Breakfast Near Me: According to doctors and the backs of cereal boxes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s also my favorite meal of the day.
Additionally, because we always agree with whatever they say on Lucky Charms boxes, I’ve combined forces to track down the best breakfast foods around the country.
Maybe it’s the fact that working a typical 9-5 means most of us don’t really have time to sit down for this meal except on the weekends or special occasions.
I’m sure there’s some psychological effect of being a kid and only big breakfasts on the weekends when mom had time to cook.
From New York City’s ubiquitous bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches to California’s breakfast burritos, each region of the US puts its own spin on the most important meal of the day.
Here are 14 breakfast foods you can eat around the US.
Best American Breakfast Foods
1. Pancakes and Maple Syrup
Who doesn’t love waking up to the smell of pancakes? There is something about pancakes that suggests that the day is going to be great, especially if you are sharing them with your family.
Regardless of how much of a hurry you are in, pancakes are one breakfast that you really do need to take slow. This makes them a fantastic way to slow down and get your day going on the right food, rather than rushing right from the start.
2. Home Fries
Home fries are a popular American side dish made by frying larger chunks of potatoes in butter or oil until they are crispy and golden in color. The potatoes might sometimes be unpeeled, and they are often shortly boiled or steamed before frying.
Home fries are often paired with onions and peppers in the same pan. The dish can be consumed on its own with some salt as a snack, or as a crispy breakfast accompaniment.
There are people who like doughnuts—and then there are people who obviously just don’t have good taste.
Because who can deny the fluffy, sugary, warm goodness that is a fresh-baked doughnut on a cool morning?
Pro tip: You can even make your own in the air fryer in under 10 minutes.
4. Toasted English Muffin
Having a toasted English muffin can be an easy and fast option for breakfast. One of the great things about these is that there are so many different options for toppings – so you can really tailor them towards what you like to eat.
Some of the simpler options are butter, Nutella, or cream cheese, but there are also many more interesting and complex alternatives.
5. Biscuits and Gravy
Biscuits and gravy is a particularly common breakfast in the United States, especially in the South, although the meal isn’t very common in other parts of the world.
In fact, the word biscuit in British English refers to cookies, so the phrase biscuits and gravy doesn’t even make sense in British English.
Oatmeal is like the Taylor Swift of breakfast foods: It was always good but kind of flew under the radar until it reinvented itself and completely blew up.
While that metaphor might be a stretch, you get the point—oatmeal isn’t just for your grandma anymore. Not only is it one of the most popular make-ahead breakfast recipes, but it’s also delicious, filling, and most importantly, healthy.
7. Fresh fruit
I love fruit as much as the next person but a single banana does not a filling breakfast make. You would love packing fresh fruit (like strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries) with yogurt and granola in these OXO Good Grips containers.
The dish can also often include capers, tomatoes, red onion, and more. Some of the most famous spots to nosh on the sandwich include Katz’s Delicatessen on New York City’s Lower East Side and Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles, California.
There’s no formal definition of what counts as a breakfast burrito, but any tortilla filled with eggs, potatoes, and other ingredients you’d eat for breakfast qualifies. Fillings vary from city to city.
With the exception of Corn Flakes, I don’t think you can go wrong with any cereal, especially the sugary kinds that yield that deliciously sweet milk for drinking at the end.
Belgian waffles tend to have large squares, deep pockets, and relatively light batter. When done right, the waffles will tend to be crispy on the outside, but light on the inside.
The deep pockets mean that there is a huge range of potential toppings, including fruit, syrup, chocolate sauce, ice cream, and frequent combinations of all of those.
Similar to breakfast burritos, breakfast tacos are a Tex-Mex take on the filled tortilla.
Found throughout the Lone Star State from Austin to the Rio Grande Valley, they’re stuffed with eggs and everything from barbacoa to chicken sausage.
Croissants originate in France and have been particularly common in both France and Austria throughout history.
However, they are becoming increasingly popular as a breakfast staple in the United States and are easily recognizable by their crescent shape.
Croissants tend to be flaky and buttery, although their relatively light substance makes them largely unsuitable as the sole component of breakfast.
Toast is—and always has been—a lot of people’s favorite food. And while some people use a toaster, other people do not. Instead, they make their toast in the oven using the broiler.
Everyone knows that a good breakfast has the perfect balance of carbs, protein, and fats.
Get the second two with some sausage, which is as tasty as it is filling. If you have a stand mixer, you can even make your own sausage at home using a food grinder attachment.
Regardless of whether or not you share my point, breakfast is a meal that can do a lot for you. Getting some calories in your body early in the morning gives you some kindling to start the furnace and get your muscles moving in the morning.
Protein keeps you full until lunch, and liquids cure your dehydration of sleep, meaning you’ll be able to think more clearly.
Despite recent studies showing that adding breakfast to your schedule isn’t the ‘easy way’ to lose weight, it’s still a very simple way to start your day on the right foot.
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