The Most Popular Breakfast Foods in Every State
Breakfast is the meal that really sets the tone for the rest of your day. What you decide to eat can keep you full, energized, and focused until lunch rolls around. And starting your morning with a hearty meal is never a bad decision. But which breakfast foods really are the best of the best? As in the most popular?
Well, to uncover exactly what America is cooking, it's best to look at the data. And that means search results! Yes, Google really can tell all. See, a little research was done to take a closer look at what people's Googling habits are all about, from each of the 50 states. Specifically, which breakfast foods are being searched the most.
Here's a full breakdown of which breakfast foods are the most popular in each state. Think you know which came up on top in your home state? And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.
ALABAMA: Cheese Grits
Southern food is all about that comfort food, so it makes sense that none other than cheese grits are the most searched breakfast in Alabama.
ALASKA: Everything Bagel
Listen, sometimes you just really need a bagel to start off the day. And in Alaska, an everything bagel is top choice.
ARIZONA: Cheese Grits
Cheese grits strike again, this time in Arizona.
ARKANSAS: Breakfast Burrito
A breakfast burrito is always a solid morning option, as you can load it up with eggs, veggies, cheese, potatoes—all neatly wrapped. (And in case you were wondering, this is The Secret Trick to Making the Perfect Breakfast Burrito.)
CALIFORNIA: Breakfast Burrito
California is all about the morning burrito life, too.
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COLORADO: Breakfast Burrito
As is Colorado! The best part about a breakfast burrito is that you can really make it a balanced and healthy option. Just take at our Fiber-Filled Breakfast Burrito recipe.
CONNECTICUT: Onion Bagel
Those who live in Connecticut seem to be fans of a different type of bagel! Onion takes the lead as the most searched breakfast food.
Smoothies, no doubt, rose in popularity during the pandemic. In fact, smoothie-related searches have risen by 83%, the most of any breakfast food.
FLORIDA: Cheese Grits
The sunshine state is all about the cheese grits life.
GEORGIA: Cheese Grits
As in Georgia! Wonder how this would taste with some peaches mixed in . . .
HAWAII: Acai Bowl
Hawaii is the only state on the list to look up acai bowls the most. The acai fruit is actually native to Brazil and needs certain conditions to grow. The Hawaiian climate? Well, it's pretty similar to that of Brazil, so it makes sense why these bowls are a hit there. If you've never had one before, we suggest you try one!
IDAHO: Biscuits and Gravy/Bacon
In Idaho, it was a tie between the combo of biscuits and gravy and bacon for the top breakfast dish. Hey, both are solid options.
ILLINOIS: Biscuits and Gravy
Illinois is all for the biscuits and gravy dish.
INDIANA: Biscuits and Gravy
As is Indiana. Seeing a bit of a trend here, aren't you?
IOWA: Biscuits and Gravy
It is a classic, hearty meal choice. A warm, golden, flaky biscuit slathered in yummy gravy—can't beat that.
KANSAS: Biscuits and Gravy
And now, your mouth is likely watering! There's a reason this dish is so popular in so many states.
KENTUCKY: Cheese Grits
When in doubt, add some shrimp to your grits!
LOUISIANA: Cheese Grits
In case you were unsure what exactly grits are, it's a bowl of ground corn essentially. In Louisiana, you can expect it to be loaded up with tons of flavor.
MAINE: Hard-Boiled Eggs
The hard-boiled egg is a true breakfast staple. Perhaps those in Maine are Googling exactly how long to cook their eggs to get them perfectly hard-boiled?
MARYLAND: Avocado Toast
Smashing up avocado on a piece of toast has no doubt been a genius addition to the breakfast line-up. After you add some seasoning, feel free to get fancy and even add some egg on top, too.
MASSACHUSETTS: Onion Bagel
In Massachusetts, the onion bagel reigns supreme. While a tasty way to start your day, don't forget the breath mints!
MICHIGAN: Biscuits and Gravy
We're back to the biscuits and gravy train! Always be sure your gravy has visible pepper flakes. It's a must.
MINNESOTA: Biscuits and Gravy
In Minnesota, the biscuits and gravy dish is hugely popular, too.
MISSISSIPPI: Cheese Grits
Fun fact for you: The word grit—meaning "coarsely ground grain"—stems from the Old English word, grytt.
MISSOURI: Biscuits and Gravy
Biscuits and gravy is one dish that is passed down through generations. Just think of how many yummy recipes are out there!
MONTANA: Biscuits and Gravy
No matter what state you're in, there really seems to be a major interest in the dish.
NEBRASKA: Biscuits and Gravy
Even a trip to Nebraska means trying some biscuits and gravy!
So while we wouldn't necessarily recommend starting your day with such a sugar rush, in Nevada, it's all about where to find the best donuts every morning.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Hard-Boiled Eggs
In New Hampshire, the hard-boiled egg takes the top prize of most searched breakfast food.
NEW JERSEY: Poppy Seed Bagel/Whole Wheat Bagel
In New Jersey, the two most popular breakfast options tied, as the state is a fan of both poppy seed and whole wheat bagels.
NEW MEXICO: Breakfast Burrito
When in New Mexico, look up the best spot for a breakfast burrito. Good to know.
NEW YORK: Poppy Seed Bagel
When in New York, order any bagel. But poppy seed is a popular choice.
NORTH CAROLINA: Poppy Seed Bagel
As it is in North Carolina, too. Who knew?
NORTH DAKOTA: Biscuits and Gravy
Biscuits and gravy really is the go-to breakfast dish in so many states!
OHIO: Everything Bagel
In Ohio, they're fans of the everything bagel. When you think about it, they really are perfect for those who like a little of, well, everything. A typical version is topped with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion flakes, garlic flakes, pretzel salt, and pepper.
Sometimes those sweet treats just come calling, even if it's first thing in the morning.
OREGON: Breakfast Burrito
There really is never a bad time to eat a burrito. So go ahead and have one for breakfast.
PENNSYLVANIA: Hard-Boiled Eggs
There are tons of benefits that come with eating eggs for breakfast, so those in Pennsylvania are on the right track.
RHODE ISLAND: Onion Bagel
Rhode Island is another state big on onion bagels.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Toast
In South Carolina, breakfast is simple, as toast emerged as the most searched breakfast food in this state.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Biscuits and Gravy
South Dakota is big on the biscuits and gravy.
TENNESSEE: Cheese Grits
Cheese grits are the go-to in Tennessee. We have a feeling there are a ton of restaurants in this state that whip up a truly delicious bowl.
Texas is another state that likes something sweet first thing in the morning.
UTAH: Biscuits and Gravy
And even in Utah, biscuits and gravy was the most searched breakfast meal.
VERMONT: Soft-Boiled Eggs
More of a soft-boiled egg fan? Then you'll fit right in with the people of Vermont.
VIRGINIA: Cheese Grits
Seems like everyone in the state of Virginia was determined to master the cheese grits recipe, as it was the most searched breakfast option.
WASHINGTON: Biscuits and Gravy
WEST VIRGINIA: Scrambled Eggs
West Virginia is all about the scrambled eggs. Perhaps while more people were cooking at home during the pandemic, everyone in the state was super determined to make the best scramble. That is a solid goal to have if you ask us.
WISCONSIN: Biscuits and Gravy
WYOMING: Biscuits and Gravy
You really can't beat the hearty biscuits and gravy pairing.