January 28, 2024

Golden Brunch Mornings in Amarillo: Best Brunch Spots in Town

Craving brunch in Amarillo? We've whipped up a list of the top spots that serve more than just bacon and eggs. Dive into this guide and find out where pancakes are fluffy, and the mimosas never stop flowing.

Richard Gargan
Richard Gargan
Reviewed from:
Golden Brunch Mornings in Amarillo: Best Brunch Spots in Town
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Our brunch spots in Amarillo are the toast of the town, and we're not just talking about the perfectly golden slices that accompany your eggs. Whether you're craving stacks of pancakes, loaded omelets, or just a good old cup of joe, our brunch places have got you covered faster than you can say "pass the hot sauce".

The Brunch Truck of Amarillo

213 SW 7th Ave, Amarillo

(806) 373-4199

Reviewed by:

Blanca Abdul-Qadir

Visiting The Brunch Truck of Amarillo turned out to be one of those unforgettable dining experiences that leave you wanting more. The owner, a very warm gentleman, made sure to walk us through every item on the menu, answering all our questions with patience and kindness. It felt like chatting with a dear relative, which immediately set a welcoming atmosphere. Often, dining out means encountering dishes that are complex and uniquely garnished, hard to replicate at home. However, the food here was different; it was comforting, straightforward, yet so delicious that it reminded me of childhood meals. The location, tucked away behind the Greyhound station, might be easy to miss, but following the sound of music led us right to this hidden gem. The service was outstanding, and the food was simply amazing. A friend claimed it was the best Philly cheese steak they had ever had, while my breakfast burrito was nothing short of phenomenal. The quick service, cool murals, and the option to have everything on the menu made vegan or with meat, were all impressive touches. And, the breakfast tacos, especially the kitchen sink ones, were incredible. But what really stood out was how the food was prepared with such care and love. My Carnivore burrito was a feast, packed with all sorts of breakfast meats and Yukon gold potatoes, perfectly cooked and topped with an egg that added a smooth texture and elevated the whole dish. The red and green salsas served alongside were excellent as well. It's clear that Paul, the owner, pours his heart into his food and service, making The Brunch Truck of Amarillo a must-visit spot. The combination of great flavors, awesome people, and a cozy vibe makes it the perfect place for a meal. Definitely a top choice in Amarillo, proving that the best flavors often come from the most unassuming places.

Sunday's Kitchen

112 SW 6th Ave, Amarillo

(806) 418-6477

Reviewed by:

Frank Regiec

Stopped in on our way to Colorado and dropped by Sunday's Kitchen for brunch. Right off the bat, everything we ordered was spectacular - from the shrimp & grits, popper burger, avocado burger, to the fried shrimp, every dish was a hit among the family, easily scoring a 10 out of 10. I've also had the pleasure of trying their to-go and delivery service before, opting for the Pit Master Mac & Cheese each time. Let me tell you, it's a hearty serving packed with smoked brisket, roasted pork, grilled hotlinks, sausage, bacon, a couple of onion rings, and a slice of garlic bread on the side. It's enough to feed several people or keep meals ready for a couple of days. This place offers the best dining experience we've had in Amarillo, hands down. The Sunday bowl with its moist chunks of fried chicken and the Sunday plate loaded with shrimp étouffée, red beans, and rice were bursting with flavors. But the star of the show has to be the Pit Master Mac & Cheese - it's just out of this world. Portions are generously sized, which we really appreciate as we got to take plenty home. Finding this gem was pure luck while searching for a spot to eat in Amarillo on our route back home to California from Central Texas. Starting off with the Shrimp Gumbo, which was brilliantly seasoned and packed with flavor, set a high bar for the rest of the meal. Then came the Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese with fries, and a side of Mac & Cheese, all of which were delightful. Our friends' Shrimp Gumbo and Shrimp Étouffée were equally impressive, causing a buzz of excitement at the table with their perfect seasoning and rich flavors. Although we didn't get a chance to chat with Chef Ron, we had a lovely talk with Tina, his wife, who was manning the front. She, along with her 'staff', were extremely friendly and helpful, making our dining experience even more pleasant. If I lived in Amarillo, you bet I'd be a regular here. Kudos to Chef Ron and his family for such an incredible dining spot. Can't wait to drop by again when I'm in town. This place is definitely a must-try for anyone looking for great food in Amarillo.

