Best Brunch in Every State
OksanaKiian/istockphoto
Best Brunch in Every State
OksanaKiian/istockphoto

Best of Brunch

What's not to love about a meal that combines the best of breakfast and lunch and, in some cases, bottomless mimosas or a bloody Mary bar? We researched where the best brunch in each state can be found, looking at reviews from expert food writers and thousands of hungry customers, online rankings, and yep — some personal experience. Find out where you should go and what you should be ordering, including everything from breakfast classics like eggs and waffles to regional twists like reindeer sausage.

Related: The Most Indulgent Buffet in Every State

Galley and Garden in Birmingham, Alabama
GalleyandGarden/facebook.com

Alabama: Galley and Garden

Birmingham
What to get: Gulf shrimp and grits
Galley and Garden has delicious offerings like chilaquiles verdes, cranberry orange stuffed French toast, and a salmon cake Benedict. Located in a grand, historic house, the restaurant also serves a shrimp and grits dish that captures the southern spirit of the setting.

Snow City Cafe in Anchorage, Alaska
Wyatt G./yelp.com

Alaska: Snow City Cafe

Anchorage
What to get: Kodiak Benedict
In business for more than 20 years, Snow City offers locally inspired brunch specials made with reindeer sausage, and also uses snow crab in its omelets and smoked sockeye salmon in its salmon cakes. The Kodiak Benedict pairs its poached eggs with red Alaska king crab cakes for a welcome twist.

Morning Glory Café in Phoenix, Arizona
Raj S./yelp.com

Arizona: Morning Glory Café

Phoenix
What to get: Julia's chicken enchiladas
The Farm at South Mountain uses the Morning Glory Café as its farm-to-table patio restaurant. The house-smoked trout board and chilaquiles made with house tomatillo salsa are worth a look, as are the popular weekend-only chicken enchiladas, which stuff corn tortillas with chicken, house-made salsa verde, melted cheese and two over-easy eggs.

Rick's Bakery in Fayetteville, Arkansas
David P./yelp.com

Arkansas: Rick's Bakery

Fayetteville
What to get: Sausage roll
Rick's Bakery built its reputation as a bakery (there's also a second location in Rogers). However, if you're hungry for more than pastry, their smoked sausage filled with cheese and encased in a homemade bread roll should hit the spot.

Outerlands in San Francisco, California
Adena B./yelp.com

California: Outerlands

San Francisco
What to get: Dutch pancake
While the sticky buns and fennel sausage-fueled biscuits and gravy at Outerlands are worth trying, save room. At this cafe tucked in a laid-back, surf-infatuated corner of San Francisco, the Dutch pancake, served sweet with apples, walnuts, and Greek yogurt, or savory with Dungeness crab, sour cream, and fresh herbs really stands out. 

Jelly in Denver, Colorado
NomNom N./yelp.com

Colorado: Jelly

Denver
What to get: Maple bacon donut bites
Jelly has playful retro cereal boxes on the wall and serves up hash, Benedicts, and some fine coffee, too. If you're not up for a full breakfast, get some Mexican chocolate, cinnamon sugar, Thai peanut, lemon-filled, or — naturally — jelly-filled doughnut bites. Try the maple bacon for a sweet-savory experience.

Elm City Social in New Haven, Connecticut
Elm City Social/yelp.com

Connecticut: Elm City Social

New Haven
What to get: Early nachos
Elm City Social has made brunch tapas its focus, so have your pick of the "social plates." Street corn, jerk-chicken tacos, and deviled eggs are available, along with single-serve red velvet waffles and lobster scrambled eggs. But for a great start to your day, try the early nachos: House-made kettle chips topped with bacon, spicy sausage, scrambled eggs, and more.

8th and Union in Wilmington, Delaware
8thandunionkitchen/facebook.com

Delaware: 8th and Union

Wilmington
What to get: Gluten-free chicken and waffles
This Vietnamese- and Australian-inspired gastropub has unique brunch choices like pho and a breakfast banh mi sandwich. The gluten-free chicken is more traditional, dredged in buttermilk, dipped in a rice-flour batter, and served over a gluten-free waffle with egg, ham, and béarnaise. Enjoy with a mango mimosa or Vietnamese coffee.

