Favorite brunch dishes: A guide to breakfast classics

Where to find the best versions of staple dishes, from French toast and eggs to breakfast sandwiches and quiche.

Eggs, bacon, pancakes: There are certain brunch dishes that it's simply inexcusable to screw up. Here's where to find textbook versions of all the iconic brunch and breakfast foods, as well as some wild cards (brunch noodles?) thrown in for good measure.

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Biscuits and gravy, four ways

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Over-the-top French toast

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Bacon

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5 great pancake restaurants

Chicago joints to get your syrup on

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5 great French toasts for brunch

Great examples of the brunch staple

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5 great huevos rancheros

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5 great quiches

Find buttery, flaky perfection.

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Hash browns vs. breakfast potatoes

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Unusual brunch dishes

Noodles, hot dogs and poutine at brunch?

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Eggs

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Pancakes

The cakes at Tre Kronor, Ina's and m. henry are among the best.

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French toast for breakfast

Four indulgent takes on custard-dipped bread

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5 great eggs Benedict

Short ribs and lard biscuits take the classic to the next level.

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Waffles

In our search for the perfect Belgian waffle, we found several contenders. But only one was perfect.

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5 great breakfast sandwiches

From smoked trout to pork liver terrine, these sandwiches show an Egg McMuffin who’s boss.

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Sweet and savory brunch options

Brunches that hit both sweet and savory notes

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Breakfast sausage

The difference between brunch sausage and breakfast sausage isn't quality. It's availability.

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