The Best Brunch Spot in Every State
Move over, breakfast! For endless mimosas and hearty egg dishes, here are the best brunch spots in the country.
SpringHouse, Alexander City
Kicking off the best brunch list is Spring House, a rustic eatery led by James Beard semi-finalist Rob McDaniel. The menu is constantly changing, but you can always rely on its “simple and honest” Southern breakfast staples.
Snow City Cafe, Anchorage
This Anchorage restaurant might serve more poached eggs than anywhere else in Alaska. In fact, some people say Snow City Cafe poaches an average of 100 eggs per day! Eat like the locals by ordering a Kodiak Benedict made with King Crab Cake.
Scottsdale takes its brunch very, very seriously. Case in point: Tanzy. This brunch spot was created by three-time James Beard Award winner Sherry Yard. Everything’s good here, but we recommend ordering a “Brunch Box.” It’s one entree plus your choice of coffee, tea, juice or breakfast cocktail.
Eleven At Crystal Bridges, Bentonville
Located in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, this restaurant topped OpenTable’s best brunch list in 2017. Try one of its signature dishes like the Lafayette, which consists of butter-toasted ciabatta bread with layers of country ham, Swiss cheese and cheddar sauce.
République, Los Angeles
Walter and Margarita Manzke are some of the brightest culinary stars in the West Coast. On the weekend, you can enjoy a savory brunch at their Los Angeles restaurant, République. Sample the Kimchi Fried Rice, which is served with beef short rib, pickled radish, sesame seeds and soft poached eggs.
Denver Biscuit Co., Denver
This Denver spot has appeared on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and other Food Network shows. It took Drew Shader and his team six months to perfect the biscuits, so brunch here won’t disappoint.
Learn all about DDD host Guy Fieri’s favorite foods (they’re off the hook).
Family style’s the name of the game at Elm City Social. It doesn’t get better than the Early Nachos: homemade potato chips, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and a gooey layer of cheese.
(Elm City Social is “nacho” only way to eat chips! Here are 20 nacho recipes for snack lovers.)
Deerfield Golf Club, Newark
On Sundays, the golf course and wedding venue turns into a bruncher’s paradise. Dubbed “Delaware’s Best Brunch Experience,” Deerfield boast a table of fresh seafood along with crisp, chili-infused bacon and an Instagram-worthy doughnut wall.
S3, Fort Lauderdale
Short for “Sun, Surf and Sand,” S3 serves up some scrumptious brunch. Indulge your sweet tooth with S3’s bacon-toffee monkey bread, which is served hazelnut fluff gelato.
Chicken and The Egg, Marietta
At Chicken and The Egg, brunch is not a one-course kind of meal. This Georgia gem offers plenty of pre-brunch bites, including pimento cheese fritters and black-eyed pea hummus.
Hau Tree Lanai, Honolulu
Located in the Kaimana Beach Hotel, this spot offers sweeping waterfront views and a delicious brunch al fresco. Order the Loco Moco, Hau Tree Lanai’s unique blend of ground chuck, pork sausage and corned beef hash.
Don’t have a trip to Hawaii on your calendar? Take a “taste-cation” instead.
For anyone who’s in Boise, you need to check out this farm-to-table favorite. Guests can make a custom Bloody Mary and / or mimosa before chowing down on the Dungeness crab scramble.
(Idaho also has one of America’s best farm tours.)
Longman & Eagle, Chicago
Spending a long weekend in Chicago? Head out to the trendy Logan Square neighborhood and dine to the nines at Longman & Eagle. This Michelin-starred gem has a duck hash that’s love at first bite.
Eggshell Bistro, Carmel
You can get a pipin’ hot cup of joe at any brunch spot, but Eggshell Bistro’s blends are special. The restaurant partners up with Four Barrel Coffee, which is consistently one of the country’s Top 10 coffee roasters.
Americana, Des Moines
There’s no shortage of options at Americana’s weekend Bombshell Brunch. Guests can choose from over 40 options, including a stop at the grilled cheese station and a mashed potato bar.
