It’s early morning, and you realize that you’ve just hit the snooze button for the third time. Now you’re way behind on your morning routine, and something’s got to go, so it might as well be breakfast, right? Wrong!

It’s not a lie when doctors tell you “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Studies show that eating a hearty breakfast has many health benefits, such as improving energy levels, helping with better weight management, heightening concentration, and even helping in reducing the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease in the long term. And here to help the Yakima community in the conscious effort to make breakfast an important part of their day are these local restaurants specializing in breakfast and brunch in the area!

Yakima brunch and breakfast restaurants
Breakfast comes to life with a little spice at Backwoods Cafe. Photo courtesy: Backwoods Cafe

Backwoods Cafe

913 S 1st St., Yakima

Operating under the motto “nothing fancy….just good food!” Backwoods Cafe is locally owned and operated. Juan and Dora Vega have been running the cafe since 2001 and proudly serve breakfast all day, with lunch and drink options.

This is a great breakfast spot for those looking for a little something different as they offer American fare with a Mexican twist in the form of breakfast favorites. Stop in early to try their Mexi Scramble or Chilaquiles as early as 7 a.m.!

Ballesteri’s Cafe

Yakima brunch and breakfast restaurants
Ballesteri’s Cafe is waiting to help you kick off your morning right with a quality breakfast. Photo courtesy: Ballesteri’s Cafe

4001 Summitview Ave., Yakima

Tucked away in the Westpark Shopping Center is a little breakfast nook known as Ballesteri’s Cafe here in Yakima. Owners Dan and DJ Angotti have been running the place for the last 13 years and serving the community some amazing quality breakfast foods in the process.

All who walk into the joint are greeted with a friendly neighborhood feel, and there’s even a bar in the back that offers fancier coffees for those looking for something stronger than a regular cup of joe to help kick off their morning.

Sweet Bees

Yakima brunch and breakfast restaurants
The portion sizes are definitely hearty at Sweet Bees Restaurant. Photo courtesy: Sweet Bees

601 Fruitvale Blvd., Yakima

Owner Enrique Castro has had some major moves happen for Sweet Bees in the past couple of years. In 2019, they were excited to move from its old location on Summitview Avenue to its current spot on Fruitvale Boulevard.

The expansion came after they decided that they needed a bigger location to take care of customers, and that’s just what they’ve managed to do since the conversion. Of course, it’s still the same at heart, with the same hours, breakfast and lunch specialties, and fantastic service and friendly staff.

Waffles Caffe

Yakima brunch and breakfast restaurants
Breakfast is basically dessert at Waffles Caffe. Photo courtesy: Rob and Mike Eat

1510 N. 1st St., Yakima

In 1998 the first Waffles Caffe opened on North First Street, and they’ve been serving the Yakima community ever since. In fact, they’re serving the area in not one but two locations these days, with another spot being opened just six years ago in the West Valley location.

They’re a breakfast-lovers dream with virtually every possible waffle imaginable, crepes, country breakfasts, omelets, and more. There are even soups of the day options with bean served on Monday, broccoli on Tuesday, tomato on Wednesday, potato on Thursday, and clam on Friday.

So instead of hitting the snooze button, why not set your alarm early next time so you can start your day off right with a yummy breakfast at one of these amazing Yakima area breakfast and brunch restaurants. After all, it’s the most important meal of the day. Shouldn’t it be treated as such?

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