Most popular breakfast spot in every state

January 29, 2020

Most popular breakfast spot in every state

For many a breakfast enthusiast, nothing beats eating the morning meal at dinnertime. Easily accomplished with dishes like steak and eggs and chicken and pancakes, which combine a.m. sweetness with p.m. saltiness, “breakfast for dinner” blends our favorite tastes from dawn and dusk. Holding a special affinity for breakfast foods—at any time of day—hasn’t always been the case in America. In fact, traditional breakfast foods in the United States didn’t come about until the mid- to late 1800s. Instead, people would eat leftovers or meat and fish for their morning meal. But not today.

While the most important meal of the day got off to a late start, Stacker has compiled a list of the most popular breakfast spots in every state using data from Foursquare. Foursquare’s algorithm, which gives restaurants a rating out of 10 points, predicts the “best” restaurant or establishment by incorporating check-ins, rating signals, category matches, tips, and photo trends to determine the top-ranked restaurant in each state.

What breakfast looks like around the world is a far cry from the fare that some of these American eateries offer, with signature dishes like Tom’s Favorite Breakfast in Seattle, featuring Mediterranean octopus standing out among some of the more unique menu options. Oklahoma’s top spot may have received a bump from their offering of free pie with a cup of coffee on Hump Day. Restaurants in Manhattan, New York, and Manhattan, Kansas, boast their state’s best breakfast fare, and offer similar options despite a wide geographic disparity.

Regardless of the rating or popularity, some breakfast institutions included in this list have large cult followings and are definitely worth the long wait. For example, take The Original Pancake House, listed five times here with locations in the Deep South, Eastern seaboard, Midwest, and Great Plains.

Read on to find out the best breakfast spot in your state along with some top menu offerings prized by reviewers of the establishment.

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Alabama: The Original Pancake House

- Address: 1931 11th Ave. S (at 20th St. S), Birmingham
- Rating: 8.5/10

The Original Pancake House in Birmingham, Alabama, is a chain famous for its Dutch baby pancakes and cheese grits. Reviewers say the restaurant is known to dish out massive portions, so come hungry. People are also known to dine in their pajamas on the weekends.

Alaska: Snow City Cafe

- Address: 1034 W 4th Ave. (at L St.), Anchorage
- Rating: 8.8/10

Be sure to make a reservation at Snow City Cafe in Anchorage, Alaska, either through Yelp or the restaurant's website. This breakfast spot offers lots of vegan options and uses local produce and meat. Customers rave about the eatery’s Kodiak Eggs Benedict.

Arizona: Matt's Big Breakfast

- Address: 116 East Garfield Street (at N 1st St.), Phoenix
- Rating: 9.0/10

Matt’s Big Breakfast in Phoenix, Arizona, offers a "build your own omelet" option. The restaurant also has homemade lemonade, so try the honey or blueberry variety. The restaurant is family-friendly but often has a long wait.

Arkansas: Susan's Restaurant

- Address: 1440 W Sunset Ave., Springdale
- Rating: 9.1/10

Susan’s Restaurant in Springdale, Arkansas, offers all-day breakfast, so locals can feel free to sleep in. Customers rave about the chicken-fried steak special, and if you don’t want steak, you can also substitute it for chicken-fried chicken. The restaurant is open seven days a week and closes on Christmas and Thanksgiving.

California: Plow

- Address: 1299 18th St. (at Texas St.), San Francisco
- Rating: 9/10

Customers of all backgrounds and dietary restrictions can enjoy the offerings at San Francisco’s Plow, like the chia pudding and almond flour pancakes. The wait can get long—some report waiting two hours. However, the lemon ricotta pancakes, Chinese breakfast bowl, and brunch potatoes make it well worth the time.

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Colorado: Snooze

- Address: 2262 Larimer St. (at Park Ave.), Denver
- Rating: 9.2/10

Snooze: An A.M. Eatery is on Foursquare’s list of America’s Best Pancakes, making it a can’t-miss spot when visiting Denver. The restaurant is famous for its Hi-C mimosa, its pancake-of-the-day, and pineapple upside-down pancakes. The restaurant menu features six different kinds of eggs Benedict—almost one for every day of the week.

Connecticut: Cristy's Restaurant

- Address: 1261 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook
- Rating: 8.6/10

Customers call Cristy’s Restaurant in Westbrook, Connecticut, the best breakfast on the shoreline. The eatery is known for its wide selection of oversized pancakes, and reviewers rave about the Oreo variety in particular. The restaurant is cash-only, so come prepared.

