Whether or not breakfast is the most important meal of the day, where you choose to break your nightly fast is an important decision. To help you determine where to grab that morning bite, we've made a list of the best breakfast spot in all 50 states. And no matter what type of morning meal you prefer—a cup of strong coffee with a croissant or a full plate of eggs, bacon, and potatoes—we’ve got you covered.
1. ALABAMA // FARMERS MARKET CAFE
Location: Montgomery, Alabama
Farmers Market Cafe is serious about breakfast. Starting bright and early at 5:30 a.m., you can order authentic southern breakfast foods like biscuits and gravy, grits, and fried green tomatoes, made fresh every day.
2. ALASKA // SNOW CITY CAFE
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
This downtown brunch spot offers an espresso counter, "crabby" omelets with snow crab, and the Kodiak Benedict with Alaska king crab cakes. If you love salmon, order the sockeye smoked salmon cakes with two eggs, any style. Voted best breakfast in 2003, they've been serving Anchorage with delicious meals, including vegan and gluten-free options, since 1998.
3. ARIZONA // MORNING GLORY CAFÉ
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Located on the grounds of the Farm at South Mountain, Morning Glory Café is a beautiful, relaxing farm-to-table breakfast and brunch spot to enjoy your first meal of the day. Lounge on the outdoor patio and chow down on the house-smoked trout omelet, huevos rancheros with chorizo, locally made sausages, or the brioche French toast.
4. ARKANSAS // RICK'S BAKERY
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Sweet-tooths can browse Rick's selection of birthday and wedding cakes (or post-breakfast treats like caramel apple turnovers and cream horns) while starting the day with a more substantive ham-and-cheese croissant or sausage roll—a smoked sausage filled with cheese and served in a homemade bread roll.
5. CALIFORNIA // ARIZMENDI BAKERY
Location: San Francisco, California
Besides coffee, espresso, and tea, Arizmendi serves stellar breads and pastries. The worker-owned cooperative sells freshly baked muffins, scones, and sourdough bread with unique flavor combinations such as corn-cherry and fig-fennel, just a few blocks from Golden Gate Park.
6. COLORADO // VILLAGE COFFEE SHOP
Location: Boulder, Colorado
At only 890 square feet, this coffee shop starts serving breakfast at 5:30 a.m. and continues for the next 10 hours. That way, even late risers can partake in a stack of fluffy buttermilk or blueberry pancakes, sides like sausage gravy and golden hash browns, or the breakfast burrito (which is smothered in pork green chili).
7. CONNECTICUT // BELLA'S CAFE
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Bella's Cafe focuses on seasonal ingredients, stylish presentation, and what they call "upscale comfort food." You can’t go wrong with the omelets and pancakes, but consider the corned beef hash or a side of sweet plantains with sour cream for something extra special.
8. DELAWARE // NEWARK DELI AND BAGELS
Location: Newark, Delaware
Newark Deli and Bagels is a Delaware favorite for good reason: you simply can’t beat their bagels. Get a sun-dried tomato or onion bagel and top it with your choice of their homemade gourmet cream cheeses, apple butter, or sliced lox.
9. FLORIDA // ANDY'S FLOUR POWER CAFÉ AND BAKERY
Location: Panama City, Florida
Andy’s Flour Power is all about delicious, homemade food. You can build your own omelet, but the "I Want It All" omelet gives you a taste of everything—bacon, ham, cheddar cheese, onions, mushrooms, spinach, peppers, and tomatoes. And of course, all of that flour power is poured into the bakery, which offers plenty of muffins, rolls, walnut raisin bread, and baklava. Arrive early and bring your appetite.
10. GEORGIA // WEST EGG CAFÉ
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
This Atlanta cafe, named in honor of The Great Gatsby, serves breakfast all day and gives diners a unique take on modern southern food. The sour cream pancakes are served with syrup and spiced honey butter, and the fried green tomato wrap comes with roasted garlic grits.
11. HAWAII // LONGHI’S
Location: Multiple locations, Hawaii
With restaurants on Maui and Oahu, Longhi’s has been a Hawaiian culinary institution since 1976. Since they have access to the best fresh fruit available, having a standard yogurt and granola becomes a heightened experience when you can add a fresh Maui pineapple or papaya. Or, get your guava or passionfruit fix as a mimosa mixer, and go with the also-local banana macadamia nut pancakes for the main course.
12. IDAHO // BACON
Location: Boise, Idaho
Situated in downtown Boise, Bacon offers five flavors of bacon and sells more than eight tons of bacon each year. If you find yourself at this casual spot, try a Bloody Mary and the Boise Basin omelet, which comes with bacon, cheese, onion, and pepper. Plus, Happy Hour is served all day on Mondays (though, with that much bacon on the menu, isn't every hour happy hour?).
