Your Definitive Guide To The Best Brunch Spot In All 50 States

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Oh, how we love brunch. Whether it’s loud and lively with our squad, featuring endless mimosas and juicy gossip, or laid-back and lengthy with our S.O. and plenty of coffee, brunch is by far the best meal of the week.

As brunch connoisseurs (we take that term very seriously), we figured it was our official duty to discover the best weekend-morning eats in every state. Which place captures not only the spirit of its regional cuisine but the soul of the area, too? Are the pricey buffets in luxe hotels worth spending a chunk of our paycheck on? Or is the corner greasy spoon that has been knocking out omelets and skillets for decades quietly blowing people’s minds?

We scoured Yelp, Opentable, and thousands of Foursquare check-ins to find which place best represents what each state has to offer. Whether they're showcasing the area’s best food, or their icon status comes from pop culture, we've got the restaurants worth tagging on Instagram.

Did we get it right? Do you disagree? Tell us in the comments!

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Locals love the live jazz music, the sensational chicken ’n’ waffles, and the outrageously fun make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, but it’s the $3 mimosas that put this Birmingham brunch place over the top.

Five, 744 29th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233; (205) 868-3841.
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Snow City Cafe
Between the endless omelet, scrambled egg, and eggs Benedict variations, your eggy brunch needs are covered in this Anchorage eatery. People rave about the Deadliest Catch dish in particular, which is an eggs Benedict-lover’s dream with two poached eggs served over an Alaskan king crab cake and a smoked-salmon cake.

Snow City Cafe, 1034 West Fourth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501; (907) 272-2489.
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Duza’s Kitchen
Don’t let the small size of this spot in Phoenix’s Coronado neighborhood fool you; it's a brunch powerhouse. On the menu, you'll find an international twist to the robust offerings. The Mexican breakfast torte with chorizo and queso fresco, the crab shrimp Benedict with chipotle hollandaise, and the shepherd's biscuit with Italian sausage and ricotta cheese are all solid crowd-pleasers.

Duza’s Kitchen, 2243 North 12th Street, Phoenix, AZ (SE corner Oak & 12th streets); (480) 252-3787.
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The Root Cafe
This farm-to-table restaurant in Little Rock serves locally sourced meat, eggs, and bread, which will please carnivores and vegetarians alike. Real talk: Any place that serves a doughnut muffin — a homemade buttermilk crumb muffin rolled in butter, sugar, and cinnamon — deserves to be on this list.

The Root Cafe, 1500 South Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72202; (501) 414-0423.
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The Ivy
It may not be the best food in California, but this infamous eatery is one of the most iconic brunch spots in the country. Yes, the prices are outrageous, even for L.A. — $6.75 for a cup of coffee, anyone? — but this is THE place for starlets and wannabe starlets to both see and be seen.

The Ivy, 113 North Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048; (310) 274-8303.
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Over Easy
Power up with something from the fresh-squeezed-juice bar or bury your face in one of their endless varieties of eggs Benedict. If you can’t decide what to get, spring for the pancake flight, where you can pick three out of the five styles to dig into. With offerings like Colorado blueberry streusel with lemon honey butter and blueberry-infused maple syrup and strawberry cheesecake with whipped cream, you won’t leave hungry.

Over Easy, 28A South Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903; (719) 471-2311.
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Harlan Social
Twenty dollars gets you bottomless mimosas, Bellinis, and Bloody Marys in this open and airy, sleek space in the heart of Stamford. Soak up the drinks with a fresh-made pastry basket, an egg-and-short-rib sandwich, a Belgian waffle, or a fried egg and Sausalito hash.

Harlan Social, 121 Towne Street, Stamford, CT 06902; (203) 883-8000.
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Dead Presidents Pub & Restaurant
This popular Wilmington spot serves classic brunch fare with a cheeky political twist. Order the LBJ French toast or the voter’s choice omelet. On a cute note, they call their kids’ specials “the vice presidents’ menu.” How adorable is that?