Fontana at the Biltmore in Coral Gables, Florida
LeeBetsy P./yelp.com

Florida: Fontana at the Biltmore

Coral Gables
What to get: The Sunday Champagne brunch
Fontana at the Biltmore has been doing a brunch buffet fountainside for more than 80 years. This isn't just some bagels-and-Benedict bar: This is unlimited Champagne, caviar, fresh-carved lamb, Alaskan king crab legs and a chocolate fondue fountain. That's just a minor sampling of what $90 buys you.

Holeman & Finch in Atlanta, Georgia
Kaung S./yelp.com

Georgia: Holeman & Finch

Atlanta
What to get: Cheeseburger
Holeman & Finch has roasted bone marrow, sweetbreads and fried oysters, but burger lovers know this spot makes just 24 burgers at the beginning of each meal service, so they're gone quickly. Miss out? Luckily, the griddled double cheeseburgers topped with red onion and house-made pickles are also available all day at spin-off locations.

Longhi's in Maui, Hawaii
Jo L./yelp.com

Hawaii: Longhi's

Maui
What to get: Banana macadamia nut pancakes
For more than 40 years, Longhi's has had access to some of the freshest fruit available anywhere and has stocked its breakfast with fresh strawberries, passionfruit, papaya, and Maui pineapple. You can have the fruits juiced at the juice bar or try them as sides to the banana macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup.

Bacon
Yulia N./yelp.com

Idaho: Bacon

Boise
What to get: Boise Basin omelet
Downtown Boise's Bacon offers five different varieties of bacon and claims to move eight tons of it each year. Bacon serves up its namesake in mac & cheese, lasagna, and paninis. The meat isn't quite as unexpected in a Boise Basin omelet, next to some cheese, onion, and pepper. 

Lou Mitchell's Restaurant & Bakery in Chicago, Illinois
Natalie K./yelp.com

Illinois: Lou Mitchell's Restaurant & Bakery

Chicago
What to get: Belgium malted pecan and bacon waffle
More a diner than restaurant or bakery, Lou Mitchell's will make just about anything you order (there are three Benedicts and six breakfast meats on the menu), but the pecan and bacon waffle hits the right balance of sweet and savory. Also, if you ever find yourself waiting in line for brunch here, you'll do so with a complimentary cup of coffee and some free donut bites.

Milktooth in Indianapolis, Indiana
Allison F./yelp.com

Indiana: Milktooth

Indianapolis
What to get: Dutch baby
With Milktooth serving two mimosas (including a beer-mosa) and a bloody Mary in "for the table" sizes, some food is a must. The menu is dense, but their rotating take on the Dutch baby pancake — which was recently paired with chocolate chips, lemon curd, rice crisps, Maldon sea salt, and mint — is a good start.

Pullman Bar & Diner
Pullman Bar & Diner/facebook.com

Iowa: Pullman Bar & Diner

Iowa City
What to get: Corned beef hash 
Pullman Bar & Diner owner Cory Kent insists on local, organic eggs, and his menu features lots of them. The Croque Madame, the huevos (a take on huevos rancheros), and breakfast tacos all stand out, but the hash, made with house-made corned beef, potatoes O’Brien, soft-cooked egg, and sauce mornay, is a classic that can't go wrong.

Banjo's Cafe in Topeka, Kansas
Its B./yelp.com

Kansas: Banjo's Cafe

Topeka
What to get: Chicken-fried steak bowl
Banjo's has made dishes like chicken-fried chicken, kitchen-sink omelets, biscuits and gravy, and daily meatloaf brunch staples in Topeka, but the chicken-fried steak bowl is both inexpensive and delicious. Golden chicken-fried steak is combined with fried potatoes, onions, sausage gravy, two eggs and either toast or pancakes for only about $11.

