The Best Brunch Spot in Every State

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Updated May 31, 2024
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When you just can’t decide whether you want breakfast or lunch — or you really want a mimosa at 11 a.m. — brunch is the move.

The midday meal mashup has become so popular that restaurants all over the country are jumping at the chance to up their brunch game.

We scoured the web for ratings and reviews to find the top brunch destinations in each state — and they’re all absolutely worth stepping up your travel game if you’re passing through.

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Alabama: Big Bad Breakfast (Birmingham)

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With a James Beard Award-winning chef, a menu packed with delicious Southern breakfast and lunch staples, and a top-notch Bloody Mary, Big Bad Breakfast has become a massive hit with several locations across Alabama (and a few other Southern states).

Alaska: Snow City Cafe (Anchorage)

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Snow City is a top Anchorage destination where brunch lovers can enjoy breakfast all day long.

Locals and visitors alike love it (according to thousands of Yelp reviews), and their selection of benedicts, from the classic to the Kodiak (made with king crab cakes), is a particular hit.

Arizona: Snooze, an A.M. Eatery (Phoenix)

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Snooze has a few locations around Arizona and is loved for putting its own spin on breakfast classics.

Some top brunch options include the Parmesan-Panko Crab Cake Benedict, the Signature Pancake Flight, and the packed Snooze Breakfast Burrito.

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Arkansas: The Root Cafe (Little Rock)

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From their delicious biscuit breakfast sandwiches to the “Root Benny” to big, fluffy butternut pancakes, the Root Cafe’s brunch menu is stacked.

It’s a welcoming Little Rock gem with a dedication to sourcing ingredients from local farms and producers.

California: République (Los Angeles)

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République, which is housed in a historic building originally commissioned by Charlie Chaplin in 1929, is known for its high-end dinner, but it shines during brunch as well.

It’s got your French cafe staples, like quiche and a croque madame, plus some surprises like kimchi fried rice.

Colorado: Root Down (Denver)

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With an eclectic atmosphere and a brunch menu packed with booze and breakfast delights, it’s no wonder Root Down’s Yelp page is filled with glowing reviews.

They offer excellent twists on classic brunch dishes like the Cubano Benedict and Fried Chicken & Goat Cheese Biscuit.

Connecticut: The Engine Room (Mystic)

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Located in the restored Lathrop Marine Engine building and offering stunning views of the Mystic River, the Engine Room is a top-notch burger joint with a fantastic Sunday Brunch.

The menu offers delightful twists on classics like the “Hangover Burger” and “Cheeseburger Hash.”

Delaware: Egg (Rehoboth Beach)

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Whether you’re looking for some brunch classics, a unique twist on breakfast items, or the perfect place to begin day drinking, Egg is a great place for all three.

Yelp reviewers particularly love the Sriracha Bacon Candy and the Eastern Shore Benedict.

Florida: The Circle at The Breakers (Palm Beach)

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For a high-end brunching experience, the architectural wonder that is The Circle at The Breakers Resort offers a luxury-soaked continental breakfast experience.

Guests pay a flat fee and get access to tables full of delicious brunch items, from Belgian waffles to a caviar station.

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Georgia: West Egg Cafe (Atlanta)

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Located in the White Provision Residences building, West Egg Cafe is known for its Southern classics and its breakfast all-day policy.

From fried chicken hash to the churro waffle, this Atlanta Institution can satisfy all brunch cravings (and the drinks menu is quite extensive as well).

Hawaii: Heavenly Island Lifestyle Waikiki (Honolulu)

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There are plenty of places to grab delicious brunch in stunning and lively Waikiki.

But thousands of reviews on Yelp point to Heavenly Island Lifestyle as a go-to spot, whether you’re in the mood for a colorful acai bowl, Big Island French Toast, or a local Benedict special.

