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Complete listing of breakfast reviews, organized first by state, then alphabetically. Reviews without active links are coming soon. For non-breakfasty reviews, look to the Beyond Breakfast page.

Two things worth noting:

  • I began the blog in 2007, so some reviews might seem a little dated. Maybe time and perspective tempered my initial gushiness about a particular spot (ahem, Northstar Cafe Beechwold). Maybe we caught the restaurant on a bad day and had a better experience on subsequent re-visits. The point is, things change. In a spirit of honesty, though, I don’t rewrite past reviews (except to update details like hours, phone number, etc.). They capture the experience we had at the time, and I need to stay true to that.
  • If you’re planning a visit based on one of my posts, please call the restaurant, check their website, or look them up on Facebook. Hours change, menus are rotated, people come and go. I make every effort to keep this list updated regarding closed restaurants, but make sure you call ahead, too.

ILLINOIS
West Egg Cafe (Chicago)

KENTUCKY
Alfalfa (Lexington)
Coffee Pub (Lexington)
Doodles (Lexington)
Ramsey’s Diner (Lexington)
Spalding’s Bakery (Lexington)
Winchell’s Restaurant (Lexington)

MARYLAND
Blue Moon Cafe (Baltimore)
Broadway Diner (Baltimore)
Cafe Hon (Baltimore)

MICHIGAN
Anna’s House (Grand Rapids)
Brandywine (Lake Drive) (Grand Rapids)
Electric Cheetah (Grand Rapids)
Founder’s Brewery Breakfast Stout Breakfast (Grand Rapids)
The Grant Depot (Grant)
The Koffee Kuppe (Fremont)
Madcap Coffee (Grand Rapids)
Marie Catrib’s (Grand Rapids)
Phoenix Street Cafe (South Haven)
Propaganda Donuts (Grand Rapids)
Real Food Cafe (Grand Rapids)
Rowster New American Coffee (Grand Rapids)
San Chez Cafe (Grand Rapids)
Trillium Haven (Grand Rapids) – renovated as Terra GR
Van’s Pastry Shoppe (Grand Rapids)
Wolfgang’s (Grand Rapids)

NEW JERSEY
Time to Eat Diner (Bridgewater)

NEW YORK
Barney Greengrass (New York)
Bergen Bagels (Brooklyn)
The City Bakery (New York)
Dough (Brooklyn)
Jing Fong
 (New York)
Kitchenette (Tribecca)
(New York)
Magnolia Bakery (Midtown)
 (New York)
Ninth Street Espresso (Chelsea Market)
 (New York)
Sarabeth’s Bakery
 (New York)
Sullivan Street Bakery (New York)
Wafels & Dinges (New York)

NORTH CAROLINA
Bojangles (Williamston)
Dajio Restaurant
 (Ocracoke)
The Dancing Turtle Coffee Shop (Hatteras)
Diamond Shoals Restaurant
 (Buxton)
Duck Donuts (Kill Devil Hills)
The Flying Melon Cafe (Ocracoke)
Front Porch Cafe (Nags Head)
Gingerbread House Bakery
 (Frisco)
Island Perks Cafe
 (Buxton) – CLOSED
Live Oak Coffee (Ocracoke)
Oceana’s Bistro
 (Avon)
Ocracoke Coffee Co. (Ocracoke)
Orange Blossom Bakery & Cafe
 (Buxton)
Out Back Kitchen
 (Avon) – CLOSED
Shipwreck Grill (Buxton)
Sidney’s Cafe & Bistro (Elizabeth City)
Ugly Mugs Coffee Shop (Avon)