13. ILLINOIS // OVER EASY
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Illinois is home to many great breakfast spots, but Over Easy might be the best. To satisfy your sweet tooth, order the candy apple French toast. If you’re lucky, the Fleur-de-Sel Fig French Toast—which is so exclusive it's only served one week each year—will be on the menu. This limited-time special dish features fig jam, hazelnut pastry cream, raspberry coulis, and warm fleur-de-sel salted caramel.
14. INDIANA // CAFÉ PATACHOU
Location: Multiple locations, Indiana
With locations in Indianapolis and Carmel, Café Patachou serves a stellar breakfast to hungry hoosiers. Omelets and broken yolks (two runny eggs) come with toast and a small arugula salad, and the apple fritter French toast is topped with cinnamon sugar.
15. IOWA // DOWNTOWN CENTRAL PERK
Location: Davenport, Iowa
All the menu items at this coffee house and juice bar are vegetarian (and can be made vegan), but carnivores will find plenty of tasty options. Sip on the banana blueberry smoothie, savor a specialty Intelligentsia coffee drink, or eat the breakfast pizza, topped with scrambled eggs, potatoes, and Soyausage.
16. KANSAS // BANJO’S CAFE
Location: Topeka, Kansas
Since the 1980s, Banjo’s has fed hungry diners in a casual, down-home environment. The inexpensive diner—which is known for their huge portions and steaming hot coffee—serves popular items such as homemade buttermilk biscuits with country-style sausage gravy and cinnamon rolls. And be sure to try the chicken fried steak bowl, a local favorite.
17. KENTUCKY // GOLD RUSH CAFE
Location: Paducah, Kentucky
If you like meat with your breakfast, Gold Rush Cafe is the place to go. Their bacon cheeseburger skillet omelet and breakfast burger melts are rich and decadent, but the meatloaf omelet is truly an original. It comes with meatloaf bits, veggies, cheese, and barbecue sauce. If the thought of that much breakfast meat is giving you the sweats, try the bread pudding waffles with baked cinnamon apples on the side.
18. LOUISIANA // SLIM GOODIES DINER
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Although you might find a long line at Slim Goodies, this breakfast is definitely worth the wait. Choose to eat at the counter, in the dining rooms, or on the garden patio, but be sure to order The SinkHole, "the mother of all omelets." It's made with three eggs, cheddar and feta cheeses, chopped bacon, sausage, ham, and veggies, and topped with salsa, jalapeños, and sour cream.
19. MAINE // MAINE DINER
Location: Wells, Maine
Six million customers have eaten at this homey diner since 1983, and for good reason. The homemade biscuit and sausage gravy will stick to your ribs, and the lobster benedict and fresh lobster quiche will make your taste buds appreciate their famous local seafood.
20. MARYLAND // BLUE MOON CAFE
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore’s Blue Moon Cafe serves breakfast and brunch classics like fluffy omelets, French toast, and egg sandwiches, but you don’t want to miss their specialty pancakes. Try the bacon and apple pancakes for a sweet yet savory dish.
21. MASSACHUSETTS // ANDY'S DINER
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
This Cambridge diner has been a casual dining neighborhood staple since 1958. Some of Andy's weekly breakfast specials (served all day) include banana bread French toast and cranberry pumpkin pancakes. Try the Cambridge Classic: French toast with two eggs, sausage, bacon, and coffee.
22. MICHIGAN // THE JAGGED FORK
Location: Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
If you like to get creative with breakfast, head to The Jagged Fork. Sip on freshly squeezed orange juice while you decide whether to order the graham cracker-crusted French toast (with a cream cheese frosting) or the Reuben crepe, which is stuffed with corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese.
23. MINNESOTA // GOOD DAY CAFE
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Featured on Food Network’s episode "Best. Breakfast. Ever.," Good Day Cafe is the only way to start your day in Minneapolis. Order a chocolate caramel espresso or smoothie, and save room for bakery items like sticky caramel pecan buns and beignets. You may want to end your day there, too. The Bad Day Bar serves up cheap apps, wine, and cocktails every day from 4 to 6 p.m.
24. MISSISSIPPI // THE BAYVIEW GOURMET
Location: Ocean Springs, Mississippi
If boozy breakfasts are your thing, take advantage of the brunch cocktails at The Bayview Gourmet. While you enjoy your Bloody Mary, Irish coffee, or mimosa, chow down on the Ocean Springs wrap, which contains shrimp, crab meat, scrambled eggs, scallions, and cheese.
25. MISSOURI // THE BRUNCHEONETTE
Location: Joplin, Missouri
Although The Bruncheonette has a small menu and tiny seating area, the flavors are larger than life. Start your day (Wednesday through Sunday) with half a bruleed ruby red grapefruit before moving on to the homemade drop biscuits with chorizo, bacon, and gravy. Or try their buttermilk pancakes topped with housemade 80-Acre beer syrup made with beer from Missouri-favorite Boulevard Brewing Company.