Please and Thank You
Joanne C./yelp.com

Kentucky: Please and Thank You

Louisville
What to get: Chive Ass Biscuit 
There are multiple Please & Thank You locations throughout Louisville, but any of these bakeries/coffee shops/record stores is a great stop for a light breakfast. The Chive Ass Biscuit, a combination of local eggs, chive biscuit, Vermont cheddar, apricot jam, and peppercorns, is worth a spin if you see it on the menu.

Commander's Palace in New Orleans, Louisiana
Christine W./yelp.com

Louisiana: Commander's Place

New Orleans
What to get: Bloody Mary
Commander's Palace opened its doors to New Orleans in 1883, and this world-famous restaurant lives up to its reputation. The 16-hour barbecued pork shoulder over buttermilk biscuits is delicious, but a Bloody Mary that gets its vodka from a bottle stored in an ice block by your table is a treat unto itself.

Central Provisions
Central Provisions/facebook.com

Maine: Central Provisions

Portland
What to get: Breakfast burger
This James Beard Award-winning eatery has an expansive, ever-changing menu that puts a breakfast burger topped with egg, bacon, and fried onion next to yellowfin tuna crudo and foie gras parfait. Central Provisions and its neighbors in Fore Street's de facto restaurant district have helped transform the town into a foodie destination.

Blue Moon Café in Baltimore, Maryland
Stephanie S./yelp.com

Maryland: Blue Moon Café

Baltimore
What to get: Bacon and apple pancakes
While the three crab Benedict dishes at Blue Moon are tasty, such crab-centric food is to be expected in Baltimore. The bacon and apple pancakes buried in this menu, however, outshine the scrambles, burritos, and Benedicts that take center stage on the menu.

Lee's in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Amanda L./yelp.com

Massachusetts: Lee's

Gloucester
What to get: Lee's omelet
Lee's has served the fishermen, townspeople, and tourists of Gloucester for generations. The Lumper Special once preferred by local fishermen is now simply called The Big Breakfast (four eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, toast and a griddle item), but some fundamentals don't change. The bread is still made at local bakery Virgilio's, and the muffins are baked in-house. Order Lee's omelet, which, along with broccoli, mushroom, onions, and cheese, gets its flavor from Linguica, a Portuguese sausage. 

The Laundry in Fenton, Michigan
Susan Y./yelp.com

Michigan: The Laundry

Fenton
What to get: Bacon and brie hotcakes
The Laundry does its best to emulate Paris in the middle of The Mitten. The pork 'n' porridge, breakfast pizza, and Applewood ham steaks may not be incredibly Parisian, but they're joined by a tempting menu of more than 110 cocktails. The bacon & Brie hotcakes are a nod to European flavor.

Spoon And Stable in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Emily Phuong L./yelp.com

Minnesota: Spoon and Stable

Minneapolis
What to get: Crepe cake
Layers of crepe topped with seasonal fruit are a fine glimpse into what awaits you on the rest of the menu. Bison tartare, red wine-poached eggs, and a duck egg omelet are just some of the options, though the buttermilk waffle with roasted rhubarb is the closest you'll get to the perfection of the crepe cake.

Big Bad Breakfast in Oxford, Mississippi
Lauren R./yelp.com

Mississippi: Big Bad Breakfast

Oxford
What to get: The Low Country 
Though Big Bad Breakfast has spread to Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina, it got its start here in Mississippi. Head to the skillet portion of the menu and get the Low Country, a scramble of eggs, shrimp, andouille sausage, onions, peppers, tomatoes, hash and cheddar.

The Bruncheonette in Joplin, Missouri
Robin W./yelp.com

Missouri: The Bruncheonette

Joplin
What to get: Buttermilk pulled-pork pancakes
The Bruncheonette has just nine items on its brunch menu, and its dining area is similarly cozy. However, from Wednesday through Sunday, you can get eggs Benedict dishes, poutine, crepes, Hawaiian French toast, or half a bruleed ruby red grapefruit. Our pick? The buttermilk pancakes topped with pulled pork and doused with 80-Acre beer syrup.

