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Where to Find Chicago's Best Breakfast

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Too often people skimp on breakfast, grabbing just a cup of coffee and something microwavable. Stop depriving yourself! Wake up properly by sitting down to a meal at one of these amazing Chicago breakfast spots. It will transform your day.

1. Tweet Let’s Eat

Tweet Let’s Eat in Uptown is a breakfast that is well worth the trip. From breakfast burritos to a variety of Benedicts, their expansive menu offers any kind of breakfast you could be in the mood for. They have an entire gluten-free menu so that no one is left out of fully enjoying the most important meal of the day. Their Bloody Mary is also rumored to be the best in town.

2. Lula Café

You can’t talk about breakfast in Chicago without mentioning Lula Café. This Logan Square restaurant is always packed for their widely loved breakfast and brunch. With a commitment to local purveyors, Lula Café is a widespread favorite. Halloween is always particularly fun; the restaurant “dresses up” as something different every year.

3. West Town Bakery

West Town Bakery is a great place for breakfast, whether you are sitting in their funky and colorful diner or grabbing a pastry on the run from their counter service bakery. Fresh squeezed juices, unique coffee drinks, and rotating specials give you plenty of delicious options. You definitely shouldn’t leave without a Danish or doughnut to go.

4. Stella’s Diner

Stella’s Diner in Lakeview starts your day off right with friendly service and delicious dishes. It’s BYOB, if you’d like to bring your own bubbly for mimosas. The food gets solid reviews across the board, and the staff makes every experience comfortable and cheery. It’s the way to get off on the right foot.

5. Bongo Room

Bongo Room is another popular breakfast spot in Chicago, drawing locals into long lines as they wait for a table. It’s worth it; the chocolate tower French toast is near-legendary, loaded with maple mascarpone, banana crème brûlée, and plenty of chocolate. Too decadent for you? Bongo Room offers plenty, both savory and sweet.

6. M. Henry and M. Henrietta

M. Henry and its sister location M. Henrietta provide homey comfort food in Andersonville and Edgewater respectively. Their dishes aren’t shy with the flavors; the menu boasts items like Cubano guava raspberry & cheese hotcakes and drunken stuffed poblano pepper.

7. Hash House A Go Go

If you’re hungry, Hash House A Go Go is the place for you. The portions at this diner specializing in “twisted farm food” are enormous. Go for a hash, a scramble, or flapjacks; you certainly won’t have any room left in your stomach when you leave.

8. Nookies

With multiple locations across Chicagoland, Nookies is always available for a satisfying breakfast. Along with their standard menu, Nookies also has a rotating seasonal menu that is worth taking advantage of. Dishes like Croissant French Toast Napoleon should not be missed!

9. Floriole

Pastries are one of the best parts of breakfast, and Floriole has got them on lock. They specialize in French pastries, and their buttery, flaky croissants will turn you into a believer. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, try the Gâteau Basque, an almond butter cake filled with fruit and cream.

10. Over Easy

Over Easy in Ravenswood will wake up your taste buds with unique dishes that give a twist to traditional favorites. Get your eggs Sassy or Frazzled, or try the Banana Spiked French Toast. If there’s a wait, the café offers free coffee. That’s one sweet way to get the day started.

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51 of the Best Breakfast Destinations in America

The best part of a road trip is waking up and figuring out where you&aposre going to eat. You might as well have it at one of the best breakfast destinations in America. It&aposs never fun to waste a meal, so we&aposve used our time-tested technique of asking people whose opinions we trust𠅊nd leaning into our own experiences—to create a travel guide to the best breakfasts out there. A few rules: The places didn&apost have to fit a particular mold or serve any specific dish, but they have to be open for breakfast on most weekdays (brunch-on-weekends-only joints, you&aposll get your time in the sun), and they need to open to everyone (sorry, kick-ass room service French toast and poolside country club spreads).

Sure, there are plenty more wonderful waffle platters and a bounty of eggs Benny options to be had out there, but we&aposre putting our Extra Crispy Breakfast Stamp of Approval on this list of 51 of the best breakfast destinations in America.

Birmingham, Alabama

Bogue&aposs is only open from 6 a.m. until noon on weekdays and until 2 p.m. on weekends, when you&aposll often find a line out the door of hungry customers waiting for an omelet or the excellent biscuits and gravy. It&aposs no newcomer to the scene, either—the diner opened in 1938 and shows no sign of slowing down.

Phoenix, Arizona

If a restaurant has "breakfast" in the name of their restaurant, certain expectations are set. OBH over-delivers in the form of meaty eggs and omelets decked with linguica, Arizona beef, chicken-fried steak, ham, Spam, carnitas, or chili, as well as lovingly prepped pancakes and French toast with a bounty of fruity and sweet fillings and toppings. If you can&apost find your dream breakfast here, you just aren&apost trying hard enough.

