A love of cooking and a dream of owning a business has come true for Ibrahim Tunga, who opened his very first business this spring – the O’Fallon Family Restaurant.
Located at 1322 Sunburst Drive, the O’Fallon Family Restaurant opened its doors on March 13. The family-friendly restaurant is open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and offers an extensive and mouth-watering breakfast and lunch menu. From omelets to homemade biscuits and gravy to pancakes, country skillets and French toast, the restaurant offers a wide variety of breakfast options to tempt the pickiest palate.
“We are known for delicious food, very generous portions and very affordable prices,” said Tunga, who also cooks at the restaurant.
For a unique and filling breakfast, the Pony Shoe Skillet is a popular menu item. It features made-from-scratch home fries covered in a white gravy, topped with two eggs and a choice of meat.
“People really like it,” Tunga said.
The Double-Up Breakfast also is a diner-favorite – offering an enormous amount of food – two eggs, four pieces of bacon or sausage, two pancakes or slices of French toast and home fries.
Looking for lunch? The restaurant is known for its juicy, half-pound burgers made with the finest, fresh ground beef. The patties are handmade and charbroiled to a smoky perfection. Diners can choose from the typical Bacon Cheese Burger, Mushroom and Swiss Burger, or BBQ Burger. For a twist, try the Breakfast Burger topped with an egg, the Cancun Burger capped with the restaurant’s famous chili, or Tunga’s personal favorite – the Cajun Burger topped with blue cheese, jalapeno and made-from-scratch chipotle sauce.
In addition to burgers, the restaurant also offers fresh salads, specialty sandwiches, soups and patty melts. A kid’s menu offers items like Mickey Mouse pancakes, chicken tenders, a hot dog or grilled cheese.
“My restaurant is unique in the area; there aren’t any other family restaurants in the neighborhood – many of my customers have mentioned that we are just what the location needed,” said Tunga.
The spacious 3,300-square-foot restaurant can seat about 85 and can accommodate large parties.
“I am very proud of its cozy and comfortable environment, and of the very tasty food the team is making in the kitchen – and it’s all affordable, too,” said Tunga.
Tunga was born and raised in Turkey where he attended hospitality and business management school. In addition, he studied cooking at a vocational school in Turkey.
“I always wanted to run my own business,” he said. Tunga learned to cook American food while living in Wyoming and working in different restaurants. He said he chose to serve breakfast and lunch because those are his favorite meals to cook.
“[Cooking] is not as easy I thought, but it is fun. And it is a really good feeling when you hear people say, ‘this is really good food,’” Tunga said. “It’s a very good feeling that people like your food, it’s a very good feeling when you hear some nice compliments about it,” said Tunga.
While the restaurant does not offer catering at this time, pick up is available. All menu items can be ordered by phone and picked up at the restaurant during regular business hours.