Sa•vor Tapas Bar

7669 Hillside Rd Suite 600, Amarillo

(806) 310-2600

Reviewed by:

Anne Wilson

Sa•vor Tapas Bar in Amarillo has quickly become a favorite spot for brunch and beyond. On my first visit, I was impressed by the escargot and house sliders, paired perfectly with an old fashioned or two and a smoked cherry Manhattan. The quality of both the food and cocktails was outstanding, and the bartenders were exceptionally kind and helpful, making the whole experience memorable. It didn't take long for Sa•vor to become part of my regular dining rotation. Ollie, one of the bartenders, makes one of the best old fashioneds I've ever had, and the prices are incredibly reasonable. The escargot keeps drawing me back, time and time again. Despite passing through Amarillo on many occasions, discovering Sa•vor felt like uncovering a hidden treasure. The atmosphere is inviting, the service is top-notch - despite our server being a bit nervous, she was knowledgeable and offered fantastic recommendations. The special martini garnished with rosemary and peppercorns was a highlight, and the Spanish red wine was beyond delicious. On a later visit for a Thursday night dinner, the 12 oz New York strip steak special was perfectly cooked, and the accompanying bok choy with aioli and butternut squash were excellent additions. Though the service was slower than expected, it did nothing to diminish the quality of the meal or the overall experience. The humorous notion that my steak was being freshly rustled up added to the charm of the evening. Additionally, the chicharrones with hatch chilies stand out as a must-try snack. The mixologists behind the bar continue to impress with their skill and customer service, ensuring every drink is a delight. Despite a minor hiccup with a wobbly table, every visit has been thoroughly enjoyable. The staff, including the waitstaff and the manager, are friendly and genuinely eager to engage with customers, enhancing the welcoming atmosphere of Sa•vor. In conclusion, Sa•vor Tapas Bar has established itself as a must-visit destination in Amarillo for anyone looking for delicious food, exquisite drinks, and a warm, inviting atmosphere. It’s a place I’m always excited to return to, whether for a quick bite or a leisurely meal.

Youngblood's Cafe

620 SW 16th Ave, Amarillo

(806) 342-9411

Reviewed by:

Lizbeth Whitty

This place is a hidden oasis for the hungry traveler. Driving through Amarillo 2-3 times a year for the past 36 years, it's a wonder how this gem remained unnoticed by me until now. It's firmly on my list for must-visits going forward. Typically, breakfast here is the meal of choice, but I've also enjoyed 3-4 lunches that were just as delightful. Breakfast is always made to order. I usually try to sit in Stephanie's section - though I'm sure all the waitstaff are excellent, Stephanie is particularly fantastic. Honestly, I'd come back just for the service she provides. All staff members are welcoming and efficient. Whoever is in charge of personnel really knows what they're doing. When it comes to food, whether it's the Chicken Fried Steak or Catfish, this place knows how to serve up freshness with a side of Texas friendliness. On a recent visit, our waitress, Jill, along with the rest of the team, elevated the experience to a 6-star level. Enjoying breakfast with family here was a treat. Even with a large group of 18, the staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating. The food was EXCELLENT, with portions that were more than generous, especially considering the price. The Vickie’s Breakfast Burrito was a highlight, generously portioned and bursting with flavor. For anyone looking for a top-notch breakfast or brunch spot, this is the place.

