New Orleans, Louisiana...
Cafe Atchaflaya (at-cha-fah-LIE-ya) is bistro sized, hip, with tables outdoors and inside its small dining room. The menu has classics, like shrimp and grits and gumbo, but it also goes farther afield with pan roasted chicken and well-prepared Angus beef. Sunday brunch features jazz and one of the best French omelets I've ever eaten � pillowy, and full of crab. There's also a Bloody Mary bar. 901 Louisiana Avenue New Orleans, LA 70115 (504) 891-9626 Website: www.atchafalayarestaurant.com
Micheline, Chicago, Illinois
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Appleton Bakery for breakfast or brunch in Boston's South End (123 Appleton Street). They brew organic coffee (you can ask for almond milk) and they serve all natural cuisine including non-dairy sorbet. WIFI is free, there's a kid's menu (peanut butter and jelly or grilled cheese) and they are exploring more vegetarian and vegan baked goods and sandwich options. Website: www.appletonbakery.com
Veronica, Boston, USA
My choice for Best Brunch in Minneapolis is
Al's Breakfast Diner. They won a James Beard Foundation award in 2004 for the America's Classics Restaurants category. It's a very quaint little place with only 14 seats and their food is amazing with a very large selection. You could go there everyday and always have something new! Address: 413 14th Ave SE. They don't have their own website but you can read more here.
Katherine, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas runs on a 24 hour clock so you won't have to look far for a breakfast buffer. And, this city sees a lot of solo visitors every year, so no need to feel self-conscious dining alone here. If you're in the mood to chat, you can dine at the bar, if you feel like eating quickly, there are buffets, and if you feel like savoring your meal in solitude, I recommend a table with a view. Try a restaurant with patio dining overlooking the Bellagio Fountains, such as
Olives or Olives ; or, for people-watching, one that faces into a shopping area (there are several at Caesar's Forum Shops ), a casino, or indoor plaza (such as St. Mark's Square at the Venetian ).
Gray, Vermont, USA
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
One of the most popular places in town for Sunday breakfast, aka brunch, is
Caf� Pasqual's , a Santa Fe dining destination for over 30 years. Chef/owner Katherine Kagel is committed to fresh and local and very particular about what she serves her customers. A great option for a solo woman traveler is the community table where you can dine and chat with others. They are a little pricey, but portions are large. Don't worry; some things come in half-portions. It's hard to choose a favorite; everything here is so delicious. I suggest you try the Huevos Motule�os (a Yucatan speciality) or the Huevos Barbacoa con Chile d' Arbol Salsa (marinated, slow-cooked shredded beef with two eggs on corn tortillas, pintos and cotija cheese). Website: pasquals.com
Harry's Roadhouse a short ride from town is a great place for single women to brunch alone. This funky, rambling eatery, popular with locals and travelers alike, is a 10 minute drive from town but worth it. You can dine at the counter or at the bar and chat with the server if you want company. If you want some alone time, opt for a table. The menu features New Mexican breakfast favorites as well as traditional morning fare. At Harry's, I always recommend going with one of the specials if they appeal; this is where they really excel. If Peyton's cinnamon rolls are on offer, start with one of those. They never disappoint. Website: www.harrysroadhousesantafe.com
You must also try a breakfast burrito while you're in town. They are different from the ones you've encountered in California, Arizona and Colorado. In fact, they are the best ones I've tasted. It's that New Mexico chile that makes the difference.
Guadalupe Caf� (422 Old Santa Fe Trail) and Tia Sophia's (210 West San Francisco Street) are great in-town spots to grab one of these burritos.
Billie, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Albany, New York
I'd like to tell other women travelling through my part of the world about
Cafe Madison . It's heavenly but I warn you.... Since it's so good a wait is often necessary. The Cafe boasts 'neighbourhood warmth,' homemade breads and its signature oatmeal raspberry pancakes (2 for $5 and $3 for $7). The brunch dishes are fresh and there is a wonderful variety including omelets of all sorts. The services is outstanding and the staff warm and friendly. Website: www.cafe-madison.com You can check their brunch menu online.
Jacqueline, Schenectady, New York