Best Breakfast Spots of the Year

5 spots around the country to visit in the a.m.

The Breslin

Here, Food & Wine’s restaurant editor Kate Krader spotlights five top breakfast spots.

The Breslin, New York City
Grapefruit doesn’t often play a starring role in my best breakfasts. But at the Breslin (which is better known for whole suckling pigs at night than citrus fruit in the a.m.), they have an amazing version topped simply with ginger & mint — as well as sublime ricotta pancakes with marinated berries.

Huckleberry, Los Angeles
If you can make it to Huckleberry by 11 a.m., which I finally did, you can take advantage of the breakfast menu. It features phenomenal green eggs and ham: basil-pesto-topped fried eggs with prosciutto, all on an English muffin.

Nightwood, Chicago
Bacon-butterscotch doughnuts are at the very top of Nightwood’s brunch menu, and they’re absolutely scrumptious. If I could, in good conscience, eat a whole breakfast of just these doughnuts, I would.

Mile End, Brooklyn
As hard as it is to face a crowd of ravenous Brooklyn locals first thing in the morning, the reward is worth it. "Eggs mish mash" is a scrambled-egg dish packed with house-made lox or salami (it’s a super-hard choice). A more meat-oriented friend of mine goes crazy for the house-smoked meat hash.

Empire State South, Atlanta
The breakfast menu here isn’t big (in fact, it’s tiny). But the build-your-own-sandwich option makes it possible to have a fresh-baked biscuit with fried chicken and pimento cheese — add scrambled eggs for an extra $1. Plus, the restaurant serves Counter Culture coffee.

— Kate Krader, Food & Wine


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