Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. Heck, possibly the most delicious meal of the day. Should you find yourself beset with rumblings of hunger in the morning hours, we have plenty of options in SLC. Here are some of our picks for the best breakfast in Salt Lake City.
1 – The Other Place Restaurant
A classic American style diner atmosphere that will take you back to era’s long gone. The dining room is functionality, the menu massive, and the servers fast and friendly. It’s the kind of place where, “coffee?”, is one of the first words spoken as soon as you arrive. It’s a perfect breakfast spot when you crave a filling plate to start your day.
The menu offers everything from omelettes to heaving breakfast platters to Greek infused dishes. Bonus points? It’s downtown and eminently affordable, much of the breakfast menu is easily affordable with just $10 to your name.
300 South 469 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
2 – Root’d Cafe
Once upon a time this was Franck Peissel’s Franck’s Angel Cafe. The spot in Cottonwood Heights is now Root’d Cafe, not to be confused with Roots Cafe a couple miles North mind you; and yes, I’ve already had that confusing conversation with someone myself already.
The menu is surprisingly affordable in today’s age of twelve dollar avocado toasts. Check out the range of options under ten bucks not to mention smart wine choices such as the impeccable Carol Shelton for just $5.
2577 Bengal Blvd, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121
3 – Feldman’s Deli
Feldman’s made their name with with their classic NYC-style half pound monster deli sandwiches. And while they’re amazing creations you should definitely stop in for, you might not know the East side restaurant also serves breakfast. Served Tuesday through Saturday, 8 am – 10:30 am, Feldman’s Deli menu is stacked with homestyle dishes like corned beef hash as well as selections that nod back to the owners’ East coast roots like bagels with lox and schemar. The owner Michael Feldman is a Jersey native – so you know everything served up here is legit.
2005 E 2700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
4 – Oasis Cafe
A tranquil getaway just on the edges of bustling downtown SLC makes this a great option to refuel and recharge in peace and quiet. Breakfast and brunch are served 7 days a week until 2 p.m. both inside the zen like space and outside on the pretty patio on warmer days.
Oasis Cafe also features a full bar, which means if breakfast needs that extra kick of a mimosa or bloody mary, the folks here have you covered. Do note that in SLC you can only order an alcoholic beverage in a restaurant after 11am.
151 S 500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
5 – Bagel Project
The name says it all. This business was started as a project to prove that you can still make great bagels, even without NYC’s lauded special water. Given the fact this bagel and bialy based business routinely sells out of their stock – made daily from scratch – we’d say they succeeded. The Bagel Project is open seven days a week, from 6.30 am on weekdays, 7.30 am on weekends – be sure to get here early to make sure you don’t miss out!
779 S 500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
6 – Ruth’s Diner
An undeniable institution for breakfast in Salt Lake City. Ruth’s Diner started life as the archetypal roadside trolley diner, and despite changes and expansions over the years, still remains a popular destination with locals and visitors alike.
One of the reasons are the wonderful views of Emigration Canyon where Ruth’s diner is nestled; another of course is the food. Every meal at Ruth’s starts with complementary ‘mile high biscuits’, fist sized, fluffy slices of buttery biscuit. You’ll want to nibble on these, if only not to ruin your appetite for an eclectic breakfast menu that covers all the familiar bases from benedicts to breakfast burritos.
4160 Emigration Canyon Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
7 – Cafe Niche
There’s a little bit of everything on the menu at this downtown cafe that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner all week long. The precise menu at Niche is always changing as chef Andy Morrison tweaks the menu with the seasons. What you will always find though is an affordable and comfortable downtown dining spot that will definitely hit the spot.
779 East 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
8 – Over The Counter Cafe
You’ll find something common with a lot of our favorite breakfast spots in SLC – they all share longevity. They’ve been feeding locals happily for year upon year. There’s something to be said for reliability and consistency, eseecpually when it comes to breakfast. Case in point, Over The Counter Cafe. This cafe has been serving up breakfast ever since its doors opened in 1983. Ever since then, the Millcreek based eatery has been delighting locals with stellar breakfast fare.
The cafe’s approach to their menu explains their long lived popularity, much is made in house with care and love. Coupled with a wallet friendly menu and it’s hard to beat if you’re in the neighborhood. Open seven days a week 6.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2343 E 3300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
9 – Hub & Spoke Diner
One of SLC’s newest restaurant’s, not to mention one with a fine pedigree behind it. This modern spin on the classic all American diner, comes from Scott Evans, the chap behind farm to table pioneer Pago and the Spanish focused Finca restaurants. Like Evan’s other restaurants the focus is on high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients as the basis of the menu. Everything is made fresh, nothing is frozen. While this means prices do skew marginally higher you will find local organic eggs, baked goods from the in-house bakery from scratch daily, not to mention house-made sausage, house-smoked bacon, and a variety of ice-cream shakes – with boozy varieties on hand too.
1291 South 1100 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
10 – Beehive Breakfast
The little food stand that could. You’ll find these guys slinging some slobberingly good looking breakfast foods in downtown SLC Monday through Saturday, 8-11 a.m. The picture above? Their worker bee sandwich, a mix of grilled golden hash brown, bacon, egg cheese and crispy onions. Today’s top tip: no one counts calories during covus. Check em out here.