Delaware: Crystal Restaurant

- Address: 620 Rehoboth Ave. (at Atlantic St.), Rehoboth Beach
- Rating: 8.7/10

Crystal Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, is popular with tourists and locals alike for its fresh soups, seafood omelets, and Norwegian eggs Benedict topped with smoked salmon. Customers also praise the restaurant's excellent service and lively environment.

Florida: KeKe's Breakfast Cafe

- Address: 7512 Doctor Phillips Boulevard, Orlando
- Rating: 9.2/10

KeKe’s Breakfast Cafe in Orlando, Florida, is a local chain known for its eye-catching dishes like apple cinnamon-stuffed French toast, granola pancakes, and Greek omelet. The restaurant has a second location nearby on Dr. Phillips Boulevard.

Georgia: Ria's Bluebird

- Address: 421 Memorial Dr. SE (at Cherokee Ave. SE), Atlanta
- Rating: 8.9/10

Ria’s Bluebird is ranked as the #1 breakfast spot in Atlanta, famous for its banana pancakes drenched in maple syrup. Be sure to order the brisket breakfast, bluebird burrito, and tempeh-and-tofu scramble. The restaurant also has plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.

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Hawaii: Koko Head Cafe

- Address: 1145 12th Ave. Ste. C, Honolulu
- Rating: 8.8/10

The doors to the Koko Head Cafe, which features modern-global fusion Chef Lee Ann Wong, open to a line of locals and tourists 361 days a year, only closing for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, and July 4. "The Island Style Brunch House" walked away with the silver in the 2019 Honolulu Magazine Best Breakfast Restaurants in Hawaii with a few items of fare including bacon-cheddar scones, daily-changing dumplings, and Japanese-style fried jidori chicken and eggs.

Idaho: Goldy's Breakfast Bistro

- Address: 108 S Capitol Blvd., Boise
- Rating: 8.7/10

Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro in Boise, Idaho, is known among locals for its sunrise mimosas and fresh blueberry pancakes. Customers report long waits, but they also recommend leaving a cell phone number with the host and visiting the restaurant’s coffee shop around the corner.

Illinois: Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe

- Address: 130 E Randolph St., Chicago
- Rating: 9/10

Chicago’s Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe gets a stamp of approval from Crain’s Chicago Business and food website Serious Eats. The restaurant is known for its extravagant dishes, including red velvet French toast, berry bliss pancakes, and brioche French toast. The wait can sometimes be long, but visitors can wait at nearby Millennium Park.

Indiana: Lincoln Square Pancake House

- Address: 2330 N Meridian St. (at 23rd St.), Indianapolis
- Rating: 8.9/10

The Lincoln Square Pancake House in Indianapolis serves all-day breakfast, including breakfast tacos, banana bread French toast, and pesto omelets. While the wait can be long, the restaurant has plenty of parking and customers report excellent service.

Iowa: Waveland Cafe

- Address: 4708 University Ave., Des Moines
- Rating: 8.9/10

Waveland Cafe in Des Moines claims to have “the best hash browns in the galaxy.” In addition, the restaurant serves cinnamon French toast, a Mexican skillet, and hot chocolate stuffed to the brim with marshmallows. Locals call this restaurant the best place for breakfast in the world, and people love its authentic diner atmosphere.

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Kansas: The Chef

- Address: 111 S 4th St. (at Poyntz), Manhattan
- Rating: 9/10

Little did The Chef cafe’s original owner Charles Limbocker know that when he opened up his eatery in 1943, it would still be around nearly a century later. Though shut down for a time, the restaurant still sits in downtown Manhattan with the original neon sign hanging outside. Famous for a locally roasted and blended brew from Radina’s in Aggieville, The Chef’s “eclectic menu” offers everything from biscuits and gravy to Smoked Salmon Bennie, which includes the fresh fish, basted eggs, hollandaise, and rye toast with potatoes.

Kentucky: Toast on Market

- Address: 620 E Market St. (between S Hancock & S Clay), Louisville
- Rating: 9.1/10

Toast on Market in Louisville, Kentucky, is on Foursquare’s list of America’s Best Pancakes for a good reason. The restaurant offers a variety of unique pancake varieties, including lemon souffle and bread pudding. Don’t forget to order a drink, like the peach basil iced tea or spiced cider mimosa.

Louisiana: Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar

- Address: 1418 Magazine St. (between Terpsinchore & Eutepre), New Orleans
- Rating: 9/10

While you visit Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar, be sure to order the state’s famous shrimp and grits, but don’t miss the bananas foster French toast or corned beef hash. Pair a delicious breakfast with an equally delicious fresh juice. A popular combination is carrots, celery, beets, apples, cucumbers, and kale.

