Mornings start early at the Spencer Daybreakers Kiwanis Club’s K-Cafe during the Clay County Fair.
The sit-down restaurant located right next to the events center serves breakfast from starting at 7 a.m. It’s open for lunch and dinner until 7 p.m.
But the omelets in the a.m. – the best (only?) on the faigrounds – are what draw people inside each morning.
On Thursday, shift captain Tom Fuchsen credited club treasurer Terry Peterson for that.
“He’s got it perfected,” Fuchsen said. “We sell lots of omelets. I mean lots of omelets.”
For breakfast, the Daybreakers also have eggs to order, pancakes, biscuits and gravy and a selection of sides, including hashbrowns, sausage, ham and more.
On the lunch side of the menu – which includes but itsn’t limited to hamburgers, chicken nuggets, grilled chicken and hot beef sandwiches – it’s a new item that’s become the most popular.
“It’s the Salisbury steak,” Peterson said. “It’s a Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes, gravy and a dinner roll. You can cut that Salisbury steak with a plastic fork. It’s really great. It’s the only place you can get it on the fairgrounds.”
The K-Cafe was built in the 1980s and has gone through some big changes since then.
“I joined in ‘84 and it was opened years before that,” Fuchsen said. “This used to be an open-air stand with cream cans to sit on. And those big utility spools for wire – those were the tables.”
There have been expansions since, but the appeal of a sit-down restaurant remains the same.
“There aren’t a whole lot of sit down restaurants,” Fuchsen said. “That’s what we are and have been for 30 or 40 years. It’s good for families. They can come in here and if they’ve got kids, we’ve got high chairs.”
Photo: The line at outside the Spencer Daybreakers Kiwanis K-Cafe often extends out the door at the Clay County Fair. People say it’s worth the wait.