January 29, 2024

Montgomery's Magnificent Morning Brunch Spots

Craving brunch in Montgomery? Feast your eyes on our top picks! From fluffy pancakes to savory benedicts, we've got the scoop on where to satisfy your brunch cravings.

Richard Gargan
Richard Gargan
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Montgomery presents a brunch scene that's as flavorful and vibrant as its storied past. So, buckle up your brunch belts, folks. We're diving knife-and-fork first into Montgomery's best brunch spots.

Mama's Sack Lunches

21 S Perry St, Montgomery

(334) 265-5554

Reviewed by:

Julissa James

Stopping by Mama's Sack Lunches for brunch was an absolute delight. Recommended by friends, we finally decided to give it a try, and it's safe to say it lived up to the hype. The atmosphere was immediately inviting, echoing their slogan, "Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people," right from the warm welcome at the door. Situated conveniently in Montgomery, just a short walk from the scenic Troy University, the setting couldn't have been more perfect. The interior was quaint and clean, with a variety of seating options that added to its charm. To the left, a gift shop caught my eye, featuring an assortment of unique finds from books to jewelry, all while noticing the staff diligently cleaning and preparing for the next guests. Choosing what to eat was a pleasant challenge, given the wide selection of mouth-watering dishes. I settled on the Club sandwich, accompanied by the best banana pudding I've ever tasted, and a refreshing pasta salad. Portions were generous without being overwhelming, and the pricing was fair, reflecting the quality and care put into each meal. A special touch was the signature Hershey kiss with each meal, alongside a sticker thanking patrons for supporting their small business—simple yet heartfelt gestures that did not go unnoticed. The experience was made even better by the friendly and warm staff, from the cooks to the owner and the cashier. Their genuine hospitality made us feel more like family than customers, reinforcing our decision to make Mama's Sack Lunches a go-to spot. Mama's Sack Lunches isn't just a place to eat; it's a place where everyone knows your name, a sentiment felt strongly throughout our visit. With significant improvements expanding the dining area, it's clear that Mama's commitment to comfort and quality has only grown stronger over the years. The food, fresh and delicious, and the service, remarkably swift, made for a memorable meal. In conclusion, Mama's Sack Lunches is not just another dining spot; it's a cornerstone of warmth and culinary delight in downtown Montgomery. Whether it’s for the fabulous breakfast or a hearty lunch, this establishment promises and delivers a welcoming, tasty, and friendly experience. It's evident why it's become a staple in the community, and it's a place we're already looking forward to visiting again.

Barbara Gail Neighborhood Grille

2003 Early St, Montgomery

(334) 269-4142

Reviewed by:

Bryan N Olivia

Driving into the neighborhood where Barbara Gail Neighborhood Grille is located can be a bit daunting if you're not from the area, but believe me, the journey is completely worth it. This is the kind of genuine Southern cooking you hear about, not just something cooked up for tourists. On this visit, I tried the catfish with cheese grits, and the shrimp and grits, and they were simply delightful. I just wish I had discovered this gem sooner during my stay! One thing that's truly unique about Barbara Gail's is their variety of Kool-Aid flavors, made exactly how it should be. It's a nostalgic touch that I absolutely adore. If it were up to me, I'd have their breakfast every single day. From turkey wings to neckbones and cornbread available right at 6 AM, it's clear why they're always bustling with customers. And yes, parking can be tricky, so a tip from me would be to call in your order and pick it up. Oh, and you can't leave without trying their apple Kool-Aid - it's bursting with flavor. The food here is top-tier, no question about it. However, there was a moment during our visit that left a bit of a sour taste. When my guest asked for a menu, the reaction we got made it seem like we clearly didn't belong, as if it was our first time there because of the way we were dressed or the bags we carried. This sort of assumption, based on appearance, was disappointing. They should know, being from the area doesn't mean you can't appreciate or inquire about what's on offer. Despite this, BG has a special place in my heart from my teenage years. It's not just a restaurant; it's a local landmark known for its breakfasts. The connecuh sausage, chicken wings, cheese grits, and yes, the grape Kool-Aid, are all incredible. While that one interaction was less than ideal, it doesn't take away from the fact that Barbara Gail's serves phenomenal food. It has been, and will continue to be, my go-to spot for breakfast in the city.