Idaho: Goldy's Breakfast Bistro (Boise)

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With over 1,000 glowing reviews on Yelp, it’s clear that Goldy’s is a Boise gem for locals and visitors alike. Visitors praised the restaurant for its great service, excellent coffee, massive breakfast menu, and excellent portions.

Illinois: The Hampton Social (Chicago)

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With its “Rose All Day” lounge and coastal-inspired menu, The Hampton Social has a breezy, beachy feel despite being in the middle of downtown Chicago.

The brunch menu has something for everyone, from a seafood tower to a fried chicken stack to “Anchor Shots.”

Indiana: Milktooth (Indianapolis)

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Over the past decade, Milktooth has become an Indianapolis staple.

With an award-winning chef and a dedication to local ingredients, their small but mighty brunch menu has won over locals and visitors. The “Dutch Baby” pancakes are a particular favorite.

Iowa: Americana (Des Moines)

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Americana’s menu is packed with Midwest comfort food — and their “Bombshell Brunch Buffet” is an absolute must-try if you’re in the Des Moines area.

The buffet has a mix of American breakfast and lunch classics and the option to do an “Endless Eats & Drinks” package.

Kansas: The Chef (Manhattan)

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For more than 50 years, The Chef has been the go-to breakfast spot in the Manhattan area.

Whether you’re looking for a classic omelet, some chicken fried steak and eggs, an imaginative take on the Benedict, or even a “Manmosa,” The Chef has got you covered.

Kentucky: Wild Eggs (Louisville)

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Known for its hospitality and delicious takes on breakfast classics, Wild Eggs has quickly become a go-to brunch spot in the Louisville area.

Try their breakfast burrito, huevos rancheros, and “Potato Head” casserole (honorable mention: the “Flamin’ Hot” Bloody Mary).

Louisiana: Elizabeth's (New Orleans)

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There’s no shortage of delicious drinking and dining spots in the Big Easy, but Elizabeth’s is a brunch fan favorite.

The menu is packed with Southern classics and unique takes on breakfast favorites — like the “Redneck Eggs,” “French Toast Burrito,” and “Bayou Breakfast.”

Maine: Bayside American Cafe (Portland)

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For more than 30 years, the stunning Bayside American Cafe has been a Portland staple.

From their “sweet breakfast” options to their huge selection of scrambles and benedicts, it’s a go-to spot for American brunch classics.

Maryland: Miss Shirley's Cafe (Baltimore)

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Miss Shirley’s is the go-to brunch spot in Baltimore, and thousands of Yelp reviews prove it.

Their plates are (almost) as pretty as they are delicious, and they’re known for a few specialties — like the crab hash and fried green tomato benedict and coconut cream-stuffed French toast.

Massachusetts: Milkweed (Boston)

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Milkweed is a brunch staple in Boston, so it’s best to head over early if you plan to check it out on a weekend.

Their breakfast menu is simple but stacked with scrambles, omelets, egg sandwiches, and pancakes of all sorts, and it is served until 4 p.m.

Michigan: The Hudson Cafe (Detroit)

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In the past decade or so, The Hudson Cafe has grown to be a downtown Detroit favorite.

Its delicious and diverse brunch menu has something for everyone, from red velvet pancakes to savory crepes to corned beef hash.

Minnesota: Hell's Kitchen (Minneapolis)

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Brunch is available every day at Hell’s Kitchen in Minneapolis, and its eclectic menu and unique takes on classic dishes — like the Bison Benedict and the Lemon-Ricotta Hotcakes — are what keep customers coming back.

Mississippi: Patio 44 (Biloxi)

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Patio 44 has three locations around Mississippi: Biloxi, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg.

It offers all your brunch classics, with a focus on seafood and Southern cooking (think biscuits and gravy, crab cake benedicts, and beignet bites).

Missouri: The Bellwether (St. Louis)

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As hundreds of Yelp reviewers will tell you, The Bellwether is an excellent place to kick back and relax with some delicious, hearty brunch options.