Cafê Zydeco in Helena, Montana
Hongtat T./yelp.com

Montana: Café Zydeco

Helena
What to get: Crawfish omelet
This Cajun mini-chain with locations in Helena, Billings, Missoula, and Bozeman is filling a need for Cajun food in biscuits-and-gravy country. The breakfast menu of egg sandwiches and wraps is served all day. The three-egg omelet with pepper jack cheese is smothered in crawfish etouffeé and could only be more authentic if served with beignets, which are an option on Saturdays only.

Petrow's in Omaha, Nebraska
petrowsrestaurant/facebook.com

Nebraska: Petrow's

Omaha
What to get: Nebraska's Best Waffle Breakfast
Petrow's has been serving Nebraskans since 1903, and it's one of the few places where you can get an Omaha potato casserole of sausage, eggs, bacon, Swiss cheese, hash browns, onions, tomatoes, and peppers. If you want to stay true to the legacy of the place, however, Nebraska's Best Waffle Breakfast combines a homemade malted waffle with homemade black walnut ice cream, walnuts, and maple syrup.

The Cup Café in Reno, Nevada
Ly S./yelp.com

Nevada: The Cup Café

Reno
What to get: Bacon avocado Benedict
The Cup has used fresh produce and beer to make its diner breakfasts since 2011. The Cup's extensive menu features cherrywood-smoked bacon, and the bacon avocado Benedict showcases everything The Cup does right.

The Local Moose Café in Manchester, New Hampshire
Maria Y./yelp.com

New Hampshire: The Local Moose Café

Manchester
What to get: Free Ranger egg sandwich
The Local Moose Cafe uses free-range eggs, nitrate-free bacon, local greens, Vermont cheddar, and seasonal toppings on a house-made brioche bun for its Free Ranger egg sandwich. The cafe puts more thought into its sandwiches and coffee (roasted in nearby Amherst) than most people put into their taxes.

Raymond's in Montclair, New Jersey
Victor J./yelp.com

New Jersey: Raymond's

Montclair
What to get: Raymond's French toast
Raymond's opened in 1989 in a state with hundreds of diners, but stood out thanks to its location on the most picture-perfect street in Montclair, and a menu stocked with premium ingredients (and prices) other diners wouldn't match. Thirty years later, Raymond's has built an empire on fluffy french toast with fresh fruit and Berkshires maple syrup.

Farm & Table
Joel C./yelp.com

New Mexico: Farm & Table

Albuquerque 
What to get: Enchiladas and eggs 
It's not every restaurant that has a farm in the backyard. Farm & Table does, and that should clue visitors in to what they'll find on the menu: lots of locally sourced ingredients, which change with the growing season. For the Saturday and Sunday brunch, there are sweet and savory options, including the enchiladas and farm-fresh eggs, served with pinto beans, and Tucumcari cheese rolled in a corn tortilla and served with red or green chile.

Shopsins in New York, New York
Mike C./yelp.com

New York: Shopsins

New York
What to get: S'mores Stuffed Cakes
Featured in the 2004 documentary "I Like Killing Flies," Kenny Shopsin and his restaurant can seem cantankerous, but also comforting. The Shopsins menu is so dense that it has a table of contents, so know that the greatest item amid the mess is a pile of chocolate chip pancakes stuffed with marshmallow, Nutella, and graham crackers.

Beasley's Chicken & Honey in Raleigh, North Carolina
Courtesy of tripadvisor.com

North Carolina: Beasley's Chicken & Honey

Raleigh
What to get: The Reunion
It's difficult to go wrong with fried chicken, especially if it's your mom's recipe and uses a hint of honey. Chef Ashley Christensen brines the bird, dips it in buttermilk, dredges it in flour and cooks it in a pressure fryer. You can have it with waffles, and it's also featured in The Reunion sandwich, where the chicken is placed in a buttermilk biscuit and topped with a fried egg, cheese, and Tabasco sauce.

