Best Breakfast in Palm Beach/West Palm Beach: Start Your Day Right

By Kristopher Neild, Travel Expert

It has long been known that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what may not be as common knowledge are the best places to enjoy breakfast in the Palm Beach/West Palm Beach area. From diners that seem to turn back the clock to upscale brunch eateries, the ten eateries on this list represent the best breakfast restaurants in the county.

Nick’s 50s Diner is a lively cafe in West Palm Beach with delicious breakfast. They have a full coffee bar as well as fresh juice to pair with scrumptious chocolate chip pancakes or an omelet with tomato and spinach. If you really want the full experience, then the “hangover deluxe” and the “sloppy tex mex” are menu items that must be consumed during your visit. Nick’s keeps the breakfast going all day on the weekend and the staff work extra hard to make sure your coffee cup is always full.

For breakfast with a view, head to Dune Deck in Lantana. The patio dining by the ocean is a picture-perfect way to celebrate the weekend over brunch. The menu rivals the view and is inventive with hearty meats to accompany creative omelet dishes. Whichever breakfast spot you choose, you’re sure to add a new spot to your regular list. 

10. The Pelican Cafe
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The Pelican Caf� in Lake Park specializes in upscale American cuisine and Italian favorites. The family-owned restaurant offers a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy any meal. The outdoor dining area is great for enjoying a delicious French toast breakfast and a side of the homemade doughnuts. The waffles and egg frittatas are also great morning staples and can be transformed into brunch with the simple addition of a mimosa or bellini. Lunch and dinner bring out the Italian side with paninis on ciabatta bread, gourmet Tuscan pizzas, and colorful caprese salad. Once you try the Pelican Caf�, it's sure to be added to your regular list of dine out options.

9. Southern Kitchen
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Southern Kitchen in Lake Park has the diner feel of yesteryear, complete with top notch service and food offerings. Serving breakfast and lunch daily, the diner has perfected the classics and added inventive additions to the typical fare. The homemade biscuits and gravy is a great choice if you're stuck on what to order. There are also plenty of egg/omelet selections and an ample assortment of pancakes and French toast. For lunch, there are cold/hot sandwiches as well as hot plates and burgers. Regardless of your meal choice, you won't regret grabbing a spot at the bar and stepping back in time.

8. Christina's
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Located just a few steps off of Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach are Pineapple Grove and Christina's, a great spot for breakfast and lunch. The brightly decorated restaurant with a tropical theme certainly carries over to the friendly atmosphere and colorful menu. I recommend starting your trip with fresh squeezed orange juice or a cup of deliciously strong coffee. Then move on to the wide selection of omelets and egg creations, both full of healthy and appetizing additions. For lunch, the Turkey Reuben is served fresh off of the grill and perfect when paired with the fruit salad. Christina's liveliness is sure to make any day brighter.

7. Gun Club Cafe
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Gun Club Caf� in West Palm Beach is known for its great prices, large portions and extensive breakfast and lunch menu. For over 23 years, the restaurant has been serving home-style meals in a friendly and welcoming environment. For breakfast, enjoy an omelet, pancake meal, or go for a house specialty breakfast. I recommend getting the "Georgia Pecan", a banana pancake concoction or the "Farmer Brown", a biscuit and gravy combo with eggs and hash brown casserole. Lunch favorites include large salad and great deli sandwiches. Be sure to get a membership card and get rewarded every time you dine at the Gun Club Caf�.

6. The Green Owl Restaurant
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On Atlantic Avenue, in the heart of downtown Delray Beach, lies the Green Owl, a true diner in every sense of the word. Open only for breakfast and lunch, the Green Owl serves up traditional diner meals in a setting that feels just like home. The breakfast platters are include the most delicious home fries and the French toast is out of this world. For lunch, the menu hosts just about every sandwich combination one could think of. I recommend the crab salad sandwich or a nice patty melt with a side of fries or coleslaw. Just remember to grab cash before coming in and make sure you have a little time to relax as the diner moves at a casual pace.

5. John G's

Wood-paneled walls, a sprinkling of nautical memorabilia, and views of the ocean go far to recommend this casual, family place. Given the bustling atmosphere and the frequent lines, it's a recipe for success that many have taken note of. Thick slices of French toast come studded with raisins and pecans, and the array of ethnic omelets covers the geographical territory from Hawaii to Greece. You can also get hot cakes, egg dishes, cereal, and corned beef hash. Plus, regulars swear by the steak and eggs and the fabulous stuffed croissants, which are filled with ham, eggs, and a smooth cheese sauce. Don't be deterred by a wait, the reward's worth it.

4. Howley's Restaurant Est. 1950
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When you're in the mood for good times and great cuisine, be sure to checkout Howley's Restaurant Est. 1950. The restaurant is located in one of the area's mostpleasant settings and is known for its delightful staff and superb cuisine.The menu at Howley's Restaurant Est. 1950 features a wide array of great selections, madefrom only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, with something sureto please every member of your group. Howley's Restaurant Est. 1950 has establisheditself as one of the area's favorite culinary destinations and is sure tooffer you a pleasant and unique dining experience every time you visit.Please stop in soon!

3. Dune Deck
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Located in Lantana on the coast, Dune Deck serves up amazing ocean views while being consistently delicious with its menu. Open for breakfast and lunch during the week and full brunch on the weekend, there is plenty of time to enjoy the Dune Deck. With a fancy twist on the typical diner style menu, Greek salads and club sandwiches become works of art. For breakfast, enjoy eggs benedict with a side of home fries and for lunch, the dune burger is a win. The brunch menu has so much more than pancakes and omelets so go crazy and revel in the filet mignon and eggs meal.

2. The Breakfast Shack
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At The Breakfast Shack in Boynton Beach, it's no surprise that breakfast is served all day. The extensive menu brings in first time patrons but the great prices keep them coming back again and again. The wide varieties of griddle favorites like their pumpkin, chocolate chip, and banana macadamia pancakes, as well as the coconut macadamia French toast, are local favorites. The menu also contains over 20 hearty meals with eggs- with everything from fancy omelets to eggs with toast and bacon. The venue is on the smaller side but the quick service makes the line move quickly, even during prime brunch hours on the weekend.

1. Nick's 50'S Diner
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Step back in into a different era with breakfast or lunch at Nick's 50's Diner and. Located on Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach for over 25 year, Nick's has stood the test of time by offering diner favorites such as patty melts and wraps as well as tried and true breakfast favorites like stacks of pancakes and bananas foster French toast. Breakfast is served all day on Saturday and Sunday and with a menu item like the "Hangover Deluxe"- a homemade biscuit topped with bacon, fried chicken, scrambled eggs and cheese all covered in gravy and served with potatoes- getting out of bed has never been easier. Make sure to add in time to enjoy a milkshake, root beer float or Italian soda all while listening to the oldies from the Jukebox.