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Best Breakfasts

Best Breakfasts

Forget the cheap coffee and cold cereal. It’s time to check out our 21 sunrise suggestions to nurture your appetites before tackling the day.

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Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
Published
July 29, 2017 3:18 AM

Breakfast: It’s the most important meal of the day. Do you treat yourself to it? If not, why not? Not only does breakfast supercharge you and get your metabolism going, especially if you opt for healthy proteins and nutritious fruits and vegetables. It also boosts your mood, especially if you spend it with family and friends or have some “me” time with that extra cup of coffee before you tackle your busy daily activities.

Going out for breakfast can be one of the best treats you’ll give yourself. Imagine all the delectable food and drinks you can enjoy in a restaurant that you simply won’t get around to making at home. From a classic breakfast of eggs and bacon cooked for you so you can leisurely chat with pals, to a gigantic homemade cinnamon roll so soft you know you’d never make it successfully in your own kitchen, the breakfast options are many, fun, delicious and surprisingly affordable.

Give yourself a chance to get away from your cereal and oatmeal with a visit to one of Green Country’s favorite spots for a substantial breakfast any day of the week. Here are some of the hot spots you have to visit. Some are old favorites, others are edgy and fresh, but all of them will have you coming back for more.

Freeway Cafe is one of the area’s best-loved spots for a respectable diner meal.
Freeway Cafe is one of the area’s best-loved spots for a respectable diner meal. (Photo: Marc Rains)

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Antoinette Baking Co.
207 N. Main St. | Tulsa
Antoinette’s is famous for its Friday and Saturday pie nights — a celebration of delicious dessert with nightly specials so good, you’ll wish you could eat a slice of everything. What you may not know is Antoinette serves breakfast too. Get there when they open if you want fresh muffins or scones du jour, sausage rolls and similar items. Come a little later if you want to test out their breakfast menu, which changes daily and can include items like buttermilk fried chicken biscuits, sourdough French toast, and corn and tomato cobbler.

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Blue Moon Cafe
3512 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
With its many dining and shopping options, Brookside often draws Tulsans for an evening out or a Saturday afternoon stroll with friends. But if you’re in the mood for starting your day there with an early meal, stop by Blue Moon. This funky, creative spot features popular casual dishes like migas (eggs and tortilla chips scrambled, topped with melted cheddar and ranchero sauce), bagels with lox (smoked salmon, sliced tomato, red onion, capers and cream cheese), quiche, buttermilk pancakes and more.

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Bramble Breakfast and Bar
311 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa
Tulsa’s downtown scene is growing more and more every year, and Bramble Breakfast and Bar, in the heart of the historic Blue Dome District, is a big part of that. Globally inspired and locally sourced, they partner with farms, ranches and dairies in the area to provide an awesome breakfast experience. Whether it’s healthy yogurt and granola, tasty buttermilk pancakes or a hearty plate of scrambled eggs with thick-cut bacon, Bramble makes your breakfast experience a pleasurable and conscientious one. Their khachapuri features two egg yolks baked on a cheese bread bowl with three-cheese fondue. Visit them for forward thinking cuisine containing ingredients with integrity. They are also planning to open a second location this fall at the Jenks Riverwalk.

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Brookside by Day
3313 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
Don’t be surprised to find yourself waiting for a seat at this awesome breakfast spot. That’s always a good sign. Good things come to those who wait. Since 1991, BBD has served one of the best breakfast menus in the state. Choose an omelet from their extensive list, including the Lorraine, Veggie, the Eye Opener or Florentine, and your taste buds will flip. Keeping it simple by ordering fluffy pancakes with a side order of fresh eggs is sure to satisfy. Everything on the menu is a guaranteed show-stopper.

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Chimera
212 N. Main St. | Tulsa
In the heart of downtown Tulsa’s Brady District, Chimera is always hopping with customers because it’s just that hip and solid in service. Their coffee, made from a blend of beans, is perfect whether you take it black or in lattes, and their mixed drink menu offers sterner stuff. Chimera’s menu features healthy, environmentally conscious dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Taste test the eclectic breakfast tacos, like the Kool Thing (black beans, caramelized onions, faux chorizo, arugula, avocado crema). Vegans — you can substitute items to create a vegan meal or try the Twinster’s Vegan Plate (tofu scramble, adzuki bean strips, toast with cashew spread and jam).

