There are tens of thousands of restaurants that serve breakfast in the United States. We’ve narrowed that list down to 101, no easy task. A handful of these restaurants are the sort of fancy, white-table-cloth place you bring your Gram and Mom for Mother’s Day, but well over half of our picks fall into the casual, inexpensive, high-volume restaurant, where you can get a fluffy stack of pancakes, French toast, and perfect omelets (what makes a perfect omelet is up for debate at a later juncture). Sixteen of the restaurants who made our list consider themselves “American diners”. Dare we say they’re making a comeback?
Since many of these places are serving upwards of 1000 guests in a short 3-4 hour timeframe, refer to these tips to help get you out of the waiting area and saddled up to a short-stack ASAP:
Time is of the Essence: Arrive early, before 10am y’all.
Size Matters: Parties of 2 to 4 get seated faster than larger parties. That’s because Tetris-like magic has to happen to get a party of 6+ into a small restaurant.Patience is a Virtue: On the weekends, the wait is an hour plus. Come by, put your name on the list, go for a stroll, and get a text when your table is ready.
Order: Save the fried egg and toast for tomorrow’s breakfast. Order the signature dishes! You waited 30+ min for breakfast…you’ve earned it.
Here are our recommendations for The Most Important Meal Of The Day. And if we forgot your favorite breakfast restaurant, let us know your favorites in the comments.
101 Great Breakfasts in the U.S.