Get your breakfast on at these 9 Birmingham breakfast joints

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Waffles with fresh fruits and berries? Yes, please. Photo via Over Easy on Facebook

A wise television character named Leslie Knope once asked, “Why would anyone eat anything other than breakfast food?” If you love breakfast as much as Leslie, you’ve got to pay a visit to these 9 Birmingham breakfast joints. We’re just getting started, so be sure to let us know your favorite local place to grab breakfast!

1. Bogue’s Restaurant

Bogue’s famous sweet rolls, hand-made by Ella Irby every morning at Bogue’s Restaurant. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Since 1938, Bogue’s Restaurant has been Birmingham’s go-to spot for a hearty breakfast. In fact, Bogue’s was featured on extracrispy.com‘s “51 Best Breakfast Destinations in America” list. Additionally, Business Insider named Bogue’s the Best Diner in Alabama.

While you’re there, make sure to try their famous, mouth-watering sweet rolls.

2. Sol’s Sandwich Shop & Deli

The Chef’s Special at Sol’s is everything we love about homemade Southern cookin’! Photo via Sol’s Sandwich Shop & Deli on Facebook

Sol’s Sandwich Shop & Deli is one of those authentic, old time-y diners that makes you want to become a regular. Stop on by in the morning to start your day off with a relaxing Southern breakfast.

3. Ted’s Restaurant

Healthy and tasty—that’s why omelettes are dangerous. Photo via Ted’s Restaurant

Since 1973, this authentic Greek-American meat & three has served up some mean breakfasts to their customers. Add some Mediterranean flavor to your breakfast at Ted’s Restaurant!

4. Niki’s West Steak and Seafood

I’ll confess—hash browns are one of my culinary weaknesses. Photo via Niki’s West on Facebook

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start your day off right at Niki’s West. This family-owned restaurant has been a Birmingham staple since 1957.

P.S. The food line moves quicker than you’d expect, so have your order ready by the time you get there!

5. Over Easy

Golden crisp pancakes, fresh fruits, eggs and sausage. Yes, please. Photo via Over Easy

As the name implies, this restaurant is all. about. breakfast. Soak in the retro-diner aesthetic while enjoying a hearty, healthy breakfast. You won’t regret it.

6. Big Bad Breakfast

Buttermilk biscuit + smoked ham + two poached eggs + house-made hollandaise = Eggs Benedict, Big Bad Breakfast style. Photo via Big Bad Breakfast on Facebook

Big Bad Breakfast is the brainchild of Chef John Currence, a James Beard Award-winning chef. Big Bad Breakfast serves up all the Southern breakfast classics you could ever want. In fact, Big Bad Breakfast is so popular that they’re expanding throughout the Southeast!

7. Chris Z’s

Hearty grits with a slice of melted butter on top—simply cannot be beat. Photo via Chris Z’s on Facebook

My suggestion? Make sure to try the Big Nasty. It’s a large plate of hash-browns topped with sausage, bacon, bologna, ham, onion, peppers, tomatoes, Swiss, American and Cheddar cheese + two eggs, all topped with Z sauce. Oh, and it’s only $9.95.

8. The Essential

You could say that eggs, toast and sausage are an… essential… part of any breakfast. Photo via The Essential on Facebook

On The Essential’s outdoor patio, you can enjoy a healthy breakfast with a gentle breeze in the heart of downtown. It might sound too good to be true, but it’s real!

9. Trattoria Zaza

Rise and shine with a plate of fresh greens, fruits and an omelette. Then, wash it all down with a craft coffee. Photo via Trattoria Centrale on Facebook

Trattoria Zaza may be known for their pizza, but they whip up a mean breakfast too! Located in the heart of Birmingham, this little café channels European cuisine in every yummy bite.

What’s your favorite local place to grab breakfast? Let us know by tagging @bhamnow on social media!


  • Tennessee native who fell in love with Birmingham during college. Graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2019. Passionate about Birmingham and its continued growth.