Los Angeles, California

"Forty-seven minutes after I joined The Line, I have my food in front of me. I hesitate a moment before the ricotta toast—what if it’s not worth the wait? Only one way to find out! I take a bite, which is less like biting into a piece of toast and more like immersing my entire face in a lake of sweet, creamy cheese. It is glorious. Time stops. I am not eating the toast. I am the toast. I would have waited twice as long for this. And one day, if I’m lucky, I will." Read "I Will Wait in Line at Sqirl for As Long As It Takes"

San Francisco, California

"For the past 15 years, Liz Prueitt and her husband, Chad Robertson, have combined ambition and simplicity in a way only a city that was then as earnest as the City by the Bay could. Their marriage is a match made in baked-goods heaven: She does the pastry, he’s on bread𠅋ut there’s more to it than that. Robertson’s bread was (and is) among the best in the country, and Prueitt’s pastries and cakes, many of them gluten-free, have their own cult-like following. Take, for instance, her morning bun, scented with candied orange and coated in magic dust in the form of just-crunchy-enough cinnamon sugar, or big, buttery croissants, hard to the touch but filled with whisper-thin flaky layers. These aren’t mind-bending desserts, just the simple pleasures that stick in your brain like the silky filling of their banana cream pie." Read "Tartine Bakery Has Been Open for 15 Years, and There’s Still a Line"

Denver, Colorado

Pore over the menu for a moment and you&aposll see sausage breakfast tacos, chicken and waffles, and bacon hash—your standard meaty breakfast fare. Look a little harder once that first cup of coffee kicks in and you&aposll notice that every one of those is vegetarian𠅏rom the sausage to the chicken-fried cauliflower to the carrot or tempeh bacon. Plus almost everything can be made vegan or gluten-free. Come back once the sun sets and kick back with a whiskey on the patio. (Don&apost worry—that&aposs vegetarian, too.)

West Hartford, Connecticut

Don&apost roll in expecting avocado toast and a grain bowl here. This is a no-frills, cash-only, breakfast-all-day joint that sticks to diner classics like omelets, pancakes, and home fries, and does a bang-up job at &aposem. The snug space was built in 1931 by Aristides “Harry” Bassilakis and by all accounts, not much has changed. Lo these many decades later, members of the family are still running the place, and chances are, Harry would approve.

Miami, Florida

"If you’re visiting Miami, you’re probably staying somewhere on South Beach. Ignore what your concierge says, because chances are they’re getting paid to recommend places. Instead of eating at some overpriced tourist trap, head to one of Miami’s favorite Cuban spots: Puerto Sagua. Opened in 1962, Puerto Saguawas a fixture on Collins Avenue long before South Beach was SOUTH BEACH WOOO. Outside is tourist heaven—lots of shopping and even better people watching. Inside, you can find locals and tourists sitting elbow to elbow at the wraparound counter enjoying a café con leche." Read "The Best Cuban Breakfast in Miami Is at Puerto Sagua"

Atlanta, Georgia

Just about any respectable breakfast place can turn out a decent plate of eggs and bacon, but you might feel a little extra blessed when the ingredients and dishes feel specific to a place. At the Southern-rooted West Egg Cafe, that means a pimento cheese and bacon omelet, some pretty tremendous shrimp &aposn&apos grits, a "Georgia Benedict" over a biscuit, and the option of fried green tomatoes on the side. Morning, y&aposall. Read "West Egg Cafe Is Atlanta&aposs Can&apost-Miss Brunch Spot"

Chicago, Illinois

"Yep, anise wine for breakfast. If you make the right choice, here&aposs what you&aposll order: a bowl of creamy, stomach-settling lugao, quickly followed by a bursting-to-the-seams platter of a pile of garlic fried rice, a gorgeous tangle of bright scarlet tocino (annato𠅊 red plant extract𠅊nd anise-cured pork shoulder), a few links of equally red longanizo (anise wine-cured chorizo, more or less), a small pot of soupy beans, a small dish of heavy-on-the-tomato pico de gallo, and two perfectly fried sunny-side-up eggs draped over everything. When it arrives, you should sprinkle the dish with a few deliberate turns of the pepper mill and you should add milk and sugar to your coffee." Read "The Best Filipino Breakfast in Chicago Is at Uncle Mike&aposs Place"

Chicago, Illinois

In 1945, a Chicago woman named Ann Sather bought a diner from a couple who were about to retire, and for 35 years, she ran it herself. In 1981, she sold the restaurant to 24-year-old Tom Tunney, who trained with her for a year to learn all her secrets—including her signature Swedish pancakes (meatballs are an optional side) and the cinnamon rolls that to this day are something of a regional obsession. A fun note: The restaurants (there are three locations) are BYOB, but they&aposll be happy to set you up with the rest of the makings for a bloody mary or mimosa.