Urban Table, Prairie Village
Torn between sweet and savory for brunch? At Urban Table in Kansas, you can have both! Its Waffle Sliders are a unique blend of cheddar cheese, over-easy eggs, morning potatoes and bacon-praline syrup.
Travel + Leisure called Louisville one of the best brunch cities in the country. There are so many great brunch places to choose from, but we have a soft spot for Harvest. This award-winning spot has a helping of three-cheese grits that is the epitome of #FoodGoals.
Brennan’s, New Orleans
You can’t go to the stylish French Quarter in New Orleans without checking out Brennan’s. A local institution since 1946, Brennan’s is famous for inventing the beloved Bananas Foster. (Make your own Bananas Foster with this recipe.)
Eventide Oyster Co., Portland
You can never have too many lobster rolls in Maine. Eventide has a Lobster Roll Benedict that gives diners a brunch-worthy take on the classic dish.
To take on lobster at home, here’s our best recipe plus a step-by-step guide.
Artifact Coffee, Baltimore
Why limit brunch to the morning? Artifact Coffee lets you enjoy breakfast or brunch all day long! Order a boozy D.I.Y. Espresso and hearty cereal made with local grains. It’s no wonder Baltimore is the number one best city for coffee in the nation.
Saltie Girl, Boston
As the winner of the Boston Globe‘s 2018 “Munch Madness” competition, Saltie Girl is a no-brainer. You might never have plain toast again once you’ve had a helping of Snow Crab toast, complete with pistachios, stracciatella and, of course, avocado.
Gandy Dancer, Ann Arbor
Take brunch to the next level with Gandy Dancer’s Sunday buffet. Available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you’ll have your choice of eggs, pastries and much, much more.
Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis
There’s a reason why Thrillist named Spoon and Stable one of the best restaurants in the country in 2015. From red wine-poached eggs to mushroom tartine, this Minneapolis spot is packed with brunchy options. Oh—did we mention it has a crepe cake? It’s a gorgeous dessert made of (what else?) layers upon layers of crepes.
Bravo! Restaurant & Cafe, Jackson
With a slew of accolades from TripAdvisor, OpenTable and Yelp, stopping by Bravo! is a no-brainer. For brunch, embrace the restaurant’s Italian roots with a cheesy and delicious breakfast pizza.
Café Sebastienne, Kansas City
For a meal and a show, head over to Café Sebastienne. Nestled in the Kemper Art Museum, you can enjoy the currant scones and au courant art all in one visit.
The Fieldhouse, Billings
There’s something for everyone at Ben Harman’s family-friendly restaurant. The young ones will love Loaded Tater Tots, covered in bacon and egg yolks, and adults can unwind with a mimosa bucket.
Le Bouillon, Omaha
Though Le Bouillon draws in crowds on any given night, its weekend brunch should not be missed. Order the kaiserschmarrn, a traditional Austrian pancake topped with berry butter, fresh fruit and whipped cream.
Giada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas is known for its unapologetic glitz—and brunch is no exception! Backed by celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis, Giada is home to great food and beautiful views of the Strip. To sample everything, order the brunch tasting menu. It gives you three starters, a choice of entree and dessert.
Tops Diner, East Newark
Established in 1942, Tops Diner is known for its comfort food breakfast. To try a little bit of everything, order George’s Combo Special, which features two eggs, smoked applewood bacon, home fries, sausage and pancakes.
Tune-Up Cafe, Santa Fe
At first glance, Tune-Up Cafe looks like any other restaurant, but Time Out has called this a brunch spot to watch. So what’s good here? The huevos rancheros are severed with chile sauce and a melted layer of Jack cheese. Yum!
Balthazar, New York
New York has delicious brunch spots in every neighborhood, but Balthazar is a favorite among tourists and locals alike. Tucked in Manhattan’s trendy SoHo neighborhood, Balthazar is a place to see and be seen—all while munching on a delectable homemade pastry.
Print Works Bistro, Greensboro
OpenTable named Print Works Bistro one of the best brunch spots of 2018. We’re already craving the sausage and roasted tomato omelet, made with goat cheese, potatoes and fresh basil.
