Breakfast is widely considered the most important meal of the day, but breakfast food itself is actually a relatively new concept. 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.
Today, breakfast delicacies span the globe, and special Sunday breakfasts or brunches have become a staple in many households. For those who don’t want to eat in, there are plenty of local options from pancakes drenched in syrup to fluffy scrambled eggs paired with steaming cups of freshly brewed coffee.
Stacker has compiled a list of the most popular breakfast spot in every state using data from Foursquare. Foursquare’s algorithm, which gives restaurants a rating out of ten 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.
Regardless of the rating or popularity, some of the breakfast institutions included in this list have large cult followings and are definitely worth the long wait. Read on to find out the best breakfast spot in your state.
Address: 1931 11th Ave. S, Birmingham, Ala.
The Original Pancake House in Birmingham, Ala., is a chain famous for its Dutch baby pancakes and cheese grits. Reviewers say the restaurant is known to dish out massive portions, so make sure to come hungry. People are also known to dine in their pajamas on the weekends.
Address: 1034 W. 4th Ave., Anchorage, Alaska
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.
Address: 116 East Garfield St., Phoenix, Ariz.
Matt’s Big Breakfast in Phoenix, Ariz., offers a "build your own omelet" option. The restaurant also offers homemade lemonade, so make sure to try the honey or blueberry lemonade. The restaurant is family-friendly, but often has a long wait.
Address: 1440 W. Sunset Ave., Springdale, Ark.
Susan’s Restaurant in Springdale, Ark., 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 is closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Address: 1299 18th St., San Francisco, Calif.
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 wait.
Address: 2262 Larimer St., Denver, Colo.
Snooze: an AM 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.
Address: 1261 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook, Conn.
Customers call Cristy’s Restaurant in Westbrook, Conn., 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.
Address: 37300 Rehoboth Avenue Extension # 1, Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Crystal Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, Del., is popular with tourists and locals alike for its fresh soups, seafood omelets, and Norwegian eggs Benedict topped with smoked salmon. Customers also rave about the restaurant's excellent service and lively environment.
Address: 4192 Conroy Rd., Orlando, Fla.
KeKe’s Breakfast Cafe in Orlando, Fla., 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 Doctor Phillips Boulevard.
Address: 421 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta, Ga.
Ria’s Bluebird is ranked as the #1 breakfast spot in Atlanta, famous for its banana pancakes drenched in maple syrup. Be sure to also order the brisket breakfast, bluebird burrito, and tempeh and tofu scramble. The restaurant also has plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.
Address: 315 Uluniu St., Kailua, Hawaii
Cinnamon’s Restaurant in Kailua, Hawaii, offers unique breakfast options, like guava chiffon pancakes, macadamia nut cinnamon rolls, and strawberry cheesecake French toast. The eatery also offers Hawaii’s famous loco moco: white rice, a hamburger patty, and a fried egg smothered in gravy.
Address: 108 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, Idaho
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. Boise Weekly readers voted the restaurant one of the "best of Boise" in 2011.
Address: 130 E. Randolph St., Chicago, Ill.
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.
Address: 2330 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, Ind.
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.
Address: 4708 University Ave., Des Moines, Iowa
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.
Address: 8002 N. Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, Kan.
Kate’s Kitchen in Kansas City, Kan., is an affordable and tasty breakfast choice with a menu full of options. Items to order, as recommended by customers, include the berry crepes, crab cake and tomato Benedict, and signature biscuits and gravy. Aim to arrive at 8 a.m. to avoid a line.
Address: 620 E. Market St., Louisville, Ky.
Toast on Market in Louisville, Ky., 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.
Address: 1418 Magazine St., New Orleans, La.
While you visit Surrey's Café & 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.
Address: 130 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, Maine
Maine is famous for its wild blueberries, so be sure to order the wild blueberry pancakes at 2 Cats in Bar Harbor. Other menu items include Maine delicacies like lobster eggs Benedict. Be sure to sit outside on nice days—customers can even bring their dogs to sit at a dog-friendly table.
Address: 513 W. Cold Spring Ln., Baltimore, Md.
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 two hours.
Address: 44 Charles St., Boston, Mass.
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, make sure to try the caramel banana French toast or huevos rancheros.
Address: 1530 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Wolfgang’s Restaurant in Grand Rapids, Mich., 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.
Address: 413 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, Minn.
Check out Al’s Breakfast on your next trip to the Twin Cities—it's recommended by the Food Network. Try the bacon waffles, blueberry walnut pancakes, and famously good coffee. The counter only seats 14 people, so be prepared to wait.
Address: 719 N. Lamar Blvd., Oxford, Miss.
Big Bad Breakfast in Oxford, Miss., 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.
Address: 1104 Locust St., St. Louis, Mo.
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.
Address: 111 N. Higgins Ave., Missoula, Mont.
The Catalyst Cafe & Espresso Bar in Missoula, Mont., is known for its coffee, everything from espresso to cappuccino and Italian mocha. As far as the food goes, customers rave about the cheesy potato casserole and breakfast burrito. The menu also offers plenty of vegetarian options.
Address: 2419 Leavenworth St., Omaha, Neb.
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.
Address: 707 Carson St., Las Vegas, Nev.
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.