Wilmette, Illinois

Nope, Walker Bros. isn&apost just a made-up restaurant from Mean Girls. Since its opening in 1960, the breakfast-centric chain has expanded to seven locations throughout the Northern suburbs of Chicago, but the original outpost in Wilmette is something extra special, with an interior illuminated by stained glass lamps and windows, and a (usually) fast-moving line snaking out the door. It feels not unlike a house of breakfast worship, and that&aposs not far off base the house blend of Kona coffee even comes with pure whipping cream rather than milk.

Bloomington, Indiana

"Eat and get out!" is this motto of this Bloomington staple, but it&aposs all pretty tongue-in-cheek. A longtime fan and eternal Indiana booster tersely describes its appeal as "Breakfast always solid and packed. Omelet. Biscuit. Strong coffee. Smartass. Hilarious." Yes, of course, you can buy t-shirts and boxers(!) with the slogan printed on it.

Iowa City, Iowa

Yes, there existed at one time Hamburgs No. 1 and 3, but No. 2 is all that remains, and it&aposs run by Dave Panther𠅊 professional clown. He bought the restaurant from the previous owners, his parents Fran and Fritz, in 1979 and has kept up their ideal of "comfort food in a &apos50s time capsule." Don&apost question any item with "chzegg" in the name—just go ahead and order that or the Iowa omelet with grilled ham, hash browns and American cheese.

Manhattan, Kansas

From 1943 to 1986, the Limbocker family ruled the comfort food roost with the Chef Cafe, but Manhattanites had to do without once the family decided to close the business. A few hungry, nostalgic pals got together in 2008 and reopened the much-beloved spot, complete with the original sign provided by the Riley County Historical Society. They switched the menu focus to breakfast𠅌omplete with a robust array of adult beverages𠅊nd a local obsession was reborn.

Louisville, Kentucky

Kick-ass Mexican breakfast in the Bluegrass State? Yup. Married co-owners Jesus and Izmene Martinez both came from food-centric families in Mexico and missed the breakfast staples they&aposd grown up with. Their nostalgia was Louisvillians&apos gain, because their tiny cafe turns out stunningly good chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, tortas, Mexican coffee, and other morning fare from early morning to mid-afternoon daily.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Beyonce recently feasted on fried chicken biscuits at Willa Jean. Chef Kelly Fields was a finalist for the 2017 James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef Award. And you read the Beyonce part, right? If that&aposs not enough to convince you, just watch this video of Fields making the Extra Crispy staff the best biscuits and gravy of their lives and see if it takes you more than 10 minutes to book yourself a trip to New Orleans. Watch "How to Make the Best Biscuits and Gravy of Your Life"

Biddeford, Maine

"There are probably four or five essential diner staples: coffee, eggs, bacon, toast, and pancakes. As far as I can tell, Palace Diner uses these ingredients in ways that are creative and exciting without being too precious. For example, the super fluffy buttermilk flapjacks are spiked with a little grated lemon zest. The hash brown potatoes are whole red potatoes that have been blanched, then crushed, then fried so that the skin is crispy and the interior is creamy. The locally-sourced eggs are rich and have yolks the color of saffron. Perfectly crispy strips of thick cut applewood bacon are so long that they snake around your plate (but the Taylor ham is what you really want). The toast is made from bread from local bakeries instead of packaged brands, and they serve it correctly by not stacking the pieces on top of each other so that they steam and get all soggy. I hate that. The delicious coffee is from Tandem Roasters in Portland. Drip only. Four local canned beers are available𠅎ven at breakfast. How Maine of them." Read "51 of America&aposs Best Diners"

Baltimore, Maryland

As a longtime Baltimore resident we trust put it: "Detectives from real life Wire hangout. John Waters likes their turkey sandwiches. Classic diner." There&aposs nothing fancy on the menu, but a pretty hearty meal costs just a few bucks, and there&aposs always the option of scrapple on the side. Sounds like a pretty good deal, hon.

Boston, Massachusetts

"I could write thousands of words singing the praises about the sweet, tender, silky egg on this sandwich, the way it works in tandem with the buttery bun, the tangy greens, the crispy bacon𠅋ut I won’t. Instead, I’ll just implore you to go to Flour Bakery in Boston to get your own breakfast sandwich, so you can casually change everything you thought you knew about eggs on bread." Read "The Best Egg Sandwich in Boston Is at Flour Bakery"

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Zingerman&aposs slings some of the best breakfast sandwiches in the country, and that&aposs due in no small part to their obsessive sourcing of magnificent ingredients. Think Broadbent Kentucky sausage patties, Edwards Virginia breakfast sausage links, Nueske&aposs applewood-smoked bacon, and Ducktrap River cold smoked salmon. The sandwich deck is stacked from the get-go.

