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Amelie’s French Bakery

A French bakery with kitsch decor, Amelie's is a 24/7 beacon of croissants, quiches, tarts, tortes, sandwiches, soups and salads plus coffee in every good form.
Charlotte, NC


There’s something about deep fried dough that unites us as a people. Be it beignets or funnel cake, bhaturas or to  the humble doughnut, fried dough, both sweet and savory, is a simple joy  found across nearly every culture in the world. In California, with our heavy Spanish and Mexican influence, the churro is king. … Continue reading Azucanela

Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

Bang Bang Pie bakes 6 flavors of pie daily. They are among Chicago's best, exquisitely produced with fresh ingredients plus a helping of value-added love.
Chicago, IL

Battista’s Hole in the Wall

Battista’s is cheesy (in both senses) and charming: mid-20th century, old-Las Vegas Italian. Bring your appetite and a tip for the accordion player.
Las Vegas, NV

Behind the Bookstore Cafe

Behind the Bookstore Cafe is a secluded coffee house with familiar and wildly creative caffeine creations as well as superb avocado toast and baked goods.

Beta Coffee House

All organic-food needs can be met at Beta Coffeehouse cafe in Cody, Wyoming, Gluten free treats and hearty recipes accompany freshly ground coffee.
Cody, WY

Better Buzz Coffee

Quickly expanding throughout the San Diego area and up the California coast, Better Buzz Coffee offers fantastic brews and and a good breakfast menu.
San Diego, CA

Black Oak Coffee Roasters

Black Oak Coffee Roasters in Ukiah, California, will treat you to locally roasted and ground coffee and a small menu of healthy and delicious breakfast items.

Book Peddler

West Yellowstone, Montana, is home of the Book Peddler cafe, where meals are reasonably priced, coffee is smooth, and baked goods are enjoyable.
West Yellowstone, MT

Brandy’s Restaurant & Bakery

A bustling café in an otherwise unremarkable Flagstaff strip mall, Brandy's is a #1 breakfast destination for locals as well as travelers along Route 66.

Bread & Butter Cafe

Starting at 6am, efficiently served diner square meals make Bread & Butter Cafe a destination for anyone in search of right-priced comfort food in Tucson.
Tucson, AZ

Breadhive Bakery

An earnest enterprise owned by its workers, the Breadhive Bakery serves nutritious food that also is delicious. Terrific old-style bagels are a highlight.
Buffalo, NY

Cafe Brasil

Just as colorful inside as it is on the outside, Cafe Brasil in West LA offers all-day breakfast, sandwiches, pastas, grilled meats, and traditional Feijoada.
Los Angeles, CA

Cafe du Monde

Café du Monde is the legendary French Quarter New Orleans coffee house, always open, serving cafe au lait accompanied by fryer-fresh biegnets.
New Orleans, LA

Camellia Grill

Camellia Grill, a vintage New Orleans diner with style, hosts a mix of locals, tourists & Tulane students. Must eat: butter-grilled pecan pie a la mode.
New Orleans, LA

Chez Ben Diner

A Quebecois diner in Connecticut, the Chez Ben is a place to enjoy poutine, tourtiere, salmon pie and guedille at low prices and in a casual homey atmosphere.
Manchester, CT

Chick & Ruth’s Delly

Chick & Ruth’s is a fun place to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner in old Annapolis. Its menu ranges from creamed chipped beef on toast to spiced steamed shrimp.

Clary’s Cafe

For hearty breakfast in Savannah, Georgia, Clary's Cafe is gem. Corned beef hash is some of the best anywhere. Also, try crazy, mixed-up Hoppel Poppel.
Savannah, GA

Clayton’s Coffee Shop

Clayton’s Coffee Shop on Coronado offers a diner on the inside, salads and sandwiches for take-out, and great coffee.

