Gourmet shop Russ & Daughters celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014 with one of New York’s most-buzzed-about openings: a café devoted to breakfast. After all, breakfast is so satisfying we commonly eat it again for dinner.
Indeed, Russ & Daughters Café and many of our favorite spots serve breakfast staples all day long, whether dishing out lox with cream cheese, syrupy pancakes, waffles doused in powdered sugar, or that tag team of fresh coffee and sizzling bacon.
Other breakfast restaurants get more creative with their offerings. A super-savory (okay, slightly bizarre) omelette has inspired hour-long lines at Deluca’s in Pittsburgh, PA. In the mountain town of Boulder, CO, the chef of Walnut Café created an egg’s Benedict with a cream-based dill sauce so popular it’s now requested for orders of fries. And Cutty’s in Massachusetts takes the breakfast sandwich to new heights with its spicy Oaxacan chorizo on black-pepper brioche, plus scrambled eggs, melted farmer cheese, a smear of mayo, and cilantro.
We’re all guilty of rushing in the mornings, yet we also know breakfast is the most important meal—and that’s especially true for travelers, who should fuel up for the day ahead, whether it calls for sightseeing at museums, browsing for souvenirs, or going for a hike or bike ride.
According to a 2014 Consumer Reports study, eating within two hours of waking can do more than just give you an energy boost. Breakfast eaters are proven to have lowered risk for heart disease and diabetes, as well as enhanced memory.
So if you’ve demoted breakfast to slamming a glass of orange juice and rushing out the door with a granola bar, we invite you to savor Cajun staples like shrimp and grits, a stack of pancakes made in California with a secret ingredient, or even a liquid breakfast of build-your-own Bloody Marys.
Read on for our favorite places to start the day across America.