Dead Presidents Pub & Restaurant
, 618 North Union Street, Wilmington, DE 19805; (302) 375-5627.
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Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
When Anthony Bourdain met with Questlove in the recent Miami-themed episode of Parts Unknown, they broke bread at Yardbird, the wildly popular upscale Southern comfort food restaurant in Miami Beach. Its brunch in particular is legendary, with lines to get in often wrapping around the block. Locals and tourists alike agree that the spongy buttermilk biscuits, the maple-glazed bacon doughnut, and the crispy fried chicken with hot honey live up to the hype.

Yardbird, 1600 Lenox Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139; (305) 538-5220.
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South City Kitchen Midtown
Southern hospitality shines through in this much-loved downtown Atlanta spot. Nibble on Southern classics like fried green tomatoes, pickled shrimp, and pimento cheese before you dive into the main dishes. Smoked brisket Benedict with Creole mustard hollandaise, jumbo lump crab cake hash, and chicken and waffles are popular picks.

South City Kitchen Midtown, 1144 Crescent Avenue North East, Atlanta, GA 30309; (404) 873-7358.
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Frenchman’s Cafe
This tiny storefront tucked away in a strip mall is singlehandedly elevating brunch fare on the island. Frenchman’s Cafe melds French, Caribbean, and Polynesian flavors. Their sweet crepes, savory galettes, croque-madames, and omelets have garnered rave reviews and even a perfect five-star rating on Yelp.

Frenchman’s Cafe, Kona Marketplace, 75-5729 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740; (808) 365-2671.
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Goldy's Breakfast Bistro
Goldy’s breakfast combo meals are completely customizable. With 11 meat sides, eight potato sides, and eight bread sides to choose from, you are in the driver’s seat when it comes to assembling your dream brunch meal. If you don’t feel like hopscotching through the menu and creating your own adventure, opt for the spicy chicken benny.

Goldy's Breakfast Bistro, 108 South Capitol Boulevard, Boise, ID 83702; (208) 345-4100.
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Lula Cafe
Locals swear by “The Royale” breakfast sandwich at this charming, hip eatery located in Chicago's Logan Square. The smoked trout scramble and the classic Lula breakfast burritos are favorites, too. That’s why it’s best to go in a group — so you can try a little bit of everything.

Lula Cafe, 2537 North Kedzie Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60647; (773) 489-9554.
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This bright space in Indianapolis cranks out truly creative brunch dishes. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, sip a dreamsicle mimosa as you work your way through a sourdough pearl sugar waffle. If you’re craving something savory, slurp the house-recipe michelada as you dig into the grilled Viking lamb ribeye paired with a sunny egg. Don’t forget to snag an order of warm cinnamon sugar doughnuts for the table. You’ll thank us later.

Milktooth, 534 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46203; (317) 986-5131.
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BlackStone’s brunch buffet is filled with staples like eggs, French toast, and applewood-smoked bacon. Opt for a made-to-order omelet or load up on sliced roast beef au jus at the carving station. Just know that the bottomless mimosas are only $8, which is a steal.

BlackStone, 503 Westbury Drive, Suite 1, Iowa City, IA 52245; (319) 338-1770.
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The Chef
If you’re looking for large portions of comfort food, this is your new go-to spot. With a smothered burrito, crab cake bennys, and pancakes banana Foster on the menu, you should plan on showing up hungry.

The Chef, 111 South Fourth Street, Manhattan, KS 66502; (785) 537-6843.
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Lexington Diner
Whether you’re hankering for an overstuffed omelet, crispy chicken and waffles, or s’mores French toast, this diner will blow you away with its over-the-top menu. The selections change often, so you’ll have to be a repeat customer to sample it all.

Lexington Diner, 124 North Upper Street, Lexington, KY 40507; (859) 303-7308.
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This place is essentially New Orleans on a plate. Yes, there’s live music. And of course there’s a Bloody Mary bar. The étouffée omelet with crawfish and tasso ham, the shrimp and grits with andouille sausage, and the duck hash with poached eggs are particular standouts. By the time you finish your meal, you’ll either want to dance in the street or take a nap.