26. MONTANA // CAFE ZYDECO
Location: Multiple locations, Montana
This Montana cafe (with four locations in Helena, Billings, Missoula, and Bozeman) gives northern residents a convenient way to satisfy their cravings for deep-south Cajun cooking. Order the crawfish omelet and, if you happen to be there on a Saturday, try their ridiculously tasty beignets.
27. NEBRASKA // BAILEY'S
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Bailey’s provides Omahans with a casual place to dig into comforting, homemade food. Begin your breakfast with a bacon Bloody Mary or Bailey's coffee (named for the restaurant, but spiked with Bailey's Irish Cream), and try the Porkasaurus, a massive plate of ham steak, sausage links, Canadian bacon, Andouille sausage, bacon, red taters, eggs, a biscuit, sausage gravy, and cheese.
28. NEVADA // KIMMIE'S COFFEE CUP
Location: Reno, Nevada
Since 2011, Kimmie's has made dishes that feature fresh produce and never-frozen beef. Although the banana pecan pancakes are popular, you don’t want to miss the bacon avocado benedict, made with cherrywood smoked bacon.
29. NEW HAMPSHIRE // RIVERWALK CAFE & MUSIC BAR
Location: Nashua, New Hampshire
This café doubles as a music venue, and the coffee—fair trade and roasted on site—is just as heavenly as the live music is. Get the Chunky Spunky Monkey, a blend of espresso, chocolate, milk, banana, and peanut butter or try an egg sandwich with feta, spinach, tomatoes, and pesto.
30. NEW JERSEY // HIDDEN GROUNDS COFFEE
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Since 2013, Hidden Grounds Coffee has provided freshly ground coffee, espresso, and bakery items to hungry patrons. While the coffee is exceptional, you’ll want to nibble on some of the spot’s creative foods, like the banana chai loaf, or sandwiches like the spicy grilled cheese or the savory melty bagel egg and cheese with Sriracha and honey drizzle.
31. NEW MEXICO // TECOLOTE
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
This family-owned restaurant serves an authentic Southwestern breakfast. If you find yourself at Tecolote, order the Huevos Yucatecos, a corn tortilla with black beans, eggs, Swiss and feta cheese, pico de gallo, and fried bananas.
32. NEW YORK // JACK'S WIFE FREDA
Location: New York, New York
Although Jack’s Wife Freda is open all day, you’ll want to arrive early to order from the breakfast menu. This modern, healthy Mediterranean spot (with two locations in Manhattan) serves an excellent green shakshuka with challah toast, as well as poached eggs with grilled tomato and haloumi.
33. NORTH CAROLINA // STACKS KITCHEN
Location: Multiple locations, North Carolina
Luckily, Stacks (located in Waxhaw and Matthews) serves breakfast all day to hungry diners. While their omelets and skillets are popular, you can’t go wrong with the banana walnut waffles or chocolate chip pancakes topped with strawberries and whipped cream.
34. NORTH DAKOTA // LONNIE’S ROADHOUSE CAFÉ
Location: Williston, North Dakota
This café cooks hearty, down-to-earth breakfast staples like chicken fried steak, hash browns, and biscuits and gravy. The walls and ceiling are decorated with ads for local businesses, creating a unique dining atmosphere. Pro tip: Get a side order of the kielbasa.
35. OHIO // KATALINA'S
Location: Columbus, Ohio
At this café, housed in a 100-year-old gas station, you’ll probably be happy feasting on the Mexican French toast, made with brioche toast sticks with grated nutmeg, cinnamon, and Mexican chocolate. But make sure to also order Katalina’s trademarked Original Pancake Balls. The delicious doughy balls can be filled with Nutella, dulce de leche, pumpkin-apple butter, or strawberry jam.
36. OKLAHOMA // BRAMBLE BREAKFAST & BAR
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
This farm-to-table spot in downtown Tulsa takes typical breakfast fare and turns it on its head. Order Bramble's spiced apple steel cut oats (with brown sugar cream and smoked cashews) or the daily quiche, which is served with your choice of toast, duck fat fries, or a hash brown latke.
37. OREGON // THE VICTORIAN CAFE
Location: Bend, Oregon
Bend residents know that waiting in a long line for breakfast at The Victorian Cafe is totally worth it. Feast on creative dishes such as caramel apple French toast or Texas Hold'em Benedict, which features poached eggs alongside spicy barbecue pulled pork topped with ancho chili hollandaise sauce and fresh cilantro. And sip on a Bloody Mary or a mid- or man-mosa, their medium or large versions of mimosas.
