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.
- 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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- 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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