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Best Brunches & Breakfasts in Eugene

Published: January 02, 2022

 

Start your morning at one of these destination-worthy breakfast spots from sumptuous brunches to line-out-the-door diners. Whether you've just rolled out of bed in search of a quick bite or you want the perfect place to entertain guests or celebrate a big day, these top brunch and breakfast restaurants will get your day started the right way.

Downtown Eugene

Jazzy Ladies

Gluten-free folks rejoice! Everything on this menu is entirely gluten-free (and nut, dairy and soy-free friendly/accommodating). Popular items include decadent waffles, chicken-fried steak and eggs benedict. This small cafe downtown only seats 20 people inside so plan accordingly. Jazzy Ladies gets its name from a love of jazz music and you'll notice the themed decor the moment you walk in. Breakfast is served all day, so there's no shame in ordering eggs benny at any hour.

The Vintage

The Vintage is a charming restaurant with a creative breakfast menu highlighting sweet and savory crepes, including gluten-free options. The Lemony Lemons crepe is the fresh, bright start to a day that we all need (and a pitcher of bellinis on the table won't hurt either). This a great hideaway spot for intimate meals and can be quite cozy on a rainy day. Brunch is served Wednesday through Sunday until 2 p.m.

Falling Sky Deli

A great option for a weekend brunch that will impress a crowd is Falling Sky Deli in the Whiteaker Neighborhood. Offered from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., this menu is short but sweet. Try the stuffed French toast or deli hash with a house bloody mary or a beermosa. Everything on the menu is Instagram-worthy and tastes just as good as it looks.

6th Street Restaurant

Open for brunch only on Saturday and Sunday, this downtown sports bar serves up traditional breakfast favorites in a relaxed atmosphere. You won't want to miss the morning cocktails which include bloody "matadors," peach bellinis and pineapple margaritas. Their location across from the Hult Center for the Performing Arts makes it the perfect pre-or-post matinee destination. 

Morning Glory Café

Morning Glory is an entirely vegetarian restaurant with plenty of vegan options. Even your meat-eating friends will love the lovingly crafted dishes made from scratch. Located near the train station, this warm little spot full of art is a great way to be welcomed into the city. Although there are many delicious sweet and savory options, I recommend the Three Sisters (named for the three snow-covered peaks sometimes visible to the east from Skinner Butte) which is loaded with veggies and topped with hearty mushroom gravy. 

Two large breakfasts, two coffees and a bear claw pastry from Morning Glory Cafe.

Morning Glory Cafe Breakfast

Photo: Melanie Griffin

Lion & Owl

Serving "Bubbles & Brunch" Thursday through Monday, Lion & Owl is a stellar culinary experience. Your brunching buddies will be impressed by the seasonal menu items such as foie gras pop tarts and caviar as well as the sophisticated urban atmosphere. Guests have the option to enjoy their meal inside the fun Airstream travel trailer where the restaurant began as a simple (but stylish) food truck. Proof of vaccination required.

Off the Waffle

Off the Waffle has been a local breakfast staple since the brothers who started it were serving liege waffles out of their house. Now, they have a restaurant in downtown Eugene to help them keep up with the demand for the perfect waffle topped with exciting ingredients. Order a sweet or savory waffle, or bring home a pack of frozen waffles and add your own special toppings at home. 

Off the Waffle Downtown Eugene by Melanie Griffin

Off the Waffle Downtown Eugene

Photo: Melanie Griffin

Mid-Town Eugene

Mandy's

Eugene's search for late-night breakfast ended when Mandy's opened and created a space to enjoy the most important meal of the day. Mandy's is located on the edge of downtown and is open late making it a great choice for folks who know that breakfast can be enjoyed at any hour. Choosing between their french toast and corned beef hash is hard, so bring a friend and share. 

Brail's

Voted the best hangover breakfast in Eugene many years in a row, Brail's is a local favorite for classic breakfast that also offers some delicious Korean dishes. With two locations near downtown, this is a great place to meet for a hearty breakfast with friends. Try Joy's Special with a side of spicy kimchi. 

South Eugene

Viking Braggot Southtowne Pub

For a real Scandinavian treat, Viking Braggot Southtowne Pub offers a Sunday Aebleskiver Brunch. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy traditional Danish pancake balls and brunch cocktails.

Glenwood

The breakfast menu at the Glenwood is huge because they really do have something for everyone. As a former New Mexico resident, I love their generous sprinkling of green chile in dishes throughout the menu. If you aren't familiar with the magic that is green chile, I suggest you order a Sierra Madre omelet immediately. 

West Eugene

Cornbread Café 

This comfort food cafe is totally vegan and has been featured in magazines and television shows. According to Travel+Leisure, Cornbread Cafe is the best vegan restaurant in Oregon. You won't regret an order of their chik'n & waffles with a side of cheesy grits. Breakfast specials only served on Sundays.

Coffee Plant Roasters

A trendy coffeehouse in the Westside Warehouse District that serves up some serious breakfast. Coffee Plant Roasters is a great place to sip some of Eugene's best coffee, watch as a fresh batch gets roasted and enjoy a beautiful acai bowl or avocado toast with all the toppings you didn't even know you needed. 

North Eugene

SweetWaters at Valley River Inn

The ultimate breakfast destination, Sweetwaters on the River hosts indulgent holiday buffet brunches or traditional breakfast favorites every weekend. Sip your coffee or mimosa overlooking the Willamette River on their outdoor deck.

South University Neighborhood

Studio One Café

For lovers of early Hollywood cinema, this little cafe is a great place to enjoy a meal with a little nostalgia. Studio One is also located near the University of Oregon campus. Menu items are named after movie classics and fictional characters like the "Animal House" benedict, named for the cult classic filmed nearby. If you are attending an event at Hayward Field, this is an ideal location to fuel up before you start a busy day at the track. 

Brunch Beyond Eugene

Tavern on Main - Springfield

Slide onto a seat at Tavern on Main, an Art Deco haven and home to incredible cocktails. Saturday and Sunday brunches feature creative dishes from salted caramel French toast to buttermilk poppyseed pancakes.

Creswell Bakery - Creswell

Freshly baked bread makes Creswell Bakery a must-stop on any adventure south of Eugene. Breakfast hours start at 7 a.m. Monday - Saturday and at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Along with made-from-scratch baked goods, indulge in hot breakfast dishes like brioche sandwiches, house-cured bacon and a ham and cheese pretzel topped with an egg. Chef Heidi Tunnell started baking in her Grandma's kitchen and still sources many ingredients straight from the family farm.

Creswell Bakery Brunch

Photo: Eugene, Cascades & Coast

Our Daily Bread - Veneta

A wholesome country bakery housed in a former church, Our Daily Bread, dishes up amazing cinnamon rolls alongside omelets, quiches and pancakes. If you are out exploring wine country, heading out to spend the day at Oregon Country Fair or cycling along backcountry roads, pause here to fill up on a hearty breakfast in a welcoming atmosphere. 

Our Daily Bread Breakfast

Photo: Colin Morton / Eugene, Cascades & Coast

 

 

Author: Melanie Ryan Griffin

Melanie is a University of Oregon graduate who studied Cultural Anthropology. After finishing school, she worked as a touring concert photographer for many years before expanding into writing concert and album reviews for online publications. Melanie is now the Art Director for Travel Lane County. She has lived in Eugene for more than a decade and spends nearly every weekend searching for new favorite places in the county. She has also lived in California, New Mexico, Florida, Spain and Slovakia but loves Oregon the most.

Melanie enjoys exploring the vibrant arts and culture scene in Eugene.  She also loves painting, cooking for friends, dancing, hiking and learning new things.