Atchafalaya, 901 Louisiana Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115; (504) 891-9626.
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Central Provisions
You may not think a tapas restaurant could nail brunch service, but you’d be wrong. Whether you’re in the mood for something lighter, like a bluefin tuna crudo, or something heftier, like the breakfast burger with miso mayo, kimchi, egg, and bacon, this Portland hotspot’s got you covered.

Central Provisions, 414 Fore Street, Portland, ME; (207) 805-1085.
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Miss Shirley’s Cafe
Miss Shirley’s is a local chain that blends Creole and Chesapeake flavors. Locals swear by the Spicy Shirley, a Bloody Mary with a knee-slapping spicy kick. They also rave about the crab Benedict with fried green tomatoes, the benne seed chicken and waffles, and coconut-cream-stuffed French toast.

Miss Shirley’s Cafe, Multiple locations in MD.
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Café Luna
Boston has no shortage of wonderful diners and restaurants to choose from. With so many options, it can be hard to pick a standout. But Café Luna in Cambridge has been consistently knocking out fantastic brunch fare. Their signature lobster eggs Benedict gives a New England twist to the classic dish. And their Cookie Monster French toast — French toast stuffed with Belgian chocolate, European cookie butter, and fresh strawberries and topped with Oreo cookie crumble and whipped cream — will please adults and little ones alike.

Café Luna, 403 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139; (617) 576-3400.
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Dime Store
Billed as an “American brunch bar,” this busy restaurant in downtown Detroit serves breakfast, lunch, and drinks sourced from primarily local purveyors. The duck bop hash and the Philly cheesesteak eggs Benedict show they’re not afraid to be playful with their flavors, which makes this brunch spot stand out from the rest.

Dime Store, inside the Chrysler House, 719 Griswold Street, Suite 180, Detroit, MI 48226; (313) 962-9106.
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The Kenwood
Located across the street from an elementary school in Minneapolis, The Kenwood is the perfect place to dip into a weekend meal. Whatever you fancy — kimchi and fried rice with pork belly, pancakes with black walnut butter, or huevos rancheros — they’ll hook you up.

The Kenwood, 2115 West 21st Street, Minneapolis, MN 55405; (612) 377-3695.
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Big Bad Breakfast
With a robust offering of egg dishes, low country skillets, pancakes, waffles, and French toast, this popular joint in Oxford is a slam dunk.

Big Bad Breakfast, 719 North Lamar Boulevard, Oxford, MS 38655; (662) 236-2666.
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Café Sebastienne
Nestled inside the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is a New American-style café. Opt for the Hot Kentucky Brown if you’re in the mood for something savory. Pick the brioche French toast if you’re craving something on the sweeter side. Fabulous food inside a gorgeous museum at prices that won’t make your wallet frown — what could be better?

Café Sebastienne, Kemper Museum, 4420 Warwick Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64111; (816) 561-7740.
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Farmhouse Lakeside
If you’re looking for a gourmet farmhouse vibe, this place has it. Farmhouse Lakeside is a warm and inviting space with plenty of small-town charm. Their fried chicken benny with scratch-made sausage gravy is a crowd-pleaser. Or, if you like a little more carbs in your brunch, locals love the chicken and pancake drizzled with sage honey butter.

Farmhouse Lakeside, 306 Stoner Loop, Lakeside, MT 59922; (406) 844-0610.
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Kitchen Table
The Kitchen Table utilizes the best local ingredients Nebraska has to offer. Their 1-2-3 Sunday brunch offers a range of tasty options for $15 each to please everyone at the table.

Kitchen Table, 1415 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102; (402) 933-2810.
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Egg & I
Vegas does everything over the top, and brunch legend Egg & I definitely lives up to that promise. With a newspaper-length menu full of dozens of eggy dishes, your biggest problem is settling on what to order. People rave about the banana nut muffins, so if you go, definitely get one (or six).

Egg & I, multiple locations in NV.
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Flapjack’s Pancake House
This New England farmhouse restaurant has been slinging pancakes to hungry locals since 2004. Slather their popular buttermilk pancakes — in variations like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, strawberry raspberry, and pumpkin — with maple cinnamon butter or local maple syrup for a sugar boost.