Detroit, Michigan

"When in metro Detroit, you’re sure to find yourself eating Middle Eastern cuisine, given the region has among the largest Arab American populations in the country. For breakfast, go for the Foul Mudamas at the Yemeni-owned Sheeba in Hamtramck. It’s a traditional dish consisting of mashed fava beans and topped with tomatoes, onions and tahini. You can also opt for foul and eggs for added protein." Read "13 Breakfast Dishes in Detroit You Have to Try"

Minneapolis, Minnesota

When co-founders Niki Stavrou and Victor Valens bought the restaurant in 1999, there were no Cuban restaurants in the Twin Cities. Valens, who hailed from Cuba, saw a perfect opportunity to celebrate the cuisine of his homeland. Though he eventually sold his part of the business to Stavrou, the menu and decor still heavily reflect his influence in dishes like Eggs Havana served with yuca frita and mojo, corn pancakes, and sides of cheese croquetas and platanos maduros alongside Greek omelets and French toast. There&aposs also a breakfast happy hour from 8-10 a.m. on weekdays with $4 sake bloody marys and tropical mimosas for diners looking to get an early start or late finish to the day.

Oxford, Mississippi

"Nearly nine years after BBB opened its doors in Oxford, lines still snake out for epic waits at the original location and a second one in Birmingham, Alabama. Diners are happy to cool their heels and get their fill of chef John Currence’s legendary Pel &aposEgg&apos Can Brief (two eggs soft poached on a toasted English muffin with country ham and hollandaise, served with a side of grits or home fries), The Awesome (called The Hospitable in the Bham location—it’s anything on the menu you want, stuffed into an omelet), and other amped-up a.m. plates. For those who can’t hack the lines or swing the drive, the BBB cookbook offers up Currence’s 10 Commandments of Breakfast (&aposThou shalt slather with butter.&apos), and recipes for crawfish cakes, sausage cinnamon rolls, and a life-changing sausage gravy." Read "The Biggest, Baddest, Best Breakfast Chef of 2016"

St. Louis, Missouri

"The Mud House is maybe the first "cool" coffee shop I went to as a teenager. In my suburban mind, it was downtown, in an (at the time) up-and-coming neighborhood. The baristas and cooks had beards and cool glasses and wore gauges in their ears. The coffee was rich and strong and carefully brewed, and when you stayed in to eat breakfast, it just kept coming. With such a "cool" vibe, you&aposd be forgiven for thinking—like I did—that the food would be lacking. But oh, you&aposd be wrong. The breakfast sandwiches are hearty the platters are savory, balanced gut busters and even the yogurt and granola seems revelatory. And though I haven&apost put this to the test, I&aposd imagine the burrito is as good a hangover cure as it was soccer practice fuel."

Las Vegas, Nevada

"The Peppermill is legendary for its ginormous servings: hubcap-sized burgers and four-inch-thick sandwiches. And they don&apost skimp on their fruit salad, either, a mass of fresh melon, berries, bananas, oranges, seemingly an entire garden&aposs worth of produce on one plate. It&aposs a sight so impressive that foreign tourists have been known to snap photos of it as a prime example of American excess. Did we mention that it comes with a loaf of banana bread? A whole freaking loaf!" Read "10 Las Vegas Breakfasts That Are Sure Bets"

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

There is very little that an all-day breakfast menu can&apost fix, especially when it comes peppered with eye-rolling, grin-cracking puns like the Doughnut Stop Believin&apos (a breakfast sandwich on French toasted donuts filled with scrambled eggs, sausage, and cheddar cheese topped with powdered sugar and served with zesty maple sour cream and strawberry habanero jam) and the Can&apost Bahn Mi Love (a French roll with over easy eggs, smoked salmon, cucumber, garlic aioli, pickled onion slaw, and sriracha glaze). There&aposs also booze. That helps, too.

Montclair, New Jersey

If you’re wondering where to eat breakfast in Montclair, Raymond’s is almost always the answer. Their baristas’ stellar latte art skills are just as charming at the classic luncheonette coffee cups, and the food is even better. From the thick French toast—made with a chewy baguette instead of flimsy bread—to the breakfast BLT (which comes with a hollandaise sauce-smothered poached egg), Raymond’s takes classic Jersey diner dishes up a level with clever twists and super-fresh ingredients.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Breakfast tastes even better if your eyes are allowed to feast as well. At the nearly 40-year-old cafe and gallery, the organic, sustainable, Mexican-influenced menu is best paired with a meditation on the paintings, sculptures, lithographs, cookware, and jewelry on display in the gallery above, as well as the dining room&aposs hand-painted Mexican tiles and murals by painter Leovigildo Martinez.

New York City, New York

Stand in line long enough, and you&aposre gonna need a little nosh. For decades, customers were willing to wait (semi)patiently for a chance to purchase Russ & Daughters&apos exquisitely smoked fish. Now they have a chance to sit down and sample the appetizing classics in a truly lovely setting away from home. Their top-quality knishes, latkes, caviar, pickles, kugel, herring, and (of course) lox are the stuff of dreams for New Yorkers and tourists the world over.