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Dilly Diner
402 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa
This eatery is one of Tulsa’s downtown favorites. From the brick walls and houndstooth patterned décor to the leather high-back cushioned seating, the pleasing atmosphere matches the stellar food. Creativity levels are high with every dish they serve. The Meg is a delicate croissant served with egg, cheddar and bacon. The Jed is the softest, sweetest, largest cinnamon roll this side of Peoria. The chicken and waffles with sriracha honey will have you itching to visit again.

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First Watch
8178 S. Lewis Ave. | Tulsa
8104 E. 68th St. | Tulsa
A favorite of many Tulsans, First Watch offers great meals at good prices, with a lengthy menu to choose from. This makes it ideal for families and large groups who want anything from a classic breakfast (eggs and bacon) and chile chorizo omelets to the Power Breakfast Quinoa Bowl (with Italian sausage, house-roasted crimini mushrooms and tomatoes, kale, parmesan and EVOO, topped with two basted cage-free eggs) and lemon ricotta pancakes. Children can enjoy the chocolate chip pancakes. Their specialty Sunrise Select coffee comes in a full pot so you can easily enjoy refills.

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Freeway Café
1547 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa
465 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
5849 S. 49th W. Ave. | Tulsa
Freeway Cafe is one of the area’s best-loved spots for a respectable diner meal. The ‘50s decor is fun and upbeat, the servers are friendly, and the menu items are affordable and tasty. You’ll find standard Midwestern breakfasts here — like the 7-ounce sirloin steak and eggs, the Oklahoma omelet (bacon, pork sausage, shredded beef and ham with fresh green peppers, onions and cheddar cheese, served with salsa), and other classics that you can order with sides like ham steak or pork chops. Among customer favorites is the homemade cinnamon roll. And yes, you can opt for a healthy oatmeal, yogurt or turkey bacon if you really want to.

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Mod’s Coffee and Crepes
507 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa
Nestled in the historic Philcade building, Mod’s is known for its delicious gelato selection. But if you’re there at breakfast time, have one of their homemade breakfast crepes, which are fluffy and a real treat. Enjoy the French toast crepes to get your sweet tooth fix in a light version, or opt for crepes filled with eggs and ham, eggs Florentine or more. Or choose crepes with sweet toppings like blueberries, bananas, chocolate chips and Nutella. And if you want a more substantial meal, you can add a side of eggs and bacon to any crepes you order. After you chow down, be sure to check out the Art Deco Museum displays and swing across the street to Decopolis, with its eclectic, kitschy gifts, local authors’ books, and beautiful paintings by local artist William Franklin.

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New Atlas Grill
415 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa
Hidden deep inside the lobby of the historic Atlas Life Building, this breakfast delight serves some of Tulsa’s best skillet-style potato wedges, topped with spicy fried onions and jalapenos. Their Spanish omelet will kick-start any stubborn weekend morning with chorizo sausage, pepper jack, jalapenos, all covered in a zippy salsa verde. All of their flavorful omelets, breakfast sandwiches and burritos make New Atlas Grill a weekend choice you won’t regret.

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Old School Bagel
3723 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
6805 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa
If you’re a fan of easy, to-go breakfast options, then Old School Bagel is the jam you’re looking for. They make their bagels — wait for it — the old school way, by boiling them and then baking them. This creates a bagel that is crisp on the outside, yet soft and chewy on the inside, a perfect combination. Old School Bagel’s sandwich options allow you to choose eggs, bacon, cheese, sausage, ham, chorizo, avocado and other options. Or you can make your own sandwich with options from their deli case. Their croissants and other pastries are customer favorites as well, if you want something sweet to go with your coffee.