Maine: Hot Suppa

- Address: 703 Congress St., Portland
- Rating: 9.2/10

Conde Nast Traveler calls attention to the West End hub for its noise and spicy foods concocted from scratch recipes that blend the tastes of the North and the South with dishes like Maine shrimp with grits and Creole-style Northeast oysters. Bon Appetit agrees, branding the spot as the most popular place in Portland to go when the icebox is empty.

Maryland: Miss Shirley's Cafe

- Address: 513 W Cold Spring Ln. (at Kittery Ln.), Baltimore
- Rating: 9/10

Be sure to order the "funky monkey bread" for the whole table at the acclaimed Miss Shirley’s Cafe in Baltimore. The restaurant makes use of Maryland's famous crabs in many of its dishes, like the crab cake eggs Benedict, fried green tomatoes with lump crab, and Chesapeake deviled eggs. Visitors should come prepared to wait: the line for a table on Sundays can be as long as two hours.

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Massachusetts: The Paramount

- Address: 44 Charles St. (between Chestnut & Mt. Vernon), Boston
- Rating: 8.7/10

First-time visitors to The Paramount in Boston are bound to be confused. The restaurant has an unusual seating policy to accommodate its large crowds: Customers are not allowed to sit until they’ve received their food. While it seems like a crazy rule, it actually helps ensure everyone gets a table. Once you're seated, try the caramel banana French toast or huevos rancheros.

Michigan: Wolfgang's Restaurant

- Address: 1530 Wealthy St SE (at Lake Dr. SE), Grand Rapids
- Rating: 9/10

Wolfgang’s Restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has a small-town feel and a big-city menu. Try sriracha crab eggs Benedict, banana bread French toast, and hazelnut coffee. Get there in time for the early bird special: two eggs and bacon for just $2.99.

Minnesota: Fat Nat's Eggs

- Address: 3540 Winnetka Ave. N, New Hope
- Rating: 9/10

Fat Nat’s Eggs racks up four out of five stars on Yelp, while remaining Citysearch’s Best Breakfast four years running. It could have something to do with coffee brewing as early as 5 a.m. in the New Hope restaurant that offers a diverse menu that Fat Nat himself promises is made with the freshest ingredients. Signature omelettes Jacob, Norm, Dave, Mike, and Emily, respectively stuffed with carnitas, ham and bacon, corn beef hash, ham and cheese, and turkey and spicy Verde, make up a diverse menu along with traditional French toast and pancake fare.

Mississippi: Big Bad Breakfast

- Address: 719 N Lamar Blvd., Oxford
- Rating: 9.1/10

Big Bad Breakfast in Oxford, Mississippi, is well known for its variety of breakfast sandwiches. Be sure to order the Southern Belly: pimento cheese, coleslaw, pickles, tomato, and bacon on toast. The Creole skillet is another winner, with crawfish, potatoes, onions, sausage, peppers, and eggs covered in melted cheese.

Missouri: Rooster

- Address: 1104 Locust St. (at 11th St.), St Louis
- Rating: 8.8/10

Customers rave about the crepes here—the blueberry, sirloin, and goat cheese varieties in particular. You'll also find bacon asiago French toast, and beef broth Bloody Marys. Indulge even more with a Sunburnt White Russian: dark rum, cold brew coffee, falernum, and coconut milk.

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Montana: Catalyst Cafe & Espresso Bar

- Address: 111 N Higgins Ave. (@ W Main St.), Missoula
- Rating: 9/10

The Catalyst Cafe & Espresso Bar in Missoula, Montana, is known for its coffee, everything from espresso to cappuccino and Italian mocha. As far as the food goes, customers talk about the cheesy potato casserole and breakfast burrito. The menu also offers plenty of vegetarian options.

Nebraska: 11-Worth Cafe

- Address: 2419 Leavenworth St. (between 24th & 25th St.), Omaha
- Rating: 8.8/10

Customers say the biscuits and gravy at 11-Worth Cafe in Omaha are truly “the best in the city.” People also note the restaurant’s huge portion sizes, and reviewers recommend ordering a junior size unless you plan to split the meal with someone else. While the restaurant usually has a wait, the restaurant has plenty of seating, so the wait is never long.

Nevada: eat.

- Address: 707 E Carson Ave. (at Downtown Container Park), Las Vegas
- Rating: 9/10

Downtown Las Vegas is home to eat., which certainly lives up to its name. Visitors recommend ordering the truffle egg sandwich, cinnamon biscuits, huevos motuleños, and steel-cut oats. Customer service at the restaurant is reportedly excellent, and the prices are reasonable, especially considering its neighboring restaurants.