Cochon Butcher | New Orleans Swine Bar by Chef Donald Link

Smoked meats star at this New Orleans "Swine Bar" progeny of the original Cochon. Boudin sausage and BBQ pork are featured attractions.
New Orleans, LA

Coffee Call

Coffee Call is the Baton Rouge choice for Creole beignets, even if they’re served in a strip mall centered around a Walmart.
Baton Rouge, LA

Cottage Cafe

"Home for hungry travelers since 1935," Cle Elum's Cottage Cafe is a diner with hearty fare that includes corned beef hash and large pies.
Cle Elum, WA

Deep Barrel Roaster & Creamery

I cannot think of a better duo than coffee and ice cream. I adore each one on their own, but together, they create a myriad of counterbalances: sweet and bitter, hot and cold, laid-back and energetic. They are opposites in many ways, but that makes them perfect complements to each other. I stopped by Deep … Continue reading Deep Barrel Roaster & Creamery

District Donuts Sliders Brew

Donuts star at New Orleans' District Donuts Sliders Brew -- from simple ones to sweet/savory inventions that push the fried-dough envelope. Coffee's great, too!
New Orleans, LA

Elemental Coffee Roasters

Oklahoma City’s Elemental Coffee Roasters offers small-batch coffee, creative sandwiches & (huge) crave-worthy salted chocolate chip cookies.
Oklahoma City, OK

Essence of Coffee

With a casual atmosphere and well-priced, satisfying meals as well as masterful coffees, Essence of Coffee in Rapid City is a South Dakota treasure.
Rapid City, SD

Evans Brothers Roasters

In this conscientious Idaho coffee house, expect a masterfully poured cup of coffee made from beans of the world, which Evans Bros. roasts on premises.
Sandpoint, ID

Fancy Biscuit

Hand-fashioned, creative versions of Southern classics and completely innovative biscuit variations make the Fancy Biscuit an eater's paradise in Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA

Flat Track Coffee

Half bike shop and half coffee shop, Flat Track is an Austin,TX favorite serving organic breakfast every day of the week.
Austin, TX

Fuller’s Coffee Shop

No fancy meals at Fuller's coffee shop of Portland, Oregon. Just excellent bacon & eggs and toast from homemade bread. Plus great fried razor clams.
Portland, OR

Green Salmon

Enticing as its coffee is, it's Green Salmon food that wins fans in Yachats, Oregon: superb pastries, hot cereals and egg sandwiches far beyond ordinary.

H&H Soul Food

Soul food with a trendy twist makes historic H&H a breakfast and lunch destination loved by locals. Macon's Allman Brothers were regulars.
Macon, GA

Hell’s Kitchen

One of America's best restaurants, Minneapolis' Hell's Kitchen does everything better, from house peanut butter to Mahnomin porridge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Minneapolis, MN

High Street on Market

Sourdough waffles with malted butter, breakfast sandwiches with a twist, & iced cardamom coffee pay homage to Philly ingredients at High Street on Market.
Philadelphia, PA

Highland Park Diner

Highland Park Diner of Rochester, New York serves diner food at diner prices, but does so with panache and high culinary standards. Everything's from scratch.
Rochester, NY

Hole Hot Doughnuts and Fresh Coffee

Donuts are made to order in this well-crafted image of a vintage shop where the repertoire is limited to 4 flavors daily. Locally-roasted coffee is terrific.
Asheville, NC

Holy Donut | Maine Donuts At Their Very Best | Portland Area

Mashed potatoes added to dough make the crisp-edged Holy Donut smooth and creamy. Ingredients are all-natural, varieties are inventive, taste is devastating.
Scarborough, ME

Insomnia Coffee

Among a crowded field of beloved coffee houses in Cannon Beach, Insomnia holds its own with its delicious chai lattes and beachside location.

Java on Sherman

** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ** Coeur d'Alene's favorite coffee house now serves a full breakfast menu that includes freshly made donuts and sweet potato hash. Lunch also is available.
Coeur d'Alene, ID

Johnson’s Corner

Johnson's Corner north of Denver, Colorado, is famous for its immense cinnamon roll, but it is a full-menu, three-meal-a-day truck stop with hearty fare.


A classic southern California coffee shop open all night, serving quality square meals with especially good breakfast. Muffins are a must!
Manhattan Beach, CA

Kix on 66

Kix on 66 is a welcome pit stop for diner style eats just off of iconic Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico.

