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The following are our list of the Best Breakfast Restaurants in America (in no particular order). Represented on our list is everything from diners, soul food spots and coffee shops to houses of pancakes, waffles and pie. These restaurants inspire an unparalleled devotion among locals and tourists who are willing to line up around the block and wait to snag a coveted booth or counter stool.

Washington, D.C.

If you're looking to start your day with granola and Greek yogurt, landmark Washington, DC soul food spot Florida Ave Grill is probably not your kind of place. The rest of us will gladly wait in line for a red stool at the counter for heapin' helpings of hot cakes, biscuits and sausage gravy, three-egg omelets, and spicy halfsmoke and eggs. The signed photos of celebrities, politicians and athletes above the open kitchen area attest that anyone and everyone can agree on a hearty breakfast.

Charleston, South Carolina
James Beard Award-winning chef Robert Stehling and his contemporary Southern standout Hominy Grill serve the city's best shrimp and grits, which is saying something in dining rich Charleston. Breakfast menu favorites include high-rise biscuit with sausage gravy, huevos rancheros, house-made banana or ginger pumpkin bread, and the country breakfast with eggs, hominy grits, toast, and house-made sausage or double-cut bacon.

San Antonio, Texas

Superb ingredients shine through at The Magnolia Pancake Haus' in San Antonio. All pancake batter is made from scratch several times a day; syrup is made in house; and sausage is custom blended and all natural. Along with quality, Magnolia also values variety. Its "World Famous Pancakes" include buttermilk, buckwheat, blueberry, pecan and even bacon. For a unique meal that's more easily digested than pronounced, go with the Authentic Munchener Apfel Pfannekuchen - a puffed up pancake covered in apples, cinnamon and brown sugar.
Aretha Frankensteins

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Before scampering off to the Chattanooga Aquarium or visiting the gnomes at Rock City, get your day started right at fun and funky Aretha Frankensteins. You'll likely have to wait, but it's well worth it for breakfast specialties such as shrimp and grits, country ham and eggs, the potato and bacon omelet, and the sweet tooth-satisfying Elephants Gerald: a Belgian waffle topped with vanilla ice cream and pecans in syrup then dusted with cinnamon.
A1 Diner

Gardiner, Maine

In a classic diner car circa 1946, the famed A1 Diner is one of Maine's essential dining destination. The top-notch breakfast menu offers orange pecan waffles, steak and eggs, apple cinnamon pancakes, and banana almond French toast. For lunch or dinner, try your luck with the specials board which features everything from blue cheese meatloaf and scallop BLTs to spanikopita and pulled pork tacos.

Berkeley, California

First-time visitors to Bette's Oceanview Diner in Berkeley will know soon enough, based on the line out the door, that it's widely considered to be one of the best breakfasts in the Bay Area, as many weekend breakfast-goers wait up to two hours for a table. An eclectic mix of business executives, families, tourists and students comprise the patronage, plus a jukebox plays everything from modern country to opera. Bette's is well known for its fluffy soufflé pancakes, made with whipped egg whites and topped with banana rum, apple brandy, fruit or chocolate. Huevos rancheros, lox egg scrambles, corned beef hash with poached eggs and fluffy omelets round out the breakfast menu.

Chicago, Illinois

One of Chicago's most iconic restaurants, having opened in 1942, the South Loop's Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen remains legendary for its corned beef, brisket and pastrami sandwiches, accompanied with sides of crisp potato pancakes and served cafeteria-style. They do a solid breakfast business as well, with thick challah French toast, matzo brei (fried matzo), buttermilk pancakes and three-egg omelets.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

The slogan at Santa Fe standout Tecolote Cafe is: Great Breakfast - No Toast. You won't miss the toast, thanks to spicy Southwestern specialties such as breakfast burritos topped with red or green chile, chicken livers Tecolote, and huevos yucatecos (corn tortiillas topped with black beans, two eggs, green chile, Swiss and Feta cheese, pico de gallo, and a side of fried bananas).The Tollhouse Hot Cakes (all batters are made from scratch) with chocolate chips and walnuts deliver breakfast and dessert at the same time.

Clearwater, Florida

Neighbors and tourists alike jam into quirky Lenny's Restaurant for its huge all-day breakfasts and deli-style lunches and dinners. Second-generation family owners have kept founder Lenny Farrell's spirit alive by maintaining the eccentric décor, complete with stuffed animals, baseball memorabilia, family portraits, autographed celebrity photos and numerous knickknacks. Hungry patrons appreciate the famed pastry basket that comes complimentary with most breakfasts. Well-priced breakfast items include pancakes, omelets with pastrami, salami or corned beef hash.

Houston, Texas

Twice as charming as the late director John Hughes' angsty teen movie comedy bearing the same name, since 2001 The Breakfast Klub has abided by its credo, "If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, why not have it twice, " as this Midtown eatery serves breakfast until 2 pm daily. And just as the k's replacing c's in every instance on the menu foretell, this is not the traditional kind of breakfast you can whip up in five minutes after rolling out of bed. Signature dishes include the divine pairing of Wings & Waffle or the supremely southern Katfish & Grits. Lunch specialties with a Cajun twist such as "krawfish" fettucini, red beans and rice, and "krawfish" étouffée are available as well. Akkompany - apologies, it's habit-forming - your meal with one of a few coffee or juice options.


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