10 best breakfasts in Salt Lake City 2019

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.

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10 – Hub & Spoke Diner

Hub And Spoke Diner - Kentucky hot brown
Hub And Spoke Diner – Kentucky hot brown. Credit Hub And Spoke

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

9 – Bagel Project

The Bagel Project - spicy choirozo with egg and cheese. Credit Bagel Project
The Bagel Project – spicy chorizo with egg and cheese. Credit 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
(801) 906-0698

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8 – Oasis Cafe

Oasis German Pancake 1024
Oasis Cafe – German Pancake

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
(801) 322-0404

7 – Penny Ann’s Cafe

Penny Anns Cafe - the big breakfast. Credit Penny anns
Penny Anns Cafe – the big breakfast. Credit Penny anns

It’s not hard to see why this popular restaurant has already expanded to a second location. The home style cooking at Penny Ann’s is plentiful, delicious and amazingly affordable – and that trifecta is a huge hit with locals.

Of particular note, the heavenly hot cakes lusciously enriched with sour cream, served with butter and syrup. A short stack costs less than seven bucks and is enough to power you for the rest of the day. Penny Ann’s also serves breakfast all day long until they close at 3 p.m weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends.

1810 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
(801) 935-4760
280 East 12300 South, Draper, UT 84020
(801) 6620009

6 – Ruth’s Diner

Patio dining at Ruth's Diner
Patio dining at 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
(801) 582-5807

5 – Cafe Niche

caffe niche huevos rancheros
Caffe Niche – huevos rancheros

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
(801) 433-3380

4 – Feldman’s Deli

Feldmans Deli - bagel with lox
Feldmans Deli – bagel with lox

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
(801) 906-0369

3 – Over The Counter Cafe

Over The Counter Cafe - French toast with fruit. Credit Over The counter
Over The Counter Cafe – French toast with fruit. Credit Over The Counter

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
(801) 487-8725

2 – Blue Plate Diner

Blue Plate Diner - chicken fried steak. Credit Blue Plate
Blue Plate Diner – chicken fried steak. Credit Blue Plate

This East benches diner is aan merican style restaurant serving breakfast all day, 7 days a week, from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. You know the place makes cravavale comfort food as it once was featured on Food network’s Diners, Drive ins and Dives. The all day breakfast menu is packed with dishes that will keep you motoring all day long.

2041 S 2100 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
(801) 463-1151

1 – The Other Place Restaurant

The Other Place - loaded breakfast plate
The Other Place – loaded breakfast plate

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
(801) 521-6567

Breakfast locator

Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive, it’s simply ten great places. If you’re in a rush or maybe have a hangover that means you need something near you right away, our siter site has you covered. Check out the breakfast near me menu locator over on SLCmenu.

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