5251 Hampstead High St #100, Montgomery

(334) 676-4333

Reviewed by:

Albert Darwin

My first visit to Taste was before a show at the Shakespeare Theater, and it was an experience I won't forget. The staff was incredibly professional and helpful in choosing what to try. We went for an assortment of options, and every single one did not disappoint. The champagne flights and the Christmas themed drinks were a particular highlight. I'm already planning a return visit just to explore more of their drink menu. The atmosphere was great, very comfortable, and the bartenders were super nice, adding to the overall pleasant experience. On a trip to Auburn, I decided to stop by Taste again and was highly satisfied with the charcuterie and bread pudding. It was here that I discovered a new favorite Cabernet, which means another visit is definitely in the cards. The food and service were outstanding. Our waitress was very knowledgeable, offering excellent menu and pairing recommendations. Even with a party of eight, everyone was pleased, and the food was served promptly and hot. The service especially stood out to me. Although there was a minor hiccup with the server being a bit too attentive at times, he quickly adjusted and found the right balance. His recommendations, particularly the shrimp and tomato stack, were spot-on. It's rare to find a dish that leaves such a lasting impression. We also tried the shrimp scampi dip, which was a definite five-star dish, and the steak sliders, which were nearly perfect. For anyone in Montgomery looking for an experience comparable to Cooks & Soldiers in Atlanta, Taste is the go-to spot. There's also a wide variety of cheeses that my group enjoyed, although I'm not much of a cheese person myself. Our server, Jake, deserves a special shout-out for his exceptional service. Taste has firmly established itself as a must-visit destination on my list for both its cuisine and service.

Greg's Breakfast Bar

3407 Norman Bridge Rd, Montgomery

(334) 221-0891

Reviewed by:

Jose Honoré

Stopped by Greg's Breakfast Bar for brunch while in Montgomery and it was a delightful experience. Greg's family's strong Alabama football roots are evident in the cozy decor, filled with sports memorabilia, including touching family photos. It truly adds a personal touch that makes the place feel welcoming. The portions are generous, to say the least. The biscuits and gravy were fantastic, and my husband raved about his 3-sausage patties sandwich with scrambled eggs and cheese. The sausage was fried to perfection, exactly how he likes it. This was my second visit to Greg's, and it was just as impressive as the first time. It's the perfect spot for a down-home breakfast right off the interstate 65. The owner is incredibly friendly, and the food is always prepared perfectly. It's a small establishment, so be prepared to wait a bit for both your food and a seat, but it's worth it for a breakfast like your grandma used to make. The service is great, with the owner personally ensuring all orders are correct. My wife adores the Turkey Sausage link sandwich. It's a must-visit for us whenever we're in Montgomery. My bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich was overflowing with bacon, which was a pleasant surprise. On a side note, during my last visit, I opted for the Salmon Croquet, Cheese Grits, and a Pancake. While the pancake was not made in-house and they were out of hash browns, the meal was still excellent. The parking is convenient and secure, with CCTV allowing you to keep an eye on your car from inside. Table service was great, and the food was excellent overall. Despite the minor setbacks, it's a place not to be missed for a hearty breakfast in Montgomery.

Vintage Cafe

416 Cloverdale Rd, Montgomery

(334) 356-1944

Reviewed by:

Keimonne Cowart

During my visit to Montgomery, Al, stopping by Vintage Cafe for brunch was a delightful experience. The place is a haven for coffee lovers and offers a diverse menu that is a celebration of flavors. The staff is welcoming, contributing to the cozy and neat dining area which is well-lit and has plenty of seating options, accompanied by ample parking space. My latte, though a tad burnt, was strong, foamy, and flavorful. While the avocado toast might have skimped on the avocado, the toppings like k ions and Andries tomatoes added a fresh twist. The toast itself was basic wheat bread but still enjoyable. The display of pastries caught my eye, each more tempting than the last. Although it was too early for lunch, the menu promised a good selection for later dining. The café’s unique setting in a repurposed old bank, complete with a drive-thru, adds to the charm. The efficient service, coupled with the friendliness of the staff, made the dining experience even more pleasant. The burrito and cinnamon roll I tried were both remarkable, despite the burrito's size. However, a small hiccup occurred at the register, which slightly dampened the experience. Despite this, the quality of the pastries remained undisputed, though I believe the café could benefit from labeling their baked goods for customer convenience. Despite this minor improvement area, my visit was enjoyable. The excellent service, outstanding food, and the unique ambiance of Vintage Cafe definitely make it a spot worth visiting in Montgomery.

