Most Popular Breakfast Foods in America
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If that’s true, then people in the United States are getting ready for their day in wildly different ways.
Based on the most googled breakfast foods in every state, we can see that some Americans prefer to wake up to eggs. Others like bagels. Some like to start the morning with cheese grits or biscuits and gravy. But while the foods may vary, there are clear regional preferences.
These are the 15 most searched breakfast foods in America.
The Juicy Details: Acai Bowl
According to Google, many Hawaiians eat a healthy acai bowl breakfast at the beginning of their day. This meal has many variations, but typically consists of acai berry puree, fresh or frozen fruit, granola and seeds.
Bowls can be personalized to your taste and nutritional needs. Many people add whole milk or protein powder for protein. We love that this meal tastes great, is nutritional and is very easy to make.
9. Avocado Toast (Tie)
States where avocado toast is most searched: Maryland
The Juicy Details: Avocado Toast
Say what you want about avocado toast, but this is one delicious breakfast food.
We don’t care if California has made it synonymous with coastal elites and bougie bohemians. The reality is that it hits the spot and also is one of the healthiest breakfast foods you can eat.
This list might take some heat off the Golden State, since Maryland is number one for states obsessed with the green treat.
9. Bacon (Tie)
States where bacon is most searched: Idaho
The Juicy Details: Bacon
Bacon actually tied as the most searched breakfast food in Idaho with another dish, which happens to be No.1 on this list.
In general terms, bacon is one of the most classic and delicious American breakfast foods. In reality, it tastes good at any time.
We wouldn’t condone eating it every day, but it certainly makes a Sunday morning pancake breakfast extra special.
9. Scrambled Eggs (Tie)
States where scrambled eggs are most searched: West Virginia
The Juicy Details: Scrambled Eggs
There’s nothing wrong with scrambled eggs per se, but they're not the most exciting dish out there. Honestly, we’re not sure why people are even googling the term.
Were they looking for recipes for scrambled eggs? Were they searching for a restaurant that actually made them well?
This is such a simple, basic dish that we can't figure out why so many people in West Virginia had to turn to the internet for it.
9. Soft-Boiled Eggs (Tie)
States where soft-boiled eggs are most searched: Vermont
The Juicy Details: Soft-Boiled Eggs
We’re a little shocked that Vermont, known around the world for its amazing maple syrup, is googling soft-boiled eggs. Maybe people want to contrast their fluffy pancakes and sticky maple syrup with some non-greasy protein?
At any rate, soft-boiled eggs are fine. They need a ton of salt to taste like anything, and we’d take scrambled eggs over them, but we appreciate that they’re healthy.
That’s as much as we can say in their favor.
9. Smoothie (Tie)
States where smoothies are most searched: Washington, D.C.
The Juicy Details: Smoothies
This might be the most D.C. thing in the world. Of course, the capital would be going for the fastest, most convenient food that you can consume as you rush to work.
Smoothies are nutritious, filling and delicious. They really are incredibly convenient, especially for those mornings when you’ve overslept. But we also think this is a sign for residents of D.C. to slow down a tiny bit.
And before the trolls come in, yes, we know the District of Columbia is not a state, but it deserves to be included.
9. Toast (Tie)
States where toast is most searched: South Carolina
The Juicy Details: Toast
The South is notoriously the best place in the U.S. for food. Given this, we are shocked and confused to realize that out of all the meals South Carolinians could be searching for, toast is the one that comes to their mind the most often.
This is even worse than googling scrambled eggs. What are people even wondering about toast? We certainly hope they’re not googling restaurants that serve toast when you can make an equally bland one in your own home.
9. Whole Wheat Bagel (Tie)
States where whole wheat bagels are most searched: New Jersey
The Juicy Details: Whole Wheat Bagel
Of course, New Jersey’s top search was going to be bagels. Whole wheat bagels tied with another type of bagel in terms of search volume from the state.
Many people claim that New Jersey has the best bagels in the world. And while we won’t get into that debate, we will say that New Jersey bagels are excellent and that this finding is not surprising at all.