Girasol Cafe and Bakery

3201 Coulter St S, Amarillo

(806) 322-0023

Reviewed by:

Dash W. Thayer

Stepped into Girasol Cafe and Bakery for brunch in Amarillo and it turned out to be an amazing little cafe. Everything tasted excellent, but the breakfast croissant with bacon and over easy or sunny side up eggs became an instant favorite. I have a habit of eating it open-faced to fully enjoy it without getting too full on the bread. Must say, their baked goods are fantastic, really standing out. It's worth noting the place is quite small, so finding a seat can be challenging, especially in winter when the outdoor seating isn't an option. This spot is truly a hidden gem in Amarillo with a bakery that astonishes and a menu that showcases creativity. The quality of the food surpasses anything else in the area, breaking the mold of typical panhandle eateries. The fact that it's next to a Valero gas station shouldn't deter anyone; the cafe is cute and welcoming. Once inside, the connection to the gas station fades away thanks to the nice décor. During a busy Sunday morning, the wait for food was longer than expected, but the quality made up for it. The French toast, in particular, was a highlight. On a personal note, choosing this place for a different Sunday breakfast experience with my wife was a great decision. The service and food were exceptional, and the atmosphere was uniquely enjoyable. We had the Panhandle Omelet and the Santa Fe Eggs Benedict, respectively, and both were beyond satisfying. This is definitely a brunch spot worth visiting!

Jimmy's Egg

3450 S Soncy Rd, Amarillo

(806) 410-1810

Reviewed by:

Kaleb Lo

I've had the pleasure of visiting Jimmy's Egg on Soncy Rd in Amarillo for brunch on a couple of occasions now. While it's true that the prices might be a tad higher compared to other breakfast spots around, the quality of the food and the level of service easily justify the expense. Initially, the cost of a basic bacon and eggs breakfast caught me off guard, especially when I found a similar meal for half the price elsewhere. However, the experience and flavor here are incomparable. The biscuits here are some of the best I've ever tasted, although I must admit that the gravy didn't quite hit the mark for me. On my visit, I tried the very Belgium waffle combo, which included slow-smoked bacon that was absolutely delicious. My only critique would be that the waffle was a little on the soft side for my liking; I prefer mine crispy. That said, the freshly sliced strawberries served with it were a nice touch. Choosing the two meat combo has never been a disappointment. It's a generous serving that truly satisfies, and the biscuits and gravy were notably fresh and hot. Despite the bustling atmosphere, the service was decent. The staff, though visibly busy, maintained a friendly and helpful demeanor. The establishment is both modern and clean, a testament to its relatively new presence. What stood out to me was the consistency in both the food quality and the attentiveness of the staff, regardless of whether my visits were with family or just as a couple. On one occasion, despite not being a huge fan of breakfast foods, I was delighted to find that a full menu was available all day. Opting for a cheeseburger while my husband enjoyed a breakfast dish, the consistency in taste and service was reassuring. Overall, Jimmy's Egg in Amarillo offers a hearty and enjoyable dining experience. It quickly becomes evident why this place fills up fast. Whether you're there for the first time or as a returning customer, the expectation of quality food and service is consistently met, making it a favored breakfast spot in the area.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

2323 I-40, Amarillo

(806) 372-2034

Reviewed by:

Walter Klibert

As someone who frequents Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in Amarillo for brunch only a couple of times a year, I must say my experiences swing between quite satisfying to just okay. The last time, I decided to order takeout one evening and then returned for a dine-in lunch a couple of days later, thanks to a gift card I had. The to-go order was impressive. The food was well-cooked, and the portions were generous. Eating at the restaurant itself, the portions remained commendable, and the food tasted good. While it's true that the flavors aren't overly rich, they're decent enough that just a bit of pepper and hot sauce can enhance the meal significantly. However, the dine-in service did have its hiccups. We found ourselves asking for silverware a second time, missed out on corn muffins, and had no refills. Plus, the water didn't taste quite right, as if it hadn't been filtered. The ambiance of the store is quiet and cozy, which I appreciate. We did run into some issues with our food not being as warm or well-cooked as we'd have liked, but the training coordinator or manager made commendable efforts to address our concerns. It was unfortunate that the fireplace wasn't lit during our visit, as it would have added to the cozy atmosphere. The wait staff seemed a bit disorganized that day, which was a bit of a letdown. We did face some disappointments with our order. The eggs, requested to be overdone, were runny and cold. The steak was chewy, far from appealing. The French toast and sausage left much to be desired as well, being cold, underwhelming in appearance, and the sausage gritty. On a lighter note, the concept of "Crackerdocking" caught my attention, though I didn't get the chance to try dining here during my most recent visit due to timing. It's an interesting take on utilizing Cracker Barrel's parking lot for a night's stay, a testament to the unique culture surrounding the place. The store side presented itself well, stocked and tidy, with a clean men's room. The staff at the checkout, especially the young lady who handled my candy purchase, was very pleasant. Our Southern Fried Chicken order was a highlight, surprisingly moist and flavorful, defying our expectations about substituting chicken breast. My only gripe was with the phone order process, which was a bit frustrating and led to a longer wait than anticipated. Despite this, the manager's response, while not entirely satisfactory, didn't overshadow the quality of the food. In conclusion, while the visit had its ups and downs, the good moments were enough to consider returning, though not necessarily going out of my way to do so. It’s a decent option for a meal when in the area.