Address: 2506 White Mountain Hwy, North Conway, N.H.
Peach’s Restaurant is a quaint spot in North Conway, N.H. 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.
Address: 804 N. Rhode Island Ave., Atlantic City, N.J.
Dine outside with a beautiful view of the harbor at Gilchrist Restaurant in Atlantic City, N.J. This local favorite is well-known for its blueberry pancakes, hot chocolate, and Greek omelets. Thanks to the restaurant’s outdoor heaters, customers are still able to sit outside and take in the sights during the colder months.
Address: 10700 Corrales Rd. NW, Albuquerque, N.M.
Visit Flying Star Cafe in Albuquerque, N.M., for authentic New Mexican food, like huevos rancheros, Southwest eggs Benedict, and breakfast burritos. Stick around after breakfast, as the restaurant has a dessert bar that's ranked #5 for best desserts in Albuquerque.
Address: 109 N. 3rd St., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Egg is a classic local spot in Brooklyn well-worth the trip from Manhattan. The restaurant’s most popular dish is Eggs Rothko, which consists of an egg in a hole slathered with melted cheese, stewed tomatoes, and candied bacon. Though Egg originally started out as a pop-up, it's now a Williamsburg institution, and the line for a table regularly goes out the door.
Address: 626 Haywood Rd., Asheville, N.C.
Come to Sunny Point Café in Asheville, N.C., for the extravagant Bloody Marys, and stay for the classic Southern breakfast fare. Make sure to 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.
Address: 3215 Broadway N., Fargo, N.D.
The Shack on Broadway in Fargo, N.D., is known for its homestyle cooking, offering a menu with offerings like caramel rolls, breakfast biscuits, and corn chowder. The restaurant also features a senior menu, which consists of smaller portions.
Address: 28700 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere, Ohio
The Original Pancake House is a beloved chain from north to south, and its location in Woodmere, 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 has options for vegans.
Address: 1006 S. Main St., Stillwater, Okla.
Granny’s Kitchen in Stillwater, Okla., is famous for Southern soul food that will leave you full for the rest of the day. Menu offerings include "pig biscuits," Oklahoma omelets, and the Fat Granny: chicken on top of Texas toast topped with gravy and fries.
Address: 212 SW Stark St., Portland, Ore.
Mother’s Bistro & Bar is a can’t-miss stop in Portland. Be sure to try the wild salmon hash, pecan cinnamon roll, breakfast nachos, and crunchy French toast. The restaurant is particularly known for its carefully curated French press coffee that pairs well with any meal.
Address: 1804 Callowhill St., Philadelphia, Pa.
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.
Address: 110 Broadway, Newport, R.I.
Corner Café in Newport, R.I., is a popular spot featuring lively breakfasts for people with big appetites. Menu offerings include ovos açores, 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.
Address: 508 Main St., North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
You can’t go wrong ordering pancakes and omelets at Golden Griddle Pancake House in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., which locals call “the best breakfast in town.” Diners recommend the apple cinnamon buttermilk pancakes, as well as the hash browns. The space is small, so make sure to get there early to avoid waiting for a table.
Address: 2715 W. 41st St., Sioux Falls, S.D.
The Original Pancake House takes another state with its location in Sioux Falls, S.D. 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.
Address: 1796 21st Ave. S., Nashville, Tenn.
Unsurprisingly, The Pancake Pantry is on Foursquare’s list of best pancakes in America. Even the Wall Street Journal calls the restaurant’s sweet potato pancakes with cinnamon cream and syrup a “must-try.” Sample the Caribbean pancakes and the Santa Fe cornmeal pancakes as well.
Address: 606 Embassy Oaks Ste 100, San Antonio, Texas
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.
Address: 1435 Canyon Rd., Logan, Utah
Herm’s Inn in Logan, Utah, offers unforgettable dishes, like fruit crepes, corn beef hash, skillet potatoes, and a family-sized cinnamon swirl pancake the size of a large pizza. The restaurant has a beautiful patio, and is located in a historic building overlooking the nearby river.
Address: 43 U.S. Route 4, Mendon, Vt.
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.
Address: 501 Kempsville Rd., Chesapeake, Va.
The Egg Bistro in Chesapeake, Va., 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 decide to sleep in, customers recommend going at non-peak hours to avoid waiting for a table.
Address: 2000 4th Ave., Seattle, Wash.
Lola in Seattle is ranked #2 for best doughnuts in the city, and is also on Foursquare’s list of America’s best eggs Benedict dishes. Customers recommend getting a half-order of the eggs Benedict to save room for the doughnuts. Be sure to try the fig and lemon scone as well as the fresh-pressed apple juice.
Address: 164 Summers St., Charleston, W. Va.
First Watch in Charleston, W. Va., serves delicious breakfast entrees and plenty of healthy options as well. Customers rave about the fresh kale juice, French toast, and fruit bowl. If you stick around for lunch, be sure to order the turkey burger.
Address: 317 N. 76th St., Milwaukee, Wis.
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.
Address: 229 E 2nd St. Suite 200, Casper, Wyo.
Eggington’s in Casper, Wyo., is well-known for its berry French toast, southern eggs Benedict, and pecan French toast. Locals recommend joining the frequent diner’s club at the restaurant to get free birthday treats and points towards free meals.