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Despite my affinity for tacos, pizza and medium rare steaks with some sort of potato served on the side, breakfast is actually my favorite meal of the day.

Every morning before I come into the work — or the night before if I have to get up early — I make coffee and cook a three egg omelet with spinach, sausage and either mozzarella or feta cheese.

It’s my ritual and my day feels incomplete if I don’t stick to it.

While I obviously don’t mind cooking for myself, sometimes it’s nice to go somewhere and let someone else do the cooking for me.

I rarely venture out for breakfast during the week, but on weekends and late nights, I like to hit up the local haunts.

After being in Sioux City for a little more than a year now, I think I have a pretty good grasp on the best breakfast spots, which I will list below.

However, I’m always game to try some more so if I missed your favorite spot or you have a killer suggestions, shoot me a note at or DM me on Twitter:

Kahill’s Chophouse

When I met with the owner and general manager of the former Marina Inn — now known as Delta Hotels by Marriott South Sioux City Riverfront — they told me Marriott Inc. had no suggestions for them during the facility's rebranding when it came to Kahill’s and I didn’t doubt them.

Sunday Brunch

Sunday brunch at Kahill's Sunday, April 13, 2014. (Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal)

While Kahill’s dinner menu gets most of the buzz, its Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas is the trendy Millennials best friend.

Because I rarely have Sundays off, I’ve only got to brunch at Kahill’s a few times — I needs my bottomless mimosas if I’m going to properly Sunday Funday — but I still dream of it.

Every time I get a “Q” for a two-for-one brunch there, my heart rips in half because I know what I’m missing out on.

Best item: Variety of bottomless mimosas, duh. The omelet and freshly carved meat stations also are legit.

Garden Cafe

I went here for the first time two weekends ago after eyeing it multiple times driving down Jackson Street and I hate myself for not going sooner.

When I say this place makes the best waffle I’ve ever had I’m not exaggerating.

Food Garden Cafe waffles

Chef Jose Perez makes a waffle inside the kitchen of The Garden Cafe.

This waffle has perfect color, a crispy outside and a moist and flavorful inside.

Leslie Knope would approve:

Best item: The waffle, and I say this as a guy who considers himself a pancake man.

Madonna Rose

This is essentially my neighborhood diner — Morningsiders stand up!!! — and it’s my favorite place to take friends who come up to visit on the weekends before they depart on Sunday mornings.

Food Madonna Rose Cafe

Boasting a menu full of comfort foods, Madonna Rose Cafe has seen a steady stream of customers dining at the Peters Park restaurant.

Coincidentally, I also love that they subscribe to the Journal and I like to people watch to see who's reading what and eavesdrop when people talk about the articles.

I also love the service at Madonna Rose. Veteran waitresses call you “hon,” which is like great diner waitressing 101, and they have a punch card system that rewards you for loyalty.

I actually felt like I cheated on this place when I went to the Garden Cafe and I felt bad until I tried that waffle:

Best item: Chicken & Egg Platter. Imagine if someone served you a chicken fritter, but they cut it in half and put in between two biscuits, covered those biscuits in country gravy and then sprinkled cheese on top of that!

Now, what if I told you that you didn’t have to imagine that delicious concoction and that it’s a real dish at Madonna Rose and it comes with hashbrowns and eggs!

Johnnie Mars Family Restaurant

This is the first place I ever had breakfast in Sioux City unless eating La Juanita’s after 1 a.m. counts as breakfast, and I still make my way over there on occasion.

This place is family-owned and its reflected in the service, which is neck-and-neck with Madonna Rose.

Best item: Bacon and sausage omelet. You know I love omelets already and bacon makes everything better!

Egg Johnnie Mars

Containing four eggs, ham, onions, peppers, mushrooms and American and feta cheeses, the Johnnie Mars omelet is among the best sellers at Johnnie Mars Family Restaurant.

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery

I debated whether or not to include Perkins on this list but without a Waffle House or Denny’s around here, Perkins has become my defacto go-to 24-hour dining spot.

The downtown location is great after bar hopping or attending an event and the one closer to my apartment has provided great relief when I need to place a pick-up order and I show up looking disheveled to get it.

While I enjoy Perkins well enough, I can never forgive it for getting rid of the breakfast potatoes! As some of you know, I take my potatoes pretty serious. 

Best item: Big Country Smasher


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