Jimmy's Egg

2225 S Georgia St, Amarillo

(806) 418-6752

Reviewed by:

Mallory Prada

My visit to Jimmy's Egg on Georgia St. in Amarillo for brunch turned out to be an unexpectedly delightful experience. Initially unsure about trying a new place, especially one as bustling as this, the long line outside was my first hint that this spot might just be worth the wait. It's true there seemed to be a bit of confusion around the queuing system, or the lack thereof, but deciding to grab a seat at the bar proved to be a smart move. Without any delay, I found myself browsing through an impressive menu that promised something for every palate. From the presentation to the portion sizes, everything about the meal that followed was spot on. Not only was the food delicious and satisfying, but the prices were also reasonable, especially considering the quality and quantity of the dishes served. Service here deserves a special mention. Despite the initial hiccup with a previous online order on a different occasion, this visit was a complete turnaround. The staff was quick, attentive, and made sure the dining experience was smooth from start to finish. And a tip for anyone planning to visit – do not leave without trying the cinnamon rolls. They are absolutely a game-changer. Even with the weekend wait time, I'd say it's more than worth it. Jimmy's Egg has certainly earned its spot on my list of must-visit brunch places in Amarillo. Looking forward to many more meals here whenever I'm in town.

Calico County Restaurant

2410 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo

(806) 358-7664

Reviewed by:

Jairus Frances

Before the meal even begins, you're treated to a basket of warm bread and cinnamon rolls, which are absolutely delicious. I decided to go for the fried fish, accompanied by cabbage and mashed potatoes, and it was a wonderful choice. The menu is vast, offering a plethora of options that cater to a wide range of tastes. The service is commendable too, efficient and friendly. The fried green tomatoes caught my eye and didn't disappoint, though a tad softer than expected, they were seasoned perfectly. Calico County's ambiance is casual yet welcoming, making every meal feel like a cozy gathering. The breakfast portions are generous, ensuring great value for the money spent. The mini cinnamon rolls served before the meal were a delightful touch, enhancing the overall dining experience. This restaurant has quickly become a must-visit spot on trips to the east coast. It’s hard not to stop by whenever in Amarillo, given its friendly and relaxing atmosphere. The service is exemplary, mirroring the comfort and warmth of Texas home cooking that many of us hold dear. In terms of offerings, it's hard to find a better place that captures the essence of Texas cuisine as well as this. The variety is impressive, and the quality of food is consistent. Although, the biscuits and gravy could use a bit of improvement. Despite being told it contained sausage, it was missing, and the gravy was slightly off in texture. Nevertheless, the overall experience is worth it. The slight misstep with the biscuits and gravy doesn't overshadow the many positives this restaurant has to offer. From the cordial service to the delicious, hearty meals, it's a place that feels like home.

