It is often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whether or not you agree with this philosophy you will almost certainly agree that there are few meals more satisfying than a good American breakfast fry-up. If you are a traditionalist, you will still find several old-fashioned American diners like the Early Bird in Charleston or the Counter Café in Austin serving up all the staples you love.

On the other hand, there are a host of innovative new breakfast and brunch establishments who like to push the boundaries a little when it come to breakfast – try Call in Denver, Blunch in Boston or Pig and a Jelly Jar in Salt Lake City.

1. Blunch, Boston

Blunch, Boston
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The name says it all – if you are looking for a place that serves the perfect combination of breakfast and lunch dishes, Blunch is the place to go in Boston. The restaurant has been pleasing local palates in Boston’s South End since 2008 and has established an excellent following of fans. The interesting menu features a daily-changing selection of pressed sandwiches, your favorite egg sandwich (you choose what goes inside) as well as bagels, bagel sandwiches, innovative salads and a selection of freshly baked sweet treats. You can eat in or phone in your order and collect if you are in a hurry.

Blunch, 59 E Springfield St, Boston, MA 02118, Phone: 617-247-8100

2. Mother’s Bistro and Bar, Portland

Mother’s Bistro and Bar, Portland
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Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Portland, Mother’s Bistro and Bar is an award-winning eatery which is dedicated to serving freshly-prepared American comfort food classics. Breakfasts feature two eggs cooked to order and accompanied by your choice of sides as well as a good selection of omelets, scrambles and frittata. For something a little spicier you can order Breakfast Nachos or you can satisfy your sweet tooth with some pancakes, waffles or French toast. If you are watching your waistline you can choose fresh fruit or the House-cured Lox Platter. A delicious cup of coffee brewed from locally-roasted beans will get your day off to a great start.

Mother’s Bistro and Bar, 121 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, Phone: 503-464-1122

3. The Winds Café, Yellow Springs

The Winds Café, Yellow Springs
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Located in the small town of Yellow Springs, about an hour from Cincinnati, the Winds Café has been pleasing local palates for forty years, and is well worth a visit for a delicious Sunday Brunch. The brunch menu, which is served from 10am on Sundays, features a good mix of breakfast and lunch dishes. Purists can stick to fruit and granola dishes while those who are looking for something more substantial and unusual will want to try the Moroccan Bread-crumbed Eggs (served on a bed of savory bean stew) or the very tempting Austin City Limits (house-made chorizo served with eggs, grits and jalapeno sauce). You can also order lunch dishes like burgers, salad or Flat Iron Steak.

The Winds Café, 215 Xenia Ave, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, Phone: 937-767-1144

4. Versailles Restaurant Cuban Cuisine, Miami

Versailles Restaurant Cuban Cuisine, Miami
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Versailles Restaurant is located in the heart of Little Havana, home to Miami’s Cuban community, which is a good indication that you will be enjoying the authentic flavors of Cuba. The space is large, colorful and very inviting with a distinct retro feel. On regular week days their breakfast menu features pretty standard breakfast staples, which is why you should plan to visit on a Sunday for their delicious Breakfast Buffet. Here you will find some real Cuban flavors when you try the Cuban Pastoletos, Codfish Fritters, Rice and Fried Eggs and many other delights. Round off your feast with a delicious Café con Leche and Cuban Toast.

Versailles Restaurant Cuban Cuisine, 3555 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135, Phone: 305-444-0240

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5. Ann Sather Restaurants, Chicago

Ann Sather Restaurants, Chicago
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Ann Sather’s restaurants are something of a local institution in Chicago. The first one opened its door in the 1940’s and today there are three branches and a catering business, which goes to prove how popular the brand is. Although you can enjoy three meals a day at the Ann Sather restaurants, breakfast is a real hit with Chicago locals. On the menu you will find a selection of brilliant Benedicts, omelets and breakfast wraps as well as a large selection of individual items which can be combined to build your own perfect breakfast. Of course there are also some delicious sweet treats and healthy fruits and cereal if you feel so inclined. There are three locations in Lakeview, Broadway and Granville.

