Fill Your Belly with Breakfast in Eugene

Perfectly poached eggs benedict at Studio One Cafe. Photos by: Jackie Varriano

For many, breakfast is the most important meal of the day – even if it doesn’t get consumed until noon. From family diners to bistro cafés pleasing vegans and carnivores alike, Eugene has more breakfast spots than you can shake a waffle iron at. Looking for a classic diner where the waitress calls you sweetie? Or perhaps you want a tofu scramble with your organic coffee? Luckily for you, we’ve got a list of spots guaranteed to fill your belly.


GJ’s Family Restaurant, owned by husband and wife team Gary and Judy is the place where regulars are greeted by name. Judy keeps up a stream of constant chatter – calling you “honey” or “sweetie” when asking for your order, while Gary keeps you entertained with pun-y jokes while refilling coffee. Classic diner fare is on the menu. From biscuits and gravy to crispy hash browns and eggs, it will
be hard to leave hungry. 1563 West 6th Ave

A delicious enchilada omelet at Keystone Cafe. 

Serving breakfast since 1979, the Keystone Café’s menu is separated into egg, eggless, and vegan dishes for easy perusal. If you aren’t a part of the tofu crowd; nitrate, hormone and MSG-free bacon, sausage, and chorizo are also on the menu. Mexican-inspired breakfasts (gotta love the enchilada omelet) feature whopping portions of French toast and pancakes. Locally-roasted organic coffee is self-serve. Treat yourself to a giant cookie on your way out the door. 595 West 5th Ave

Don’t hold its campus location against Studio One Café. Service is prompt and friendly, and overall attention to detail will make you smile. Eight different iterations of eggs benedict – each one served with perfectly crisp home fries, and lightly sauced with small-batch hollandaise. Challah French toast is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. Did we mention house-made ketchup and in-house smoked salmon? Go early to avoid a wait (and take advantage of the under $6 early bird special). 1473 East 19thAve

Your waffles have arrived! 

Discover your inner waffle-loving self at Off the Waffle. Opened in 2008, brothers Dave and Omer Orian focus on finding locally-sourced butter, eggs, and milk when creating their amazing Liége waffles. The batter is yeast-based, and contains an imported Belgian pearl sugar that caramelizes while it cooks; creating a crisp crust and uniquely sweet flavor. Grab a plain waffle, or choose from their extensive menu (featuring sweet, savory, and in-between waffle creations) and order a pint jar of chocolate milk to wash it all down. 2540 Willamette St.

Jackie Varriano is a freelance writer who loves to start her day with a cup of tea and a good magazine. Keep up with her at


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