Great Breakfast Restaurants to Try on Vacation
Sizzling eggs and bacon and steaming hot, freshly brewed coffee - breakfast is arguably the best meal of the day. Whether you’re fueling up for a power-day at the office, recovering from a heavy night out, or looking for something you’ve never tried before, head out to one of these fantastic breakfast and brunch spots around the country to start your day. From casual cafés, health bars, and greasy spoons to cozy '50s-style diners, laid-back brunch spots, and sleek and sophisticated dining establishments, here are some of the country’s top breakfast spots.
Sabrina's Cafe & Spencer's Too
Sabrina's Cafe & Spencer's Too is a relaxed café with a devoted breakfast and brunch crowd who come to enjoy the eatery’s creative, comfort food concoctions. With locations all over the city, including Collingwood, the Italian Market, Wynnewood, and Universal City, Sabrina's brunch menu features a range of quirkily named specials such as ‘Splashing In Puddles Special Breakfast’ of poached eggs, green onions, corned beef and spinach pesto béchamel sauce, and the ‘I Want To Ride My Bicycle Egg White Omelet’ served with roasted corn and peppers, goat’s cheese, spiced roasted cauliflower, and cherry tomatoes. Sabrina's Cafe & Spencer's Too is open seven days a week.
1804 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA, Phone: +1 215-636-9061
Ann Sather Restaurant
Named after vivacious career woman Ann Sather, Ann Sather Restaurant is a chain of casual restaurants famous for hearty breakfasts and homemade cinnamon rolls and catering services for special events. Simple, delicious dishes include classic breakfast staples, such as French toast, blueberry pancakes, omelets, and eggs Benedict, along with omelets, chicken, and waffles, and cornmeal cakes. Freshly roasted coffee is provided by Intelligentsia coffee and served in a variety of ways, from espresso to macchiato, along with fresh juices and imported teas. Ann Sather Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
909 W Belmont Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60657-4473, Phone: (773) 348-2378
Founded by renowned restaurateur Keith McNally in 2016, Augustine is a classic Parisian bistro and decorous brasserie in the heart of downtown Manhattan that serves a variety of French classics, such as filet mignon au Poivre, steak frites, tuna niçoise, and sea urchin spaghettini. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the week, and brunch and dinner on the weekends, the stylish bistro has chic contemporary décor and a full-service bar that serves freshly brewed French press coffees, loose-leaf teas and fruit juices in the mornings and craft beers, fine wines from around the world, signature cocktails made with imported spirits for lunch and dinner. Augustine is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
5 Beekman St, New York, NY 10038, United States, Phone: +1 212-375-0010
Blunch is a locally owned and operated neighborhood kitchen located in Boston's South End that serves a hearty menu of homemade cuisine for breakfast and lunch. Open seven days a week, Blunch boasts a casual, contemporary space in which to enjoy the café’s sumptuous fare, including the eatery’s breakfast menu, which features delicious dishes such as fresh and warm bagels with a variety of toppings, such as smoked turkey, spicy aioli, and melted mozzarella, pressed sandwiches and frittata-style eggwiches, freshly prepared salads and sweet pastries, cakes and scones. Blunch is open for breakfast and lunch, Thursday through Wednesday.
