The Best Brunch Spot in Every State
Gathering a group of friends together and going out to brunch has become many people’s go-to weekend plan. After all, it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in a thick piece of syrup-laden French toast and sip on mimosas or Bloody Marys midday. But then comes the question of where to go to find exactly which restaurant serves the best brunch. What do you do? Where do you go?
Methodology: In order to conquer such a difficult feat as pinpointing the best place for brunch in every state, we relied on the data team at Yelp to assist. Of course, no such list can be 100 percent exhaustive. All businesses considered for this metric had to fall within the “Breakfast & Brunch” category as specified on Yelp. They determined the best one in each state using an algorithm that assesses both the number of reviews as well as the star rating each business accumulated.
Check out this list of the best brunch places in the U.S., and then make sure to hit up your state’s winning place to see just how worthy it is for yourself.
The Hound (Auburn, Alabama)
Some bars that just do brunch right—and The Hound in Auburbn, Alabama is one of them! Since they are famously known for their bacon and bourbon, order the Maple Bacon “Cinnabuns,” which is made with smoked bacon and maple bourbon caramel sauce. According to Yelp, they’re only open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday starting at 9:30 a.m.
Snow City Cafe (Anchorage, Alaska)
While some restaurants only serve brunch on the weekends, Snow City Cafe offers brunch all week long! You can order as early as 7 a.m. and according to multiple Yelp reviewers, you better order the eggs Benedict with either smoked salmon or Alaskan King crab!
Baja Cafe on Campbell (Tucson, Arizona)
Yelp reviewers are raving about the Baja Cafe on Campbell in Tucson! With 559 reviews and a 4.5-rating, it is one of the most beloved spots in Arizona. People especially love their Snickerdoodle pancakes and the numerous varieties of eggs Benedict.
Southern Food Company (Fayetteville, Arkansas)
According to one Yelp reviewer, this is a “great brunch spot” with “complex cuisine that never disappoints.” Southern Food Company offers brunch Tuesday through Friday until 10:30 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday until 2 p.m. The weekend menu is even longer than the weekday, with classic southern dishes like Pork Huevos Rancheros and Shrimp and Grits.
Early to Rise (San Francisco, California)
Maybe it’s the fact that Early to Rise is constantly changing their menu that has customers coming back again and Yelp reviewers rating it highly. Located in San Francisco, this brunch spot offers 2-3 brunch menus at a time with a fixed menu for each. Choose your “menu” for $25 and get served everything on the menu. In the fall of 2019, Early to Rise served an Eggs Richmond Brunch (with homemade jelly donuts), a Strawberry Pancake Brunch, and Scratch-Made Bagels and Lox Brunch!
Denver Biscuit Co. (Denver, Colorado)
It may not be your typical brunch spot, but with a whopping 3,357 reviews and 4.5-star rating on Yelp, Denver Biscuit Co. is certainly a favorite in Colorado. You can order a biscuit in the form of a sandwich, a biscuit plate (like Biscuits + Gravy or Biscuit Pot Pie), or keep it sweet with a Giant Biscuit Cinnamon Roll!
The Corner Restaurant (Milford, Connecticut)
You could pop into any diner or restaurant for a weekend brunch, but at The Corner Restaurant in Milford, they specialize in making the most extravagant brunch plates possible. Some customer favorites on Yelp include the African Hash (spicy beef and lentil hash on an english muffin with poached eggs) and the Malaysian Spiced Pulled Pork (served with eggs and crispy fried onions).
Egg (Rehoboth Beach, Delaware)
Cozy up right off the coast of Rehoboth Beach at Egg, a beloved breakfast spot in Delaware. One Yelp reviewer says this place is “so yummy. Everything was beautifully presented and tasted better than it looked.”
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Ambar (District of Columbia)
Get the best of Balkan cuisine in Washington D.C. at Ambar, a popular brunch spot according to Yelp, that is also located in Belgrade! For $39 you can get the Balkan Experience which includes an “endless selection of all plates and brunch drinks” for two hours. However, if you do choose the experience, you must do so for the entire table. They also have the same format for their Bottomless Balkan dinner!
Café Tu Tu Tango (Orlando, Florida)
While everyone in Orlando is spending their time over at Disney World or Universal, the locals can’t get enough of Café Tu Tu Tango on Yelp. Order Tango’s Bottomless Brunch for $26 and pick from the create-your-own taco bar, a waffle station, and your choice of dish from their scratch kitchen. Top it off with $16 bottomless Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar!
Hen Mother Cookhouse (Johns Creek, Georgia)
If you’re looking for quality southern-style brunch in Georgia, Hen Mother Cookhouse is exactly where you want to be. Even though the menu is subject to change, their Fluffy Brown Butter Buttermilk Pancakes tend to be a highly photographed dish over on Yelp. Why? Because these pancakes are the size of an entire cake themselves—each!
