15 Best Breakfast & Brunch Spots in Salt Lake City

Contributors:
Brooke Eliason

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.

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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. The Original Pancake House (790 East 2100 South // 801.484.7200 )

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. Penny Ann’s Cafe ( 1810 South Main Street // 801.935.4760 )

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.Avenues Proper (376 8th Ave Salt Lake City, UT // 385.227.8628)

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. The Bagel Project (779 South 500 East // 801.906.0698 )

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. Hub & Spoke Diner (1291 South 1100 East // 801.487.0698 )

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 The Rose Establishment ( 235 South 400 West // 801.990.6270 )

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! Pig & A Jelly Jar ( 401 East 900 South // 385.202.7366 )

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. The Park Cafe ( 604 East 1300 South // 801.487.1670 )

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. Publik Kitchen (931 E 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT // 385.229.4205)

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.  Feldman’s Deli (2005 East 2700 South, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.906.0369)

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. Lazy Day Cafe ( 2020 East 3300 South // 801.953.0311 )

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. Tulie Bakery ( 863 East 700 South // 801.883.9741 )

3. Rye

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. Rye ( 239 South 500 East // 801.364.4655)

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. Roots Cafe (3474 S 2300 E, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.277.6499)

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)! Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade (54 West 1700 South, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.997.9220)

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  1. I feel like this list is incomplete without Roots Cafe. It’s hard to talk myself in to going anywhere else for breakfast/brunch.

        1. They let you call ahead to put your name on the list. Just a heads up, it definitely helps cut down on how long you stand around.

  2. Mouth just watering!!! I love good eggs “Benny”! Your reviews were so great! I can’t wait to try some of your spots for breakfast. Trouble is we live in St George and our city really needs a great breakfast cafe!! (Real Hollandaise)
    Even Stevens just open on the Blvd before the holidays. I’m there trying the burrito tomorrow!!!!
    Thanks so much!!!

    1. Hi Elaine! My husband and I were just in St.G a couple of months ago and we agree- there is SUCH a need for a great breakfast spot. We absolutely love Even Stevens and hope you will too! In the meantime, please let me know of any great St. George foodie spots- we are always looking 🙂

    1. My mom and I absolutely love having Market Street Grill at the airport (and swear that their breakfast is better there). Amazing! Need to try Provisions 🙂 Thanks for your recommendations!

  3. Current fish and oyster’s brunch is absolutely to die for, as well as Avenues Proper! Whiskey Streets brunch is at the top of my list as well. Expand your horizons dear!

  4. Over the counter cafe has been yummy in the past, along with Eggs in the City. I’m dissapointed to see chain restaurants when we have really cool local spots.

          1. I grew up going to OTC and feel like a little girl again whenever I am there. Their French toast is like candy and I love getting it with bacon, a poached egg, and sourdough toast! Their omelettes are stuffed with goodies as well. The original owners daughter has taken over the restaurant and has added some healthier options and daily specials.

  5. I’m a huge breakfast/brunch fan and agree with the half of this list I’ve already tried, so thanks for the other half! I was also underwhelmed with Blue Plate (no fresh avocado?)
    My other favorites not mentioned:
    Porcupine Pub – start with a chai or other latte, the specials are always good, or I always get the veggie omelet (with ham lol)
    Ruth’s Diner – always a wait, but worth it just for the awesome patio experience in warmer weather. Famous for the huge bisquits, but they weren’t my favorite the crab cakes Benedict or chicken fried steak are amazing.
    Eggs in the City – potatoes. I have dreams about them!
    Bohemian – nobody knows about this yet, so there’s hardly ever a wait and everything on the brunch menu is so good!
    …and I would also add Squatters if only for the huevos rancheros mmmm
    Happy brunching!

    1. Hi Sharlee! Thanks for your comment. I haven’t been to Porcupine for brunch- it’s not on my list! I agree that ruth’s has a great patio experience. Wasn’t blown away by eggs in the city but I have yet to try their potatoes. Can’t wait to give Bohemiam a try! Hope you have a great day!

