Places for the Best Brunch Fresno – pancakes or waffles? We have put together a list for you of the places to try the best brunch or breakfast in Fresno.
Black Bear Diner
3602 W. Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93711
The goal of every Black Bear Diner is “to deliver scrumptious food in a friendly environment. We promise to make your visit a pleasant one, and we’ll try to keep the puns to a bear minimum.” They serve some really hearty brunches like BIGFOOT Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs (10 oz of tender beef, breaded & fried golden brown, then smothered in country gravy and served with 3 eggs & 2 housemade biscuits), or The GRIZZ! (2 sweet cream pancakes, 3 eggs*, 2 slices of thick-cut smoked bacon, 2 sausage links & a smoked ham steak). They also serve pancakes, waffles and French toast dusted with powdered sugar and served with warm syrup. How about Joe’s Hobo Omelette (Smoked ham, link sausage & thick-cut smoked bacon, jack cheese, cheddar cheese, spinach & onion) or The Original ScramBOWL (A hearty all-in-one bowl of hickory smoked ham, thick-cut smoked bacon, link sausage, eggs*, bell pepper, onion & pickled jalapeño, scrambled over country red potatoes, then topped with cheddar cheese & country gravy and a housemade biscuit. Served as described, no other sides.)
Lazy Dog Restaurants
7965 N. Blackstone Ave. Fresno, CA 93720
Lazy Dog serve a weekend brunch from 9am until 2pm. Choose from dishes such as The Breakfast Club (fried egg, smoked bacon, avocado, cheddar, tabasco mayo, housemade buttermilk biscuit, choice of hash browns or fruit), Country Chickens + Biscuit (crispy fried chicken, housemade chicken sausage, two sunny side up eggs, housemade buttermilk biscuit, cajun gravy, spiced maple syrup), Cheesy Eggs + Avocado Toast (scrambled eggs, cheddar, jack, sea salt, red pepper flakes + crushed avocado on grilled french bread, choice of hash browns or watermelon) or Bacon Candy (bacon baked with brown sugar, crushed red pepper chili flakes, black pepper). They also offer DIY Mimosas (1 bottle of Freixenet sparkling wine + 10 oz fresh squeezed orange juice) and DIY Peach Bellinis (1 bottle of Freixenet sparkling wine + Kerns Peach Nectar juice).
3590 West Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711
Panera Bread is a counter service restaurant that serves breakfast before 11am. “At Panera, we invite you to experience freshly prepared, wholesome meals in a warm and welcoming environment, served by people who care. To us, this is what good eating is all about and why we love what we do. Our approach to good food is guided by our values: We believe in ‘food as it should be;’ we are transparent; we deliver freshness; and we serve food that we feel good about serving our own families.” Breakfast options include Chipotle Chicken, Scrambled Egg & Avocado Wrap, Sausage, Scrambled Egg & Cheese on Brioche, Avocado, Egg White & Spinach sandwich, Spinach and bacon souffle and Greek Yogurt with Mixed Berries Parfait.
7141 N Cedar Ave #101, Fresno, CA 93720
Country Waffles – as you would expect – do a fine line in waffles but they sell every other type of breakfast or brunch food too. Signature waffles include Double Chocolate (Chocolate chips baked-in and topped with more chocolate chips and chocolate drizzle), Apple Bacon Cheddar (Crumbled bacon & cheddar baked-in. Topped with cinnamon apples) or Banana Fosters (Caramelized bananas atop our golden waffle). Or you could go for Chicken and Waffle Benedict (2 waffle quarters topped with crispy chicken tenders, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Served with fruit), Croissant Breakfast Sandwich (Ham, or turkey, eggs and cheese layered on a grilled croissant. Served with fruit or country potatoes) or Breakfast Wrap (Scrambled eggs, chorizo, cheddar cheese and potatoes. Wrapped in a flour tortilla, topped with sour cream and avocado. Served with fruit).