Waffle House

2804 SE 45th Ave, Amarillo

(806) 468-7071

Reviewed by:

Angel Ortiz

Is it even a road trip without a stop at Waffle House? The place is all about basic, inexpensive food, and this visit did not disappoint. The folks working there were nice and friendly, making the experience even more enjoyable. The food was just as expected - good and straightforward with no surprises, which is exactly what I was looking for. Despite a minor mix-up with the billing that added a bit of a wrinkle to our visit, overall, I had a really positive experience. It was my first time trying the place and the variety on the menu was refreshing. Not your typical breakfast house offerings, for sure. I went for the eggs, sausage, raisin bread, and hash browns plate. Each item was tasty, but the raisin bread with apple butter was a standout favorite of mine. Then came the waffle. Thin and crispy, it had me doubting at first glance. However, one bite was all it took to change my mind—the perfect crisp on the outside, yet so warm and bready inside. It had enough flavor to enjoy without any syrup or butter, which is saying something. It had been years since my last visit to this location, but this experience reminded me of what I've been missing out on. Quick service, friendly faces, and unbeatable prices. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a hassle-free and wallet-friendly meal option.

Waffle House

2210 Coulter St, Amarillo

(806) 359-1125

Reviewed by:

John Tucker

Stopping by Waffle House in Amarillo for brunch was an experience that really stood out, primarily due to the amazing staff. Despite the obvious challenge of being understaffed during the late-night hours, with just one cook and two waitresses on a bustling Friday night, the service didn’t miss a beat. The waitress assigned to our table was incredibly friendly and attentive, ensuring our drink cups were always full without us having to ask once. It was my first time at a Waffle House, and despite noting that the location could benefit from a bit of tender loving care and a thorough cleaning, the warmth of the staff and the quality of the meal left a positive impression. Traveling through Amarillo, it's easy to notice the abundance of Waffle Houses, each promising the signature delicious meal. However, the Coulter Street location stands out, and it's not just about the food; it's the people. The staff here add a unique touch of their own, making the dining experience especially memorable. Health department ratings confirm this location's excellence, something patrons will quickly notice for themselves. It’s important to be mindful of the timing, as late-night visits during understaffed hours might result in a less than ideal experience. Nevertheless, stopping here around 11 am on a Monday turned out to be a wise decision. Despite the crowd, seating at the counter was available, providing an upfront view of the food preparation process. The food was swiftly prepared, arriving hot and cooked to perfection. This Waffle House visit in Amarillo made for a memorable brunch, showcasing that even under pressure, quality and service don’t have to be compromised.


1710 I-40, Amarillo

(806) 376-4087

Reviewed by:

Lauren Barton

No matter where you dine at Denny's, the consistency in their food is something you can always count on, which is a big reason for choosing them whenever traveling. The welcome was awesome here. The service was top-notch, making the dining experience even more enjoyable. The music from the kitchen might not have been to personal taste, but hey, if it keeps the cooks happy and the food great, then that's totally fine! Although the ladies' restroom could use a bit of an update and didn't have the most pleasant smell, it didn't detract from the overall great experience at this location. It was clean, had a great atmosphere, and the food was really good. Special shoutout to the amazing customer service provided; it made the choice of Denny’s for a late lunch an excellent one. Even chose it for a birthday dinner, opting for an 'evening breakfast,' which was delightful. The menu variety catered to everyone's taste, from breakfast meals to steak dinners. Located conveniently right off of I-40 and Ross, it's easily accessible for travelers. Plus, being close to several hotels, it makes it an ideal stop for those staying nearby. The friendliness and attention from the staff made the meal even more special. The place was super clean, quiet, and offered the perfect calm atmosphere for dining. It's becoming increasingly rare to find places that tick all these boxes. The food came out quickly and was absolutely delicious. This spot is a gem for anyone passing through or for locals looking for a reliable dining option. Will definitely be dining here more often. The experience earns a well-deserved five-star rating.

