10 of the best breakfast chains across the US

Waffle House is a popular chain across the US. Hollis Johnson

There are plenty of popular chain restaurants that are happy to satisfy your breakfast cravings all day long.

Here are some of the best breakfast chains across the United States.

Denny’s is a classic American diner chain.

Denny’s was founded in California.
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Originally known as Danny’s Doughnuts in Lakewood, California, this popular chain was founded in 1953. The chain’s name was later changed to Denny’s, although there was not anyone named Danny nor Denny involved in the creation of the restaurant.

In 1977, Denny’s introduced a menu item inspired by baseball player Hank Aaron that would become its most famous offering: the Grand Slam breakfast combo platter. It includes two buttermilk pancakes, two eggs, two bacon strips, and two sausage links.

Nearly 70 years later, there are over 1,500 Denny’s restaurant locations across all 50 states and Washington DC.

Huddle House is known for its flapjacks and country-fried steak.

The first Huddle House opened in Decatur, Georgia.

Huddle House flipped its first flapjacks in Decatur, Georgia, in 1964. Today, the chain offers hot breakfast dishes to hungry customers in nearly 350 locations across 24 states.

Some of Huddle House’s popular menu items include pancakes, prime rib tips, omelets, and country-fried steaks.

Cracker Barrel has something for everyone on the menu — and don’t forget to stop by the gift shop.

Cracker Barrel serves breakfast all day long.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, better known as just Cracker Barrel, was founded in 1969 in the town of Lebanon, Tennessee.

By 1977 there were already 13 locations in the South, and there are now 664 Cracker Barrels across 45 states.

Cracker Barrel serves its extensive breakfast menu all day long, and the chain has become a popular stop for road-tripping families, especially because of its famous gift shops that are attached to each dining area.

Marie Callender’s isn’t just in the freezer aisle.

Marie Callender’s is a West Coast chain.

Most people recognise Marie Callender’s from the pies in the frozen aisle at the grocery store, but the company also manages a chain of 28 restaurants across Nevada, Utah, and California.

The first Marie Callender’s opened in the late 1940s as bakeries. Then they transitioned to coffee and pie shops in 1964 and, finally, full-service restaurants in 1969.

The full breakfast menu is offered all day long, with the exception of hash browns, which are replaced with tater tots at 11 a.m. The chain also offers a variety of homemade pies every day.

Biscuitville is known for its breakfast sandwiches served on warm, buttery biscuits.

The chain is popular in the South.

After opening a few Pizzaville restaurants in and around North Carolina in 1967, Maurice Jennings took the family biscuit recipe to Danville, Virginia, and in 1975 the first Biscuitville was born.

Today, there are over 60 locations, but you won’t find any outside of North Carolina and Virginia just yet. However, the mouth-watering breakfast sandwiches and platters are worth the stop if you’re in town.

First Watch is dedicated to making quality breakfast.

The chain closes at 2:30 p.m. every day.

First Watch opened its first location in 1983 in Pacific Grove, California, and the chain has been serving made-to-order meals to daytime diners ever since.

The chain’s CEO and president Chris Tomasso told Forbes in 2019 that by only serving breakfast and lunch and closing around 2:30 p.m. every day, the company is able to fully focus on being the best at what it does.

The chain, which now has over 300 company-owned restaurants, landed at number three on a Restaurant Business survey of the “most craved breakfasts” in 2017.

Hash House a Go Go makes hearty breakfasts with huge portions.

Hash House a Go Go has been featured on TV shows.

Founded in 2000, Hash House a Go Go is known for its Midwest fare and generous portions and has been featured on shows like the Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” and Food Network’s “Chef vs. City.”

The chain only has a handful of locations across the country, but it has made a big name for itself by being featured in publications like The New York Times, the New York Post, Lonely Planet, and Bon Appétit.

The Original Pancake House is known for its titular dish.

The Original Pancake House is known for its apple pancakes.

The Original Pancake House was founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1953.

In addition almost 150 franchise locations across 23 states, the chain also has restaurants in South Korea and Japan.

The menu includes featured items, like apple pancakes and Dutch babies, as well as unique pancake flavours like bacon, coconut, buttermilk, sourdough, buckwheat, Hawaiian, and Georgia pecan.

IHOP is called the house of pancakes for a reason.

IHOP serves up a wide variety of pancakes across the country.

For the past 60 years, the International House of Pancakes, or IHOP, has been feeding the nation inventive breakfast fare with catchy names.

The chain was founded in California and now boasts more than 1,650 locations across the US and the globe.

The menu offers a wide variety of pancake flavours, like churro, cannoli, cupcake, and double blueberry. IHOP also serves other breakfast items, like sausage, eggs, and omelets.

Waffle House is known for typically serving breakfast 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The chain is mostly located across the South and the Midwest.

During Labour Day weekend in 1955, neighbours Joe Rogers and Tom Forkner opened their first Waffle House in Avondale Estates, Georgia.

Today there are over 2,100 locations serving up fan favourites like steak and eggs, smothered hash browns, and, of course, waffles nearly 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Waffle House is especially popular in the South, but there are locations as far west as Arizona and as far north as Toledo, Ohio.

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