Over Easy (Kailua, Hawaii)
On the smaller Hawaiin island of Ohau, you can find Over Easy, a cozy spot that strictly serves breakfast and lunch. One Yelp reviewer wrote, “I’m giving this place 5 stars not only for the outstanding fresh food, but for the people working there and the great atmosphere! We sat at the counter and got a fantastic “show” of the precision preparation of the unique menu items. Some of the cooks and bull cooks were true artists!”
Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro (Boise, Idaho)
Looking for a classic breakfast spot to get a lazy late-morning brunch? Gold’s Breakfast Bistro, with 800 reviews and a 4.5-star rating on Yelp, is where you need to go! Located in Boise, this restaurant serves egg dishes with hashbrowns the size of the plate, pancakes so big they’re tipping off the plate, and of course, boozy mimosas.
Ovo Frito Cafe (Evanston, Illinois)
Located north of Chicago, and in the heart of Northwestern’s domain, is the little brunch spot called Ovo Frito Cafe. And Yelp reviewers can’t get enough of it! Customers especially love their Cornflake-Crusted French Toast and Derek’s Favorite Eggs.
Rize (Indianapolis, Indiana)
In the heart of Indiana’s bustling city is Rize, an eclectic brunch spot with the most picturesque food. Yelp reviewers specifically mention ordering their filling breakfast sandwiches, the huge brioche cinnamon roll with orange glaze, the farmhouse waffles (served with maple whip, brown butter, and bacon crumbles), and the farm eggs.
Pullman Bar & Diner (Iowa City, Iowa)
Served on Saturday and Sunday only, Pullman Bar & Diner brunch menu is probably one of the most extensive we’ve seen. Get your choice of a breakfast—or lunch—dish with some brunch cocktails, a Pullman Bloody Mary, or even a French Press Counter Culture Coffee. One Yelp reviewer says it’s their “official go to spot now when I’m in town for work. Atmosphere: soft lighting, 1940’s diner feel with dark red booths, beautiful black and white patterned tile floor, marble bar counter tops. Great service. Great music, too. Comfortable spot to enjoy a meal when you’re far from home.”
Doo-Dah Diner (Wichita, Kansas)
Not only was Doo-Dah Diner rated the best diner in the state, but it’s also highly rated for their brunch! The eggs Benedict is a customer favorite, and some Yelp reviewers also rave about their monkey bread.
Con Huevos (Louisville, Kentucky)
If you’re looking for a killer plate of Huevos Rancheros, Con Huevos in Louisville is the place you need to be. But if you’re not the biggest fan of egg dishes, Yelp reviewers also love their pancakes. Served with fresh fruit and a beautifully placed fruity syrup, these look like the fluffy pancakes of your dreams.
Commander’s Palace (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Looking for a decadent spot to grab brunch in New Orleans? Skip the line at Cafe Beignet and snag a seat over at Commander’s Place. While this place is a bit pricier than most brunch spots, the fame and history of this classic spot is what keeps customers coming back. One Yelp reviewer says “honestly, for this quality and given the fame, it’s pretty affordable.”
isa (Portland, Maine)
Brunch may only be served on Saturday and Sundays between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., but it’s enough for this particular restaurant to snag the best brunch spot in Maine. One Yelp reviewer says this spot “reminds me of a cute brunch spot located in Greenwich Village in New York.” The eggs Benedict are a favorite, and if you’re feeling extra bold, order them with lobster.
Water for Chocolate (Baltimore, Maryland)
According to Yelp reviewers, you have three options when dining at Water for Chocolate for brunch: The Raisin Bread French Toast, the Crab Quesadilla, or the Sweet Potato Polenta. No wonder they are the most popular dishes, how could you choose?
Barcelona Wine Bar (Brookline, Massachusetts)
Brunch tapas? No need to tell us twice! Barcelona Wine Bar is a great spot for boozy brunch cocktails and brunch tapas like Chorizo Migas and Breakfast Coca. One Yelp reviewer says they “finally found tapas that tasted authentic! I missed it and got what I was looking for.”
Dime Store (Detroit, Michigan)
Sure, you could order a brioche french toast or a malted belgian waffle for a classic take on brunch, but at the Dime Store, Yelp reviewers are raving about the duck bop (house-confit dug leg, spinach, onions, bulgogi, pickled veggies, sriracha) and the cheesesteak bennys (shaved steak, onion, shiitake & oyster mushrooms, american cheese on english muffin.)
Martina (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Minnesotans really lucked out with this restaurant. Martina whips up an intricate menu of high-class meals, including smoked salmon with burrata on an everything bagel that’s topped with salsa verde and pepitas. Several Yelp reviewers rave about the almond flour pancakes and the potato churros, too.