Fried's Family Restaurant in Mandan, North Dakota
David S./yelp.com

North Dakota: Fried's Family Restaurant

Mandan
What to get: Caramel roll
Fried's has heartier fare like hamburger steak, biscuits and gravy, and Trucker's Hash — two eggs with hash browns, diced sausage, onions, and toast or pancakes — but the prize offering is the caramel roll. It's listed as a side, but this brown-sugar glazed treat is available by the dozen if you order a day in advance.

Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland, Ohio
Chad D./yelp.com

Ohio: Greenhouse Tavern

Cleveland
What to get: Face & Eggs
There is a lot of house-smoked bacon at the Greenhouse Tavern. But if you're brave, order the half of a pig's head with barbecue sauce, fried eggs, and a brioche bun for $56. If you don't want your food to stare at you, the pancakes are always there.

Packard's New American Kitchen in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Candice H./yelp.com

Oklahoma: Packard's New American Kitchen

Oklahoma City
What to get: Eggs Cochon
Sitting in a former Packard automobile dealership, Packard's mixes eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, and chicken biscuits with more updated brunch fare like crab beignets, crunch-berry french toast and eggs cochon — a Benedict that adds pulled pork verde to the mix. If they'll let you add some donut bread pudding from the dessert menu, do so.

The Roxy in Portland, Oregon
Yasue A./yelp.com

Oregon: The Roxy

Portland
What to get: Egg-A-Mooby Muffin
Drag queen legend Roxy LeRoy Neuhardt's legacy is alive and well on the walls of The Roxy, a 24-hour diner where photos of Neuhardt and others are on display. The Roxy has no booze, but has a menu laden with naughty Hollywood references and the Egg-A-Mooby Muffin: One egg on an English muffin, fried hard, topped with Tillamook cheddar and a choice of either bacon, sausage patty, or deli sliced ham, and served with hash browns.

Sabrina's in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jean C./yelp.com

Pennsylvania: Sabrina's

Philadelphia
What to get: Stuffed challah French toast
Sabrina's has five locations in the Philadelphia metro area, but the brunch menu at each one fixes on its marquee dish: challah-bread french toast stuffed with cream cheese, bananas, and honey and topped with bananas and vanilla-bean syrup. Hotter places have opened (and closed) in Philly since Sabrina's debuted in 2001, but Sabrina's is the gold standard.

Duck and Bunny in Providence, Rhode Island
Donald S./yelp.com

Rhode Island: Duck and Bunny

Providence
What to get: New York System hot wiener omelet
This "snuggery" in an 18th-century building is almost too cute, but the Duck and Bunny's daily brunch means business. A selection of Benedicts and crepes is on the menu each day, but the New York System hot wiener omelet is filled with hot dogs, chili, cheddar cheese, celery salt, and yellow mustard — and it's a Rhode Island classic.

Johnny D's Waffles and Benedicts
Luci B./yelp.com

South Carolina: Johnny D's Waffles and Benedicts

Myrtle Beach
What to get: Red Velvet Waffle
With a menu so dense you "could come daily for months and never order the same thing twice," it can be hard to choose. But if you've got a sweet tooth, go with the red velvet cake batter waffle — wowed over by multiple online reviews — which is drizzled with cream cheese icing and topped with cinnamon sugar & butter. 

Tally's Silver Spoon
Haley B./yelp.com

South Dakota: Tally's Silver Spoon

Rapid City
What to get: Tally's Original
Tally's has been feeding Rapid City for more than 60 years, but its most recent owners added luxury items like smoked salmon Benedict and Duck Duck Goose (sweet potato with onions, duck confit and gooseberry jam topped with foie gras and a sunny-side-up egg) to the menu. What they didn't change was a pancake with bacon or sausage and one egg for $5.

Silo in Nashville, Tennessee
SILO/yelp.com

Tennessee: Silo

Nashville
What to get: Hot chicken sliders
Silo has a 13-item brunch menu, not including sides or booze, and its small-sandwich take on Nashville hot chicken is definitely memorable. Served with pickle and slaw on ranch biscuits, the sliders are a savory option. For something sweeter, check out the scratch-made mini scones or the buttermilk beignets, served with homemade jam.