OHIO
161 Diner (Dublin)
AJ’s Cafe (Columbus) **NEW REVIEW**
The Angry Baker (Columbus)
Auddino’s Bakery (Columbus)
Banana Bean Cafe (Greenlawn) (Columbus) – CLOSED
Banana Bean Cafe (German Village) – CLOSED
The Barnstormer (Columbus) – CLOSED
Barnstormers Grill (Columbus) – CLOSED, now Jack & Benny’s Barnstormer Diner
The Bean (Columbus)
Beechwold Diner (Columbus)
The Best Breakfast and Sandwiches (Westerville)
The Blue Door Cafe & Bakery (Cuyahoga Falls)
Bob Evans (Lewis Center)
BonBon Pastry & Cafe (Cleveland)
Boston Stoker Coffee (Columbus)
Breakfast Barn (Columbus) – CLOSED
Buckeye Donuts (Columbus)
Cafe Brioso (Columbus)
Cafe Corner (Columbus) – SEE KATALINA’S
Cambridge Tea House (Grandview)
Capitol Cafe by Milo’s (Columbus)
Chef-O-Nette (Columbus)
The Clarmont (Columbus) – CLOSED
Clever Crow Pizza (Columbus) – CLOSED
Colin’s Coffee (Columbus)
Cornerstone Deli & Cafe (Columbus)
Cotter’s Restaurant (Columbus) – CLOSED
Cravings Carryout Cafe (Columbus) (revisit) – formerly Cookie Cravings Bakery
The Crest Gastropub
(Columbus)
Cuco’s Taqueria (Columbus) **NEW REVIEW**
Dan’s Drive-In (Columbus)
Dan the Baker (Grandview)
Danny’s Deli (Columbus)
Daybreak Diner (Columbus) (revisit)
Dempsey’s Restaurant (Columbus)
de-NOVO bistro & bar (Columbus)
Der Dutchman (Plain City)
Destination Donuts (Columbus)
The Diner (Powell) – RE-OPENED WITH NEW OWNERS AS NORTH LIBERTY DINER
Dinin’ Hall (Columbus) – check schedule for trucks w/bfast
Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace (Columbus)
DK Diner (Grandview)
Donut World (Lancaster)
Due Amici (Columbus)
Eleni Christina Bakery (Columbus)
Ethyl & Tank (Columbus)
Explorers Club (Columbus)
First Watch (German Village) (Columbus)
First Watch (Polaris) (Columbus)
Fitzy’s Old Fashioned Diner (Columbus)
The Flying Fig (Cleveland)
Foodie Cart (Columbus) – CLOSED
Gena’s Restaurant (Westerville)
German Village Coffee Shop (Columbus)
Grand Day Cafe (Columbus)
Grandview Grind (Grandview)
Hamburger Inn (Delaware)
Hang Over Easy (Columbus)
Hemisphere Coffee Roasters (Columbus) – CART IS CLOSED
HoneyDip Donuts (Columbus) – see HoneyDip Donuts & Diner
HoneyDip Donuts & Diner (Columbus)
The Hungry Soul Cafe (Columbus) **NEW REVIEW**
Jack & Benny’s (Columbus) (revisit)
Jack’s Sandwich Shop (Columbus)
Jerry’s Galaxy Cafe (Hilliard)
Jury Room (Columbus)
The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls (Logan)
Katalina’s Cafe Corner (Columbus)
Kitchen Little (Columbus)
Kolache Republic (Columbus)
L’Appat Patisserie & Cafe (Columbus)
La Chatelaine (Worthington)
Legacy Pancake House (Dayton)
Lilly’s Kitchen Table (Grove City)
Linden Cafe (Columbus) – CLOSED
Lindsey’s Bakery (Circleville)
The Little Donut Shop (Columbus)
LJ’s Coffee Shop & Restaurant (Logan)
Luck Bros Coffee Shop (Grandview)
Lucky’s Cafe (Cleveland)
Market 65 (Columbus) – NO LONGER SERVING BREAKFAST
Marshall’s Restaurant (Grandview)
Mazah Mediterranean Eatery (Grandview) – STOPPED SERVING BRUNCH
Michael’s Goody Boy Drive-In (Columbus) – RE-OPENED UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
Milo’s Deli & Cafe (Columbus) – CLOSED
Mike’s Place (Kent)
Mission Coffee Co. (Columbus)
Mozart’s Bakery & Piano Cafe (Columbus)
Nancy’s Home Cooking (Columbus)
North Market Poultry & Game (Columbus) – SEE KITCHEN LITTLE
Northstar Cafe (Beechwold) (Columbus)
Northstar Cafe (Easton) (Columbus)
Northstar Cafe (Short North) (Columbus)
One Line Coffee (Columbus)
Our Lakeside Diner (Buckeye Lake)
The Pearl (Columbus)
Philco Bar + Diner (Columbus)
Pirate Coffee (Columbus) – CLOSED
Pistacia Vera (Columbus)
Resch’s Bakery (Columbus)
RT’s Grill (Columbus) – CLOSED
RIDEhome (Worthington)
Rise & Dine (Grandview) – CLOSED, see Grand Day Cafe
Sammy’s New York Bagels (Columbus)
Sassafras Bakery (Worthington)
Schneider’s Bakery (Westerville)
Scrambler Marie’s (Cleveland Avenue) (Columbus)
Skillet (Columbus)
Sloopy’s Diner (Columbus)
Smothered Gravy (Columbus) – CLOSED
South of Lane (Upper Arlington)
Starliner Diner (Hilliard)
Sunflower Chinese Restaurant & Lounge (Dublin)
Sunrise Cafe (Yellow Springs)
SuperChef’s Breakfast & More (Columbus)
Surly Girl Saloon (Columbus)
Sweet Clove Sunshine Cafe (Dublin)
Tasi Cafe (Columbus)
Taste of Belgium (North Market) (Columbus)
Taste of Belgium (Wexner Center) (Columbus) – CLOSED
Tee Jaye’s Country Place (Morse Road) (Columbus)
Thunderkiss Coffee (Columbus)
Tommy’s Diner (Columbus)
The Torpedo Room (Columbus)
Tree Spirit Coffee (Columbus) – CLOSED
Tuula’s European Cafe (Dublin)
Village Crepe (Pickerington)
Warehouse Cafe (Columbus)
Whole World Restaurant (Columbus)
Wildflower Cafe (Columbus) – under new ownership
Worthington Inn (Worthington)
Yeah, Me Too (Columbus)

OREGON
Gravy (Portland)
Helser’s on Alberta (Portland)
The Tin Shed (Portland)
Voodoo Doughnut (Portland)

PENNSYLVANIA
Blue Sky Cafe (Bethlehem)
Clark’s Donuts Plus (Cranberry)
Cracker Barrel (New Stanton)
French Creek Cafe (Franklin)
Greenville Dinor (Greenville) – CLOSED
Kumm Esse Diner (Myerstown)
Lititz Family Cupboard Restaurant & Buffet (Lititz)
Paxton’s Family Restaurant (Greenville)
Risser’s Family Restaurant (Womelsdorf)
Square Cafe (Pittsburgh)

TENNESSEE
Aretha Frankenstein’s (Chattanooga)
City Cafe Diner (Chattanooga)
Porter’s Steakhouse (Chattanooga)

VIRGINIA
Bagel Baker (Virginia Beach)

WEST VIRGINIA
Biscuit World (Winfield)
Cracker Barrel (Beckley)

4 responses »

  1. I think that Shade’s on 5th Ave. has some of the best sausage and hot cakes in town. For certain worth a review… just a suggestion.

    Reply
  2. If you can go to Bridgewater, NJ then for a few more miles, you can travel to Mt. Holly, NJ for The Daily Grind. Really nice little coffee shop with good coffee, tea and espresso drinks.

    Reply
  3. Try out Red Velvet Cafe in Pickerington!

    Reply

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