La Teresita

A Tampa lunch-counter cafe where locals eat, La Teresita serves such Cuban specialties as cafe con leche, roast pork sandwiches, and chicken with rice & beans.
Tampa, FL

Lil’ Jon Restaurant & Lounge

Lil' Jon of Bellevue, Washington, is a vintage West Coast coffee shop diner with a 3-meal-a-day menu, star of which is an immense morning cinnamon roll.
Bellevue, WA

Little Garden Cafe

Hidden among the many coffee shops of Spokane, Washington, Little Garden Cafe offers specialty coffee & fantastic affordable food in a family friendly setting.
Spokane, WA

Mama’s Hot Tamales Café

Mama’s serves the Los Angeles Latino community with authentic tacos, burritos, tacos and empanadas and sponsors work programs for the underprivileged.
Los Angeles, CA

Morning Call

A taste of New Orleans dating back to 1870's French Market, Morning Call has new quarters but still serves 4-star beignets and cafe au lait.

Morning Call Coffee Stand

** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ** Morning Call serves what may be the best beignets on earth. Expertly made cafe au lait and an on-the-ball uniformed staff make it a NOLA essential.


A blue-collar cafeteria with blue-ribbon Creole fare, Mother's serves New Orleans classics with style and sass. Red beans and rice, please!
New Orleans, LA

Narobia’s Grits & Gravy

Narobia's Grits & Gravy is a friendly Savannah neighborhood soul food restaurant where breakfast is best, especially shrimp & grits and superb French toast.
Savannah, GA

Northside Grill | Michigan | An Ann Arbor Breakfast Best

An Ann Arbor breakfast best, the Northside grill specializes in mighty egg & hash brown skillets and extraordinary oat-bran pancakes.
Ann Arbor, MI

Old Bisbee Roasters

Seth Appell, coffee master at Old Bisbee, roasts some of the best in the West. It's mail-order, but complementary espresso is available.
Bisbee, AZ

Opening Bell Coffee

A laid-back, artistic atmosphere makes Opening Bell a great place in Dallas to have coffee drinks, breakfast or lunch, and to listen to live music at night.
Dallas, TX

Openroad Coffee & Tea | Artisan Coffee and Tender Scones

Openroad is a high-minded coffee roaster with fabulous artisan coffee, beautiful biscuits, smoothies, tea, and tender scones.

Oxford Creamery

New England summer seafood at its best. Oxford Creamery lobster rolls are legendary; fried clams are superb, too. A Mattapoisett, Massachusetts restaurant gem!

Panaderia AC Gourmet

Panaderia AC Gourmet is an out-of-the-way Tijuana bakery that adds French technique to Mexican pastries. Results are heavenly.

Parakeet Cafe

Parakeet Cafe in La Jolla, California, is a good stop for health-conscious travelers looking for quality coffee and organic food.
San Diego, CA

Pear and the Pickle

A laid-back market/cafe with an old-neighborhood feel, Pittsburgh's Pear and the Pickle makes artisan sandwiches at breakfast and lunch.
Pittsburgh, PA

Penn State Creamery

The Penn State Creamery in University Park, Pennsylvania, sells made-on-premises ice cream that is incredibly rich. 18 flavors available at any one time.

Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge

This former gas station and snack shop has been serving local game and comfort food to 'hungry-mous' travelers since 1949. A super prairie stop, Roadfood-style.

Philippe the Original

Philippe’s restaurant of Los Angeles says it invented the French Dip sandwich. Beef, pork, lamb, ham, or turkey, the essential condiment is HOT mustard.
Los Angeles, CA

Pioneer Coffee Company

In a Pacific Northwest of excellent coffee, Cle Elum's Pioneer Coffee ranks among the best. Syrupy sledgehammer espresso is as good as it gets.
Cle Elum, WA

QED Coffee

In the residential Mount Baker neighborhood in East Seattle, a math-inspired coffee shop overlooking Puget Sound and downtown Seattle serves locally blended and roasted coffee.
Seattle, WA

Queen Street Grocery

A vintage corner grocery store with laid-back, counter-culture vibe, Queen Street makes fantastic crepes (sweet & savory) and pressed sandwiches.
Charleston, SC

Rubi’s Coffee & Sandwiches

In back of a cheese shop, Rubi's takes advantage of the fancy products sold at the front of the building. Grilled cheese heaven!