Cotton Blues (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)
With sliding white barn doors and classic country decor, Cotton Blues is the perfect country southern-food joint for your weekend brunch needs. They offer Sunday brunch which include delicious dishes like Brunch Fries (lump crab, parmesan, fresh basil, hollandaise, white truffle oil, sea salt, and a poached egg), Blueberry Cream Cheese Pancakes, and the Cotton Blues Breakfast Skillet (potato hash, peppers, onions, Andouille sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, shredded cheddar cheese). Yelp reviewers gave this place a 4.5-star rating with 314 reviews.
Polite Society (St. Louis, Missouri)
Get your Instagram ready, because you’re going to want to photograph all of the beautiful food from Polite Society! One Yelp reviewer says, “this place is my favorite for brunch. The decor with the vintage maps & books imparts a good vibe and really puts me in the mood for bottomless margaritas ($15 value and the waiters are pretty good at coming around and filling up your glass).”
Jam! (Bozeman, Montana)
Jam! May sound like the kind of place with lots of delicious jams (which it is), but it’s also a place well known for the incredible environment. Located in Bozeman, this brunch spot serves breakfast all day every day, and Yelp reviewers say you need to try the Signature jam on toast.
Early Bird (Omaha, Nebraska)
Why save brunch for the weekends when you can have it every day? Early Bird’s motto is “not your every day brunch, every day,” and serves delicious sounding breakfast dishes such as the A.M. Pot Pie (flaky puff pastry with sunny eggs, spicy turkey sausage, gravy and hash browns), the #16 (3 blueberry pancakes, lemon glaze, cream cheese, streusel topping, with bacon and eggs), and the Woke Omelette (steak, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, house chimichurri, and gouda.) One Yelp reviewer simply says, “believe the hype.”
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar (Las Vegas, Nevada)
If you’re looking for some homestyle cooking in a busy place like Las Vegas, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar seems like the place to be. Every single dish looks perfect for Instagram, and yes, you can take your dog with you! One Yelp reviewer says it’s “one of my favorite hangouts, especially if you like beer and dogs.”
STREET (Portsmouth, New Hampshire)
STREET offers many traditional egg and brunch dishes, but what makes them stand out as the best in the state on Yelp is their Int’l Streetside section on the menu. Order the Bibimbap, which is a bed of crispy-chewy bottomed sticky rice, sesame sauteed carrot, mushroom, zucchini, spinach, and bean sprouts, with a choice of Korean BBQ beef, Vietnamese chicken, or fake chicken.
Juany’s Cafe & Grill (Fair Lawn, New Jersey)
Located on the outskirts of busy Hoboken and New York City is Juany’s Cafe & Grill, a chill hometown brunch spot that Yelp reviewers absolutely love. They serve brunch all day every day (yes, you read that correctly), and a Brunch Chimi that is, yes, a deep-fried burrito.
The Grove Cafe & Market (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Between the spacious room, the plethora of green plants, and a wall covered in glass windows, The Grove Cafe & Market is the zen brunch spot of your dreams. One Yelp reviewer recommends the Grove Pancakes, saying they ““are more reminiscent of crepes topped with fresh fruit and creme fraiche (yea, baby!)”
Julia’s (Ridgewood, New York)
That’s right—the best brunch spot in New York is, in fact, not in the Big Apple. By day, Julia’s serves delicious brunch with dishes like Pigs in a Pillow (mini pancakes made with whole wheat flour, NY maple syrup and topped with Morscher’s sausage and bacon) and Toasted Goat (Morscher’s bacon, tangy local goat cheese, fig spread, and local honey on grilled garlic bread). By night, Julia’s is a well known beer and we bar that had one Yelp reviewer saying “Julia’s is the neighborhood bar that you wish you had in your neighborhood.”
Sunny Point Cafe (Asheville, North Carolina)
Snag a spot on the patio and order their signature Spicy Bloody Mary at Sunny Point Cafe in Asheville. Yelp reviewers love the food, but also can’t get enough of the amazing atmosphere and the gorgeous views.
The Tavern Grill (Fargo, North Dakota)
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday you can snag brunch at The Tavern Grill in Fargo, which has a full made-to-order pancake bar and a build-a-omelet station. One Yelp reviewer says they “love the vibe in this place! So many good, customizable options. Love all the “build-your-own” items! Definitely recommend.”
The Blue Door Cafe & Bakery (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
Yes, this farmhouse inspired breakfast spot does have a blue door! Located in the quaint town of Cuyahoga Falls, just north of Akron, The Blue Door Cafe & Bakery has a variety of crepes you can order, as well as some French brunch favorites like Croque Madame, which is highly recommended by multiple Yelp reviewers.
