2419 Leavenworth St, Omaha, NE 68105
Tony Caniglia’s 11-Worth Cafe has been serving some of Omaha’s best chicken fried steaks, rib-sticking breakfasts and other diner standards since 1976. Breakfast specials include corned beef hash and eggs, strawberry pancakes, country potato casserole, and chicken fried steak and eggs with gravy, hash browns and toast.
1711 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Breakfast served all day is always a great thing, especially when it’s great breakfast served all day. You’ll find it at any one of the several Pittsburgh-area Pamela’s Diner locations, all under the guidance of hands-on owners Pam Cohen and Gail Klingensmith. Locals rave about Pamela’s California French toast, featuring cinnamon-raisin wheat bread dipped in vanilla egg batter. The signature hotcakes include varieties such as chocolate chip banana, strawberry, blueberry, and banana walnut. Corned beef hash, waffles and various omelets are also breakfast stars. Sides include memorable lyonnaise potatoes. Pamela’s has a small lunch menu with favorites such as club sandwiches and slaw dogs.
111 S Fourth St, Manhattan, KS 66502
An institution in downtown Manhattan (the Little Apple) dating back to 1943, The Chef was gloriously reopened in 2008, having previously closed in 1986. The revitalized restaurant does breakfast right with specialties such as chicken fried steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy, the smothered breakfast burrito, and bananas Foster pancakes. Bleary-eyed patrons can get started early with an Irish coffee, a prosecco float or a Manmosa (PBR with a splash of orange juice).
TICK TOCK DINER
281 Allwood Road, Clifton, NJ 07012
Open since 1948, the landmark 24-hour gleaming chrome Tick Tock Diner features rib-sticking breakfasts such as the Route 3 Traffic Jam: two potato pancakes, two sausage patties and two eggs topped with melted Swiss cheese. On the sweeter side of the menu, you’ll find Nutella French toast, banana upside-down pancakes, and strawberry crêpes with whipped cream.
THE GROVE CAFE
124 Main St, Ames, IA 50010
A classic bit of Main Street Americana, Larry and Jill Goodale’s The Grove Cafe was recently named Iowa’s best breakfast spot by Food Network magazine thanks to out-of-this-world pancakes, French toast, omelets and hash browns. Unless you haven’t eaten in a few days, you’d be wise to make it pancake (singular), given the width and thickness of these oversized griddle cakes.
MATT’S BIG BREAKFAST
825 N First St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Longtime Phoenix standout Matt’s Big Breakfast, which moved down the street to roomier digs in late summer 2012, features simple diner-inspired fare utilizing cage-free eggs and locally sourced ingredients. Menu favorites include from-scratch pancakes with sweet cream butter and real maple syrup, the Salami Scramble and The Hog & Chick (2 eggs with a pork side of your choice).
3519 Walker Ave, Memphis, TN 38111
Housed in a summery cottage just west of the University of Memphis campus, Brother Juniper’s is frequented by locals who fill up on breakfast treats such as stove-top grits, house-made berry blintzes and frittatas. Juniper’s biscuits (hearty, crusty combinations of white and whole-wheat flour that are best eaten piping hot) provide the perfect vehicle for scooping bacon and marmalade, grape jelly, or tangy honey. But the best part might just be the wide variety of omelets, with over 15 choices (some of which are served open-faced).
WHITE GULL INN
4225 Main St, Fish Creek, WI 54212
Open since 1896 and owned since 1972 by Jan and Andy Coulson, Door County institution White Gull Inn continues as a bed and breakfast inn and open-to-the-public destination dining spot for candlelit dinners, traditional fish boils, and in particular for bounteous breakfasts. The specialty of the house is the Door County cherry-stuffed French toast, once featured as winner of the Best Breakfast in America Challenge on Good Morning America.
413 14th Ave SE , Minneapolis, MN 55414
With just 14 stools crammed into a 10-foot wide space, this charming short-order standout in Dinkytown has been serving up their signature pancakes, waffles and stuffed omelets since 1950. Among its many accolades, Al’s earned an America’s Classics award from the James Beard Foundation in 2004.
NATE ‘N AL
414 N Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Beverly Hills mainstay Nate ‘n Al just might boast the strongest following of die-hard matzo brei, potato latke and corned beef brisket fans in all of Los Angeles. A classically snippy waitstaff has been serving traditional Jewish specialties to a well-heeled clientele here since 1945, but regulars and visitors alike can break cheese blintzes together amongst the romantically outdated décor. Whether it’s smoked whitefish and scrambled eggs for breakfast, or pastrami on rye and chopped liver for lunch or dinner, comfort food can only be this good when it comes with a hearty helping of true L.A. tradition on the side.