If you love breakfast as much as we do, then you'll want to bookmark this list of our favorite sit-down breakfast spots in Saratoga.

In our experience, even the most reluctant morning person can muster the willpower to get out the door if good food is the promise. So rise and shine, because after all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Don’t worry, we’ve got you late risers covered too.

From bacon and eggs, to your must-have morning pastry, the homestyle breakfasts offered at these places are just what you need to start the day off right.

 

GOURMET / ELEVATED BREAKFAST

SWEET MIMI’S

Lemon ricotta pancakes with fresh blueberries on top and a side of bacon

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

A classic little café, with an almost European vibe, Sweet Mimi’s not only touts traditional breakfast fare, but they make some of the best pastries in town. On the sweet side, we have trouble choosing between the Buttermilk Waffles, the Challah French Toast and the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. For savory, we’re all about the Mediterranean Strata, served up on weekends only, featuring locally-made Italian sausage from Parillo’s.

Make sure you get there early on Saturdays and Sundays. They don’t take reservations and the wait, while worth it, can sometimes be over an hour. Use the NOWAIT app for best seating.

8:00 am – 2:30 pm, daily
47 Phila St, Saratoga Spring, NY
(518) 871-1780
Sweet Mimi’s Breakfast Menu

FARMERS HARDWARE

Farmers Hardware is a self-described brunch hall, but opens its doors at 8am, which is definitely breakfast in our book. With items like the Daffle (donut-waffle) and the Cinnamon Bun French Toast, Farmers Hardware is a bit more indulgent that your typical breakfast spot, but we’re definitely OK with that. They also serve Kru Coffee (hot, cold, and nitro) which in our humble opinion is the best coffee in town.

Heads up, you’ll likely have to wait a bit on Saturdays and Sundays, during peak brunch hours (10am – 1pm). If you’re looking to get in and out, the best bet is to get their early.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Wed – Sun
35 Maple Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY
(518) 934-3444
Farmers Hardware Website with menu 

THE BLUE HEN

Blue Hen’s small menu packs a big punch, trust us. Nestled inside the recently renovated ($30M plus) Adelphi Hotel, this breakfast is a far cry from your run-of-the-mill continental. Their perfectly balanced menu of savory and sweet, with a sophisticated backdrop, makes Blue Hen the ideal breakfast location if you’re looking to impress. With that being said, keep the attire classy for this metropolitan meets conservatory-like breakfast locale. In other words, leave your leggings and Saturday ‘comfies’ at home where they belong, unless you want to catch a few glances of disapproval.

If there’s one menu option you must try, it’s the Fried Artichoke. Matter of fact – you may want to put in two orders (especially if you have a large party) because one just simply isn’t enough.

6:30 am – 11:00 am, Mon – Fri
6:30 am – 2:00 pm, Sat & Sun
365 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
(518) 678-6000
Blue Hen Breakfast Menu

SCALLIONS

 Interior of colorful restaurant full of seated patrons with a waitress taking an order from a table

Scallions breakfast is the epitome of a wholesome ‘mom-made’ start to the day, on steroids. With tastefully unique savory options and creative twists on the classics you love (like their vast benny and omelet choices), you’re bound to leave here with a full belly and a smile on your face. Do yourself a solid and try one of their breakfast burritos, because well made breakfast burritos like this are few and far between in this little town.

Oh, and if adorably kitschy home goods are your thing, be sure to check out their gallery with an extensive variety of modest-homey merch by Schuyler Pond.

9:00 am – 2:30 pm, Sat & Sun
44 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY
(518) 584-0192
Scallion’s Breakfast Menu

 

BASIC / TRADITIONAL BREAKFAST

TRIANGLE DINER

Front of the Triangle Diner with a brick wall and windows, a red facade with big white letters that spell Triangle

Triangle Diner boasts anything you could want from a small-town American diner menu including reasonable prices and generous portions, with a few creative options like The French Toast Club (layers of sausage or bacon, egg and cheese sandwiched between towering slices of gooey French toast), and an always rotating list of specials. When it comes to staples, their Benedicts can’t be beat, and the Irish Benedict with its homemade corned beef hash is a hands-down favorite.

