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Best Buckeye Breakfasts

Breakfast with Nick shares his fave breakfast spots across Ohio.

Breakfast from Front Porch Cafe in Hartville

Best Buckeye Breakfasts

By Nick Dekker

Posted On: Jul 12, 2021

In more than a decade of experience writing about food and travel across the Buckeye State, I've been fortunate to dig into plenty of memorable breakfasts, from towering stacks of pancakes, to breakfast sandwiches oozing with bacon and cheese, to platters of corned beef hash with perfect soft eggs on top.

Local restaurants all need our support more than ever these days, so Ohio's egg and bacon farmers are celebrating the Best Buckeye Breakfasts in Ohio, showcasing the state's favorite spots for the morning meal. There are so many to choose from, I wanted to highlight a few I've had the pleasure of trying in my travels!

breakfast from cravings cafe in columbus ohio

Cravings Cafe in Columbus

Cravings is a little family-run cafe in downtown Columbus. They bake their own brioche and use it in sandwiches like the classic breakfast roll, the BLT with egg, or the tomato and egg. I also love their omelets, and occasionally they'll do bronuts: brioche donuts!

Early Birds Breakfast in St. Louisville

Talk about a destination breakfast! We first visited Early Birds on our way to Mohican State Park. It's a little roadside stop featuring really creative breakfasts, from lemon blueberry French toast to cheesy omelets with peppers.

The Lox Bagel Shop in Columbus

Another favorite in Columbus, The Lox makes everything from scratch. This includes the crusty wood-fired bagels, the cream cheese, the house-cured lox, the pastrami. My personal favorite is the pastrami – which positively falls apart it's so tender – on an everything bagel.

Tommy's Diner in Columbus

The classic family-run diner, decked out in checkered floors, vinyl booths, 50s memorabilia. Tommy's make the best Belgian waffle. Although I don't argue with a plate of over easy eggs, home fries, and sausage patties.

exterior of Schmucker's Restaurant in Toledo Ohio

Schmucker's Restaurant in Toledo

Schmucker's is a Toledo institution, a family-run diner open since 1948. It's the ultimate roadside stop for comfort foods: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, hot turkey sandwiches. But don't forget hearty breakfasts like steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy, and creamed chipped beef on toast. And no one will judge you for having a slice of house-made pie for breakfast.

four plates of breakfast foods including grits, breakfast sandwich, avocado toast and waffles from front porch cafe in hartville ohio

Front Porch Cafe in Hartville

We encountered Front Porch Cafe on a weekend trip to Hartville. Located in the old hardware store, Front Porch features terrific coffee, from cold brew to espresso to hot chocolates. And you can't go wrong with their breakfast: sandwiches on croissants, biscuits and gravy, avocado toast, chicken and waffles.

Lucky's Cafe in Cleveland

Regularly voted one of Cleveland's best breakfasts, Lucky's Cafe in the Tremont neighborhood stacks your plate high with cheddar scallion biscuits dowsed in sausage gravy, vanilla bean waffles, and the Shipwreck: a "blissful blend," as they call it, of hash browns, eggs, bacon, veggies, and cheddar. Absolutely do not miss their pecan bacon.

Slyman's Restaurant & Deli in Cleveland

The long-running Slyman's elevates corned beef to an artform. Sure, they make omelets and hotcakes, but you should really be ordering the corn beef, whether it's in a towering sandwich with egg and cheese on rye, or sliced up into some of the state's best corned beef hash.

food from Casa Nueva in Athens Ohio

Casa Nueva in Athens

Casa Nueva in Athens has long been at the forefront of sourcing local ingredients for their meals, as well as offering vegan and vegetarian options. They're known for breakfast burritos and enchiladas, scrambles loaded with eggs and black beans, and huevos rancheros.

french toast with strawberries, bananas, kiwis from Butter Cafe in Dayton Ohio

Butter Cafe in Dayton

Butter Cafe is tucked into a little house, so its collection of rooms feels eclectic yet cozy. Their creative breakfasts range from omelets with mushrooms and caramelized onions to French toast and pancakes loaded with fruit, to spicy scrambles with chorizo or steak. We've found it's a great spot to fuel up before exploring the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force!

Sleepy Bee Cafe in Cincinnati

The warm and friendly Sleepy Bee Cafe has locations in downtown Cincinnati, Oakley, and Blue Ash. Their cafes buzz with activity, which is no surprise, given the great coffee and the crave-able breakfasts like breakfast sandwiches with goetta or thick-cut bacon, scrambles, and buttermilk pancakes.

Sugar N Spice in Cincinnati

The welcoming Sugar N Spice diner lines their walls with little rubber duckies. Slip into a pastel-colored booth and order up crispy thin pancakes, giant fluffy omelets, corned beef hash. Don’t miss that Cincinnati staple: goetta. Try it as part of the Slaughterhouse Five platter, along with a sausage link, pork patty, smoked sausage, and bacon!

Learn about other great breakfasts in Ohio, share your go-to stops, and even nominate your favorite business for grants at bestbuckeyebreakfasts.com. You can keep up with my own adventures at breakfastwithnick.com!

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