Some of their specialties include biscuits and gravy, bacon fried rice, and harvest hash.

Montana: Cateye Cafe (Bozeman)

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Visitors love the fun and funky atmosphere at the Cateye Cafe in Bozeman, but they appear to love the stacked breakfast menu even more.

With an array of breakfast sammies, pancakes, French toast, and banana bread, the Cateye crew is all about comfort food.

Nebraska: Saddle Creek Breakfast Club (Omaha)

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Saddle Creek Breakfast Club is small but mighty and has garnered quite a reputation in the Omaha area for its delicious brunch menu.

Yelp reviewers love their bloody marys, standard breakfast platter, and Dos Salsas de Maria.

Nevada: Egg & I (Las Vegas)

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With more than 5,000 glowing reviews on Yelp, it’s clear that Egg & I is a standout in the saturated Vegas market.

With a massive breakfast menu, there’s something for brunchers of all sorts — but the prime rib benedict and country fried steak special are top picks.

New Hampshire: The Friendly Toast (Portsmouth)

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With fabulous, funky decor and a “brunch and bar all day” policy, it’s easy to see why The Friendly Toast is a favorite in the Portsmouth area.

They offer an array of small and large (or “monster”) breakfast plates, and you can even order a flight of their brunch drinks.

New Jersey: Life Pancake Company (Jersey City)

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There’s a reason Life Pancake Company is jam-packed every weekend.

With an authentic Jersey diner feel, a menu packed with breakfast/lunch classics, and unique creations like pancake wraps, it’s quickly becoming a top spot in a hot Jersey City dining scene.

New Mexico: Tia Betty Blue's (Albuquerque)

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It’s all about the New Mexico staples at Tia’s — with delicious breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros, enchiladas, and more.

Rumor has it the burritos are so massive you may need a few minutes to digest, but they also have a line of espresso drinks if you need an extra boost.

New York: Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant (New York City)

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Over the past 20 years, Clinton Street Baking Company has become a Lower East Side staple (as the nearly 6,000 raving Yelp reviews prove).

The brunch menu is packed with classics like chicken and waffles and breakfast platters — and you can even get a spiked milkshake.

North Carolina: Biscuit Head (Asheville)

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Biscuit Head isn’t your typical brunch, but with a dedication to Southern cooking and utilizing local fare, it’s become so popular that it now has several locations around the Carolinas.

The menu is simple: biscuits, your choice of gravy, breakfast sides, and, of course, brunch drinks.

North Dakota: The Shack on Broadway (Fargo)

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The Shack on Broadway prides itself on its homestyle cooking — and offers an excellent breakfast menu all day.

It’s a popular spot, so expect to wait if you visit on a weekend, but their stacked breakfast plates, fluffy pancakes, and excellent omelet selection are worth it.

Ohio: Katalina's (Columbus)

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With more than 1,000 raving reviews on Yelp, Katalina’s has become a go-to brunch spot in Columbus.

The pancake balls are a particular hit on the menu of Latin and Southern-inspired dishes.

Oklahoma: Neighborhood Jam (Oklahoma City)

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Great food and great vibes have made Neighborhood Jam into an Oklahoma City hotspot.

You may be waiting for a while to be seated for weekend brunch, but whether you’re looking for a big bad burrito, shrimp and grits, some simple oats, or a mimosa flight, it’ll be well worth it.

Oregon: Tasty N Alder (Portland)

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Tasty N Alder has two locations in Portland (in the Pearl District and on the Eastside), and thousands of Yelp reviews touting its excellence.

They specialize in Southern cooking, and for brunch, you can get everything from chicken and biscuits to apple-rhubarb crumble pancakes.

Pennsylvania: Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat (Philadelphia)

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Honey’s mashes together Southern influence with East Coast classics, with a menu that Yelp reviewers (thousands of them) rave about.