6:00 am – 2:00 pm, Mon – Sat
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, Sun
400 Maple Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY
(518) 583-6368

HORSESHOE INN BAR & GRILL

Exterior of restaurant with dark green shaker siding, a maroon door and awning over the window and a red whit and blue open flag

If you’re not familiar with breakfast at “The Shoe” then you’ll be glad you’re reading this. First off, no need to dress your best for this occasion, as just about anything goes – flip flops, cut off shorts, and a t-shirt are just fine.

Find a seat at the wrap around bar, in the dining room, or (our favorite) on the outside patio where you can catch a glimpse of the horses walking to and from their morning workouts at the track.

As for the food, it’s delicious and reasonably priced. If you’re a sweet eater, you can’t go wrong with the Banana Walnut Pancakes (3 pancakes topped with bananas, walnuts and a brown sugar crumble) or the French Toast Stack (short or tall) with a side of bacon. If you’re partial to savory, The Shoe Burrito or one of their 6 omelettes are sure to tickle your fancy.

Be warned, as the morning turns into mid-afternoon, the music on the jukebox gets a little louder and the bar crowd just a bit crazier. We’re not saying that’s a bad thing!

8:00 am – 1:00 pm, Fri & Sat
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, daily (July 19 – Labor Day)
9 Gridley St, Saratoga Springs, NY
(518) 886-8086
Horseshoe Menus

COUNTRY CORNER CAFE

Front of The Country Corner Cafe with a glass door, a big window, and their sign

This charming little eatery on the corner of Church Street and Woodlawn Avenue serves the next best thing to a home-cooked, country breakfast. The Breakfast Bowl is everything we’ll ever need before 10 a.m.

But what really sets them apart is the house-made jams, jellies and fruit spreads. We’re partial to the traditional strawberry and raspberry jams, but any and all of them are delicious slathered on the fresh made scones or on Ida’s Original Swedish Oatmeal Pancakes. Don’t forget to grab a few jars, on your way out, to jazz up your regular morning toast or gift to a friend.

7:00 am – 2:00 pm, Mon – Fri
7:00 am – 3:00 pm, Sat & Sun
25 Church St, Saratoga Springs, NY
(518) 583-7889
Country Corner Cafe Menus

COMPTONS

Front of Compton's restaurant in the morning light with a neon open sign

This retro-inspired Broadway diner is the place for your standard, wallet-friendly scrambled eggs, homefries and toast. While it won’t satiate your craving for something creative, Compton’s will cure a hangover. The booths are comfortable, the service is friendly and the coffee is bottomless. Oh, and in case you need some greasy grub after closing down the bars on Caroline Street, they open at 4am Monday – Friday and 3am on Saturday and Sunday.

4:00 am – 2:30 pm, Mon – Fri
3:00 am – 2:30 pm, Sat & Sun
457 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
(518) 584-9632

THE BREAD BASKET BAKERY

Front of the cottage style Bread Basket Bakery with a bright blue roof and paver walkway leading to the entrance

Sometimes simplicity truly is unparalleled. That’s how we feel about breakfast at Bread Basket. While equally delicious and wholesome, you won’t find any idiosyncratic or out of the ordinary savory menu options here. The vibe is more of your traditional egg sammies with locally sourced ingredients.

Where they are extraordinary – the sweets department. We’re talking the most mouth watering Walnut Sticky Bun and seasonal scones like the Jalepeño Scone. We know, it sounds a little unorthodox, but trust us would ya?

We like to take our egg sandwich and Maple Twist to-go, for a relaxing stroll through Congress park, which is right across the street!

7:00 am – 4:00 pm, daily
65 Spring St, Saratoga Springs, NY
(518) 587-4233
Bread Basket Breakfast Menu

 

Looking for something quick? Check out our guide to the Best Breakfast Sandwiches in Saratoga.

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