Cattleman's Cafe

3801 E Amarillo Blvd, Amarillo

(806) 383-4818

Reviewed by:

Nicolas Evans

Went to Cattleman's Cafe for a late birthday dinner for my husband, aiming for a cozy dine-in experience. Initially, we sat in the non-smoking section, but unfortunately, the smoke permeated our area, triggering my asthma, which led us to decide on takeout instead. My husband chose the combination nachos with salad, which unfortunately used hard shredded cheese instead of nacho cheese, making it difficult to eat. The rest of our meals, including a chicken fried steak and a Huey burger, were edible, but not particularly impressive. We were surprised by additional charges for to-go containers, water, and even a debit card fee. Acknowledging the rising costs of things these days, it would still be appreciated if the culinary experience could match or justify these expenses. The presence of cigarette smoke was a significant drawback, diminishing the overall dining experience, especially considering some guests' sensitivity or aversion to smoke. Having visited this establishment since childhood, it's disheartening to see the changes, particularly the allowance of smoking indoors. Despite a late arrival and a desire for a sit-down meal, the ambiance and food did not meet expectations based on past experiences. While some might find charm in its resistance to modernization, prioritizing cleanliness and guest comfort, especially regarding air quality, could enhance the dining experience. The simple, homey vibe and commendable customer service are notable, but the overshadowing issues of smoke and unsatisfactory food make it unlikely for me to return. It's a reminder that while nostalgia can draw one back to familiar places, the quality of the experience is what truly matters.

Waffle House

2108 S Western St, Amarillo

(806) 356-0253

Reviewed by:

John Maldonado

Being a truck driver, I've visited more restaurants than I can count, but this Waffle House in Amarillo tops them all. The service is exceptional, and the food is unbeatable. A shoutout to Stephanie, our waitress, who was nothing short of amazing with her hard work and attentiveness. It's service like hers that would make me come back the next time I'm passing through. A big thank you to the team at Waffle House Amarillo, especially the chef who prepared my breakfast. I ordered 2 BEC biscuits and let me tell you, I've never had anything so perfectly cooked. As someone who's quite picky with food, this says a lot. The chef working on October 24, 2023, has some serious skills. If you find yourself here when they're on duty, you're in for a treat. It had been years since my last visit to a Waffle House, but after an early morning run, my group and I decided to give this place a try. Our visit on New Year's Eve at 6 AM was exceptional. It wasn't too crowded, and the atmosphere was lively with music, storytelling, and laughter. The staff were attentive, keeping our coffee cups filled and promptly addressing any minor mishaps like a piece of bacon falling off a plate. Everything about this visit was memorable, and I won't wait years before coming back again. What impresses me the most is how the Waffle House doesn't rely on gimmicks to attract customers. Their quality service and delicious meals speak for themselves. Even on a day they were training new staff members, our service was quick, efficient, and left us more than satisfied with leftovers to take home. I can't help but feel a bit sorry for the IHOP next door. While it seems to struggle with attracting the right crowd, Waffle House is always bustling with energy and happy customers. It's clear where people prefer to dine, and after my experience, I completely understand why. Waffle House in Amarillo has won me over, hands down.

Golden Waffle Company

6017 Hillside Rd Suite 250, Amarillo

(806) 367-8141

Reviewed by:

Teresa Shelton

Stopping by Golden Waffle Company for brunch while passing through Amarillo turned out to be a delightful surprise. The atmosphere of the place immediately caught my attention, offering a tranquil vibe that set the perfect tone for a leisurely meal. What stood out on the menu was their innovative take on breakfast sandwiches, using waffles as buns. Although the waffle sandwich was a bit too much bread for my preference, the food overall did not disappoint. The coffee, in particular, was great, which is always a plus in my book. They have an extensive drink menu which seems ideal for brunch enthusiasts. However, it's worth noting that the service did take a bit longer than expected. Despite this minor hiccup, the quality and taste of the food were good enough to make up for the wait. On the downside, there were a few inconsistencies with the food - some waffles were overcooked, and another was a bit doughy. The tables felt sticky despite being wiped down, indicating the syrup spills weren't thoroughly cleaned. During our visit, we noticed a few areas for improvement in cleanliness and maintenance, like dust bunnies and a non-functioning air conditioning system, which made the interior warmer than comfortable. Such details suggested a bit of neglect in the upkeep of the place which could be easily improved for a better customer experience. Despite these observations, the food's deliciousness and the inviting atmosphere made the experience worthwhile. It was especially convenient to dine here early on a weekday before they got busy, which I would recommend for anyone looking to avoid the weekend crowd. The tranquility of the space paired with tasty food provided a great start to a busy day. In conclusion, Golden Waffle Company offers an enjoyable brunch experience with their unique menu and cozy ambiance. While there are areas that could use some attention, the positive aspects of our visit were memorable enough that a return trip would be welcomed. The food is indeed worth trying for anyone passing through or living in Amarillo.

