Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Breakfast restaurants in Columbia and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Café Strudel thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Art Shack Gallery, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Breakfast.

City Café

This popular lunch café serves up some of the best burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads in downtown Columbia. And if the chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and layers cakes are tempting, go ahead and splurge – every one is as good as it looks!

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Carolina Cafe & Catering Co

A great place for homemade bagels, breakfast sandwiches, smoothies and a variety of coffees. In addition, if your group requires a catered meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) or boxed lunches, Carolina Cafe is always a sound first choice.

Courtyard Coffeehouse

With plenty of character, friendly service, and an excellent roster of live acoustic music, this laid-back coffeehouse is a local favorite. Then, there's the coffee: from espresso to cappuccino to your basic cup of joe, the quality is...  Read More

Lizard's Thicket

The traditional Southern meat 'n three meal has been a standby for decades, and this family-owned, Columbia-area chain does it very well. Select one of about ten meats (beef stew, fried chicken or catfish, ham, and so forth), and then choose...  Read More

My Dessert Bar

Two of life's finer pleasures – chocolate and books – combined in one marvelous little shop. Stop by in the morning for a hot cup of coffee and a blueberry muffin or cinnamon roll. Late in the day, you can enjoy a fine gourmet chocolate,...  Read More

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Regularly cited as Columbia's coolest coffeehouse, Cool Beans has everything you're looking for. The food is satisfying, the coffee is great (try the "Perfect Woman" – it's a mocha-type concoction with whipped cream and a chocolate disc on...  Read More

Café Strudel is a trusted destination for breakfast and dessert, no matter what time it is. Their Hangover Hashbrowns (smothered with onions, peppers, cheese and two eggs) are simply fantastic, and they're available all day. More traditional...  Read More

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Immaculate Consumption

At lunch, the lines at Immaculate Consumption are a little daunting, but there's a good reason for that. The food is exceptionally good, well above coffeehouse standards. It's nothing fancy – salads, sandwiches – but it's well prepared,...  Read More

Art Shack Gallery

It's not exactly a shack (more like a cute and brightly painted boutique), but the Art Shack does indeed have art. The works of local artists are displayed throughout, from turned wood items to oil paintings to pottery. It's a great place to...  Read More

Original Pancake House

Their huge oven-baked pancake with apples and cinnamon glaze is worth the wait. Who says breakfast is only for mornings?