59 E Springfield Street, Boston, MA 02118, Phone: 617.247.8100
Bobo's Restaurant in Tucson is a long-standing breakfast that is renowned for its homestyle and country breakfasts. The friendly neighborhood restaurant and local greasy spoon is a favorite with breakfast-lovers who flock to tuck into the usual favorites such as ham, eggs and pancakes, and their famous omelets, along with house specialties like French toast, chocolate chip and banana pancakes, the Flying Saucer pancake, and Bobo's famous fresh-baked buttermilk biscuits. Freshly roasted coffee is served in a variety of ways, from espresso to macchiato, along with fresh juices and imported teas. Bobo's Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
2938 E Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ 85716, United States, Phone: +1 520-326-6163
The Breakfast Republic is a chain of casual breakfast spots with locations in Carmel Valley, East Village, Encinitas, Liberty Station, North Park, and Pacific Beach that offers a relaxed, unpretentious café-style setting in which to enjoy delicious breakfasts. Serving tasty takes on classic American dishes such as S’mores French Toast, Shrimp & Grits, and Oreo Pancakes, along with freshly brewed coffee and a rotating list of 20 beers on tap. The Breakfast Republic offers indoor and outdoor seating, where dogs are welcome, and is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
4465 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109, Phone: 858-750-2107
A spinoff of the famous Portsmouth, spot of the same name, The Friendly Toast Restaurant is a funky, retro breakfast joint with a full-service bar that serves classics and favorites from early morning until late evening. Breakfast staples include egg sandwiches, breakfast burritos, egg-in-the-hole, biscuits and gravy, Huevos Rancheros, and sweet treats such as pancakes, waffles, French toast, and pumpkin cakes. Diners who are looking for something more substantial can tuck into burgers and fries, build-your-own omelets, chicken and waffles, and breakfast enchiladas. The Friendly Toast Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
35 Stanhope Street, Back Bay, MA, Phone: (617) 456-7849
Geraldine's Counter Restaurant
Geraldine's Counter Restaurant is a bustling all-day American diner that serves hearty comfort food for breakfast, brunch, and lunch in a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. Located in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle, the eatery offers a menu of delicious food prepared with locally sourced ingredients from regional artisans, farmers, and producers. The breakfast menu features steel-cut oats with fresh fruit, house-made granola with almonds, dried fruit, coconut and vanilla bean yogurt, French toast, pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, corned beef hash, and breakfast sandwiches stacked with scrambled eggs, bacon, arugula, avocado, and hash browns. Geraldine's Counter Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
4872 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA, Phone: +1 206-723-2080
La Waffleria is a quaint, down-home café that specializes in sweet and savory waffles and craft espresso drinks. Serving breakfast and lunch, the popular eatery is a go-to spot with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating that offers an extensive variety of both sweet and savory waffles, ranging from standard waffles with chicken to gourmet waffles with unusual toppings like brandied cherries and goat cheese. Moving away from the predictable butter and syrup toppings, La Waffleria serves signature plates such as Rancheros Waffles with eggs and green chili on a blue corn waffle, Lox Salmon Waffles, and Brandied Cherry and Sweet Goat Cheese Waffles. La Waffleria is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
3710 Campus Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, United States, Phone: +1 505-492-2007
Mother's Bistro & Bar
Mother’s Bistro & Bar is a cozy and comfortable eatery in the heart of downtown Portland that features traditional, home-style cooking in a casual and welcoming environment. Owned by Lisa Shroeder, whose dream was to bring the people of Portland delicious, home-cooked fare, Mother’s Bistro has grown by leaps and bounds from a small, unassuming restaurant to a veritable Portland institution. By day, the bistro serves guests in the sunny lunchroom, which is decorated in shades of yellow and green, while at night the restaurant’s sultry bar, the Velvet Lounge exudes an elegant and romantic ambiance for late-night dining with gilded mirrors, crystal chandeliers and an extensive cocktail menu. Mother’s Bistro & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
212 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204, USA, Phone: +1 503-464-1122
Pig & A Jelly Jar Salt Lake City
Often forgotten but just fantastic, Pig & A Jelly Jar Salt Lake City is an excellent breakfast and brunch spot in Salt Lake City. Located just a few blocks from Liberty Park, the eclectic fixture boasts a creative atmosphere with artsy décor and outdoor porch seating and serves a delicious all-day breakfast menu of firm favorites and classics with a twist. The menu features scrambles and southern specialties such as chicken and waffles, egg benedicts, pancakes, waffles, and French toast, and incredible house-made biscuits served with house-made jams like strawberry coconut blueberry lavender. Pig & A Jelly Jar Salt Lake City is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week and offers specials throughout the week.