38. PENNSYLVANIA // NANCY’S EAST END DINER
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
When owner Nancy Bielicki died in 2015 after 30 years of serving up home-cooked meals, new owners took over to continue the legacy of this neighborhood restaurant. Today, this Pittsburgh diner serves omelets, pancakes, French toast, and breakfast sandwiches. Order a bottomless cup of Tanzanian peaberry coffee or Nancy’s Breakfast Special (eggs, toast, and home fries or grits).
39. RHODE ISLAND // ELMWOOD DINER
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Elmwood Diner makes homemade comfort food that will quickly wake up your taste buds. The fried chicken and waffle, soaked in buttermilk and served with two farm eggs, makes for a hearty breakfast, and the corned tofu hash offers vegetarian diners a meat-free option. For a healthier experience, you can also substitute gluten-free pancakes, waffles, or toast and opt for real maple syrup over regular pancake syrup.
40. SOUTH CAROLINA // THE DEVINE CINNAMON ROLL DELI
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Cinnamon lovers rejoice! Run by a mother and son team, The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli sells cinnamon rolls (with vanilla butter whipped cream cheese icing) and orange marmalade sticky buns all day. Not sure which cinnamon roll flavor to get? Try the black pepper bacon maple glaze, banana foster, or apple cobbler. For those lacking a sweet tooth, the deli also serves breakfast sandwiches.
41. SOUTH DAKOTA // JOSIAH'S COFFEEHOUSE & CAFÉ
Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
At Josiah’s, the coffee is strong, the service is friendly, and the food will keep your belly full through lunchtime. Order a cappuccino or iced caramel macchiato and munch on a bowl of steel cut oatmeal, which comes with blueberries, banana, flax, and chia seeds.
42. TENNESSEE // BRYANT’S BREAKFAST
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Bryant’s begins serving breakfast bright and early at 5 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The grits breakfast bowl and cinnamon roll French toast are two standouts, but if you can’t decide on just one thing, Bryant’s has you covered. Order The Sampler, which includes three eggs, three biscuits, country gravy, grits, a potato patty, and a small serving of bacon, pork tenderloin, sausage, and country ham.
43. TEXAS // PARIS COFFEE SHOP
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Sip on coffee or orange juice between bites of French toast with turkey sausage or sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast tacos. Whatever you order, your appetite will be sated by the Paris Coffee Shop’s home-cooked meals, which they’ve been happily serving for 85 years.
44. UTAH // THE BAGEL PROJECT
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
The Bagel Project elevates the humble bagel to another stratosphere. Using a traditional fermentation process, the shop hand-shapes each bagel and eschews sugar, honey, eggs, and preservatives. Try a bialy (a baked roll with caramelized onions and poppy seeds) with a cup of kombucha.
45. VERMONT // DOWN HOME KITCHEN
Location: Montpelier, Vermont
Vermont probably isn’t the first place you’d think to go for Southern soul food, but Down Home Kitchen just might change that. After opening in Montpelier last year, it’s already wowed Vermonters with its Biscuit Benedict (served all day!) and country-fried chicken. Sip on a latte with a shot of maple or mocha, and try the homemade granola, made with Vermont maple syrup and honey.
46. VIRGINIA // DE CLIEU COFFEE & SANDWICHES
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
This spot serves coffee, espresso, cappuccino, and lattes made with beans from local, small-batch roasters. Once you’ve taken a bite of the Belgian waffle, sprinkled with chocolate chips and banana, or the broccoli cheddar quiche (on a homemade deep-dish crust) you’ll know you’ve come to the right place.
47. WASHINGTON // SAVOR CREPERIE
Location: Tacoma, Washington
Owned by a French Canadian chef, Savor Creperie is a crepe-lover's paradise. The crepe scrambles come with fresh fruit and are filled with meats, veggies, and cheese. Get a small French press filled with Valhalla French Roast coffee, and if you’re gluten-free, ask for your crepe to be made with rice flour.
48. WEST VIRGINIA // BLUE WHITE GRILL
Location: Martinsburg, West Virginia
At this all-American diner, sit at the counter or hop in a booth to enjoy a classic breakfast. The blueberry hot cakes and vegetarian omelet are particularly tasty, and the framed photo of Elvis Presley on the wall will make you feel as though you’ve traveled back to a simpler time.
49. WISCONSIN // MARIGOLD KITCHEN
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Marigold Kitchen uses fresh, local ingredients to create an extraordinary breakfast experience. Tired of regular old coffee? Order the hazelnut almond mocha or maple latte (made with pure Wisconsin maple syrup). Come hungry, too: You’ll want to devour the chili poached eggs. We also suggest the roasted sweet potato, kale, and basil walnut pesto hash.
50. WYOMING // THE BUNNERY BAKERY AND RESTAURANT
Location: Jackson, Wyoming
This bakery and restaurant has served baked goods like turnovers, scones, and flaky croissants to customers for four decades. Choose between a variety of quiches, omelets, and scrambles, and grab an O.S.M. roll, which contains oats, sunflower seeds, and millet, to take home.