New Hampshire: Peach's Restaurant

- Address: 2506 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway
- Rating: 9.2/10

Peach’s Restaurant is a quaint spot in North Conway, New Hampshire, that serves all-day breakfast, so visitors can feel free to sleep in. Be sure to order the apple butterscotch pancakes, chocolate-stuffed French toast with strawberries, and spinach and mushroom quiche. The restaurant also offers gluten-free French toast.

New Jersey: The Original Pancake House

- Address: 817 Bloomfield Ave. (between Passaic & Bloomfield), West Caldwell
- Rating: 8.9/10

The original Portland, Oregon, flapjack joint made its way across the U.S. to the Garden State since opening in 1953. Two of the franchise's signature dishes are the Apple Pancake, covered with sauteed slices and baked cinnamon sugar, and the Dutch Baby, an air-filled pancake smothered in lemon, whipped butter, and powdered sugar.

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New Mexico: Old Mesilla Pastry Cafe, "The Shed"

- Address: 810 S Valley Dr., Las Cruces
- Rating: 8.8/10

Old Mesilla Pastry Cafe, known as "The Shed," is quirky, colorful breakfast spot that has been in business for 25 years. The food ranges from traditional Mexican plates like tortillas, eggs, and beans to Southwest-inspired takes on breakfast classics like eggs benedict with brisket and green chile hollandaise. 

New York: Hole in the Wall

- Address: 15 Cliff St. (between Fulton & John St.), New York
- Rating: 9.1/10

While famous for its avocado toast, Hole in the Wall, in Manhattan’s financial district, is also renowned for its chili scrambled eggs and pulled pork benedict. Within walking distance of Wall Street, the Australian-style cafe also boasts a hanging bacon jerky and cauliflower rice bowl. A second location in Murray Hill also touts tantalizing down-under delicacies.

North Carolina: Sunny Point Cafe

- Address: 626 Haywood Rd., Asheville
- Rating: 9.3/10

Come to Sunny Point Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina, for the extravagant Bloody Marys, and stay for the classic Southern breakfast fare. Order the carrot hot cakes, savory French toast, shrimp and grits, and chorizo omelet. Customers recommend coming hungry, and bringing your dog, as the restaurant is dog-friendly.

North Dakota: The Shack

- Address: 3215 Broadway N, Fargo
- Rating: 8.8/10

The Shack on Broadway in Fargo, North Dakota, is known for its home-style cooking, offering a menu with offerings like caramel rolls, breakfast biscuits, and corn chowder. The restaurant also features a senior menu, which comprises smaller portions.

Ohio: The Original Pancake House

- Address: 28700 Chagrin Blvd. (at Roselawn Ave.), Beachwood
- Rating: 8.8/10

The Original Pancake House is a beloved chain from north to south, and its location in Beachwood, Ohio, is no exception. Customers rave about the pumpkin and blueberry delight pancakes as well as the corned beef hash. The restaurant also serves gluten-free pancakes and options for vegans.

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Oklahoma: Village Inn

- Address: 8320 E 71st St., Tulsa
- Rating: 8.5/10

Venture into the Village Inn in downtown Tulsa on a Wednesday morning, buy a cup of coffee, and get a free slice of pie. The Ultimate Skillet, one of the several featuring country potatoes topped with two fresh eggs, and three buttermilk pancakes on the side, receives high marks from patrons. While breakfast is the specialty of the day at the Village Inn, lunch and dinner is also available.

Oregon: Sassy Onion

- Address: 1244 State St. (at 13th St. SE), Salem
- Rating: 9.2/10

Boasting world-famous French toast all day, every day, Sassy Onion also serves up breakfast tacos, sweet potato hash, and hazelnut banana bread. The local Salem breakfast spot is so popular it offers after-hour catering for everything from weddings to corporate parties when not serving up fresh pastries and coffee for two.

Pennsylvania: Sabrina's Cafe & Spencer's Too

- Address: 1804 Callowhill St. (at 18th St.), Philadelphia
- Rating: 9.1/10

Sabrina’s Cafe & Spencer’s Too may be on Foursquare’s list of best pancakes in Philly, but the restaurant has plenty of other options to try, as well. Customers recommend the caramelized challah French toast, blue cheese frittata, and grits with black beans.

Rhode Island: Corner Cafe

- Address: 110 Broadway, Newport
- Rating: 8.9/10

Corner Cafe in Newport, Rhode Island, is a popular spot featuring lively breakfasts for people with big appetites. Menu offerings include ovos acores, Irish fry-up, and pecan cinnamon Portuguese French toast. Don’t forget to get a large cup of unlimited coffee to go along with your meal.

