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. Two important things to note with this post: 1) This post is by no means a collection of the most popular spots for breakfast & brunch in Salt Lake City. If you favorite isn’t on here, it’s most likely that I tried it and didn’t love it. To preserve the integrity of Female Foodie I only recommend restaurants that (in my opinion) are standout, not because they’re crowd favorites. 2) I only included restaurants on this list that offer breakfast/brunch at least twice per week.
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. This post has been updated since its original publish date.
15. The Original Pancake House
Although this breakfast spot is a national chain it’s a great starting place for breakfast and brunch in Salt Lake City with consistently delicious food and great service. Menu favorites include the 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.
14. Penny Ann’s Cafe
I will never forget the time I first took a bite of a heavenly hot cake from Penny Ann’s Cafe. Their sour cream pancakes, I believe, are the secret to their success. Next time you come here try the pot of gold, breakfast burrito, biscuits and gravy, or a slice of their peanut butter pie. But NEVER (ever) forget a side stack of heavenly hot cakes at the least. Locations in SLC, Draper, and Taylorsville. Sham on.
13. Avenues Proper
If you’re looking for a great weekend brunch spot in Salt Lake City tucked away in my favorite neighborhood (The Avenues), then a meal at Avenues Proper is a must. From french toast to eggs benedict to chicken and waffles there is something for all breakfast lovers here. The menu does tend to change from time to time so check out their website for the latest details.
12. The Bagel Project
The best bagels you can find in Salt Lake City are at The Bagel Project, and if you’re like me looking for a great breakfast on the go, bagels always seem to hit the spot. The lox and loaded on an everything bagel is truly fantastic or if you’re looking for something on the sweet side try the Nana Bea- sesame bagel with cream cheese and jam. I’ve also gone through several orders of fried egg and cheese on a bialy (similar to a bagel but baked, not baked then boiled, and has poppy seeds and onions on top #TDF) which never fails.
11. Hub & Spoke Diner
Hub and Spoke is a great diner by the same creators at Finca, Pago, and East Liberty Tap House serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days each week. It’s a great spot for comfort food items, in particular their breakfast menu. Order the crab salad eggs benedict for something you can’t find anywhere else or the kentucky hot brown. And if you have the appetite, share a slice of their pie or homemade donut holes to go with.
10. The Rose Establishment
One of the most gorgeous coffee shops in Salt Lake City with a cafe menu to match it. The Rose Establishment is a fantastic downtown spot for a no-fuss breakfast. They make 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, smashed avocado tartine, or one of their popular and beautiful shortbread cookies. May or may not have eaten here the morning of my wedding with my mum and sis. #legit
9. Pig & A Jelly Jar
Pig & A Jelly Jar is an often forgotten fantastic breakfast and brunch spot in Salt Lake City. They have a great menu with scrambles and southern specialties and serve some of the best amazing house made biscuits in town served with (also homemade) jams like strawberry coconut blueberry lavender. If you’re looking for a later-in-the-day waffle fix keep in mind their $5 chicken and waffle special from 3-9 p.m. every Thursday. They have fantastic porch seating and are located just blocks from Liberty Park. Be sure to check out their Ogden and Holladay locations too!
8. The Park Cafe
And oldie but a goodie, The Park Cafe is constantly packed and for good reason! I love their house potatoes (my fav breakfast potatoes in the city) and the Michigan hash- pork potatoes mized with sausage, onions, mushrooms, peppers, all topped with cheddar cheese and two eggs. The french toast foolishness is equally as loved. Enjoy breakfast or brunch here with friends followed by a walk at Liberty Park and its 1.4-mile radius just across the street.
7. Publik Kitchen
One of my new favorite breakfasts in Salt Lake City is Publik Kitchen, situated in the 9th and 9th area. You won’t find anything over the top here and the menu is super simple. Order the french toast for something sweet or the hash (most popular menu item, pictured above)- peasant toast, country potatoes, avocado, caramelized peppers, onions, and house made creme fraiche served with two eggs any style. Or if you’re looking for something even more to-the-point order the banana or avocado toast.
6. Feldman’s Deli
If you’ve seen my post on the Top 10 Places to Eat in Salt Lake City, you know my love for Feldman’s Deli. It’s the only authentic Jewish deli for miles within the SLC area and serves some of the greatest sandwiches I’ve had in my life. But the breakfast is not to be missed. Things to order in include the eggs benedict (my favorite), served on a Jewish latke with Taylor ham and perfect hollandaise sauce, or the bagel beignets which are truly heaven in every bite.
5. Lazy Day Cafe
Truth be told, it took me WAY too long to make it to Lazy Day Cafe. I had heard about this small family-owned business through word of mouth, and also saw questionable reviews online. The food here, simply put, is everything you want in a diner experience for great breakfast. The lemon pancakes are the absolute star of the show and are served with a house made buttermilk syrup. Favorite savory menu items are the pork chile verde burrito, shrimp and grits, and the classic eggs benedict.
4. Tulie Bakery
Also on my list of Top 10 Places to Eat in SLC and Best Bakeries in SLC post, Tulie Bakery does a great job for different occasions and their small breakfast menu is some of the best in town. 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. Try their new-ish location on 15th and 15th for something new.
Rye is a posh American 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. I’m head over heels for the brioche french toast with lemon curd and the pork belly breakfast bowl served with tooele farms pork belly, rice, house kimchi, green onion, and a basted egg.
2. Roots Cafe
Ask any long-time Salt Lake City local what some of the best breakfast and brunch spots in SLC are and Roots Cafe will inevitably come up. I LOVE enjoying breakfast here because the food tastes amazing and won’t leave you feeling like you just ate your way to type 2 diabetes. Start with one of their fresh juices (big fan of “the cleanser”), and pick from the huevos rancheros, peeto breakfast sandwich, the mixed berry crepes, or one of their delicious and filling buckwheat pancakes.
1. Sweet Lake Biscuits and Limeade
If I were to send you to ONE fantastic breakfast and brunch spot in Salt Lake City it would be to the relatively newcomer Sweet Lake Biscuits and Limeade! Originally started as a limeade stand at the Salt Lake City Farmers Market, this family-owned business serves fantastic breakfast and brunch 7 days each week. For your first time try The Hoss- a homemade biscuit with fried chicken breast, egg, bacon, cheddar, sausage gravy, and a green onion garnish and wash it all down with one of their delicious homemade limeades (the classic mint limeade is the best)!
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