Breakfast in the West

by Michael Stern
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As breathtaking as a western sunset is, western breakfast can be every bit as beautiful. Sunrise never tasted better than it does at any one of these dozen eateries with big, bright personalities and hearty meals to match.

1

Biscuit Bitch

Southern-style biscuits and gravy are delivered with irreverent, in-your-face attitude at Biscuit Bitch, an outspoken Seattle treasure.

2

Glo’s

For breakfast in Seattle's Capitol Hill, go to Glo's. Best bets: beautiful eggs Benedict, waffles topped with fresh berries, sour cream coffee cake.

3

Wanda’s

Wanda's is Nehalem, Oregon's friendly, comfort-food restaurant that bakes its own pastries and serves a famously good plate of huevos rancheros. Interior decor is wall-to-wall retro-kitsch.

4

Bette’s Oceanview Diner

Gorgeous souffle pancakes at Bette's diner in Berkeley are a taste of heaven. A Bay area breakfast best!

5

Du-Par’s

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Du-Par's in the Los Angeles Farmer's Market is a fantastic destination for a snack, a stack of pancakes, or a chicken pot pie.

6

Cottage

The best sunny southern California cafe, from magnificent granola and homemade pastries to superb fish tacos and so much more. The Cottage is a La Jolla must!

7

Hash House

Hash House is a Las Vegas, Nevada, restaurant that makes everything in house: hash-browns, sausage and biscuits, jams and jellies, and yes, the hash.

8

Hoot Owl Cafe

Huge portions of such hearty fare as biscuits and gravy and locally made sausage distinguish the fine breakfasts for which Hoot Owl Cafe is known.

9

Matt’s Big Breakfast

Looking around Phoenix for breakfast prepared with kitchen expertise and using the best from-scratch ingredients? Put Matt's at the top of the list.

10

Pasqual’s

Pasqual's is Santa Fe's favorite corner eatery, serving bright, modern versions of New Mexico classics. Corned beef hash is some of the best in the West.

11

Nellie’s

A sign on the wall in Nellie's of Las Cruces says: "A day without chile is like a day without sunshine." No problem on this fine chile-centric New Mexico menu!

12

H&H Cafe & Car Wash

El Paso's H&H Cafe is also a car wash, providing travelers the opportunity to savor excellent Tex-Mex food then get on the road in a sparkling clean car.