Cafe Kacao (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
Another hidden gem that serves brunch all day, every day! Cafe Kacao has Latin cuisine, serving dishes like Tostadas, the Cuban Omelet, Motuleño, and Huevos Rancheros. “When they say this is the best breakfast in Oklahoma, they mean it,” says one Yelp reviewer.
Little Griddle (Portland, Oregon)
“The food here, absolutely amazing,” says one Yelp reviewer. And according to their glowing reviews from other customers, Little Griddle sure is a favorite in the trendy city of Portland. People love the Huevos Benedictos as well as the Bacon and Spinach Skillet.
Cafe La Maude (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Stepping into Cafe La Maude in Philadelphia is like stepping into a classic Parisian cafe in France. Between the decor and freshly baked pastries, the ambiance alone at Cafe La Maude has customers absolutely delighted. “I must say, this breakfast was legitimately the best breakfast I’ve had in years. Cafe La Maude brought the flavor and quality of ingredients,” says one Yelp reviewer.
Corner Cafe (Newport, Rhode Island)
Newport is a coveted place to vacation, so finding the best spots to eat is an absolute must. Yelp reviewers love the Corner Cafe, which serves a plethora of breakfast benedicts and omelets for those who love a good egg dish for brunch. They are best known for The Beast, a dish with two eggs to order, toast, home fries, 2 meats of your choice, and 2 pancakes.
Page’s Okra Grill (Mount Pleasant, South Carolina)
For some, the idea of having seafood in the morning doesn’t sound too appealing. But for others, especially the Yelp reviewers who gave this place a 4.5-star rating, it’s the brunch spot to be in South Carolina. One Yelp reviewer says they “highly recommend the shrimp and grits as a starter. The appetizer comes with a nice size portion and allows you to try some of their other great entrees.”
All Day Cafe (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
One Yelp reviewer says “This place is fantastic! Great service and great food. We’ve been working our way through the menu and here are some recommendations: OMG French Toast, Garden Omelette, Easy Plate, Bacon Benny, and the Southwest Omelette.” So if you’re ever in Sioux Falls, stop in at the All Day Cafe and order a Blood Mary with your brunch.
Monell’s Dining & Catering (Nashville, Tennessee)
Located in the heart of Nashville, you’ll find Monell’s Dining & Catering—Yelp’s favorite spot for southern-style breakfast. People rave about the Famous Skillet Fried Chicken and Corn Pudding.
Fuego Latino Gastropub (Round Rock, Texas)
Take a break from those famous Texas breakfast tacos and get Sunday brunch at Fuego Lation Gastropub! Served between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., this restaurant has one Yelp reviewer saying “this place is off the hook!”
Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade (Salt Lake City, Utah)
What do you order when you go to Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade in Salt Lake City? Why, you order biscuits and limeade of course! There are 5 different limeades to choose from, but the Mint Limeade seems to be the favorite. Yelp reviewers the Biscuit Benedict for your meal, or the Hoss, which comes with a house biscuit, chicken breast, egg, bacon, cheddar, sausage gravy, and green onion.
Penny Cluse Cafe (Burlington, Vermont)
Penny Cluse Cafe feels less like a restaurant and more like a cozy dining room at home. Customers on Yelp love their homemade biscuits, and say this place is so good, it is always worth the wait.
Perly’s (Richmond, Virginia)
When in Richmond, stop into Perly’s and order one of their mouthwatering Breakfast Bagel Sammys! Yelp reviewers particularly love having it with pastrami, served on a toasted bagel with sauteed onion, scrambled eggs, and your choice of cheese.
No Bones Beach Club (Seattle, Washington)
You probably don’t think of beachy cocktails when you think of Seattle, do you? That’s probably why this restaurant is named the best spot to go to in the state from Yelp! Order off the Brunchies menu and get unique dishes like the Tropical French Toast and the Big Kahuna Bagel. And maybe a Coconut Mojito to pair!
First Watch (Charleston, West Virginia)
How could you not love a place that serves a dish called Million Dollar Bacon? Yelp reviewers love First Watch, a breakfast/lunch spot in Charleston, West Virginia that serves delectable looking brunch dishes.
SAP (Appleton, Wisconsin)
Located southwest of Green Bay you’ll find the quaint town of Appleton, which houses the best brunch spot in the entire state of Wisconsin! Yelp reviewers particularly love the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, the Fried Green Tomato Benedict, and the Collective coffee.
Persephone Bakery (Jackson, Wyoming)
Pop into Persephone’s Boulangerie & Cafe for avocado bowls, porridge, and even a plate called Rose Water Sweet Waffles. Of course, no brunch in the winter time is complete without a piping hot beverage. Select from a variety of warm drinks, including an anti-inflammatory turmeric latte or a tea and lavender-flavored latte called the London Fog.
Now, it’s time to get brunching!