Saddle Creek Breakfast Club | Best Stylin’ Breakfast in Omaha

Stylish interpretations of traditional cafe fare made with seasonal & local ingredients make SCBC a coveted destination among food-savvy Omahans.
Omaha, NE

Sarabeth’s Kitchen

Famous for its jellies, marmalade, and breakfast, Sarabeth's has grown from a cute little cafe to a culinary empire in New York and beyond.
New York, NY

Sea Level Bakery + Coffee

Sea Level is a trendy seaside cafe with popular coffee offerings and fresh daily baked goods.

Seven Coffee Roasters Market and Cafe

True Hawaiian coffee and a location near the University of Washington central campus makes Seven Roasters a Ravenna neighborhood gem.

Sidetracked Cafe

Only open for lunch on Sunday, Sidetracked Café is a classic Southern restaurant with a meat and three menu. Do not skip dessert!

Sparrow Bakery

The Sparrow Bakery offers unique breakfast and lunch dishes and unique espresso blends. Local ingredients and welcoming atmosphere make it worth a detour.
Bend, OR

Spearhead Coffee

Stop by Spearhead Coffee in Paso Robles, California, for a quick cup of hand-crafted coffee lattes and backyard brews.
Paso Robles, CA

Split Rock Cafe

Just over an hour away from Glacier National Park, Split Rock Cafe in Kalispell, Montana, has classic coffees and homemade goods that are worth a detour. 

Stone Roastery

To accompany exemplary coffees (pourover, brewed, nitro, espresso), Stone Roastery offers a selection of Brad Stone's mom's & wife's blue-ribbon cakes.

Summit Diner

The Summit is a handsome 1960 Swingle diner. Breakfast is fresh and generously proportioned. Pies are homemade, and are a point of pride.

Telway Hamburger System | Sliders In Detroit | 24/7

Telway Hamburger system is an extremely divey local gem serving sliders in Detroit and coffee all night. Locals buy burgers by the sack.
Detroit, MI

The Boathouse

Our favorite items at the Boathouse in Ossining are New England clam chowder and crusty burgers on ciabatta rolls. Waterside dining in good weather.

The Breadery

Sit outside on Crested Butte’s Elk Avenue at The Breadery for the best sourdough with black garlic butter, flatbread, and salad, all adorned with fresh produce.

The Little One

Serving the best Sonoran Mexican food, The Little One is a warm, colorful eatery in the heart of Tucson. Vegetarian and vegan options abound.
Tucson, AZ

The Range Cafe

The Range Cafe serves such New Mexico classics as huevos rancheros and chicken fried steak as well as such non-standard dishes as quinoa sweet potato cakes.
Albuquerque, NM

Third Culture Coffee

Third Culture Coffee is a unique coffee house in Bellevue, WA that offers globally-inspired coffee drinks and foods.


Tujague’s of New Orleans' French Quarter offers a fixed-price, five-course dinner that is a classic sampler of Creole cooking. **CLOSED, RELOCATING**
New Orleans, LA


The wafflecentric menu of this self-consciously proletarian place offers more than a dozen different variations of the large, rectangular Belgians; but for non-waffle eaters, there are alternative breakfasts and a whole menu of lunch, supper, and cocktails.
Los Angeles, CA

Water Avenue Coffee

Freshly ground house-roasted beans paired with unique syrups and recipes make Water Avenue Coffee of one Portland's best cafes.
Portland, OR

Woody’s Towne Cafe

Especially noteworthy are Woody's hashes -- corned beef or sausage -- made fresh in-house, and the big, soft, yeasty Woody Roll. A New Jersey highlight!


Superb muffins, cakes, brownies, and pies (whole or by the slice) make Upper East Side's Yura bakery a New York treasure. Mostly take-out, with a few tables.
New York, NY

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