HOW WE CHOSE
To determine our list of 51 breakfast dishes, PEOPLE worked with Yelp editors to identify their online reviews that focus on breakfast. Those restaurants were ranked according to a variety of factors, including total volume as well as user feedback and scores.
BuuzzCatz Coffee & Sweets
Stop by for coffee but stay for the Cinnamon Roll topped generously with a sticky, sweet glaze—or order a breakfast sandwich made with the pillowy pastry.
Snow City Cafe
The Deadliest Catch combines two popular eggs Benedict options on one plate: an Alaskan king crab cake and a smoked-salmon cake, each perched on a toasted English muffin.
With a bright and colorful interior, this spot keeps fans coming back for an upbeat vibe and its Southwest Sunrise: fresh tomato, avocado, arugula, cheese and ginger aioli, topped with a sunny-sideup egg and served open-faced.
Try the thin, crispy Norwegian Waffle (traditionally made in a heartshaped iron) with toppings like lemon curd and sour cream or Nutella and banana.
This hole-inthe-wall serves generous portions of Mexican dishes—including Chilaquiles with scrambled eggs, “rodeo” crispy potatoes, roasted jalapeños, beans and salsa.
Lucile’s Creole Cafe
Lucile’s is known for Louisiana-inspired fare like beignets— puffy, deep-fried donuts covered in powdered sugar and served hot.
The Corner Restaurant
Don’t miss the African Hash, a spicy beef-andlentil mixture served on an English muffin and topped with poached eggs, potato shoestrings and creamy béarnaise sauce.
Indulge in the sinful Caramel Apple Pancakes, baconstudded with roasted apples and topped with housemade saltedcaramel sauce.
Yolk, White & Associates
Located on the Riverwalk, this food cart serves up big flavors for small prices. The Cajun Frittata is made with andouille sausage, poblano pepper, onion, white cheddar and sour cream and served with owner Dylan Frechet’s creamy grits—all for $4.50.
In the city’s charming, historic downtown district is a little slice of Paris. The Atlantic sandwich is a fresh, buttery croissant filled with smoked salmon, tzatziki cream, cucumber and organic mixed greens.
Fans rave about this restaurant’s beautifully presented food, especially the French Croque Monsieur—a crispy ham and cheese sandwich on thick, buttery bread.
At this farm-to-table breakfast spot, the Rosemary Toast with jam and lemon curd is loved as much as the main dishes.
Ovo Frito Cafe
Latin-inspired dishes make up much of the menu at this fave near Northwestern University, where students queue up for Derek’s Favorite: two eggs over chorizo, potato hash, jalapeños and red pepper, topped with chihuahua cheese, chipotle ketchup, sour cream and guacamole.
Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery
One of the house specialties is the Cinnamon Roll French Toast served with freshly made cream-cheese icing, dusted with powdered sugar and served with a generous helping of fresh fruit.
La Mie Bakery
House-made breads and healthy breakfast options attract many diners, but vegans praise the Chickpea Scramble, an egg-free dish with zucchini, asparagus, spinach and avocado.
The only thing better than the laid-back vibe of this local fave is soaking it up while eating the Banana Bread French Toast, battered banana bread topped with candied apples, pecans and apple butter.
This tiny, bustling spot is known for its Chilaquiles Con Huevos: corn tortilla chips, tomatillo green salsa, crema, pickled onions and queso fresco topped with fried eggs.
Liz’s Where Y’at Diner
Born in New Orleans, owner Liz Munson serves up the much-loved Debris Benedict, a grilled biscuit topped with roast-beef hash, caramelized onions and a poached egg drizzled with hollandaise sauce.
Market Street Eats
A staple of the Old Port District for more than 15 years, the restaurant serves the Buddha—fried eggs, bacon, spinach, avocado and cherrypepper relish wrapped in thin, toasted Syrian pita.
Water for Chocolate
Chef Sean Guy specializes in soul food with a twist, including brunch staple BBQ Shrimp & Parmesan Grits with jalapeño corn bread.
The father-and-son team deliver cozy comfort food like their Crème Brûlée French Toast with house-made applecinnamon syrup and crème fraîche.
Le Andos Cafe
It’s a pancakepalooza at this tiny spot, where Oreo Pancakes are stuffed with cookie chunks and topped with more cookies, milk chocolate and white chocolate syrups.