Flapjack’s Pancake House, 149 Main Street, Lincoln, NH 03251; (603) 745-8226.
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There’s always a line out the door at Sabrina’s, South Jersey’s hub for funky brunch legends. Plates of pillowy stuffed French toasts fly out of the kitchen. Their barking Chihuahua breakfast burrito is an absolute must for anyone battling a nasty hangover. But it’s a side of their crispy jalapeño polenta fries that makes us want to do a happy dance.

Sabrina’s, 714 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108; (856) 214-0723.
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Farm & Table
Farm & Table’s carne adovada breakfast tacos, enchiladas and eggs, and atole, a traditional New Mexican toasted blue corn cereal, are all authentic dishes featuring bold Southwestern flavors. Dine on the gorgeous outdoor patio for maximum enjoyment.

Farm & Table, 8917 Fourth Street North West, Albuquerque, NM 87114; (505) 503-7124.
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Five Leaves
It’s almost impossible to pick one place to highlight in New York City, but this stylish corner eatery with an Australian-flecked menu truly nails what brunch is all about — a place to meet friends and chow down on undeniably delicious food. Check out the Greenpoint crowd as you slide your fork into a pile of fluffy ricotta pancakes with a hearty scoop of honeycomb butter and fresh berries sprinkled on top.

Five Leaves, 18 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222; (718) 383-5345.
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Beasley’s Chicken + Honey
Raleigh’s Beasley’s Chicken + Honey serves up award-worthy chicken and waffles. For a brunch-y twist, order The Reunion, which is fried chicken on a buttermilk biscuit with a fried egg, cheese, and a dash of Tabasco.

Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, 237 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601; (919) 322-0127.
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The Shack On Broadway
The Shack on Broadway slings pitch-perfect diner comfort food. How can you resist a place that serves something called the Hooligan Omelet, which is filled with cheese, then topped with chili, onions, and more cheese? Add a few jalapeños for an extra kick.

The Shack on Broadway, 3215 Broadway North, Fargo, ND 58102; (701) 356-2211.
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Inside the tiny dining room, you’ll find one of the most buzz-worthy spots in Columbus. The menu, which almost exclusively features locally sourced produce and meat, constantly changes, but dishes like pork belly hash with duck andouille biscuits and gravy should give you a good idea of the hearty fare on offer.

Skillet, 410 East Whittier Street, Columbus, OH 43206; (614) 443-2266.
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Cheever’s Cafe
Huge portions with Southwest and Creole flourishes await you in the Heartland. Both the chicken fried steak with jalapeño cream gravy and garlic red-skinned mashed potatoes and the cowgirl Benedict with red chile hollandaise are solid options. Don’t forget to try their homemade cinnamon roll, too.

Cheever’s Cafe, 2409 North Hudson Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73103; (405) 525-7007.
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Tasty N Sons
This much-loved eatery pulls inspiration from all over the map. Between a Nashville hot chicken sandwich, a Tunisian chickpea soup, and a Burmese red pork stew, this Portland eatery brings the world to your table. Dishes like chocolate potato doughnuts and kimchi will wake up your tastebuds, even if you’re still half asleep.

Tasty n Sons, 3808 North Williams, Suite C, Portland, OR 97227; (503) 621-1400.
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Hungry Pigeon
If you’re in the City of Brotherly Love, head over to Queen Village’s newest sensation. Order the egg sandwich with local bacon and a hash brown square stacked on a house-made English muffin. Chase it down with a fresh almond croissant still warm from the oven. If that isn't love, we don't know what is.

Hungry Pigeon, 743 South Fourth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147; (215) 278-2736.
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Nick’s On Broadway
This place has generated plenty of buzz, and by all accounts it’s doing everything right. People can't shut up about their eggs Benedict with lemon-herb hollandaise sauce, but their baked polenta with Vermont cheddar and two eggs has its share of fans, too.

Nick’s on Broadway, 500 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909; (401) 421-0286.
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Hominy Grill
The Hominy Grill serves some of the best food the Low Country has to offer. Try the Charleston nasty biscuit, which is a fried chicken breast with cheddar cheese and sausage gravy and a side of locally sourced grits. That’ll knock any groggy hangover out of your system ASAP.

