The 9 Best Places for Breakfast in Wichita (Ranked by a Local)

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How many people have said breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Too many. But then again, after eating at these diners, I just might have to agree.

If breakfast doesn’t involve a cinnamon roll, greasy bacon, and crispy potatoes, then I don’t want it. But these Wichita restaurants deliver. And they do it dang well.

We may not be the breakfast capital of the world, but Wichita’s still in the game! Here are my favorite breakfast restaurants in Wichita, old and new, big and small. It’s time to start planning your next brunch date or new Sunday morning ritual.

Map of the Best Breakfast Places in Wichita

Best overall: Doo-Dah Diner

Have you really been to Wichita if you haven’t been to Doo-Dah Diner? I think not.

If you’re in need of a greasy, giant breakfast that’ll leave you full and yet desperate for more, it’s time to visit the best diner in town. I’m a big fan of their banana bread French toast (with a GF option available!), crab cake benedict, and Tanya’s benny. And the biscuits and gravy. And the pancakes. Everything, actually. I’m a big fan of everything.

Although the location is a little out-of-the-way, Doo-Dah Diner is always packed and bustling. The food is just that good. Their massive buffet on Sundays is cause for celebration, just make sure and reserve your seat ahead of time. Save room for me!

  • Address: 206 East Kellogg Street, Wichita, KS, 67202
  • Website: Doo-Dah Diner

Best for price: The Beacon

There’s something so special about the heartland’s ability to take you back in time, and the Beacon is no exception. This diner has a small, homey feel that can truly only be found in the Midwest. You’re not going to the Beacon for all the fancy bells and whistles, gold leaf garnishes, or truffle oil. You’re going to the Beacon because it feels like home.

Let’s just get something out of the way. The Beacon is dirt cheap. Their prices for portion sizes literally can’t be beat. And the food itself is arguably worth way more. Meaty, greasy, Southern-style cooking. What’s not to love?

  • Address: 909 East Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS, 67202
  • Website: N/A

Best for ‘50s: Jimmie’s Diner

Wichita loves their blast-from-the-past restaurants, and Jimmie’s Diner keeps that love alive. Some of their waitresses wear poodle skirts and ponytails tied with ribbons. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see someone emerge from the kitchen on roller skates.

Jimmie’s Diner opened way back when in 1987 and is still delighting Kansans to this day. You can find wild dishes like fried apples, fried corn meal, and mush there and only there.

I wouldn’t necessarily drive an hour to get to a Jimmie’s Diner. But when in Rome, you know? Besides, who wouldn’t want to share a bodacious banana split with their honey on a Saturday?

  • Address 1: 3111 North Rock Road, Wichita, KS, 67226
  • Address 2: 1519 South George Washington Drive, Wichita, KS, 67211
  • Website: Jimmie’s Diner

Best for health: HomeGrown

HomeGrown exploded onto the breakfast scene just a few years ago. They put a real emphasis on healthy(ish) eating made delicious again. They’ve got options for everyone. If you want some greens you can try the seasonal roasted beet winter salad or perhaps a homemade pop-tart for my sweet-tooths out there.

They source their bread from Bagatelle Bakery in Wichita, which is also a local landmark. I love their avocado toast, Florentine, and thick-cut bacon. The fresh-squeezed orange juice is also a real treat.

HomeGrown is so popular you will absolutely need to call ahead to get a reservation. Goes to show how good breakfast can be.

  • Address 1: 2835 North Maize Road, Wichita, KS, 67205
  • Address 2: 1900 North Rock Road, #108, Wichita, KS, 67206
  • Address 3: 645 East Douglas, Suite 102, Wichita, KS, 67202
  • Website: HomeGrown

Best for atmosphere: First Mile Kitchen

First Mile Kitchen just opened its doors in January of 2022, so they are the newest breakfast joint in town! I feel like there are plenty of ways to describe this cool, new restaurant, but these words keep coming back to me: Bougie. Quirky. Hip.

First Mile strays away from the diner, ‘50s-themed restaurants of Wichita’s past and forges ahead with menu items like their Breakfast Tartine, You’re So Grain bowl, and their Sweet Beets Bro sliders.

Sure, First Mile is one of the more expensive options on this list, but you’ll be eating locally sourced meals in an environment that feels like New York, not Kansas. And they have a full-service bar…You could spend the whole day there if you wanted.

  • Address: 2141 North Bradley Fair Parkway Suite #111, Wichita, KS, 67206
  • Website: First Mile Kitchen

Best for specials: Riverside Cafe

Riverside Cafe has been feeding Wichita since 1946. Clearly, they’re extremely beloved by Wichitans and visitors alike. They have two cafes in Wichita proper, and they also have a location in Derby, for those out-of-towners.

Riverside features a great atmosphere that serves down-to-earth, real people. Again, you’re not gonna be wined and dined like you would be at HomeGrown or First Mile. But that doesn’t meant it ain’t worth it. Their daily specials are incredibly popular, even more so than the delicious Slop. For the ultimate experience, check out the cafe in Riverside.

Sadly, in June of 2021, one of the cafes caught on fire and has since struggled to reopen. Send a little loving their way and continue to support the Riverside legacy!

  • Address 1: 9125 West Central Avenue, Wichita, KS, 67212
  • Address 2: 739 West 13th Street N., Wichita, KS, 67203
  • Website: Riverside Cafe

Best for breakfast with a twist: Egg Cetera

Egg Cetera is a hidden gem in Wichita that is slowly becoming more and more popular. They take a Hispanic twist on classic American breakfast, adding in dishes like chilaquiles and chorizo tacos alongside country fried steak and eggs.

The food is frankly amazing. Reviewers adore Egg Cetera, as do I! They’re family-owned and are incredibly dedicated to creating a fun atmosphere and delicious food. The best of the best.

  • Address: 242 North Mosley Street, Wichita, KS, 67202
  • Website: EggCetera

Best cinnamon roll: Kelly’s Family Diner

Two chefs, one from the Beacon and one from Don’s, came together to create this quaint breakfast place.

I believe the key to an amazing breakfast joint lies in the cinnamon roll. And Kelly’s Family Diner definitely understands how to make a damn good cinnamon roll.

As you might imagine, Kelly’s Family Diner is not a very plant-based, GF, or dairy-free friendly restaurant. But if you can get down with a hot plate of chicken-fried steak, then you’ve found the place for you.

Best for pie: Livingston’s Diner

Did anyone else grow up going to Livingston’s after church on Sundays, or was that just me? Those Mickey Mouse pancakes have been and will always be my absolute favorite.

Livingston’s has moved around town a few times, but they’ve settled on 21st Street for now. With a pie shop and homemade cinnamon rolls, they’ve got options for sweet tooths and carnivores alike. Their owners are dedicated to making the restaurant safe for everyone and have taken huge steps to prevent the spread of Covid. Love it!

I know I’m biased, but this diner still makes my heart sing. If that ain’t proof enough, I don’t know what else to tell you!