So if you are familiar with the University of Missouri and have spent any considerable time in Columbia, then you have no doubt heard about, or tried, the famous “Stretch” at the Broadway Diner. It is a right-of-passage for students and a beautiful reminder of lost times for alumni. And although is sounds like an interesting combination on ingredients, the stretch is well worth the chance. Nothing beats the original, but here is the recipe so you can recreate this culinary masterpiece.


  • 1 serving of hasbrowns
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup onion (chopped)


1. Cook the hashbrowns until golden and crunchy and heat up the chili. You can use canned or make your own. HERE is a tasty recipe to try.

2. Scramble eggs in a bowl and cook in the same pan as the hashbrowns were cooked in. No need to fully scramble them up in the pan, you want more of an omelet finish, not chunks.

3. Place ingredients in order in a bowl

  • Hashbrowns
  • Egg omelet
  • Chili
  • Cheese
  • Peppers
  • Onions

4. Now for the damn magic. The beauty of the stretch is that it can be topped many different ways. The most popular way is topping with Ranch dressing. However, many drunk patrons enjoy mustard, ketchup, syrup, or a combination of them. It may take you multiple tastes to find your perfect combination. You can also have it with “no veggies” but we would recommend at least trying it once with everything and ranch.


Like this Broadway Diner Stretch recipe? Check out some more breakfast recipes HERE.



And for a little more info, here is the history of the stretch, as depicted on their menu.

The Stretch: Herstory

By Kathy Folsom Hauswirth

“Stretch,” a nickname given to me by my father. In the summer fo 72″ I dated a law student from Missou, and after a night of partying, we would go to the Minute Inn. It was there that I was first introduced to the dish that would become the stretch. At the time it was served separately — a bowl of chili, two eggs over-easy, hash browns, and toast. We mixed it all together on our own plate. It always made me feel better than I knew I should the next day!

In the spring semester of 73″ I became a little sister Phi Kappa Psi, which involved many nights of partying with my “brothers.” i took them to the diner and ordered the same dish, I drank the juice from the chili and mixed it all up on my plate. Soon all the guys I was with started saying, “i’ll have what stretch is having.” I suppose the name stuck…

Kathy resides in Columbia and still enjoys the Stretch.

stretch recipe

To enjoy an original stretch go to the Boradway Diner in Columbia, MO and order one of those tasty bastards. Sure this recipe will give you and idea, but nothing beats the original.



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