Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
We’ve all heard this chant since childhood but sometimes, well, breakfast can get boring. Eggs, cereal, French toast, oatmeal… eggs, cereal, French toast, oatmeal… repeat, repeat, repeat.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my typical breakfast routine. But, sometimes, it just feels so… typical.
I was busy having all these random thoughts when serendipity turned up and gave me a week to have breakfast with a good friend. Armed with three hours of adult time while our kids enjoyed camp, my friend and I decided to try out some local breakfast spots in York, Pennsylvania.
Top 6 Places To Eat Breakfast In York, PA
Red Brick Bakery & Tea Room– the best breakfast since moms kitchen table!
To say that we enjoyed the Red Brick Bakery & Tea Room would be an understatement. I went expecting cutesy and left enamoured with their scrumptious food. Set in an unassuming main road, the small entrance to this establishment adds to the feeling that you’ve stumbled upon something special.
The menu offers classics and new combinations alike. What is particularly special about this place is the extensive tea menu! Since tea is not my cup of, um, tea, I ordered the hot chocolate. Wow.
This is how my hot chocolate arrived! It feels like you are stepping into a fairy tale for breakfast.
And then the rest of our freshly cooked breakfast arrived. My breakfast partner ordered the yummy Italian Breakfast Focaccia. Yes, it IS as tasty as it looks.
I ordered the delicious Black Forest Croissant. I could have this for breakfast every morning- with my pot of hot chocolate of course.
With everything served and looking like a table setting at the Mad Hatter’s tea party, we repeatedly congratulated each other on the great idea of having breakfast out.
Front Porch Café– who says you have to have breakfast for breakfast?
Housed in a historic 1880’s mansion, the Front Porch Café is a relative newcomer to the York, PA food scene. We were extra curious about looking into this grand dame and enjoying a meal in a home-y setting.
The front porch is as charming as you would expect from a converted mansion. We did, however, decide to eat indoors with the air conditioning. But on my ‘to do’ list is a note to come back in late fall to enjoy the crisp, cool air on this porch.
The menu is full of traditional breakfast treats. Of course, if you are a late riser or time it just right, you can enjoy lunch for breakfast instead.
I ordered a Crab cake Sandwich with the house specialty potato salad.
My foodie partner enjoyed a chicken grilled cheese with the potato salad side.
Both of our meals were tasty and hit the spot. Lunch for breakfast should definitely be a thing.
Round The Clock Diner– popular diner for a reason
In every town there is a popular diner that is always full and everyone’s favorite Sunday breakfast. In York, PA Round The Clock Diner is that favorite.
It’s easy to see why too. With huge portions, fast service, and an incredibly friendly staff, Round The Clock Diner is a great place to enjoy a lazy Sunday breakfast or late evening dinner. American classics are all over the menu so whether you are in the mood for home style meatloaf or a Pennsylvania classic like biscuits with gravy you are sure to enjoy the options and meal.
What? No pictures? No, unfortunately I was so busy eating my delicious food I completely forgot to take a picture! But I can tell you that the biscuits and gravy breakfast and the eggs benedict are my favorite.
Brown Bean Cafe– A Farm Market with breakfast on tap
This little café is a part of Brown’s Orchard and Farm Market and as such has direct access to farm fresh produce and products.
The walk up Brown Bean Cafe allows for indoor dining, outside seating or take out, making this an incredibly flexible breakfast stop.
I personally fancy the breakfast wraps- simple and delicious and always while sitting outside enjoying a view of the orchards. If they had those outside tables set up in the winter I’d be sitting in them!
While everything we have enjoyed on the menu has always been yummy, the big draw for Brown’s is the rest of their establishment. Fresh fruits and vegetables, canned deliciousness, breads baked on site and even the ability to pick-your-own in season fruits on the farm!
Fruit counts as breakfast too right?
Their pecan pie is, well, let’s just say I look forward to the opportunity to get to Brown’s so I can buy a pie!
Fractured Prune– Sugar for breakfast? Why not.
Sometimes you feel like a healthy meal to start the day off right. Sometimes you don’t.
For those mornings when you just want to get your sugar fix before you do anything else, Fractured Prune is the your place. To say that sugar is the main ingredient in this breakfast selection would be an understatement- but then again you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you wanted to eat healthy ALL the time.
Fractured Prune makes a name for itself by creating specialty doughnuts with different topics and glazes- made right in front of your dazzling eyes. With apple glaze, blueberry glaze, mint glaze, and key lime glaze to name a few, these doughnuts are not for the faint of heart.
Of course, there is more to a fantastic doughnut than just glaze. The people at Fractured Prune realize this and have thus prepared a variety of toppings for anyone to add to and customize their breakfast. There are the typical powdered sugar and sprinkles toppings… but the real treat is in choosing one of the special toppings available.
Mint chocolate chips, pretzel pieces, pulverized graham crackers, sea salt, cookie crumbs, crumbled bacon, and coconut are just some of the toppings available for you to customize your doughnut.
You can mix and match glazes and toppings to your hearts delight. You are truly only limited by your imagination and, all of a sudden, breakfast here starts to look a lot like your childhood dreams.
Central Market House– farm meets downtown at it’s best.
Central Market is a downtown favorite on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. Opened from 6am to 2pm, we never quite manage to get there for the early breakfast I envision. But that’s ok. With several eateries catering to the breakfast clientele, a visitor has until 11am to enjoy breakfast fare almost anywhere at the market, and until 2pm in several others. This is obviously not a problem for our family as we’ve already established our delight with having lunch for breakfast.
Upon entering Central Market you notice the variety and options for any food that you desire: Burritos, Italian, Gyros, Japanese, Southern food, global fare, BBQ specialties, freshly picked fruits and more.
Veggies for breakfast? Ok, maybe that comes after the meal (as in, to buy and take home).
There are no shortage of options but today we ate at this establishment. Set at the back of the market, the menu reads a bit like a list of “top 10 ways to clog your arteries today”. That did not stop us.
Delivered as promised, a stack of tasty pancakes and an order of “The 8th Deadly Cinn”- essentially a cinnamon bun with egg and bacon inside, and then surrounded by some maple bacon topped with sugared cream cheese!
And, because that wasn’t enough to provoke a heart attack, walking around Central Market brings you face to face with a myriad of other food options: deli meats, farm fresh fruits and veggies, and sweets galore!
Did I forget to mention there’s an on-site microbrewery?
There really is something for everyone at Central Market- a plus for a family with picky eaters and exotic tastes.
Have you had breakfast in York, PA? What is your favorite?