8. Everything Bagel
States where everything bagels are most searched: Alaska, Ohio
The Juicy Details: Everything Bagels
Who knew Alaskans loved bagels as much as Ohioans? Everything bagels are absolutely delicious — we’ll just say it, they’re better than whole wheat bagels. We’re happy to see two states preferring them above all other breakfast foods.
That being said, we can’t vouch for the quality of bagels in these two states. So if you’re visiting, try at your own risk.
5. Donuts (Tie)
States where donuts are most searched: Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas
The Juicy Details: Donuts
Who doesn’t love donuts? As a tasty treat once in a while, they’re amazing. As everyday breakfast food? Not so much.
We’re hoping people in Texas, Oklahoma and Nevada google "donuts" (or doughnuts) more often than they actually eat them for breakfast. They are delicious, but they have a nutritious value of around -10. (Don’t quote us on that.)
In our opinion, they do much better as afternoon dessert.
5. Hard-Boiled Eggs (Tie)
States where hard-boiled eggs are most searched: Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania
The Juicy Details: Hard-Boiled Eggs
On the total opposite side of the health spectrum from donuts are Maine, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, whose residents are cooking hard-boiled eggs in the morning.
This breakfast dish is certainly tastier than its counterpart, soft-boiled eggs, and is still relatively healthy. We’re not sure we’d want this every single morning, but it’s a nice dish to have once in a while.
5. Poppyseed Bagel (Tie)
States where poppyseed bagels are most searched: North Carolina, New Jersey, New York
The Juicy Details: Poppyseed Bagels
Were you wondering why New York hadn’t shown up to make its claim on bagels? "Poppyseed bagel" was the most searched breakfast item in New York and North Carolina. And it tied for first place in New Jersey with the whole wheat bagel.
Poppyseed bagels are some of the best bagels out there. We wouldn’t mind starting our days with one lathered in soft cream cheese. If there happens to be a cup of coffee involved, even better.
4. Onion Bagel
States where onion bagels are most searched: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Delaware
The Juicy Details: Onion Bagels
We’ve had many bagels make the cut, but the one on most people’s minds is — somewhat surprisingly — onion bagels.
It’s surprising simply because people tend to have strong opinions about onions, but by no means are we denying they are delicious.
The Northeast has cemented itself as the place where people take their bagels very seriously.
3. Breakfast Burrito
States where breakfast burritos are most searched: Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, New Mexico
The Juicy Details: Breakfast Burrito
The West Coast and the Southwest have breakfast burritos on their mind. This is the food Californians prefer over avocado toast.
Given that the region is known for its Mexican cuisine, this makes a lot of sense. Breakfast burritos are a bit heavy for breakfast, but they’re perfect if you’re going to have a late lunch and need to be full for a couple of hours.
Plus, they’re absolutely delicious.
2. Cheese Grits
States where cheese grits are most searched: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia
The Juicy Details: Cheese Grits
Cheese grits are the most popular breakfast food in basically all Southern states except South Carolina. We still can’t believe the Palmetto State betrayed this iconic regional dish for toast.
If you’ve never had cheese grits, they’re made with ground cornmeal, cheese and milk. Their consistency is smooth, and they taste somewhat like cornbread.
People outside of the South may not be keen on this breakfast food, but it’s a good meal if you want something delicious that’s not too heavy. Hey, it’s No. 2 for a reason.
1. Biscuits and Gravy
States where biscuits and gravy are most searched: Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming
The Juicy Details: Biscuits and Gravy
Biscuits and gravy reign supreme in the hearts of Americans, with a whopping 16 states googling the dish over any other breakfast food.
Is this fairly heavy for breakfast? Yes. But, unlike donuts, we’ll give biscuits and gravy a pass because they are delicious, creamy and often have protein, so there is some nutritional value. Biscuits and gravy also are a great hangover food, as any Midwesterner can attest.
Given that no other breakfast food even came close to their sweeping popularity, we’ll toast with our glass of orange juice to biscuits and gravy for breakfast.