New York City, New York

"When you live in New York City and work at a breakfast publication, the question, from visiting friends and family members alike, is bound to posed to you at some point: So, where should I go get breakfast here? New York is, of course, full of breakfast options, from the classic hangover-busting bodega egg and cheese on a roll to the bagel with schmear to upscale brunch spots slinging Brussels sprout hash. But the restaurant I always steer my visitors to is Balthazar, the Keith McNally SoHo brasserie that never fails to dish out that ineffable New York experience." Read "Balthazar Is New York&aposs Classic Brasserie Breakfast"

Phoenicia, New York

In 2016 an Eater headline raised the question "Is Phoenicia Diner the Ultimate Upstate Hickster Restaurant?"—meaning, does it appeal to formerly-urban-dwelling hipsters who were priced out of their neighborhoods and moved upstate. Their verdict was the correct one: The food is so dang good it doesn&apost matter. It&aposs a smart meld of diner classics (silver dollar pancakes) and modern staples (avocado toast) all made with sustainalocaganivore attention to detail. The hipsters are sometimes on point𠅋ut they knew it way before the rest of us did.

Woodside, New York

Love Irish breakfast? Great! Here&aposs the whole dang thing all stuffed into a single omelet that&aposll bring a greedy grin to your lips as it sends you into an instant coma right there at the table. The signature Stop Inn three-egg omelet has Irish bacon, Irish sausage, tomato, and American cheese in it, plus a side of toast and hash browns or fries. Not feeling especially eggy? They have you covered with the Irish mixed grill with a lamb chop, liver, bacon, sausage, just the one egg, fried tomato, and black or white pudding. Best of luck.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Nestled amidst the exquisite pastries, croissants, cakes, and macarons is a breakfast item so clever and excellent, it&aposs practically weaponized. The Dixie Cannonball is a scallion biscuit loaded with sausage, cheddar, and sausage gravy ready to ooze out at the stab of a fork. Brace yourself for unabashed pleasure.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

"I was blindsided by a biscuit in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. During a morning scroll through Instagram, I discovered a picture of a beautiful biscuit sandwich, taken at a place just a stone’s throw from where I was staying. It was called the Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen and the next day I headed straight there for breakfast. I don’t think I’m being unkind to call the Sunrise little more than a very well-maintained shack, but when I pulled up and studied the menu, I saw that their house-made biscuits could be filled with country ham, sausage, gravy, a fried egg, or just plain buttered. Then there were the add-ins: Tomato, cheddar, and randomly, kale (which must have mistakenly wandered over from the menu of a juice bar). I went for country ham with egg and cheese. From the first bite, it was an epiphany (I may have moaned a little)." Read "How to Make Biscuits Like a Pro"

Asheville, North Carolina

At far too many places, "farm-to-table" is a confusing buzz term at best. At Early Girl, it&aposs a guiding principle. The menu is a love letter to the local farmers, artisans, and purveyors who provide the restaurant with its meat, eggs, produce, bread, cheese, condiments, and more and if you&aposre ever in doubt as to where some ingredient comes from, just peek around. It&aposs probably written on a board or piece of paper right in front of you.

Cincinnati, Ohio

If you&aposre in Cincinnati, you&aposve gotta get your goetta fix and Tucker&aposs is the place to do that. The classic mom &aposn&apos pop counter joint has kept locals in solid, honest, all-day breakfast and comfort classics since 1946 and when an accidental grease fire shut the place down in 2015, the community rallied to raise funds and get the Tucker family back in business. This restaurant matters that much.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

"Cafe Kacao is an Oklahoma City staple, serving up hearty Latin American dishes for breakfast and lunch. This restaurant is unassuming from the outside, nestled into an old fast food building off North Classen in OKC. But the inside is buzzy, busy, and friendly. Don’t come if you’re looking for a speedy meal—there will likely be a wait, and meals here are enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Expect multiple cups of coffee, courses, and lots of great conversations with your companions." Read "7 Breakfast Dishes in Oklahoma City You Have to Try"

Let’s start with the most obvious — and most famous: Chicago-style pizza. (After all, Chicago is the world’s top city for pizza.) Calling it “deep dish” is almost an understatement and even the designation as “pizza” is a stretch. The inch-thick pie has a crispy buttery crust lining the side of the pan holding all the ingredients. Traditionally that includes mountains of mozzarella, a solid layer of sausage, green peppers and onions, then topped with tomato sauce. Yep, the toppings are layered opposite of other pizzas. And it’s eaten with a knife and fork (which I adore).

Where to eat deep dish pizza in Chicago

Here’s where the real debate is: which pizza place does it best? Chicagoans argue Giordano’s versus Pizzeria Uno (who claims to have invented it) versus Pequod’s versus Lou Malnati’s. But Lou Malnati’s is the best, so just go there. :)

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Breakfast Paradise

It's the most important meal of the day, and from Nashville to New York, we're showing you the freshest and most unique breakfast experiences across America. Here are seven locations that are the uncontested champions of breakfast.

