Breakfast has long been touted as the most important meal of the day. A tight budget is no excuse to eat a bowl of sugary cereal or dry toast because the area offers so many spots to fill up before you head out. So start your day on a hearty note with a hot meal that won’t break the bank.
The Grace CafÃ©
1065 E. Sunset Drive
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Hours: Monday to Friday 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sunday
The Grace CafÃ© doesn’t offer a traditional menu of pancakes and French toast for breakfast; it does, however, serve up a mean breakfast bagel sandwich with ham, eggs, cheese and bagels made from scratch in the restaurant. Owner Heidi Larson recommends homemade granola, cinnamon rolls, muffins or scones for a sweet snack.
1726 Front St., Lynden
Hours: Monday to Saturday 6 a.m.-9 p.m., closed Sunday
Start your day with a homey breakfast at the Fairway CafÃ©. Owner Rose DeGroot suggests the omelets, from vegetarian to three-meat. Or fill up on biscuits and gravy and blueberry pancakes, and snack on sweet doughnuts and Danishes.
International House of Pancakes
3619 Byron St.
Hours: Daily 24 hours
This place has just about anything you would want for breakfast. Needless to say, pancakes abound for all tastes and appetites.
The Hilltop Restaurant
5645 Guide Meridian Road
Hours: Daily 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Head to the Hilltop for its namesake Hilltop breakfast: three eggs, three strips of bacon and three sausage links with toast. To start your day with something more meaty, try the chicken-fried steak or the corned beef hash.
Madison’s Restaurant & Lounge
6104 Portal Way, Ferndale
Hours: Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
For a weekend treat, try Madison’s Sunday special, eggs Benedict. Owner Susan Cole also recommends the breakfast sandwich and the Madison scramble, a mixture of eggs, your choice of meat and roasted red potatoes with onions and peppers.
Diamond Jim’s Grill
1906 N. State St.
Hours: Monday to Saturday 6 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
This grill specializes in breakfasts, and two of the most popular items are the American fried potatoes and the large pancakes. For eggs with a twist, try the feta cheese scramble.