From their very Philly “Breakfast Hoagie” to “Dad’s Hobo Hash” to their “Challah French Toast,” you really can’t go wrong with the brunch options.

Rhode Island: Nicks on Broadway (Providence)

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Nicks prides itself on using fresh, local ingredients, and the restaurant’s Yelp page is packed with happy customers.

Their brunch menu is full of breakfast classics, plus some unique takes on favorites — like their honey chili chicken biscuit and mushroom pesto mozzarella grilled cheese.

South Carolina: Magnolias (Charleston)

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With nearly 3,000 glowing reviews on Yelp to prove it, Magnolias has become a staple in the Charleston area and is beloved for its upscale Southern-style dishes.

The brunch menu is packed with all the fried chicken, grits, and breakfast classics you could possibly want.

South Dakota: Josiah's Coffeehouse, Cafe & Bakery (Sioux Falls)

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In bustling downtown Sioux Falls, Josiah’s serves their delicious breakfast menu all day long — making it the ideal brunch spot (bonus: you can bring your dog to brunch, too).

Plus, from biscuits and gravy to the breakfast quesadilla, the breakfast menu has something for everyone.

Tennessee: Loveless Cafe (Nashville)

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The Loveless Cafe has been a staple in Nashville since it opened its doors in the ‘50s.

They serve breakfast all day and offer Southern staples like chicken and waffles, the country ham platter, and even build-your-own biscuit sliders.

Texas: Bangers Sausage House & Beer Garden (Austin)

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While Bangers is more of a traditional beer garden, it does have a top-notch Sunday brunch.

It’s not your average breakfast (think bacon beignets and breakfast sausage samplers), but they have plenty of brunch drinks to choose from — and they’ll serve your dog a “woofwurst.”

Utah: The Park Cafe (Salt Lake City)

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For more than 40 years, The Park Cafe has been a top-notch “breakfast all day” spot in the SLC area.

Their “French Toast Foolishness” platter and the huevos rancheros appear to be particular favorites (according to nearly 2,000 glowing Yelp reviews).

Vermont: The Gryphon (Burlington)

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The Gryphon may be laid-back, but the food is top-notch, particularly for brunch. From the prime rib benedict to the biscuits and gravy, the brunch menu is stacked.

Whether you’re going for the Gryphon bloody mary or the Vermonter coffee, day drinking is encouraged as well.

Virginia: The Bee and The Biscuit (Virginia Beach)

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From the “Dirty Hippy Burrito” to the “Orange Zest Ham Biscuit,” the brunch menu at The Bee and The Biscuit is rich and eclectic.

The menu is packed with breakfast classics as well and Yelp reviewers (over a thousand of them) couldn’t get enough of the coffee and cocktails either.

Washington: The Fat Hen (Seattle)

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A small cafe with a big reputation, The Fat Hen offers unique breakfast and lunch menus and an eclectic mix of coffees, teas, wines, and beers.

The menu is small but doesn’t miss — and Yelp reviewers were particularly impressed with the Shakshuka skillet.

West Virginia: First Watch (Charleston)

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First Watch is a go-to breakfast and brunch spot in Charleston, whether you’re looking for a healthy option like the power wrap, something fresh from the juice bar, or a decked-out breakfast platter like the Tri-Fecta (tri being a healthy dose of bacon, eggs, and waffles).

Wisconsin: Blue's Egg (Milwaukee)

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Voted Milwaukee’s best when it comes to brunch and bloody Mary’s, Blue’s Egg has been serving up excellence (eggcellence?) for nearly 15 years.

While they’ve got all your breakfast classics, Blue’s Egg really shines in the stuffed hash browns department.

Wyoming: Eggington's (Casper)

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A cozy joint to grab brunch when in Casper (or passing through), Eggington’s breakfast menu is simple but spectacular.

From the traditional benedict to their array of “Griddle Creations” (aka stacked waffles and French toast), they do breakfast/brunch right.

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