Breakfast. One of the few things I’ll wake up unnecessarily early for (me + the rest of the world). Because there’s nothing better than starting your day with a stack of home made hot cakes or two perfectly poached eggs atop an english muffin smothered in hollandaise. I hope that you’ll enjoy my tried and true list of the best breakfast and brunch in Salt Lake City. Have you tried any of these? Have a suggestion? Love a breakfast spot in your neck of the woods? Leave me a comment! Cheers.
15. Left Fork Grill
Left Fork Grill (68 West 3900 south // 801.266.4322 )
I’m a big fan of this homey diner and I’m a big fan of pie for breakfast (read my list of best slices of pie in SLC *here*). This grill has been around since 2006 serving classic breakfasts, soup and salad, sandwiches, and lots of pie. Things to order here include their bacon swiss and mushroom omelet, smoked salmon scramble, and raspberry cream pie (lard crust . . . yes). They open at 6:00 a.m. and serve breakfast and lunch 7 days a week, dinner weds-sat til 8:00 p.m.
14. Hub & Spoke Diner
Hub & Spoke Diner (1291 South 1100 East // 801.487.0698 )
So impressed with this new SLC hotspot. You can read my full review *here* for all of the deets, but my strong recommendation is to order their crab salad eggs benedict. Unreal. Situated in one of my favorite neighborhoods in Salt Lake. If you have a chance, grab one of their house made pastries or a slice of pie on the way out.
13. The Original Pancake House
The Original Pancake House (790 East 2100 South // 801.484.7200 )
My family frequented the OPH growing up. We tried to branch out and order different things off their gargantuan menu, but usually stuck to our staples: biscuits and gravy, the benny (add cheddar cheese), the california benedict, and the apple pancake. Team up with a partner to enjoy the best of both worlds and go halfsies on an egg dish and the apple pancake or dutch baby. Although this breakfast spot is a national chain we feel that it’s one of SLC’s greatest. You can read my full post on the Sugarhouse location *here*.
12. The Bagel Project
The Bagel Project (779 South 500 East // 801.906.0698 )
Hi and where did we get good bagels before The Bagel Project?? I remember discussing this old world bagel shop with a lady I randomly met downtown SLC. She suggested I arrive early, order a bialy (full post *here*), and get more than one. I echo her suggestions and also recommend the lox and loaded on an everything bagel. Scrumptious.
11. Bruges Waffles & Frites
Bruges in Sugarhouse (2314 East Highland Drive // 801.486.9999 )
Although I’m traditionally partial to their downtown location (listed on my Top Ten Places to Eat in SLC), this Bruges makes some killer breakfast items that you can’t get anywhere else. I like to orderly their perfectly cooked breakfast omelets including the Joe, William, and Luke. This larger menu also includes deli waffle sandwiches and belgian frites with an assortment of homemade dipping sauces. Quick friendly service with lots of indoor and outdoor seating.
Rye ( 239 South 500 East // 801.364.4655)
Rye is a posh restaurant housed where the old Al Forno’s Italian restaurant used to sit on 500 East in Salt Lake City. This breakfast, lunch, and dinner location hosts a delicious menu full of classic American favorites with a modern Asian-fusion twist. My favorite thing to order here is one of their soft egg scrambles served with bacon, spinach, and gruyere. Still have yet to try their truffled mac and cheese (gasp). Dinner date anyone??
9. Tulie Bakery
Tulie Bakery ( 863 East 700 South // 801.883.9741 )
Yes. This list was on my Top 10 Places to Eat in SLC list and yes it made my Best Bakeries in SLC post. Sue me. Their breakfast items are incredible. Aside from Tulie’s incredible assortment of fresh baked French pastries, they serve breakfast every morning including toasts, steel cut oats, Brioche french toast, the ever famous croque monsier, and beignets on Fri/Sat/Sun. If you haven’t gone here yet, I have failed as a foodie.