Ann Sather Restaurant, 909 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657, Phone: 773-348-2378

6. Bobo’s Restaurant, Tucson

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Dedicated to serving up great breakfasts that will get your day off to the best possible start, Bobo’s Restaurant in Tucson is hard to beat. Bobo’s specialize in cooking up freshly-prepared generous portions of home-style breakfast favorites. You can start off with a delicious omelet or eggs-the-way-you-like them or head straight for the legendary pancakes which are one of their most popular breakfast dishes. Bobo’s also serve sandwiches, burgers, hot lunches, salads and soups if you are not an egg fan. The restaurant offers a take-out delivery service.

Bobo’s Tucson, 2938 E. Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ 85716, Phone: 520-326-6163

7. Breakfast Republic, California

Breakfast Republic, California
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Breakfast Republic must be getting the breakfast just right; to date they have opened seven branches in San Diego, as well as outlets in Irvine and Encinitas. At Breakfast Republic the emphasis is on offering customers innovative takes on traditional American breakfast favorites, served up in an unpretentious restaurant with a great vibe. Besides offering “normal” breakfast fare like eggs and bacon, (in many guises), the menu also features tasty Mexican corn tortillas, Breakfast Jambalaya and Shrimp-and-Grits. There are a selection of Benedicts, omelets, pancakes and French toast and all your favorite drinks, including hot and cold brew coffee, craft beers and breakfast cocktails.

Breakfast Republic North Park, 2730 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104, Phone: 619-642-0299

8. Denver Biscuit Company, Denver

Denver Biscuit Company, Denver
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When all you can think of for your breakfast is a rich and delicious home-made biscuit, piled with your favorite filling and smothered in gravy, the Denver Biscuit Company is there to save the day. The company has branches in Colfax, Tennyson, Broadway, Colorado Springs, Stanley Marketplace and Kansas City, so you will never be too far from a delectable biscuit breakfast. Some of the most popular biscuit sandwiches on the menu include The Elmer (with pulled pork and pickles), The Dahlia (sausage patty and maple syrup) and The Franklin (with fried chicken, bacon and cheese). To satisfy your sweet tooth you can try one of their famous Giant Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls.

Denver Biscuit Company, 3237 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206, Phpne: 303-377-7900

9. Early Bird Diner, Charleston

Early Bird Diner, Charleston
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Catering to both early birds and night owls, the Early Bird Diner in West Ashley prides itself on serving up freshly-prepared home-made diner fare. The good news is that traditional breakfast dishes are available all day long and include some delicious twists of favorite American breakfast ingredients. For example, they serve up a generous helping of pecan fried chicken on a cinnamon waffle or yummy panko-fried shrimp and grits with red pepper jelly. In addition, you can opt for an omelet (with a filling of your choice) or add your choice of cheese, meat, veggies or extras to a big bowl of grits.

Early Bird Diner, 1644 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407, Phone: 843-277-2353

10. Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop, Anchorage, AK

Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop, Anchorage, AK
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Operating out of three venues in Anchorage, the Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop has been pleasing local palates since 2009. When you bite into one of their delicious specialty breads, sandwiches or sweet confections you will notice the difference that choosing top quality ingredients can make to a finished article. The bakery makes their own sauces and garnishes on-site and even hand-squeezes oranges and lemons to add zest to their baked goods. You can buy a large range of artisan breads and baked goods or pop in at any time to enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee (or tea) with a decadent sweet treat or a tasty sandwich.

718 K St, Anchorage, AK 99501, Phone: 907-569-0001

11. Folk, Detroit

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Dedicated to feed both body and soul by serving only the finest quality home-made foods, the team at Folk offers a seasonally-inspired menu. Wherever possible, all products are organic, locally sourced and as fresh as can be. Using these fine ingredients to craft memorable dishes is what makes chefs Kiki and Rohani (and all their customers), very happy indeed. Breakfast favorites includes the Basic Breakfast – eggs served with spiced hash, sweet dressed spinach, bread and home-made jam or the Parisian Breakfast which is a more continental style with Parisian ham, rich brie, bread, croissant and their house jam. Other items include cheddar and chicken melts, waffles and other bread-based delights.