The Machine Shed
Urbandale, Iowa
Iowa is all about family, farming and agriculture. The Machine Shed is a restaurant dedicated to those ideals, and their menu follows the day of a farmer -- with breakfast served at 5 a.m., supper at 11 a.m. and dinner at 4 p.m. The owner of The Machine Shed says they abide by a 5-word constitution: "Dedicated to the American Farmer." Order the farmer's benedict, the country skillet or the fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon rolls, and experience the best of farm-fresh cooking -- with none of the chores.

Loveless Cafe
Nashville, Tennessee
South of the Mason-Dixon Line on Highway 100, you'll find the famous Southern home cookin' of the Loveless Cafe. "Uncle Jesse" Goldstein, the operations manager at Loveless, will tell you that a typical meal must include country ham, biscuits, hash brown casserole and stone-ground grits -- all topped off with the essential gravy. The restaurant started as a few picnic tables set outside the farmhouse of Lon and Annie Loveless. Now the cafe seats 75 and even boasts a 14-room motel. Make sure y'all order the biscuits -- made with love by Carol Fay, The Biscuit Lady, who's been servin' biscuits hot off the griddle for over 28 years.

Pancake Pantry
Nashville, Tennessee
Whether you call it a flapjack, blintz, crepe, griddle cake or johnnycake, the pancake is a mainstay of the breakfast table -- and there's no better place to enjoy a stack than Nashville's Pancake Pantry. The recipe is simple: honest-to-goodness fresh ingredients, family tradition and love. The menu features over 23 kinds of pancakes, the most popular of which is the sweet potato pancake. The batter is made with real sweet potato flakes, and the cakes are served with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, cinnamon and homemade syrup.

Petite Abeille
New York, New York
Founded by brothers Christophe, Yves and David Jadot in 1996, Petite Abeille offers a taste of Belgium in New York's Lower East Side. Their Brussels and Liege waffles, named after the cities where they were first made, have become American favorites. The Liege waffle is heavier and sweeter than the more widely recognized Brussels waffle and is served plain. For the Brussels waffle, Petite Abeille offers 7 different kinds of toppings, from the simple strawberry sauce to the sublime "banana split," featuring chocolate sauce, ice cream and bananas.

Murray's Bagels
New York, New York
Murray's Bagels, located in New York City's Greenwich Village, has been a breakfast favorite for almost 15 years. Behind the counter, you'll find 16 varieties of freshly made artisan bagels. All the bagels are hand-rolled and made fresh. The day-old bagels are taken every morning by City Harvest and given to the homeless, proving that a business built on satisfying your stomach can be good for your heart, too. New Yorkers are passionate about their bagels, and in the city that never sleeps, a delicious breakfast that can be eaten on the go will never go out of style.

Santa Cruz, California
Sometimes breakfast is better when you don't think too far outside the box, and no one knows this better than the folks at Cereality -- the original Cereal Bar and Cafe. David Roth and Rick Bacher created Cereality in 2003, where anyone can mix scoops of over 2 dozen kid-tested, mother-approved cereals, all served up in signature Chinese takeout food containers. Relive your childhood Saturday mornings with your favorite sugary cereals or choose from 16 imaginative hot and cold combos like "The Devil Made Me Do It" or the "Banana Brown Betty."

Santa Monica, California
Swingers Diner in Santa Monica is the place to go when you just can't wait till tomorrow to enjoy your breakfast. In 2000, nightclub impresario Sean McPherson created Swingers to tailor to the late-night crowd. The decor is '60s-inspired, the waiters dance to the loud music and you can get delicious breakfast anytime. While Swingers is famous for sobering up its late-night crowd with traditional waffles, pancakes and omelets, the menu also features a healthy protein breakfast and lots of choices for vegans and vegetarians. Located near trendy Malibu, Swingers sees its fair share of celebrities and scenes from the movie "Knocked Up" were filmed here.

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Where to Find Chicago's Best Breakfast - Recipes

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Available in link, bulk, or rope. This sausage can be served in a bun as a sandwich, or used as an additional ingredient in recipes such as lasagna, spaghetti, and pizza.

Suggested cooking techniques include: Grilling, Baking, Broiling, or Pan Frying.

Randolph Market hot Italian sausage combines Old World techniques, developed and brought overseas from Italy, with a hot traditional spice blend from Chicago’s West side. It is the perfect combination of pepper in the spice blend and the natural casing that create the famous “Old World” bite.

Available in link, bulk, or rope. This sausage can be served in a bun as a sandwich, or used as an additional ingredient in your favorite recipes.

Suggested cooking techniques include: Grilling, Baking, Broiling or Pan Frying.

Lakeside grilling and backyard cookouts have long been a favorite Midwest pastime. Randolph Market bratwurst, with their authentic Old World flavor, natural spices, and fresh cuts of lean meat, continue to be the bratwurst of choice for many self proclaimed “grill masters”.

Available in links. This product is generally served hot off of the grill on a bun and accompanied with mustard, and sauerkraut.

