Heaping plates aplenty - and steaming espresso drinks - all along the Wasatch Front.

Every town in the U.S. has chain diners and fast food breakfast joints aplenty. But when it comes to high-quality breakfast restaurants, very few places can claim as many as Salt Lake City. Whether you're craving heaping portions of hot, salty food or a fast and light fare with a side of delicious coffee, you'll find what you're looking for along the Wasatch Front.

Those based out of downtown have a number of options. Lamb's Grill Cafe is located in the heart of the city - and though the name might have you guessing “steakhouse,” this is actually one of Salt Lake's best and most affordable breakfast establishments. The oldest restaurant in Salt Lake City, Lamb's serves classic, American-style breakfasts. But if Lamb's looks packed, head over to the Judge Cafe - another downtown classic offering satisfying, homemade, morning meals.

Those venturing away from downtown would be well served to drive (or bike) up Emigration Canyon and visit Ruth's Diner. A Salt Lake staple since 1930, this eatery offers southwest-inspired breakfasts to die for. Each table receives a side of delicious “mile high” biscuits - so do yourself a favor and come hungry.

If Ruth's is packed (and it often is), consider heading south to the Blue Plate, a rather stylized, hip diner in the 21st and 21st neighborhood. Offering delicious portions of “normal” and vegetarian cuisine, Blue Plate is one of Salt Lake's top breakfast restaurants. Come early to avoid crowds here - and whether you're a vegetarian or not, you should absolutely try the veggie benedict.  



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Park Café


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Millcreek Cafe & Eggworks


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Ruth's Diner
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Located in a renovated 1930s trolley car parked right in the heart of Emigration Canyon, Ruth's Diner serves all your favorite American and southwest breakfast dishes, from sausage and pancakes to huevos rancheros. The popular eatery has gained...  Read More

Blue Plate Diner
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Boren


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Meet Christine Balaz

Christine Balaz began her unexpected writing career in Salt Lake City with her first book on Wasatch Skiing and Travel in 2006. On the subject of Utah, Christine has written numerous...  More About Christine