Folk, 1701 Trumbull Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, Phone: 313-290-5849

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12. Frances’ Deli and Brunchery, Chicago

Frances’ Deli and Brunchery, Chicago
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Frances’ Deli has been a popular landmark in Lincoln Park for over 80 years and has built up a staunch following of regulars. When Chef Derek Rylon and his team joined the deli/diner, the upscale Brunchery was born. The brunch menu is enormous, featuring a very good choice of French toasts, blintzes, biscuits and waffles. And that is just for those with a sweet tooth. Egg lovers will definitely want to try one of the “Eggsquisite” egg dishes which include a Jerk Chicken Alfredo Omelet, a traditional Benedict and a very non-traditional Country Fried Chicken with eggs of your choice. You can also build your own breakfast from a long list of individual ingredients.

Frances’ Deli and Brunchery, 2552 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, Phone: 773-248-4580

13. The Friendly Toast, Boston

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The Friendly Toast in Back Bay is a popular eatery which focuses on serving fresh and innovative seasonal dishes. They try to source all their fresh ingredients locally and each branch offers four weekly specials to keep those taste buds from getting jaded. You are welcome to order breakfast dishes at any time of the day if that is what you are craving. Breakfast Staples include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options and there are five yummy Benedict options available as well as multiply mixed plates and omelets. Sweet Stuff includes all your favorite pancakes, waffles and French toast options. If you can’t find exactly what you want on the menu you can build your own perfect breakfast.

The Friendly Toast, 35 Stanhope St, Back Bay, MA 02116, Phone: 617-456-7849

14. Geraldine’s Counter Restaurant, Seattle

Geraldine’s Counter Restaurant, Seattle
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Rumored to serve the best French toast in all of Seattle, Geraldine’s Counter Restaurant in Columbia City serves a great selection of American breakfast favorites. Breakfast is served all day and a few of the many choices include oatmeal, granola, French toast, pancakes and good old-fashioned fry-ups in a variety of styles. You can also choose from 6 types of omelets and scrambles as well as a long list of create-your-own sides. You are welcome to eat in or phone through your order so that it is piping hot and ready for you to pick up.

Geraldine’s Counter Restaurant, 4872 Rainier Ave, S Seattle, WA 98118, Phone: 206-723-2080

15. Tia B's La Waffleria, Albuquerque

Tia B's La Waffleria, Albuquerque

Waffle fans owe it to themselves to seek out this amazing waffle restaurant in Albuquerque. At Tia B's La Waffleria, there is no such thing as a one-style-fits-all and you can choose to have your freshly cooked waffle made from six different batters, to suit just about all tastes and gluten-free requirements. Enjoy a traditional wheat-based waffle or go completely exotic and have yours made from rice and coconut milk or buckwheat and sour cream. Now comes the difficult bit – trying to decide which of the delectable build-your-own ingredients to add to the batter and to the cooked waffle; choices include both sweet and savory combinations and a great selection of house-made syrups, coulis and sauces.

Tia B's La Waffleria, 3710 Campus Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, Phone: 505-492-2007

16. Pig and a Jelly Jar, Salt Lake City

Pig and a Jelly Jar, Salt Lake City
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Driven to serve only the finest Southern-inspired, made from scratch brunches, Pig and a Jelly Jar has three Utah branches in Salt Lake City, Ogden and Holladay. All three serve delicious and innovative brunch and lunch dishes all day and believe in sourcing the best locally-produced products to keep things fresh and healthy. Their specialties include Green Ham and Eggs (with green chili hollandaise) or the hearty Creole Breakfast (which includes baked beans, kale, and Creole sauce over biscuits). Regular breakfast staples include eggs your way with bacon, sausage or veggie patty, breakfast sandwiches, scrambles or biscuits and gravy. Of course there are also several decadent sweet treats on the menu.

