to get your Joni Mitchell batteries recharged, then here's a place for you. It's actually really good. No joke.


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