Farmers Market Cafe

315 N McDonough St, Montgomery

(334) 262-1970

Reviewed by:

Jonathan Graham

After hearing high praise about the Farmer's Market Cafe for a good Southern breakfast, I decided to give it a try. Upon arrival, I was immediately drawn in by the welcoming atmosphere. The staff greeted me warmly and handed me a menu, from which I chose The Farmer's Breakfast. Of course, I couldn't pass up the chance to try the Biscuits and Gravy, and I was not disappointed; it was a fantastic choice. Accompanied by coffee and juice, my meal was nothing short of excellent. The biscuits and gravy, in particular, were standout items, making the visit worthwhile. The waitress was attentive, ensuring my coffee cup was always full. Both the dining area and the restroom were clean and spacious, adding to the overall positive experience. Following my meal, I took the opportunity to explore the surrounding area. Upon my return, I noticed the lunch crowd had filled up the parking lot, signaling to me that lunch here is also highly regarded. The friendly service complemented the solid Southern breakfast that came at an incredible value – under $10 for such quality is remarkable. The biscuits were buttery, hot, and the pancakes were perfect. It was clear to me that this cafe is a local favorite. For anyone in the downtown Montgomery area looking for a fantastic breakfast spot, Farmer's Market Cafe is a must-visit. The disappointing continental breakfast at a nearby hotel led us here, but the experience was anything but disappointing. With ample parking, including handicap accessibility, the cafe is welcoming to all. The price for a hearty breakfast for three was an exceptional value at $36. And while breakfast was my initial draw, the lunch offerings like fried chicken, coleslaw, cooked cabbage, and mashed potatoes convinced me of the cafe's prowess in Southern home cooking. Everything, from the perfectly crispy chicken to the expertly crafted coleslaw, was indicative of genuine Southern hospitality. In essence, Farmer's Market Cafe is a testament to outstanding southern home cooking, offering both quality and value. It's definitely worth a visit for anyone looking to enjoy a great meal in a friendly and inviting atmosphere.

First Watch

2920 Zelda Rd Ste E, Montgomery

(334) 277-0802

Reviewed by:

Kyontea Noto

Wanna step outside your comfort zone? Try First Watch for brunch. The toast that comes with the traditional breakfast is delicious, and when paired with a side of butter grits—though I'd recommend ordering an extra bowl since they're smaller than you might expect—it makes for a perfect meal. Just a tip, ask for no extra butter on top of the grits; you'll thank me later. The pancakes are huge, practically the size of plates, so think twice before ordering more than one. The place was nice and clean, and our waitress was absolutely wonderful, making the experience even better. If I had to rate my experience, it would be a 9/10. The only slight downside was the need for regular sugar for my coffee to fully enjoy it. The variety of food we tried was mostly fantastic. The fruit was fresh, the chicken dish was delicious, though I’m not 100% on the spelling, and the French toast was excellent. The salmon omelet and the banana almond granola crunch pancake were good, though the latter didn’t quite hit the mark for me as the granola didn’t seem to mesh well with the pancake. The butter grits were a bit bland for my taste, and unfortunately, the pastries were a tad salty. However, those minor points aside, the visit was incredibly positive. The service was great—super attentive and fast. The food was fresh, and because of the outstanding service, I even left an extra tip. It was an experience that definitely made me want to return. I always get excited about going to First Watch, and today was no exception. The staff is always warm and friendly, making the entire experience more enjoyable. Today, my server and I shared a bit of our lives with each other, leading to a warm hug and even a few tears. It's moments like that which truly set First Watch apart, blessing the experience with a touch of personal warmth.


520 Coliseum Blvd, Montgomery

(334) 272-2438

Reviewed by:

Master Kelly

Today, I decided to give Eastbrook | Cafe & Catering a visit for brunch, and honestly, I couldn't be happier with my decision. From the moment I walked in, the welcoming atmosphere made me feel right at home. The owner was hands-on, ensuring everything ran smoothly, which was impressive to see. The place was remarkably clean, which always adds to a pleasant dining experience. Now, let's talk about the food. The fried catfish was simply excellent, cooked to perfection and full of flavor. It's not easy to find good fried catfish, but they've nailed it. The menu had a good variety, but I opted for the veggie omelette, and it was amazing – fluffy, filled with fresh vegetables, and very satisfying. It's not often you find a place that can make something as simple as an omelette memorable, but they managed to do just that. The service was wonderful throughout the meal. My server was attentive, friendly, and made sure everything was to my liking. It's the kind of service that makes you want to return. Despite the building being a bit old and showing its age, the charm and coziness of the cafe more than make up for it. It adds character to the dining experience and makes the meal feel even more homely. The employees were very nice, contributing to a warm and inviting atmosphere. It's just a simple meat and three place, but the food is very yummy, and you can tell care is put into each dish. Overall, for anyone who hasn't had the pleasure of dining here, I would definitely recommend it. The combination of delicious food, great service, and a cozy atmosphere makes Eastbrook | Cafe & Catering well worth the visit.