Suggested cooking techniques include: Grilling, Baking, Broiling, or Pan Frying.

Lakeside grilling and backyard cookouts have long been a favorite Midwest pastime. Randolph Market beer bratwurst, with their authentic Old World flavor, natural spices, fresh cuts of lean meat, and hint of beer, continue to be the bratwurst of choice for many self proclaimed “grill masters”.

Available in links. This product is generally served hot off of the grill on a bun and accompanied with mustard, and sauerkraut.

Suggested cooking techniques include: Grilling, Baking, Broiling, or Pan Frying.

A Chi-Town favorite, Randolph Market Hot links are as hot as the big city during a mid summer heat wave. These all Pork links truly heat up the occasion.

Available in links. This sausage is generally served in a bun as a sandwich, and sometimes accompanied with barbecue sauce and onions.

Suggested cooking techniques include: Grilling, Baking, Broiling, or Pan Frying.

One bite of this hot, juicy link and your mouth will burst with excitement. Our time honored recipe from one of Chicago’s Polish neighborhoods calls for using only fresh cuts of pork and a clever blend of spices.

Available in link. This sausage can be served on a bun as a sandwich accompanied with mustard, onion, relish, and a pickle. It may also be served accompanied with potatoes and sauerkraut.

Suggested cooking techniques include: Grilling, Baking, Broiling or Pan Frying.

Randolph Market pork breakfast sausage is the sausage that makes the meal! The aroma of delicate spices such as sage and pepper, and lean cuts of fresh pork, cooking in the morning are sure to arouse your taste buds. This breakfast sausage also gives you that sweet maple flavor bite after bite.

Available in links. This sausage is traditionally served as a side for breakfast.

Suggested cooking techniques include: Pan Frying or Baking.

Randolph Market Pork breakfast sausage is the sausage that makes the meal. The aroma of delicate spices such as sage and pepper, and lean cuts of fresh pork, cooking early in the morning, are sure to arouse your taste buds.

Available in link and bulk. This sausage is traditionally served as a side for breakfast. It can also be used in your favorite breakfast recipes that call for sausage.

Suggested cooking techniques include: Pan Frying or Baking.

Whether tailgating with your family and friends, or just grilling up dinner at home, Randolph Market’s smoked bratwurst, with the finest of ingredients, is the link of choice.

Available in links. This product is generally served on a bun.

Suggested cooking techniques: Grilling, Pan Frying, and Baked.

Want a little twist to your brat? Then Try Randolph Market’s smoked brat with cheddar cheese. Juicy, flavorful and robust, we have added rich cheddar cheese to our already delicious brat recipe. Ummm, delicious!

Available in links. This product is generally served on a bun.

Suggested cooking techniques: Grilling, Pan Frying, and Baked.

For those who like their traditional Polish sausage, Randolph Market offers the robust taste of their smoked kielbasa. Using only natural casings, natural spices, and the finest cuts of pork and beef, this delicately smoked sausage takes you back to the “Old World”.

Available in Rope. This traditional sausage can be served on a bun, as an appetizer, or perfect as an entrée.

Suggested cooking techniques include: Grilling, Pan Frying, and Baked.

Sweet and succulent, the flavor of maple oozes from this sausage. It’s hard to resist the pleasurable aroma of this unique sausage scenting the air.

Available in Rope. This sausage is versatile in that it can be served at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Suggested cooking techniques: Grilling, Pan Frying, and Baked.

Randolph Market's smoked Andouille sausage uses a southern spice blend that is sure to excite the taste buds of even the most seasoned Cajun fans.

Available in links. This sausage is generally served on a bun or in southern style stews.

Suggested cooking techniques: Grilling, Pan Frying, and Baked.

This hot link sausage is truly as hot as it looks. The heat for the sausage is provided by a clever balance of peppers and smoke.

Available in links. This sausage is generally served on a bun.

Suggested cooking techniques: Grilling, Pan Frying, and Baked.

Lightly smoked and herb flecked, this sausage will entice your family and friends to the table every time. For a homey, unpretentious, honest meal, start with Randolph Market’s smoked sausage.

Available Rope Style. This sausage is great at lunch or dinner.

Suggested cooking techniques: Grilling, Pan Frying, and Baked.

Our bratwurst are traditional German style sausages bursting with that famous Randolph Market bratwurst flavor. Conveniently precooked for quick preparation. Taste authentic.

How To Make a Homemade Breakfast Sausage Recipe

Making this homemade breakfast sausage recipe is incredibly easy:

  • Mix ground pork and seasonings
  • Shape into patties
  • Pan-fry until cooked through

Shaping Your Homemade Breakfast Sausage

I typically just stick with sausage patties, if I’m making sausage as a side for eggs and toast.

If you want to get fancy and use a sausage stuffer to make homemade breakfast sausage links, you totally can. And while it does require an extra step, it’s not that tricky. I talk a lot about making sausage links in this article about South African sausage.