8. The Rose Establishment
The Rose Establishment ( 235 South 400 West // 801.990.6270 )
One of the most gorgeous coffee shops in Salt Lake City with a cafe menu to match it. This downtown staple sells the BEST heirloom tomato toast I have ever had. It’s fresh, flavorful, and (unfortunately but fortunately) only sold in the summertime. Meanwhile make sure to try their porridge, quiche, and beautiful shortbread cookies. May or may not have eaten here the morning of my wedding with my mum and sis. #legit
7. The Grand America: Garden Cafe
The Grand America: Garden Cafe ( 555 South Main Street // 801.258.6000 )
The Grand America is a regal and formal experience for special occasions in Salt Lake City. After eating here this spring for brunch I decided two things: 1) This American restaurant is the model child for that simple yet high quality breakfast we all dream of. 2) Their very underrated eggs benedict are some of the best in town (there is a lot of eggs benny talk in this post- oops). We also enjoyed trying their breakfast buffet ($19 per person) and the Grand Continental: a basket of assorted baked goods, butter and fruit preserves, a small fruit plate, and coffee, tea, or fresh fruit juice. Great spot for a shower, holiday breakfast, or something to spruce up a less-than-ordinary weekend for the better.
6. Pig & A Jelly Jar
Pig & A Jelly Jar ( 401 East 900 South // 385.202.7366 )
You know it’s good when they have chicken and waffles for $5 every Thursday. I love this 9th south restaurant for the great vibes, delicious waffles, and amazing house made biscuits served with strawberry coconut jam. They have fantastic porch seating and are located just blocks from Liberty Park. Be sure to check out their new Ogden location, too!
5. Even Stevens
Even Stevens ( 200 South 414 East // 385.355.9105 )
If I had a nickel for every time we ran down the street for breakfast at Even Stevens, we would be millionaires. Our favorite breakfast burrito in SLC and also on my Top Ten Places to Eat in SLC. Even Steven’s just knows how to kill it. These breakfast burritos are hot, fresh, and fast, filled with baked eggs (loooove this remix), your choice of bacon or sausage, white cheddar, potatoes, house sauce, and sriracha. They serve this all day. You can thank me later.
Finca ( 327 West 200 South // 801.487.0699 )
Although I’ve eaten here at least a dozen times for their churros con chocolate, we first visited Finca for brunch not too long ago. My husband literally inhaled his country eggs benedict, looked up at me, and exclaimed that this was one of the best breakfasts he had ever had. If you go here on a chilly day, be sure to start your meal with some of their incredible La Barba drinking chocolate. They have a great selection of starters, small plates, and various breakfast items. We recommend the lemon cake, scrambled clifford eggs, or eggs benny.
3. Lazy Day Cafe
Lazy Day Cafe ( 2020 East 3300 South // 801.953.0311 )
Truth be told, I unfortunately didn’t make it into Lazy Day until just last month. I had heard about this small family-owned business through word of mouth, and also saw questionable reviews online. After getting my haircut just a few weeks ago, my hairdresser singlehandedly convinced me that I’d be stupid silly not to give her favorite breakfast spot a shot. I absolutely LOVED my dining experience at Lazy Day Cafe. Our adorable server (owner’s son) was thoughtful and upbeat, the customers were regulars and devoted to their staple breakfast spot, and our food was downright amazing. Classic eggs benny with perfect hollandaise sauce and INCREDIBLE lemon pancakes. Like literal cake in the shape of a pan. Just enough lemon and served with a house made buttermilk syrup. Wow.
2. The Park Cafe
The Park Cafe ( 604 East 1300 South // 801.487.1670 )
And oldie but a goodie. This cafe is constantly packed and for good reason! I love coming to this restaurant and absolutely swoon over their house potatoes (best in the city). Try the Michigan hash, biscuits and gravy (watch for this special), or the french toast foolishness. This meal comes at you guilt free with Liberty Park and its 1.4-mile radius just across the street.
1. Penny Ann’s Cafe
Penny Ann’s Cafe ( 1810 South Main Street // 801.935.4760 )
And speaking of pancakes. I will never forget the time I first took a bite of a heavenly hot cake. You can read my full review *here* but until then be sure to make plans to visit this SLC booming breakfast joint. Their sour cream pancakes, I believe, are the secret to their success. Next time you come here try their pot of gold, breakfast burrito, biscuits and gravy, or a slice of their peanut butter pie. NEVER (ever) forget a side stack of heavenly hot cakes. Locations in SLC, Draper, and soon to be Taylorsville. Sham on.
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