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RoseRock Café
4417 S. Mingo Road | Tulsa
Tucked inside Gardner’s Used Books, RoseRock Cafe is a great spot to snag a meal either before you go book shopping or, even better, after you’ve bought a stash of sales items you want to page through. Their generous portions and rustically scratch cooking style will remind you of a trip to grandma’s. You can get all the essentials there — eggs, thick bacon, toast, buttery hash browns, fluffy buttermilk pancakes, and coffee. But the real secret is to go on Saturdays for their Saturday-only special, the buttery biscuits and gravy combo. It’s a customer favorite. And hint: this place is super affordable too.

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Savoy
6033 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
Savoy is famous for a number of things. People love the amazing coffee they bring in from Tulsa’s own DoubleShot Coffee Company. Customers enjoy devouring their enormous homemade cinnamon rolls the size of your face that melt in your mouth with every single bite. Savoy’s delicious pancakes and waffles, served with richly flavored syrup and creamy dollops of high-end butter, are perennial favorites. But get there early, or expect a well-worth-it wait while you read the latest issue of Preview. Savoy has been one of Tulsa’s go-to breakfast spots for decades, and you’ll see why when you eat there.

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Shiloh’s
2604 N. Aspen Ave. | Broken Arrow
Open since the early 1980s, Shiloh’s offers five generations’ worth of down-home cooking that is hard to beat. They serve breakfast all day, making them a great stop for both early risers and not-so-early risers. Among the items to try are the omelets (you can even create your own with a variety of optional ingredients), the sweet potato pancakes, and the Oh My Gosh Machaca (turkey or roast scrambled with eggs, onions, green peppers, and if you dare, jalapeno, topped with cheese and served with sour cream and homemade salsa). They can also do veggie options of some items if you’re not a meat eater.

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Sponzs
6611 S. 101st E. Ave. | Tulsa
Attached to Mathis Brothers Furniture is the perfect little deli. But it’s not your average sandwich shop. Accomplished restaurateur and chef Anthony Card serves up some of the best breakfast food this side of heaven. The chicken and waffles rival any found in these parts. The menu item called The Wedge is a bona fide meal with French Quarter style wedge potatoes, chorizo, eggs, Monterey Jack cheese, bits of ham and bacon and a whole lot of soul. Don’t let the location fool you; it's one of the best restaurants you'll ever visit. And good news: they cater. You can bring these delicious dishes to your home or office anytime.

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Tally’s Cafe
1102 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa
This classic diner situated on the old Route 66 is always busy, and for good reason. Tally’s serves up some of the best casual diner food you’ll find in Green Country. Their soft, sweet, dinner plate sized cinnamon rolls have to be seen — and of course eaten — to be believed. They serve breakfast all day, which means you can enjoy those eggs and bacon and biscuits and gravy you love so much whenever you want. The menu includes all sorts of omelets, pancakes and other classic options, but if you’re bold, try the Smart Bomb (hash browns with diced ham, bacon, sausage, onion, green peppers, jalapenos, mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese, topped with eggs any style and served with toast). It’s deliciously filling.

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Western Country Diner
1905 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
Mosey on over to Sheridan, between 21st and 15th streets. Say ‘Howdy partner’ to the life-size John Wayne statue as you tie up your steed and sit down to a great meal. The breakfast menu at WCD is classic diner food, but a cut above. Order the steak and eggs or an omelet with a short stack of pancakes and you’ll thank us, especially when you see their affordable prices. A smoking section with a separate ventilation system serves the smoking crowd without any other patrons ever knowing. The wait staff is friendly and fast to top off your coffee, and they work hard to please, so eating there is always a good time.

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Wild Heart Marketplace and Café
501 S. Cherokee St. | Catoosa
Just off the beaten path of historic Route 66 is a quaint little spot that serves up some of the best breakfast choices around. Wild Heart’s biscuits and gravy is unmatched. Their breakfast burritos are stuffed with creamy cheese, eggs, sausage, fresh and juicy tomatoes, and peppers. Ask for a spinach omelet with potatoes, and you will not be disappointed. After breakfast, visit their cute rustic shop for a purchase or two.

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