Every time I thought I had completed my list, I remembered another great place and had to bump someone off...!
Here are mine in order of "if I could pick any place to go which would it be": 1 Badlands Nat'l Park Lodge, SD.
It was a whopping 13 yrs ago now that I stopped at an unremarkable looking park service building for breakfast and was treated to heuvos rancheros on Indian fry bread, easily the best breakfast of my life. I had a friend stop in two years ago and claims it is still there & good. [If anyone is in SD and can re-verify, I'd be eternally grateful!] 2 Cafe du Monde, NOLA.
It's all about the atmosphere & location. Gotta go super early morning when it is quiet and the streets of the French Qtr are peaceful... 3 Johnnies Luncheonette, Newton MA.
I'll have "The Center", over easy, substitute sweets for home fries, plain bagel instead of toast... mmmmmmmm. [I can fulfill this soon!] 4 Loveless, Nashville TN.
Why I hear folks saying the biscuits aren't that great I dunno. I loved 'em!! Jams fantastic, great atmosphere. 5 P.J.s Pancakes, Princeton NJ.
Great pancakes, fun college town spot. They used to let us carve on the tables, & there are three that say "Cal". I'm craving their choc chip pancakes with whipped cream. [Another I plan to fulfill soon.] 6 Peets & La Farine, Oakland CA.
Non-traditional but a favorite combo: stop at Peets by the Claremont Hotel and then roll downhill to a great bakery for a fresh morning bun, amazing. Very close 2nd choice on pastry is a cinnamon twist from Nabolom Bakery off College Ave, Berkeley. 7 Charley's, Paia, Maui.
If I didn't love home & Peets SO much this would rate higher... great great huge breakfasts, no tourists, local joint on Maui. Terrific food. 8 Wildflower Cafe, Trempeleau WI.
Truly just a personal thing, I love this little town & the state park here... good breakfast [though heard on another forum this is closed for renovation?]. 9 Pear Tree Inn, Whitley nr Melksham, Wiltshire [England].
Apologies for throwing this one in but honestly I have never ever had a B&B breakfast as great as this. Huge spread of fresh cold foods and pastries, yogurt, juices etc, then a full cooked English breakfast of anything you like [incl grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, black pudding, all meats etc]. Absolutely amazing. 10 Doyle's, Jamaica Plain MA.
A very good breakfast, not necessarily the best in Boston but it's such a great spot - the old Boston feel of the place & liveliness etc, it's a fun outing. Plus I think the Benedict is great.
Cheers Breakfast Eaters!