  6. The great thing about being the Female Foodie is you get to create the lists. wink wink. Love this list. A few I haven’t tried. Most I have and agree. You’re doing an amazing job with the reviews and the photos! Thanks for the suggestions!
    hugs,
    Mum

  7. You forgot Finn’s. They have the best homemade breads and hash browns. Not deep fried pieces of potato…but real, shredded hash browns! The vegetables they use are always freshly chopped and their staff is wonderful.

    1. Love Les Madeleine’s. It isn’t on this list because I rarely choose to go there for a full breakfast, per say. Looking forward to trying Finn’s! What do you like to order there?

  8. Not only are you missing Roots Cafe, but also Eggs in the City which has recently revamped their menu. No Blue Plate Diner or Ruth’s up Emigration Canyon? This list needs to be the top 20-25 because there are many more great places!

    1. Haha okay. Never been a huge fan of blue plate, ruth’s, OR eggs in the city (gasp). Good to know that eggs in the city just revamped their menu. I will have to give it another go. Roots is my one place I have gathered off of this comment thread that I really need to try. Can’t wait.

  9. Love the list, have tried all but lazy day cafe and will need to go check them out. Can understand why you left blue plate diner off the list, but no Ruth’s diner? Their chicken sasauge is one of the best I’ve ever tasted. I have a go to spot called Brittons, nothing too unique about them , but they are consistent in quality and service and i usually go here if the new OPH in Sandy has too long of a wait. Thanks for the reccomendations

    1. Hi Erik! Way to go! Lazy day is my new favorite spot. Those lemon pancakes are out of this world. Oh Ruth’s. I want to love Ruth’s soooo much (obsessed with emigration canyon, love the overall vibe, great location, etc.) but I think their food is mediocre. I DO like their biscuits, however, and I have yet to try the chicken sausage. Looks like I will need to give it another go! I’ll keep an eye out for Brittons. Thanks for the visit!

  10. Awesome list Brooke! I love so many of those places. One of my favorite brunch dishes is The Hangover, at Gracie’s.
    Biscuits and Gravy, Melted Cheese, Potatoes, Bacon, Ham, Two Eggs. It doesn’t get better than that (for me)!

  11. Okay trying to decide where to eat for my birthday coming up… For the finca one you have a picture of the french toast but didn’t recommend it. Was it not good? Also wondering about their orange pancakes on the menu…

    1. Hey Chanel! Never tried the orange pancakes but they’re delicious! The french toast at Finca was very pretty, but nothing life changing. If you want great pancakes I would go to Penny Anns or Lazy Day Cafe. For french toast, the Park Cafe is supposed to have amazing french toast! Tulie Bakery has some incredible FT too. I would go to Finca for their eggs benny! Hope that helps!

  12. Brookie just looking for breakfast spot to go with friends tomorrow. The comment thread is as enlightening as your awesome post! Keep up the good work . Loves!
    Mom

  13. The Bohemian has the best french toast in the state. Only served Saturday and Sunday their brunch menu is easy to miss but it is a huge mistake not to give them a try.

  14. I can’t believe Cooper Kitchen in Holladay is not on there! And Silver Fork Lodge in Big Cottonwood Canyon is amazing.

  15. Hi. We took your suggestion and ate at park cafe. Cutest cafe. It was delicious. Their house potatoes were delicious, and halfway through our meal my husband said, “we are coming back.” Thank you!! And the hot chocolate – so good.

  16. Thanks so much for your kind remarks! It was good to finally meet you! Thanks for supporting local owner-operated restaurants and encouraging folks to get out and experience the food in the ‘hood! Hope to see you again soon.

  17. Love these kinds of lists! Thanks for your efforts. There is a really great breakfast place in NSL that you need to try called The Sunshine Cafe. Always a wait, but still great.