Pig and a Jelly Jar, 401 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111, Phone: 385-202-7366

17. Sabrina’s Café & Spencer’s Too, Philadelphia

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Sabrina’s Café & Spencer’s Too is named after the first and second children of owners Robert and Rachel DeAbreu. Located in Spring Garden, this is the couple’s second restaurant and it continues their quest to offer customers a unique family-like dining experience. Their brunch menu is peppered with interesting-sounding dishes that promise to excite your taste buds and keep you coming back again and again. There is something for everyone on the menu including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Smaller appetites can select a light and fluffy frittata, quinoa bowl, bagel and lox, granola or avocado toast. Wash it all down with iced tea, coffee or cappuccino.

Sabrina’s Café & Spencer’s Too, 1804 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Phone: 215-636-9061

18. Surrey’s Café and Juice Bar, New Orleans

Surrey’s Café and Juice Bar, New Orleans
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Bringing eclectic flavors and delicious juices to historic Magazine Street in New Orleans, Surrey’s Café and Juice Bar is the oldest New Orleans juice bar selling pure organic juices. To enjoy alongside your choice of juice you will find a large selection of delicious Southern-style breakfast dishes on the menu. If you fancy some seafood for breakfast you can tuck into a bowl of shrimp and grits or order a crab meat omelet with brie and avocado. If meat dishes are more to your liking you will find all the regular breakfast favorites like eggs with bacon, sausage and biscuits. Huevos Rancheros (including a version made with lox) or Breakfast Burritos are other popular choices.

Surrey’s Café and Juice Bar, 1418 and 4807 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, Phone: 504-524-3828

19. Uncle Wolfie’s Breakfast Tavern, Milwaukee

Uncle Wolfie’s Breakfast Tavern, Milwaukee
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Not everyone is a fan of bacon and eggs for breakfast, so it makes a pleasant change that you can order both breakfast and lunch dishes all day long at Uncle Wolfie’s. Same goes for beer and cocktails – if you want one for breakfast it is certainly available. The food is innovative and delicious, the result of on-going food brain-storming by the chefs who produce all your favorite dishes with a twist of genius. Examples include their Sweet Potato Omelet (filled with avocado, chorizo and raspberry-mango salsa) and the flagship BELTCH sandwich featuring sourdough bread filled with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes cheese and aioli, served with potatoes of your choice. Lunch dishes include salads, cured salmon and much, much more.

Uncle Wolfie’s Breakfast Tavern, 234 E Vine St, Milwaukee, WI 53212, Phone: 414-763-3021

20. Vovomeena, Phoenix

Vovomeena, Phoenix
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Vovomeena is a strictly breakfast, brunch and coffee restaurant, where the emphasis is on serving beautifully curated dishes to enjoy alongside an excellent cup of coffee. Their “Morning Moonshine” (drinks menu) features a selection of traditional espresso based coffees as well as a Japanese Cold Brewed Coffee and Iced tea. Hunger-busting breakfast staples include omelets, Benedicts, biscuits and gravy, tortilla Espanola and a classic egg sandwich. You can also get stuck into a pile of pancakes, Johnny cakes or traditional pain perdu (fabulous French toast). More “lunchy” choices include their burrito, pita and sandwich selection.

Vovomeena, 1515 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003, Phone: 602-252-2541

21. Zazie’s, San Francisco

Zazie’s, San Francisco
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Brunch at Zazie’s is something of a San Francisco institution and is served daily from 8am to 2pm on weekdays and 9am to 3pm on weekends. There is a great choice of dishes on the menu, starting from a simple toasted bagel or egg on toast for customers with a smaller appetite. If you need a more substantial start to your day you can select one of several styles of Benedict (gluten free English muffins are available), filling scrambled egg variations, soups, salads and sandwiches. There is always a special Dish of the Day as well as a choice of sweet treats from the griddle.

Zazie’s, 941 Cole Street, San Francisco, CA 94117, Phone: 415-564-5332

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