1110 EAST SHAW ST. FRESNO, CA 93710
Denny’s has always been a brunch favourite. They have a seriously huge breakfast/brunch selection. You can go all in with a ‘Slam’ like the LUMBERJACK SLAM® (Buttermilk pancakes, grilled ham, bacon strips, sausage links, eggs*, hash browns and choice of bread), ALL-AMERICAN SLAM® (Three scrambled eggs with Cheddar cheese, bacon strips, sausage links, hash browns and choice of bread), or the FIT SLAM® (Egg whites scrambled together with fresh spinach and grape tomatoes, plus turkey bacon strips, an English muffin and seasonal fruit.) which can be made gluten-free. For those with a sweet tooth you could opt for pancakes like the DOUBLE BERRY BANANA PANCAKE BREAKFAST (Buttermilk pancakes cooked with blueberries and topped with fresh seasonal berries, bananas and whipped cream) or SALTED CARAMEL & BANANA CREAM PANCAKE BREAKFAST (Buttermilk pancakes cooked with shortbread pieces and topped with vanilla cream, bananas and more shortbread pieces. Served with a pitcher of warm salted caramel for drizzling). There are some fabulous Crepe choices too such as BANANA CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT (One crepe folded with vanilla cream and topped with fresh seasonal berries, strawberry sauce and powdered sugar) or what about the vegetarian option of the LOADED VEGGIE OMELETTE (Fresh spinach, sautéed mushrooms, sautéed zucchini & squash, tomatoes and Swiss cheese).
Mimi’s Cafe – Boozy Brunch Option
7660 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno, CA 93720
Mimi’s Cafe has an excellent brunch selection with a French feel. “Make any mealtime an event to savor. From sweet and savory breakfast dishes to mouthwatering entrées, crowd-pleasing to tempting desserts, every dish is made with care, just for you and your family. Find exactly what you’re craving at your local cafe.” How do these dishes sound – BRIOCHE FRENCH TOAST (French toast dusted with powdered sugar with whipped margarine and maple syrup), FARMHOUSE BREAKFAST TACOS (Hickory-smoked bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes, cheddar cheese, jalapeño, tomato, onion and cilantro in flour tortillas. Served with salsa) or BACON AVOCADO OMELET (Three eggs, hickory-smoked bacon, spinach, tomatoes, Monterey jack cheese and avocado. Served with roasted potatoes). Alternatively, you could go for a Classic Eggs Benedict (Hickory-smoked ham and poached eggs topped with hollandaise sauce on a grilled English muffin) or HAM & SWISS CRÊPES (Thick-cut ham and melted swiss cheese topped with a creamy mornay cheese sauce. Served with roasted potatoes).
Why not make it a boozy brunch with Mimosas? Choose from MANGO MIMOSA (A champagne split and orange juice with mango), WHITE PEACH MIMOSA (A champagne split and orange juice with the classic Bellini flavor of white peach) or a TRIPLE BERRY MIMOSA (A champagne split and orange juice with strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and blackberry).
3020 Tulare St, Fresno, CA 93721
IHOP serves more than 14 different varieties of pancakes including Buttermilk, Chocolate Chip, Harvest Grain ‘N Nut®, New York Cheesecake and its famous fruit-topped pancakes. Other signature breakfasts include the Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity®, International Passport Breakfast and premium omelettes such as the Big Steak Omelette and the Colorado Omelette. IHOP restaurants also offer delicious desserts including Fruit Crepes and Ice Cream Sundaes.
The Cheesecake Factory serves Saturday and Sunday brunch from opening until 2pm. You can choose from such items as the GIANT BELGIAN WAFFLE (Available with Strawberries, Pecans and Chantilly Cream), CARAMEL APPLE PANCAKES (Buttermilk Pancakes with Glazed Apples, Crispy Caramel Pecans and Chantilly Cream. Served with Our Maple-Butter Syrup), BRULÉED FRENCH TOAST (The “Best” French Toast Ever! Thick Slices of French Bread Grilled Golden Brown Topped with Powdered Sugar and Served with Maple-Butter Syrup) and the BRUNCH COMBO (Two Eggs with Two Slices of Bacon and Two Buttermilk Pancakes). Or what about GREEN CHILAQUILES WITH CARNITAS AND EGGS (Tender Slow-Cooked Pork or Chicken with Roasted Poblano Peppers, Cheese, Onions, Cilantro and Crisp Corn Tortillas. Garnished with Tomatillo-Chile Sauce, Tomato and Sour Cream), FRIED CHICKEN & WAFFLES BENEDICT (Our Belgian Waffle Topped with Crispy Fried Chicken Strips, Poached Eggs and Hollandaise. Served with Maple-Butter Syrup), or the KIDS’ BRUNCH (Kids 10 and Younger. A Small Order of French Toast, Bacon and Strawberries).