Kroll’s Diner, Bismarck
North Dakota draws a lot of its food inspiration from German culture—so it’s no surprise the hearty menu at Kroll’s Diner is a crowd favorite.
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The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland
There’s no shortage of innovation at Greenhouse Tavern. The Tabasco-laden chicken and waffles would be a safe choice, but we encourage adventurous eaters to try the Face & Eggs, which is a roasted pig head with fried eggs.
Museum Cafe, Oklahoma City
Located in Oklahoma City’s Museum of Art, the Museum Cafe is more than a tourist trap. This cafe landed a spot on OpenTable’s prestigious “100 Best Brunches in America” list for 2017. On Sundays, you can enjoy a plate of salmon lox tartine and bevy of boozy beverages.
Tasty n Sons, Portland
Who says you have to have waffles or eggs during brunch? Chef John Gorham’s menu has plenty of dishes inspired by his travels, but his cheeseburger is a favorite among the brunch crowd.
High Street on Market, Philadelphia
Who doesn’t love a good breakfast sandwich? With rave reviews from Zagat and Bon Appétit, this spot is known for its yummy breakfast sandwiches. Keep it classic with Bacon, Egg and Cheese, or up the ante with the Hickory Town, a mouth-watering mix of bologna, mayo, fried onion and Amish horseradish cheddar.
The Grange, Providence
Vegetarians, this one’s for you. The Grange is packed with a bunch of plant-based dishes. Even carnivores will love the Thai Shakshuka, which is eggs cooked in a flavorful tomato sauce topped with peanuts and cilantro.
Poogan’s Pooch, Charleston
Want a side of history with your brunch? Poogan’s Porch is located in a house that dates back to the 1800s and has been a hot spot for celebs and politicians for more than40 years. You can’t go wrong with a Southern classic like waffles and fried chicken or shrimp and grits.
All Day Cafe, Sioux Falls
It doesn’t get any sweeter than Sioux Falls’ All Day Cafe. There’s one standout dish that’s coated in citrus rum caramel, vanilla bean whipped cream and fresh berries—no wonder it’s called OMG French Toast.
Pinewood Social, Nashville
Pinewood Social serves up a cross between eggs Benedict and a Reuben sandwich. Many people call it the ultimate hangover cure!
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La Condesa, Austin
At La Condesa, Chef Rick Lopez marries Mexican street food with brunch. Favorites include duck fat braised potatoes and huevos Condesa, complete with a homemade tortilla, fried egg and poblano chiles.
Oasis Cafe, Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City’s Oasis Cafe uses fresh ingredients to whip up some brunch classics, like coffee cake and fluffy buttermilk pancakes. Eat on the flower-laden patio when you have the chance!
Rustic Roots, Shelburne
No trip to Vermont is complete without some maple syrup. At Rustic Roots, order yourself a plate of baked blueberry pancakes and pile on the Highland Sugarworks maple.
Rustic Roots is only open Wednesday through Sunday, so plan ahead.
Lulu’s is known to be packed on the weekends but trust us: It’s well worth the wait. Once you’re seated, get the best brunch ever started with a round of homemade bloody Marys.
Talk about a meal with a view! OpenTable dubbed this a spot for the best brunch and the most scenic restaurant in America. Enjoy bottomless mimosas for $10 as you take in the stunning view of Elliott Bay.
Bluegrass Kitchen, Charleston
A mimosa is a mimosa, right? Not at Bluegrass Kitchen. This Charleston spot makes its drinks with bubbly Cava. Go ahead, pair it with a deep-dish quiche (made with local eggs).
The perfect brunch spot for cheese lovers. Start with an order of cheese curds, which get their gooey texture from being flash fried in vodka, and then move onto a crispy breakfast sandwich made with gooey brick cheese.
The Busy Bee Cafe, Buffalo
Tucked in Buffalo’s Occidental Hotel, the Busy Bee Cafe has been a local gem since 1927. If you’re looking for a dish that will keep you full until dinner, try the Occidental French Toast, which Thrillist says is a big as a prairie dog. Now that’s a meal!