Hominy Grill, 207 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403; (843) 937-0930.
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Tally’s Silver Spoon
To make a lasting impression on the countless travelers passing through town, you’ve got to be doing something right. Maybe it’s Tally’s massive mimosas, which impart a buzz after a few sips. Or maybe it’s the stellar chicken fried steak with two eggs, hash browns, toast, and country gravy. Or maybe it’s their Really French toast served with foie gras and maple cream. Whatever the reason, it's a South Dakota staple.

Tally’s Silver Spoon, 530 Sixth Street, Rapid City, SD 57701; (605) 342-7621.
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Three words: buttermilk biscuit beignets. You can get these doughy beauties at this elevated Southern restaurant located in the historic Germantown neighborhood. Locals adore the hot chicken sliders, but really, you can't go wrong with any item you choose off the menu.

Silo, 1121 Fifth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208; (615) 750-2912.
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Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
There are a lot of reasons to love this place, including $10 one-liter “manmosas,” the corned beef hash with six-day house-cured angus brisket, herb-roasted potatoes, poblano peppers, onions, kale, and cherry tomatoes topped with hollandaise and two poached eggs, and the hangover-busting line of fresh-made sausages. If you’re looking for Texas-sized fun with Texas-sized food, head to Banger’s.

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, 9 & 81 Rainey Street, Austin, TX 78701; (512) 386-1656.
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Glitretind Restaurant At Stein Eriksen Lodge
Take in the majestic mountain views while you chomp on unlimited waffles, crepes, omelets, fresh crab claws, and house-made pastries.

Glitretind Restaurant at Stein Eriksen Lodge, 7700 Stein Way, Park City, UT 84060, (435) 645-6455.
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Penny Cluse Cafe
Gingerbread pancakes are a cult favorite at this charming restaurant in Burlington. Plus, you know you’re in for a treat when a place offers a dish called bucket-o-spuds — a mound of home fries with melted cheese, salsa, sour cream, and green onions. Order a plate for the table, but we’d understand if you want to hoard them all for yourself.

Penny Cluse Cafe, 169 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT 05401; (802) 651-8834.
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Perly’s Restaurant & Delicatessen
Perly’s puts a modern spin on traditional Jewish deli fare. Locals order the Benny Goodman, smoked salmon on two crispy potato latkes with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. This is food that would make your bubbe proud.

Perly’s, 111 East Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219; (804) 912-1560.
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The Butcher & The Baker
Any meal that starts with a basket of complimentary mini-scones and jam is winning at life. The Winner Winner chicken fritter on a cheddar-bacon biscuit is a particular fave with locals. Maybe because it’s just so much fun to say. It’s also a lot of fun to eat.

The Butcher & The Baker, 6412 Latona Avenue North East, Seattle, WA 98115; (206) 414-3100.
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Birch & Barley
This spot, located in the Logan Circle neighborhood, wins fans with its popular Boozy Brunch deal. Three house-made doughnut holes, two brunch cocktails, bottomless tea and coffee, and a choice of entree for $30 is a solid deal for D.C., no debate needed.

Birch & Barley, 1337 14th Street North West, Washington, D.C. 20005; (202) 567-2576.
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First Watch
First Watch dishes up brunch staples like biscuits and gravy and hash skillets. But they also offer items on the healthier side: power-breakfast quinoa bowls, frittatas, avocado toast, and fresh-squeezed juices with names like Kale Tonic and Day Glow. Not a bad way to start the day.

First Watch, 164 Summers Street, Charleston, WV 25301; (304) 343-3447.
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This all-day brunch spot in Appleton has garnered rave reviews with a spin on comfort food. The lemon ricotta pancakes are a thing of beauty, and the fried green tomato Benedict is a work of art.

SAP, 708 North Casaloma Drive, Appleton, WI 54913; (920) 257-2194.
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Persephone Bakery
Bread pudding French toast and the cheddar black pepper scone skillet put this eatery on the must-try list. The fact that they serve Intelligentsia coffee and Bellocq Atelier herbal tea is a happy bonus.

Persephone Bakery, 145 East Broadway, Jackson, WY 83001; (307) 200-6708.
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