If we had to choose one reason why we love spring, it may just be the fact that it’s synonymous with brunch. Whether it’s the warmer Utah weather that entices people to hop out of their beds on the weekend in search of the hottest brunch spot, or it’s the pancakes and bacon that do the trick, one thing’s for certain—brunch season is back! And Utah offers a variety of brunch (or open late breakfast) eateries giving hungry brunch seekers a huge selection of cuisines, styles and price points to choose from.
Before your next weekend outing, check out our top picks for getting your brunch on in Utah, presented here from A-Z.
The Blue Boar Inn | Midway
When a special occasion brunch is in order, there’s no finer destination than the Blue Boar Inn & Restaurant. The decadent five-course Sunday brunch begins with an assortment of house baked buttery and flaky pastries, followed by a refreshing fresh berry and melon martini (the fruit swimming in a pool of sweetened ice water) and a warm Swedish pancake with berry marmalade. You can then select from a variety of every-changing seasonal entrees, such as “Cinnamon Marbled Brioche French Toast” before finishing off with dessert. What better way to start out your day than by relaxing in a European-styled bed and breakfast chateau and sinking your teeth into a delectable meal? Brunch is offered on Sunday.
Faustina | Salt Lake City (East Central)
Putting an Italian twist on all things breakfast, Faustina offers a host of delectable breakfast picks, from cinnamon swirl pancakes to bacon and egg breakfast “cheeseburgers.” If sweets are what keep you getting out of bed every morning, go for their “Mascarpone and Vanilla Cream Doughnuts” stuffed with a local raspberry jam and sprinkled with vanilla sugar or their “French Toast” with strawberries, candied pecans, maple syrup and whipped butter. If you’re a fan of the simpler things, try their “Bacon & Egg Cheeseburger” with smoked bacon, white cheddar cheese, fresh tomatoes and avocados and Mosiah sauce or their “Faustina Breakfast,” which includes two eggs, breakfast potatoes, toast and a choice of bacon or sausage. Brunch served Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The Park Café | Salt Lake City (Liberty Park)
If you’re looking for tasty and affordable breakfast classics then you owe it to yourself to stop by The Park Café. Boasting beautiful park views, comfy café style seating and an outdoor patio, Park Café has it all. Not to mention their hearty “Pancake Sandwich” with four pieces of bacon and two eggs piled between two pancakes or their “Michigan Hash” with pork potatoes mixed with sausage, onions, mushrooms and peppers, topped with cheddar cheese and two eggs. Open daily from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Penny Ann’s Cafe | Salt Lake City (Liberty Wells) and Draper
The best part about walking into Penny Ann’s Cafe is that you feel at home instantly. With its warm and cozy atmosphere and a classic assortment of breakfast options, it’s no wonder Penny Ann’s is one of the most popular breakfast hangouts in all of Utah. First-time visitors are encouraged to try their famous heavenly hot cakes. These light and airy house made sour cream pancakes are served with butter and syrup and are simple yet incredibly delicious! Other favorites include their “Fried Scone” topped with honey butter and dusted with powder sugar and their “PAC BAM Waffle” which is created by soaking bacon in a pure maple syrup, then adding it to waffle mix, cooking the waffle to a nice golden brown, and finally, topping the entire creation off with some whipped butter and powdered sugar. Sounds like pure bacon maple Heaven to us! Open daily, Monday through Friday from 7am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 2pm.
Pig & A Jelly Jar | Salt Lake City (Liberty Park) and Coming Soon to Ogden (25th Street)
As it’s name suggests, Pig & A Jelly Jar is home to sweet and savory breakfast foods but with a twist. From their sausages and jams to their waffles and ham hash, all of the food is made fresh thanks to the restaurant’s local producers. Feeling like something extra savory? Try their “Creole Pork Belly Benedict” with braised pork belly, two poached eggs, sour dough rounds, beans, kale and spicy Creole sauce. Opting for a more traditional meal? Order their “Waffle Pick-N-Fix” which includes a Belgian waffle topped with fresh fruit and your choice of the following toppings—a pineapple lemon curd, cinnamon cream, house jams or maple syrup. Open daily, Monday through Wednesday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm and Thursday through Sunday from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm. Breakfast menu available all day.
Riverhorse on Main | Park City
Foodies, trendsetters and those looking to see and be seen flock to Riverhorse on Main in Park City. The upscale and ultra-cool dining room is one of our favorite spots for a nice meal, but when it comes to brunch, wait for a nice day and sit back on Riverhorse’s deck, take in the views, enjoy the sounds of the Sunday market and indulge in a delicious meal. Getting up on Sunday morning is a breeze when drool-inducing menu items like “Duck Confit Eggs Benedict” and “Stuffed French Toast” prepared with orange cream cheese filling beckon. Brunch is offered on Sunday.
Ruth’s Diner | Salt Lake City (Emigration Canyon)
If you’re from Utah, chances are you’ve been to Ruth’s Diner. And so has your mother. And your grandmother. Located in a renovated 1930s trolley car, Ruth’s Diner is the second oldest restaurant in Utah. The popular eatery was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Guy devoured the buttery, fluffy “Ruth’s Famous Mile High Biscuits.” In addition to biscuits, the diner serves a robust menu of American and southwest breakfast dishes. One dish that beautifully marries the two cuisines is the “Pulled Pork Benedict,” which puts a unique spin on the traditional brunch dish, forgoing english muffin and ham for green chile cheese cornbread and “Holy Smokes BBQ” pulled pork. For something truly decadent, try the “Banana Walnut French Toast” made with fresh baked banana walnut bread. Open daily. Breakfast is served until 4 pm.
Rye | Salt Lake City (East Central)
If fresh coffee, great food and a trendy atmosphere is what you’re looking for in a brunch spot then look no further than Rye. This popular restaurant serves everything from breakfast to late night eats, but it’s the brunch we’re clamoring for. Not sure what to order? Try their “Waffle and Whisky,” a golden waffle topped with pork belly, egg and whiskey maple syrup or their “Vegan Hash” with russets, brussels, tempeh onions, peppers spinach and mushrooms. Brunch served Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Trio | Salt Lake City (Downtown and Cottonwood)
If you associate brunch with outdoor dining, then Cafe Trio should be your first stop. The legendary brunch and sun-kissed patio make Trio one of SLC’s most beloved brunch spots. The open space configuration, large windows and flower-encircled patios create a lovely indoor-outdoor setting, and when things heat up, Trio cools down the patio with a light spray mister. The brunch dishes fall on the more savory side, with a variety of flatbreads, pizzas, paninis and egg dishes to choose from. Try the “Eggs Italiano (crisp polenta, italian sausage, peperonata, poached eggs and hollandaise) or the “Breakfast Calzone.” For those looking for something sweet, there are a few sugary options, such as the “Sweet Focaccia French Toast.” Brunch is offered on Saturday and Sunday.
Photo by Sarah Sampsel