State of Grace
State of Grace Restaurant/facebook.com

Texas: State of Grace

Houston
What to get: Carne guisada & eggs 
Beignets, cinnamon rolls, Dutch babies, deviled eggs, and huevos rancheros all make appearances on the State of Grace menu. However, the carne guisada & eggs, a short rib served with rice, cheesy beans, jalapeño, and tortillas can almost guarantee you won't eat again until dinner.

The Bagel Project in Salt Lake City, Utah
Fiona F./yelp.com

Utah: The Bagel Project

Salt Lake City
What to get: Bialy
It isn't as if The Bagel Project doesn't use traditional fermentation to make the bagel dough, but they don't use sugar, honey, eggs, or various preservatives. The bagels hold up, but it's the bialy (a hole-free bagel with caramelized onions and poppy seeds where a hole should be) that has made this spot a success.

Down Home Kitchen in Montpelier, Vermont
downhomevt/facebook.com

Vermont: Down Home Kitchen

Montpelier
What to get: River Benedict
Southern soul food is at the heart of Down Home Kitchen, but it also serves familiar Northeast fare. The omelets may come with grits and collard greens, but they are filled with Vermont cheddar and homemade maple sausage. The River Benedict serves poached eggs with a buttermilk biscuit and fried green tomatoes, but there's still hollandaise sauce, bacon and local syrup, if you like.

Early Bird Biscuit Company in Richmond, Virginia
Hannah H./yelp.com

Virginia: Early Bird Biscuit Company

Richmond
What to get: Ham biscuit
Early Bird Biscuit Company is one of the few brunch spots that acknowledges its surrounding region and sometimes adds Old Bay seafood seasoning to the biscuits. Biscuits come with a big helping of Virginia cured country ham, too. This place isn't open on Sundays, so try to snag a spot in line on Saturday.

The Maltby Cafe in Maltby, Washington
Jason L./yelp.com

Washington: The Maltby Cafe

Snohomish 
What to get: Cinnamon roll
The Maltby Cafe has been in business for 30 years and pulls in customers with big plates of eggs Benedict, potatoes and eggs, egg scrambles and griddle items. However, the cafe's pride and joy is a plate-sized cinnamon roll oozing with frosting and walnuts. If you're forced to wait for a seat, visit the cup-shaped coffee stand outside until your name is called over a schoolhouse loudspeaker.

Vandal's Kitchen
Vandal's Kitchen/facebook.com

West Virginia: Vandal's Kitchen

Fayetteville
What to get: The PBC Sandwich
On the spot of the former Vandal's Tavern, which fed the people of this mining town 200 years ago, Vandal's Kitchen slings chicken and waffles, braised kale, and chicken barbecue, but also leans heavily on updated fare like avocado toast, Mediterranean omelets and hummus plates. However, the PBC — pimento cheese, thick-sliced bacon and a fried egg on a soft roll — reigns supreme.

Marigold Kitchen in Madison, Wisconsin
Ka L./yelp.com

Wisconsin: Marigold Kitchen

Madison
What to get: Chili-poached eggs
The Marigold has an extensive menu for its Saturday and Sunday brunch, ranging from griddle items like citrus ricotta pancakes to duck confit hash. However, a plate of chili-poached eggs, French rosemary toast, prosciutto and manchego cheese can be had for less than $10.

Nora's Fish Creek Inn in Wilson, Wyoming
Tuy Anh P./yelp.com

Wyoming: Nora's Fish Creek Inn

Wilson
What to get: Banana bread French toast
Nora's Fish Creek Inn was founded in 1982 and sells the most expensive item on its breakfast menu — a New York steak with two eggs — for $16. The rest of the menu is populated with local trout, huevos rancheros, sweet rolls, chicken-fried steak, and more. But don't miss the French toast made with the inn's house-made banana bread and sprinkled with confectioners sugar.