America's Absolute Best Truck Stops for Breakfast

Three Images of Breakfasts From Truck Stops

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Three Images of Breakfasts From Truck Stops
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If you’ve ever gone on a road trip in the US, you’ll know that McDonalds and Arby’s are not your only options for sustenance. Truck stops, all-night diners and petrol station adjacent eateries offer a lot more than just fuel. They’re often some of the best places in town to grab a bite, especially when the sun has yet to rise. From hearty all-you-can-eat breakfasts and giant burgers, hearty Balkan fare and fresh Czechoslovakia pastries, these are some of our favorite finds using tips from Google reviews, Trip Advisor, trucker forums, and Reddit's trucker subreddit. As a bonus, many stops boast amenities, from showers and lounges to mini-museums. So, whether you’re a trucker or just on a road trip, these stops provide a welcome break from the miles of highway, serving up delicious meals to keep you going.

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Cevapcici, Balkan Grill Company, Gary, Indiana
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Balkan Grill Company

Gary, Indiana

Long-haul truckers have been pulling off the I-80 for years to stop by this humble yellow trailer and fill their tummies with authentic, hearty Serbian fare like their juicy Pljeskavica (they call it Gourmet Burger on the menu) that oozes spiced beef juices and mozzarella cheese served with a side of creamy kajmak (homemade cream cheese) to sustain them for the day. Opened by Serbian chef Momcilo Bogdanovic in 2014, everything here is made from scratch so don’t expect to get your meal in anything under 15 minutes.

Average Breakfast Cost: $15
How Far We’ll Travel: Considering you’re not going to find authentic Balkan food easily, a massive detour – like driving across three states – is not unreasonable. Other must-eats: the smoke-kissed, finger-sized Cevap served on freshly baked bread and their hand-formed pork kebabs.

Blueberry French Toast, Dysart’s, Hermon, Maine
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Hermon, Maine

Open 24/7 this stop is a go-to of seasoned truckers traveling Highway 2 and Interstate 95. They’re known for the “best pie in Bangor!” and for heaving breakfast plates like the Blueberry French Toast and classic Sausage and Homemade Biscuits.

Average Cost of Breakfast: $12.25
How Far We’ll Travel: Driving a couple of hours extra to have their best-selling chicken pot pie poutine and hot sandwiches won’t feel like a slog.

Brody’s Diner, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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Brody’s Diner

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

This low-key diner spot off Route 20 is so authentic, Jerry Seinfeld filmed an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee there. Known for their sizable portions, ordering a stack of Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes with one of their oversized mugs of coffee should do just the trick.

Average Cost of Breakfast: $8.99
How Far We’ll Travel: Depending on their specials – we’ve got our eye on pumpkin coffee and their cherry cordial pancake – we’ll happily drive out of our way for a meal there.

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Kolaches, Czech Stop & Little Czech Bakery, West, Texas
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Czech Stop & Little Czech Bakery

West, Texas

Open as early as 5 am, the freshly-baked sweet or savory Kolaches (pastry) from this well-known bakery off exit 353 pulls in big rig drivers looking to satisfy their sugar cravings. It helps that they’re sold solo, by the half dozen and dozen, plus the ​​savory Koblasniks (jalapeno, pulled pork, ground sausage, cheese) are the perfect on-the-go meal.

Average Breakfast Cost: $2.59
How Far We’ll Travel: Situated 200 miles between Dallas and Austin, we’ll drive across Texas for a dozen of their traditional poppy seed and strawberry cream cheese pastries.

24-Ounce Ribeye, The Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo, Texas
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The Big Texan Steak Ranch

Amarillo, Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas and their 72-ounce steak challenge definitely fits Texas-sized proportions. Eat it in under an hour and it’s free. Or if you’re not quite up to it, their ribs, brisket sandwiches and burgers get good reviews.

Average Cost of Breakfast: $16
How Far We’ll Travel: If you’re already on Route 66, this is an iconic stop to visit, and not just for breakfast!

Related: 19 Historic Route 66 Restaurants Worth a Pit Stop

Chicken Tamales, The Old Oak, Spring Hill, Tennessee
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The Old Oak

Spring Hill, Tennessee

Power up for a long day of driving by popping by this gas station-adjacent Mexican taqueria for some home-cooked tamales and tacos. Run by two sisters, the food is raved over by locals as the best Mexican in the area and especially for their Barbacoa and Pozole.

Average Cost of Breakfast: $12.50
How Far We’ll Travel: Would you drive more than 100 miles for authentic tamales? We would.

Boudin, Billeaud’s Meat & Grocery, Broussard, Louisiana
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Billeaud’s Meat & Grocery

Broussard, Louisiana

While not conventional breakfast fare, why wouldn’t you have some pork or crawfish boudin for breakfast? In business since 1889, they must be doing something right to keep customers coming back to them. For smaller appetites, order the Pork Boudin Balls or one of their plate lunches.

Average Breakfast Cost: $8.25
How Far We’ll Travel: Aside from their boudin, there’s something about their melt-in-your-mouth cracklin’ which we’ll cross state lines for. Don’t leave without taking home a bag with you.

Breakfast With Coffee, 209 Haywood Cafe, Waynesville, North Carolina
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209 Haywood Cafe

Waynesville, North Carolina

This country-style cafe adjacent to a Shell station has been described as a “gold mine off the highway” for its charming red-topped stool diner setting and extensive breakfast menu offering all forms of fluffy omelets, hearty breakfast plates like the Big Boy Breakfast with a 10oz ribeye and double stack pancakes.

