Whether you’re craving bacon or a Benny, these Richmond breakfast spots serve it up sweet, savory, and full of flavor.

Breakfast has always been called the most important meal of the day. And these Richmond restaurants do a bang-up job of making it the best meal of the day with savory selections, sweet treats, and unique combinations.

Whether you’re looking for something quick and easy or taking it slow and leisurely, we think you’ll find something to please everybody in your dining party.

Brunch ...

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What else would you expect to be on a list of breakfast hot spots but a place called "Brunch ..."? Part of the Lunch/Supper family, Brunch ... is open for breakfast and lunch daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pancakes, waffles, and French toast are staples, but it gets much fancier from there. Choose from classic waffles or varieties with peanut butter cups, glazed chocolate chips, or white chocolate chips and blueberry butter. Can’t decide? You can get a waffle flight with a slice of all four flavors. Now how cool is that?   

The crab Sherry omelet has lump crab meat, sherry onion, arugula, and gruyere topped with citrus herb aioli, trout roe, and micro greens. Don’t miss the steak and eggs, chicken and waffles, shrimp-n-grits, or Brunch burger with a duck egg, thick-sliced bacon, aged cheddar, and tomato on a brioche bun. You can get a little boozy at breakfast with the Cruzan Confuzan French toast, which is made with aged Cruzan Rum banana cream, toasted coconut, and powdered sugar.

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Dots Back Inn

Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, the retro-inspired Dots Back Inn offers breakfast weekly from 9 to 11 a.m. After, it’s brunch and lunch menu items like steak and eggs, eggs Benedict with Smithfield ham, banana pancakes, omelets, pancakes, French toast, and bagels. If you’re more in a lunch mood than your brunch-minded companions, choose from burgers, BBQ pork sandwiches, chicken cordon bleu, and salads. 

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Moore Street Café

More diner than café, Moore Street sports retro posters, countertop barstools, and cozy windowfront booths. I almost expected Alice or Flo to take my order. The menu features sausage gravy, pancakes, fried eggs, corned beef hash, and hash browns. The breakfast club sandwich has lettuce, tomato, and mayo on Texas toast.

Breakfast is served from 6 to 11 a.m. on Monday through Friday, while lunch is from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On Saturdays, breakfast is available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Be prepared to wait on weekends as it is quite popular. 

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Helen’s Restaurant

Start your Saturday with bloody marys, mimosas, and locally roasted coffee. Helen’s, located along Main Street in the Fan, is open for weekend breakfast and brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Menu items include steak and eggs, French toast, breakfast BLTs, and a wide variety of eggs Benedict dishes served with delicious curry potatoes.

After the food, the next best thing about Helen’s is the historic building and décor. Originally a pharmacy in 1912, it opened as a restaurant in 1935. Some say the building is haunted. Let us know what you think!

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The Fancy Biscuit

Even the deviled eggs are fancy at the Fancy Biscuit, which is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day except Monday. The vibe is Southern hospitality (think: biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, and fried green tomatoes) served on biscuits of all sorts. Signature biscuits include the Got Your Goat with fried chicken, pepper jelly, goat cheese, and balsamic reduction on a buttermilk biscuit.

Can’t decide between sweet and salty? Try the aptly named Salty Pig with sweet and salty country ham and caramel sauce. You can also create your own biscuit using selections such as applewood smoked bacon, local sage sausage patty, goat cheese, roasted tomatoes, house-made jelly, and more.

For a hearty meal, try the chicken pot pie, which is served with a buttermilk biscuit. Then there’s the quiche of the day and sides like ham and white cheddar grits, fried green tomatoes with house pimento cheese, and fancy deviled eggs (vegetarian versions are available on request).

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Conch Republic Rocketts

For a Sunday brunch with a waterfront view, you can’t beat the Conch Republic. This is the place to take Mom, out-of-town guests, or just yourself. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Choose from steak and eggs, Belgian waffles, or a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, black beans, cheese, and peppers served with salsa and bacon. If you lean to the seafood side, order the crab cake Benedict. Two English muffins are topped with two small crab cakes, poached eggs, sautéed spinach, and Hollandaise and served with hash browns or cheese grits. Mimosas all around, please.

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What’s your favorite Richmond breakfast spot? Let us know in the comments.