401 East 900 South A, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, United States, Phone: +1 385-202-7366
Versailles Restaurant Cuban Cuisine
Renowned as ‘The World’s Most Famous Cuban Restaurant’ Versailles Restaurant opened its doors as s humble sandwich and coffee shop in 1971 and has been serving the South Florida community with award-winning Cuban fare ever since. Famed for being a gathering place for Miami’s Cuban exiles, it has now grown into a bakery, and full-service restaurant seating yet remains the beating heart of the community today. Visited by musicians, celebrities, and politicians alike, Versailles’ menu serves traditional, authentic Cuban food based on tried-and-tested family recipes, with five unique dishes that have made this Little Havana mainstay a beloved Miami institution. Versailles Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135, United States, Phone: +1 305-444-0240
Surrey's Café & Juice Bar
A favorite with the locals, Surrey's Café & Juice Bar is a casual eatery that serves fresh-squeezed juices, organic and specialty coffees and freshly baked pastries, as well as light and healthy fare for breakfast and lunch. Boasting two locations – one in the lower Garden shopping district on Magazine Street and one on Napoleon Avenue in Uptown - Surrey's Café & Juice Bar’s menu features favorites such as huevos rancheros with eggs, black beans, tortillas and plenty of chilies, smothered in a richly flavored mole sauce and the signature muffuletta, which is packed with cheese, salami, ham and olive salad. The family-friendly cafés are decorated with plush plants, whimsical artwork, and regional music, and are open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
1418 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA, Phone: +1 504-524-3828
Housed in a former 1950s diner on North Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas, the Counter Café is an authentic American diner that serves fresh, local and organic food with global influences. Owner Debbie Davis creates a menu of farm-to-table cuisine in a small but cozy space with high ceilings and natural light. Signature breakfast plates include breakfast tacos stuffed with bacon and organic eggs, locally made yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit, homemade biscuits with sausage gravy, and the standard American breakfast of fresh farm eggs, crispy bacon or spicy sausage, and creamy artisan grits. Bigger appetites can tuck into hanger steaks, bone-in pork chops, grilled quail or crab cakes with eggs, cottage potatoes, and homemade biscuits. Counter Café is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
626 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, Texas 78703, Phone: 512.708.8800
Denver Biscuit Company
Growing from the humble beginnings of a food truck known as the Biscuit Bus, the Denver Biscuit Company has expanded into one of the favorite breakfast spots in the city. Now with several locations around the city, the Denver Biscuit Company serves a range of buttermilk biscuit sandwiches, including The Cordon Bleu, which features fried chicken, ham, cheese, and local Colorado honey butter, and the Sherman which is stacked with iceberg lettuce, bacon, tomato, and an egg. The menu also features a variety of biscuit plates such as shrimp and grits, French toast, biscuits and gravy, and giant biscuit cinnamon rolls. Denver Biscuit Company is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
3237 E Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80206, Phone: (303) 377-7900
Early Bird Diner
Located in the heart of West Ashley on Savannah Highway 17, Early Bird Diner is a casual diner that serves a hearty breakfast for early birds with belly-filling dishes such as Chicken & Waffles, Buttermilk Pancakes, French Toast, Biscuits and Gravy, Corn Cake Benedict, Shrimp and Grits, Steak and Eggs, and eggs in a variety of styles. The Mess is one of the diner’s most popular dishes and includes a scramble of curried vegetables, potatoes, and egg topped with avocado and served with biscuits and gravy. The cozy diner’s walls are lined with artworks for sale by local artists and are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Monday through Thursday, and breakfast and lunch from Friday through Sunday.
1644 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC, Phone: 843-277-2353
Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop
Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop is a small artisan bakery in the heart of one of Anchorage’s oldest neighborhoods that serves freshly baked bread, pastries, desserts, gourmet sandwiches, and house-roasted and brewed coffee. With one shop in South Addition and a second in the charming Airport Heights neighborhood, Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop is a popular stop to start the day with a range of baked goods like sweet and savory croissants and scones, multi-grain granola, crusty, traditional breads, hearty muffins, frosted cakes and homemade tarts, and a variety of daily sandwiches, all accompanied by organic, fairly traded coffee and tea. Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop is open for breakfast and lunch, Wednesday through Sunday.