Average Breakfast Cost: $9.99
How Far We’ll Travel: We’ll take that route via I-40 just to have some of their delicious biscuits and gravy served with a smile.

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Cuban Sandwich, Cafe 27, Southwest Ranches, Florida
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Cafe 27

Southwest Ranches, Florida

This truck stop/Tiki bar/biker hangout might be better placed for sunset drinks but it’s still a vibe during daylight hours. Have a taste of their Tostones (fried plantains and chimichurri), juicy Pan de Lechon, or their Cuban to start the day right.

Average Breakfast: $12.99
How Far We’ll Travel: They may be on the “edge of civilization” but you don’t have to go more than an hour outside of Miami to have a taste of their crispy Gator Bites and cult favorite, the Truck Stop Burger.

Giant Cinnamon Roll, Johnson’s Corner, Johnstown, Colorado
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Johnson’s Corner

Johnstown, Colorado

Named by the Food Network as one of the “top 5 truck stops”, this old-school diner is beloved for its giant cinnamon rolls that are still hand-rolled on site every morning. Have it together with one of their breakfast offerings like the Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs smothered in a delicious sausage gravy or the cinnamon roll french toast which is a local favorite.

Average Cost of Breakfast: $14
How Far We’ll Travel: Located between Denver and Fort Collins, we’ll make the drive over just to get our hands on one of those cinnamon rolls.

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Country Fried Steak and Eggs, 76th Street Diner, Byron Center, Michigan
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76th Street Diner

Byron Center, Michigan

This 24/7 truck stop restaurant just south of Grand Rapids off Highway 131 offers an affordable mix of American and Tex-Mex comfort foods including a $10 plate of "Monster" pancakes stuffed with sausage and bacon served with two eggs. For bigger appetites, the Big Rigger with three eggs, pancakes, French toast and choice of meat should do the trick!

Average Breakfast Cost: $7.99
How Far We’ll Travel: At their prices, it’s worth bookmarking this stop if you’re in the mood for hearty portions at affordable prices.

Monster Nacho Challenge, OverTime Grill, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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OverTime Grill

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

If you’re in the mood for a heaving plate of nachos for a late breakfast, make a beeline for this sports bar that has a Monster Nacho Challenge where for $22 if you can wolf down 5 pounds of nachos loaded with all the trimmings in 45 minutes, you’ll get it for free.

Average Cost of Breakfast: $22
How Far We’ll Travel: We’ll be honest, if we’re in the hood and in the mood for a lot of nachos, we’ll make the effort to find this spot.

Chicken Saag, Taste of India, Omaha, Nebraska
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Taste of India

Omaha, Nebraska

Tell us the sound of fresh garlic naan and creamy butter chicken doesn’t sound enticing after an overnight drive. This roadside truck stop diner off Interstate 80 serves exactly that and a wide variety of Indian dishes including a popular Combination Biryani and Chicken Tikka.

Average Cost of Breakfast: $15
How Far We’ll Travel: It’s not unheard of for diners to have driven across the Cornhusker State to have a taste of their curries and meat samosas.

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Lumberjack Breakfast, Little America, Flagstaff, Arizona
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Little America

Flagstaff, Arizona

Long haul truckers rate this spot for the all-American menu and dependable breakfast orders of Chorizo and Eggs, the Denver Omelet with hash browns and toast.

Average Cost of Breakfast: $10.99
How Far We’ll Travel: Since they’re situated in various locations (Salt Lake City, Wyoming), there’s a good chance you’ll have a sit-down meal at one.

Old Time Country Kitchen & Buffet, Tallapoosa, Georgia
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Old Time Country Kitchen & Buffet

Tallapoosa, Georgia

When you’ve been behind the wheel for a while and feel like a good old Southern breakfast this popular trucker stop has the goodies for you. Their buffet has all the Southern favorites, think fried chicken, full flavored roast beef, cornbread fried green tomatoes and for under $20.

Average Cost of Breakfast: $14.59
How Far We’ll Travel: If you’re in the area and have a big appetite but are wallet conscious, this buffet will give you a good bang for your buck.

South of the Border, Hamer, South Carolina

Honorable Mentions

1. South of the Border,  Hamer, South Carolina

When you’ve been driving all night, sometimes stopping at an OTT, tacky one-stop-shop is exactly what you need. They’ve got an amusement park, a 200-foot tower with 360-degree views, and a massive indoor reptile enclosure. Food-wise, you can load up on fluffy omelets, Belgian waffles, hearty Mexican fare, and a couple of scoops of ice cream.

2. Iowa 80, Walcott, Iowa

How could you not stop at the “World’s Largest Truckstop”? The size of a suburban mall complete with a chiropractor, dentist, food court, trucking museum, and movie theater, it’s the perfect pit-stop to rest, refuel, and revive. For want of nothing else, you’re sure to find something you like from their gigantic buffet.

3. Clearwater Travel Plaza, Clearwater, Minnesota

What can’t you find at this classic truck stop destination located between the Twin Cities and St. Cloud? There’s an arcade, bakery (trust us, have the oversized donuts from Nelson Bros. Restaurant & Bakery), restaurant, cocktail bar, trucker’s lounge; in short, everything you need whether you’re pulling an all-nighter or heading to your weekend cabin.

4. Boise Stage Stop, Boise, Idaho

Established in 1891, it’s one of the oldest continually operating businesses in Idaho and also one of the best-loved truck stops in the US. There are a variety of cuisines on offer at the restaurant, including Mexican, classic American, and Italian, but it’s best known as a fantastic steakhouse.

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