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.
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
Left Fork Grill – Chef and owner Jeff Masten’s Left Fork Grill has been delighting Salt Lakers with its traditional American diner appeal since 2006. With former cooking stints at Market Street and Red Rock, Masten’s motto for the business is “Where cafe meets gourmet”.
The vibe is very much old school Americana, whether you plump yourself down in one of the restaurant’s cozy booths or prop yourself up at the counter to chat with regulars and grab a cup of joe. Whatever you do, don’t leave without grabbing a slice of home made pie, some of the best in the state and all made in house.
68 W 3900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84107
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
Penny Ann’s Cafe – 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
280 East 12300 South, Draper, UT 84020
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
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