1343 G St, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States, Phone: +1 907-569-0001
Folk is an artisanal café located in Corktown, Detroit that specializes in seasonal, made-from-scratch comfort foods and healthy beverages. Inspired by the development of urban agriculture in Detroit, Folk focuses on using locally sourced, sustainable, and organic ingredients where possible, such as artisan bread, heirloom grains, humanely raised meat, small-batch dairy, and local and organic produce. Seasonal menus feature from-scratch breakfast dishes such as mini homemade quiches, eggs, and paprika-spiced vegetable hash, Parisian Ham, and triple cream brie on a croissant, almond flour waffles with peach-cinnamon butter, and pumpkin spice oatmeal. Folk is open for breakfast and lunch, Wednesday through Monday.
1701 Trumbull Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, United States, Phone: +1 313-290-5849
Frances' Deli and Brunchery
France’s Deli is a renowned Chicago institution that has been serving up traditional comfort food in an old-fashioned diner setting since 1938. Located a few blocks north of its original hole-in-the-wall location at 2552 North Clark Street and recognized by its bright neon sign, Frances' offers traditional deli fare such as corned beef, pastrami, and other conventional delicatessen mainstays, as well as modern plates such as a range of meat-and-cheese sandwiches and burgers and egg-heavy omelets. Other ethnic deli delights include blintzes, fried matzo, corned beef, and potato pancakes washed down with Dr. Brown’s soda, Maker's Mark spiked milkshakes, or a mimosa. France’s Deli is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
2552 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA, Phone: +1 773-248-4580
Located in the small town of Yellow Springs, Ohio, Winds Café is a casual neighborhood spot that serves sophisticated fare and beverages in a chic and hip setting. Focusing on ethical and environmentally-friendly ingredients from organic producers, Winds Café serves a menu of farm-to-table fare with European flavors and innovative twists in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Signature dishes on the brunch menu include Autumn Croque Monsieur Sandwich, Moroccan Bread Crumbed Eggs, Smoked Trout, and Boursin Omelet, Fried Egg Sandwich with Cheddar and Bacon, and French Toast with seasonal fresh fruit. Winds Café is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
215 Xenia Ave, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, United States, Phone: +1 937-767-1144
Uncle Wolfie's Breakfast Tavern
Uncle Wolfie's Breakfast Tavern is a warm and welcoming, family-owned spot that serves creative breakfast and lunch dishes with cocktails to match. Owned by husband-and-wife team Wolfgang and Whitney Shaefer, the highly anticipated restaurant was founded over a decade ago and boasts interiors that reflect the old and the new. Breakfast dishes include standards like steak and eggs with tavern potatoes, Johnny cakes with whipped butter and syrup, classic eggs Benedict, sweet potato chorizo omelet, and the signature peanut butter and jelly stuffed French toast. Uncle Wolfie's Breakfast Tavern is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Sunday.
234 E Vine St, Milwaukee, WI 53212, United States, Phone: +1 414-763-3021
Vovoveema is a delightful breakfast spot in the heart of Phoenix that offers creative breakfast and brunch dishes, specialty coffee drinks, and outdoor patio seating for alfresco dining. Established in 2012 by DJ Fernandes' and his wife and tucked away in the back corner of a complex on Seventh Avenue and McDowell Road, the cozy joint’s name (vovó) partly means ‘grandma’ in Portuguese and serves fare that is reminiscent of grandma’s cooking. Food is ordered at the counter and then served to the table, and dishes include twists on the regulars such as the Big Man on Campus – a massive pork chop stacked on a colossal waffle and topped with apple-maple syrup, two eggs, and a Portuguese doughnut. Other unusual plates include the Mexican Benedict, which features a pair of poached eggs and chorizo sausage topped with hollandaise sauce and served on thick masa tortillas.
1515 7th Ave #170, Phoenix, AZ 85007, USA, Phone: +1 602-252-2541
Zazie is a charming, petite French bistro that boasts lovely outdoor patio style seating and draws a regular crowd for breakfast and brunch. The breakfast menu features starters of seasonal coffee cake, steel-cut oats with raisins, walnuts, and brown sugar, organic granola with fruit and yogurt, and toasted bagels or baguettes with a variety of toppings. Also on the menu are a range of eggs done in any style, scrambles, benedicts and omelets, and griddle specials like pancakes, waffles, and French toast. House-roasted and freshly brewed coffee is always on the go, as well as fresh fruit juices, teas, and other beverages. Zazie is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA, Phone: +1 415-564-5332