If you like the idea of links, but don’t have a sausage stuffer or want to deal with casings, you can simply shape the meat mixture into little fingers rather than patties, like we do when we make Serbian sausages. It works just as well!

Pork For This Breakfast Sausage Recipe

If you happen to have a meat grinder, grinding your own pork is a great way to start with this breakfast sausage recipe.

You want a cut of pork with a bit of fat to give your sausage that golden brown crispness and good texture. A pork butt (also called shoulder) with a good fat cap is your best bet. If your butt doesn’t have that much fat on it, grinding some pork belly along with the butt is a good way to increase the fat content.

Don’t worry if you’re not into grinding your own meat for this homemade breakfast sausage recipe. Some butchers will either carry pre-ground pork or grind a roast for you. So don’t be afraid to ask!

The good news is that this breakfast sausage recipe freezes well. You can make it in big batches, mixing it in a stand mixer, and freeze it in portions for later!

The Lou Mitchell's Story

Uncle Lou&rsquos father started the Chicago family diner in 1923 specializing in breakfast, brunch, and lunch dishes. The family restaurant was later turned over to his son, Lou Mitchell.

Enough fresh eggs have been cracked, made into omelets, cooked in skillets and sold for breakfast at Lou Mitchell&rsquos to go side-by-side more than a few times around the world. We&rsquove poured enough cups of our signature coffee to fill the Chicago River and our delicious pancakes could fill Wrigley field. And to think, it all started with one man&rsquos food dream in Illinois.

The man was &ldquoUncle&rdquo Lou Mitchell. His graciousness, friendliness, hospitality and consistent quality, soon had droves of hungry Chicago diners standing in line not only for breakfast but also one of his famous home-cooked lunch specials and fresh char-grilled burgers.

The fun part of Lou Mitchell&rsquos magic formula was added one day in 1958 when the restaurant began offering breakfast diners donut holes. A tradition was set in place and since that day, millions of donut holes and boxes of milk duds have been given out to our fabulous customers.

The news of this spectacular diner spread quickly and patrons flocked from all around the world to try Lou Mitchell&rsquos homemade food: England, France, Germany, and Italy. patrons traveled miles to see the signature Chicago restaurant.

Today Lou Mitchell&rsquos is not only a classic Chicago icon, but our food is recognized both nationally and internationally with endless accolades. Among the list are USA Today, American Way, newspapers, magazines, food critics, television. &ldquoIt&rsquos a must see place.&rdquo

Breakfast Recipes

The trick to a Perfect Sunny-Side-Up Egg is basting. Using a small frying pan and cooking only one or two eggs at a time, spoon hot butter over the top of each egg as it cooks. The whites will be fully cooked through, solid yet tender. The yolk should have just the finest cooked membrane so it'll hold its shape but be ready to explode with goodness at the merest prick of a fork or piece of toast.

Better Breakfast: Buy Berries

Let's face it, a few of our breakfast favorites aren't all that nutritionally fantastic. Adding a handful of berries to your pancakes and waffles can change that fast. A cup of blueberries has 25% of your daily Vitamin C and 4 grams of fiber. Strawberries deliver 160% Vitamin C. Raspberries and blackberries have 8 grams of fiber per cup. Next time you warm maple syrup on the stove, add a handful of blueberries. I promise that you'll love the taste. Don't even get me started on the benefits of adding berries to breakfast cereal.

You know you should eat more oatmeal. It's a super food that can actually help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. But it can seem boring day in and day out. Try this. add a small dollop of fat-free whipped topping to your next bowl. With a minimal decrease in nutrition, you get a maximum increase in excitement. You may even find yourself craving it for dessert. Take that ice cream! (By the way, just a couple teaspoons of ice cream in oatmeal. melting, creating sweet streaks of flavor. is pretty good too. But that'll be our secret.) Check out the Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Oatmeal.

What Makes A Healthy Breakfast?

The ideal breakfast is rich in whole grains, low in fat and sugar and contains some protein and at least a partial serving of fruits and/or vegetables. That's the ideal. The reality is that the benefits of breakfast happen over time. So the most important thing is that you eat breakfast, any breakfast, every day. No excuses. Here's some tips for Quick Breakfasts For Busy Mornings.

In Lakeview, walk downstairs off Broadway to find this delightful dog slinger. The pulled pork chub dog is a fan favorite, and so is the quarter-pound “Chubby.”

The theatrics behind this Lincoln Park sausage stand have been well documented, including the encouraged banter between customer and staff that borders on offensive but never reaches that threshold with loyal customers. This late-night hangout has managed to reinvent itself with playful messages on its famous marquee it’s usually a combo of anti-Trump messages or something about the Cubs. The char dog is the star here with all the usual toppings. Get grilled onions, but be careful about the cheese sauce. Also look for a new location in suburban Rosemont at the stadium of a new minor league baseball team, the Chicago Dogs.

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