Black Bear Diner Amarillo

7000 E Interstate 40 Hwy, Amarillo

(806) 342-3080

Reviewed by:

Jeremy Rodriguez

Today was my first visit to Black Bear Diner in Amarillo for brunch, and it was an experience I won't forget anytime soon. The service right from the start was exceptional. Our waitress showed incredible patience as we navigated through the menu, taking our sweet time to decide. That alone made the visit worthwhile, but the food sealed the deal. Every dish that we ordered was a hit. The waffle drizzled with pumpkin sauce, alongside eggs and bacon, was a standout. Shay, our server, was the epitome of personable service, making our dining experience even more enjoyable. The ambiance of the restaurant added another layer of charm to our visit. It had this cozy, mountainous vibe that made us feel right at home. It's not often you come across a place that puts so much effort into making the environment welcoming. The menu offered a variety of dishes, and I couldn't help but try the pot roast, which was absolutely fantastic. Another recommendation would be the Huckleberry lemonade—a refreshing twist that complements any meal. I also appreciated the little gestures, like featuring photos of the staff on the front of the menu, which speaks volumes about their appreciation for their team. The cleanliness of the place didn't go unnoticed either. Everything from the tables to the floors was well-maintained, creating a comfortable dining environment. And then there was Celeste, one of the sweetest waitresses, ensuring everything about our meal was perfect. The breakfast special did not disappoint, and the sweet cream pancakes were a personal highlight. It’s refreshing to find a place that doesn’t skimp on the quality of their bacon, serving it thick sliced, unlike many other breakfast spots. In summary, Black Bear Diner in Amarillo has won me over with its great food, friendly service, and cozy atmosphere. It’s a spot that truly deserves recognition, and I can't wait for my next visit.


2100 S Western St, Amarillo

(806) 352-2646

Reviewed by:

Jose Woulard

As a frequent brunch-goer, my experiences at restaurants are usually quite pleasant, but my visit to IHOP in Amarillo was unfortunately an exception. The problems began with the management. It's tough to watch employees being poorly treated, and it was clear during my visit. Our waiter, despite the challenges, was incredibly patient with our large group, which was a small silver light in the situation. The management issues seemed deeply ingrained. Employees appeared afraid and stressed, hinting at a very toxic work environment. This not only affects the staff but also drastically impacts the customer experience. Food quality and service both suffered as a result. Our food took a long time to arrive, and when it did, it was not up to standard. Overcooked eggs and hashbrowns, along with a disappointing shake, made it clear that the kitchen was struggling too. The only saving grace was the French toast, which did manage to live up to expectations. Cleanliness and efficiency also seemed to be major issues. The place wasn't as clean as one would expect, and the service was lackluster, with the staff seemingly stretched too thin to provide the level of attention customers deserve. It's a frustrating experience to sit without being checked on or to receive your meal at a temperature that suggests it's been sitting out for a while. It was particularly disheartening to witness a breakdown in communication and respect among the staff, with no visible leadership to guide or rectify the situation. Management plays a crucial role in any establishment, especially in the hospitality industry, and when it fails, it's the employees and customers who bear the brunt. It’s unfortunate because IHOP is a place where you look forward to a cozy, enjoyable meal, especially for something as delightful as brunch. However, this experience was a stark departure from what one would expect from such a well-known establishment. My hope is that these issues can be addressed and improved upon, for the sake of the hardworking staff and loyal customers.