South Carolina: Palmetto Bay Sunrise Cafe

- Address: 302 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island
- Rating: 9/10

Shrimp hash and other daily specials, including peach-pecan French toast with caramel sauce, are a couple of reasons the Hilton Head eatery was named the best in South Carolina. With outdoor seating and walk-ins welcome, Palmetto Bay Sunrise Cafe is suitable for small families or big groups seeking to start the day with a hot cup of coffee alongside excellent cuisine.

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South Dakota: Original Pancake House

- Address: 2715 W 41st St., Sioux Falls
- Rating: 7.9/10

The Original Pancake House takes another state with its location in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The restaurant offers multiple kinds of pancakes, including Swedish pancakes, sourdough pancakes, Dutch babies, and coconut pancakes. Bacon lovers rejoice, as this location is known to slice their bacon extra-thick.

Tennessee: Log Cabin Pancake House

- Address: 327 Historic Nature Trl., Gatlinburg
- Rating: 9/10

Serving up breakfast all day since 1976, the Log Cabin Pancake House is known for its “royale” treatment for pancakes and French toast, with bananas and specialty cream cheese sauce topping the specialty. The family-owned and -operated business at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains offers all-you-can-eat biscuits and gravy, as well as vegan and vegetarian omelette options.

Texas: Magnolia Pancake Haus

- Address: 606 Embassy Oaks (West Avenue), San Antonio
- Rating: 9.1/10

If you’re in San Antonio, make sure the Magnolia Pancake Haus is on your to-do list. Customers recommend the bacon pancakes, banana nut waffles, smoked turkey hash, and bananas foster pancakes. If you follow a gluten-free diet, the restaurant offers buckwheat pancakes as well as plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.

Utah: The Original Pancake House

- Address: 790 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City
- Rating: 8.6/10

Breakfast is the order of the day in downtown Salt Lake City, with customers of The Original Pancake House touting their breakfast burritos, and of course, the pancakes. The menu offers a variety of healthy options, including a number of gluten-free and vegan items. All the Original Pancake House’s specialty sauces and syrups are made in-house, from Blueberry Compote to Chili Verde.

Vermont: Maple Sugar & Vermont Spice

- Address: 45 US Route 4 E, Mendon
- Rating: 9.3/10

Maple Sugar & Vermont Spice is a quaint breakfast spot with a cozy atmosphere and adjoining store. Be sure to order the maple walnut waffle, sugar and spice pancakes, pumpkin pancakes, and anything with the local maple butter and syrup.

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Virginia: The Egg Bistro

- Address: 501 Kempsville Rd. (Greenbrier Shoppes), Chesapeake
- Rating: 9.3/10

The Egg Bistro in Chesapeake, Virginia, is famous for its caprese omelet, crispy French toast, and mimosas. Make sure to arrive before 8 a.m. for the restaurant’s price specials. If you sleep in, customers recommend going at non-peak hours to avoid waiting for a table.

Washington: Lola

- Address: 2000 4th Ave. (at Virginia St.), Seattle
- Rating: 8.9/10

Lola may be known for their fresh, handmade doughnuts, but their eggs Benedict ranked in the top 50 in the country. Chef Tom Douglas prepares his doughnuts fresh, topping them off with vanilla mascarpone and seasonal jam. Being Seattle, seafood is always a good choice, and Tom’s Favorite Breakfast offers Mediterranean octopus with eggs and bacon.

West Virginia: First Watch

- Address: 164 Summers Street (Quarrier Street), Charleston
- Rating: 8.3/10

First Watch in Charleston, West Virginia, serves delicious breakfast entrees and plenty of healthy options as well. Customers highlight the fresh kale juice, French toast, and fruit bowl. If you stick around for lunch, be sure to order the turkey burger.

Wisconsin: Blue's Egg

- Address: 317 N 76th St (W. Bluemound Rd.), Milwaukee
- Rating: 9.3/10

Locals and tourists alike flock to Blue’s Egg in Milwaukee for its acclaimed breakfast, which includes menu offerings like stuffed hash browns, "crunk monkey bread," blue crab omelet, and pumpkin-stuffed French toast. Be prepared for a long wait, especially on Sundays.

Wyoming: Eggington's

- Address: 229 E 2nd St. (S Wolcott & S Durbin St.), Casper
- Rating: 8.9/10

Serving up breakfast until 2 p.m. daily, Eggington’s offers a variety of breakfast burritos, omelettes, and frittatas. Heralded for its strong coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice, Eggington’s also offers a variety of French Toast options, from “Very Berry” to pecan toppings. The flavor of Eggington’s has spread outside of Casper, with a new location in Edmond, Okla.

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