The Smoked Salmon Hash Skillet returns to the fall menu just in time for chilly temps. It comes with sugar maple-wood-smoked salmon (made in the Grill’s smokehouse), fingerling potatoes, fried egg and hollandaise sauce.
The Grind Coffee and Nosh
With great cappuccino and quick breakfast sandwiches, this is a good option for a meal on the go. Sausage, Egg & Cheese Panini is served on a buttery croissant.
Diners don’t mind waiting for a table at this contemporary industrial spot as long as they can get their hands on the famed Corn Bread Benedicts with smoked pork belly.
Set inside an old school building that now houses an art center, this restaurant attracts locals looking for a “yumtwist, ”owner Sarah Faye’s take on innovative flavor pairings, particularly Huevos Rancheros, which come out on top.
Expect to wait at least an hour at this hip joint with locally sourced coffee and plenty of vegan options— although it’s the Eggs Benny with braised short rib, jalapeño jam, poached eggs and hollandaise that steals the show.
It’s counter service only at this familyrun spot, where huge portions of everything from chilaquiles to Steak and Eggs are cooked quickly to perfection right in front of you.
The Sunrise Shack
Nestled in the White Mountains, this local diner serves bottomless coffee alongside Got the Blues Flappin’ Jacks studded with fresh blueberries and served with pure maple syrup
Friendly service and great prices keep people coming back to this no-frills joint, where the Corned Beef Hash and Eggs gets raves.
At this bustling spot, Huevos Rancheros are the standout. Yellow corn tortillas and eggs are topped with cheddar cheese and a choice of green or red chile sauce—both made in house every morning—and served with hash browns.
Dottie Audrey’s Bakery/Kitchen
Avocado Toast with pickled vegetables, cumin, cilantro and chia seeds is one healthy option that fuels hikers on their way to Harriman State Park.
Abeja’s House Cafe
This cafe emphasizes Latin flavors—like its signature Huevos Rancheros with eggs, tomatillo salsa, roasted potatoes, refried black beans, chorizo, feta, avocado cream sauce and corn tortilla strips—while prioritizing local and organic ingredients.
The Shack on Broadway
If you’re in the mood for something warm, sweet and delicious, try the bestselling gooey Caramel Roll. Be sure to get there early, though, because the popular pastries usually sell out fast
Maplewood Kitchen and Bar
Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, which are served with fresh seasonal fruit, berry compote and local syrup, are one of the favorite dishes at this restaurant ofering West Coast-style cuisine.
The Del Cid family are the heart of this Guatemalan restaurant, where specialties like Machaca— scrambled eggs mixed with limebraised beef, tomatoes, onion, jalapeño and cilantro—keep locals loyal.
The hungry flock to this English breakfast spot for its egg sandwiches. Pick #10 for beef brisket, hash browns, fried egg, cheddar and smoked-tomato sauce served on a British bap (a pillowy bread roll).
Cafe Le Maude
At this Lebanese-French gem, try the Parisian Zá—an open-faced croissant layered with ham, warm goat cheese, avocado, caramelized onions, jalapeños and drizzled with trufe oil.
Megs’ Aussie Milk Bar
Meghann Bugden McGrath fell in love in Australia, then returned to her hometown to open this “milk bar” (Australian for snack bar), where her Avocado Smash with diced tomato, lemon and onion on toasted sourdough has won a legion of American fans.
The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli
While diners with a sweet tooth may opt for mini cinnamon rolls, those craving a savory meal know the Pimento Cheese Grits Bowl is the way to go.
A nod to the chefs’ heritage as well as the local surroundings, skogen means “the forest” in Norwegian. But no translation is needed to describe their savory Ma & Paul Pancakes—with fried chicken, hot sauce and maple syrup—and a simple directive: “Trust us.”
Crockett’s 1875 Breakfast Camp
Named after frontiersman David C. “Crockett” Maples, who served in the Tennessee Cavalry, this rustic cabin eatery serves its Black Bear Camp Skillet: pecan-smoked bacon, country or sugar-cured ham and two farm-fresh eggs.
The huge menu offers something for everyone, but Very Berry Pancakes—with strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries topped with mascarpone and vanilla—is a fave.
Zion Blues Cafe & Roasting Co.
A respite among chain restaurants, this cafe is lauded by locals for its hearty Breakfast Burrito and eclectic artwork.