9601 I-40 Exit 76, Amarillo

(806) 335-9790

Reviewed by:

Ceci Canales

Ashley truly outdid herself taking care of our large group. Her attention to detail and outstanding customer service were noteworthy, especially given how busy it was. And then there's Xavier, equally impressive with his friendliness and efficiency. It's not every day you come across such welcoming staff. The bourbon chicken skillet is a must-try; it's my go-to dish whenever I'm here. It's safe to say this is the best Denny's experience I've had in a long time. Their customer service really stands out, especially nowadays when it seems to be a rarity. Making a stop here whenever I'm passing through Amarillo has become a bit of a tradition. Cassie, who often serves in the morning, deserves a shoutout too. She's incredibly friendly and makes sure your coffee cup never runs empty, always checking in to see if you need anything else. It's this level of service that makes the whole dining experience so pleasant. A highlight of our visit was when Chef Ashton Kempf personally came to our table to inquire about our meal. His culinary skills are top-notch, and it's evident he takes pride in his work. It's not an exaggeration to say he's possibly the best chef Denny's has. I'm already looking forward to my next meal here, ideally when Ashton is the one preparing it. Thanks to him and the entire team for making each visit memorable.


2116 S Georgia St, Amarillo

(806) 463-5402

Reviewed by:

Andrew Lima

Every time we're in Amarillo, we make it a point to visit Denny's for brunch. The standout reason? Shirley. She epitomizes exceptional customer service, turning what could have been a disappointing visit into a memorable dining experience. There was a day in December, we were almost out the door due to being overlooked by other staff, but Shirley saved the day. Her commitment to customers is something others on the team could learn from. The food here generally meets expectations—looks good, smells inviting. However, there have been moments when the taste didn't quite hit the mark and, on one occasion, my toast was burnt, cleverly hidden under toppings. That said, one consistent highlight is the coffee. It's simply perfect, no matter when you visit. On a visit in December at around 8:24pm, despite the restaurant being understaffed, one server with a dark brown bob haircut managed the floor with grace and efficiency. She was apologetic about slight wait times and ensured our experience was as comfortable as possible. It's service like this that guarantees my return. Then, on a Friday in November, despite great service from our server, the wait time for food was longer than anticipated. To make matters worse, my French toast arrived burnt, somewhat spoiling the meal. Despite these hitches, it's the staff's dedication, especially during challenging times, that leaves a lasting impression and keeps me coming back.


1711 E Interstate 40 Hwy, Amarillo

(806) 220-2715

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Liz Gujulva

My girlfriend and I decided to try out IHOP in Amarillo for brunch, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. The moment we walked in, we were greeted with warm smiles and seated promptly. The atmosphere was cozy and inviting, perfect for a relaxed meal. Our server, Elizabeth, was a breath of fresh air. She was attentive, friendly, and had a great sense of humor, making our dining experience even more enjoyable. She made sure our coffee cups were never empty, refilling them without us needing to ask. It's little touches like these that really stand out. The food was delicious. I ordered the smokehouse sausage combo, and it was everything I hoped for. The flavors were rich and satisfying, a compliment to the cook for sure. My girlfriend enjoyed her meal just as much, and we both appreciated the effort put into ensuring everything was to our liking. Although not every item was perfect — the hashbrowns had a slightly odd flavor, and the toast was harder than I'd prefer — the overall meal was still very satisfying. Plus, learning about the military discount they offer was a pleasant surprise, reflecting their appreciation for those who serve. Even with the restaurant being busy, service didn't skip a beat. Our waitress, Sadie, was exceptionally friendly and attentive, enhancing our brunch experience with her kindness and efficiency. Then, there was Xlomaria, who, despite our minor issues with some of the food, remained attentive and ensured our dining experience was top-notch. Her service was a testament to the excellent customer care at this IHOP. Before we knew it, we had to wrap up our meal and head out, but not before enjoying some picturesque snowfall views through the restaurant's windows, adding a magical touch to our visit. There was also an elder lady working tirelessly, whose name escapes me, but her dedication and excellent service did not go unnoticed. All in all, despite a couple of hiccups with the food, the exceptional service and friendly staff made our brunch at IHOP a memorable one. Definitely worth a return visit the next time we're in Amarillo.

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