Potz & Panz

2547 Lower Wetumpka Rd, Montgomery

(334) 676-3343

Reviewed by:

Elier Monzon

Potz & Panz Gourmet Cafe Catering LLC absolutely came through in a clutch! They catered my husband’s 50th birthday on very short notice and completely delivered! The food was not only delicious but also beautifully displayed throughout the event. Chef Demonica Pugh and her team were the epitome of professionalism, and I was able to relax knowing everything was taken care of…I would absolutely recommend them! 10/10. Expressing deep gratitude to Potz & Panz, especially to owner Demonica Pugh and her dedicated team, for a truly delightful meal is essential. Opting to pre-order this year was a great decision. The Thanksgiving dinner was beyond delicious, featuring a delectable selection of black-eyed peas, dressing, smoked chicken, Cajun turkey, ham, and brisket. The vegetables were seasoned to perfection. The beef brisket was particularly surprising, tender, and bursting with flavor, adding an extra dimension to the already fantastic meal! For dessert, the red velvet cake was ordered, and it was absolutely superb. Exceptionally moist, it vanished almost immediately. Needless to say, the entire family thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to Potz & Panz, more time was spent enjoying the company of family rather than being stuck in the kitchen all morning. Already looking forward to placing the next order! A big thank you to Potz & Panz for making this experience so memorable. Potz & Panz NEVER disappoints! Whether it's their storefront locations or their food trucks, they always know how to satisfy the hunger with great tasting, mouth-watering, and generously portioned food (made and prepared with love)! Demonica Pugh and the team have never failed in their delivery, not once! And it's not just about the food, but also the friendly atmosphere they create. Truly one of the best out there! Everyone should take notice! Potz & Panz, keep up the amazing work, feeding us and making every Alabamian want to come back for MORE! Additionally, Chef Pugh catered for the Dixon Family reunion picnic on July 29th. The entire experience was incredibly professional. They arrived on time, actually early, and the food was outstanding! Without a doubt, would recommend and use Potz & Panz again for future events.

Cahawba House

31 S Court St, Montgomery

(334) 356-1877

Reviewed by:

Huey Corey Iii

Walking into Cahawba House for brunch, we were greeted warmly, setting a positive tone right from the start. The process is straightforward - you order at the counter and before you know it, your food is served. If there's one thing you try here, it should be the shrimp and grits; it's a brunch essential. The biscuits and gravy were hit-or-miss for me, and while the coffee and chicken and waffles were average, with the waffle reminding me of Waffle House quality, the overall dining experience was still enjoyable. The staff had good recommendations, and though we didn't try the smash burger this time, it's on my list for the next visit. Even though I found the macaroni a bit bland—a sentiment not shared by my husband—the rest of our meal was delightful. The catfish, hush puppies, mac, and especially the fried green tomatoes were standouts, still tasting great even as leftovers. Our Sunday breakfast experience was exceptional. The chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and even the kids' meal with its added fruit cup were all fantastic. The waffles were perfection, and the sausage patties had the right amount of seasoning and spice. The fried chicken lived up to the best of southern cooking, and my shrimp and grits were wonderfully complex in flavor, enhanced by tender, sweet crab meat lumps. The attention to detail and the craft in Cahawba's cooking truly impressed me. From the well-executed dishes to the perfectly balanced mimosa, they provided a quality dining experience that I appreciate. Dining early on a Sunday morning was a great decision, offering an even more pleasant atmosphere. The vibe of the place, combined with delicious food and wonderful staff, made our first brunch here memorable. We are definitely planning to return. The atmosphere is inviting, making it an excellent spot for dining in, which we'll surely do next time.

The Cork & Cleaver

2960 Zelda Rd, Montgomery

(334) 676-2260

Reviewed by:

Janice White

Let's talk about my brunch experience at Cork & Cleaver in Montgomery. From the second we stepped through the door, the atmosphere was incredibly inviting, and the service we received was exceptional, truly making us feel welcomed and valued. We began our meal with some appetizers, opting for the Armadillo Eggs and Fried Green Tomatoes. Each appetizer was a hit, providing a perfect start to our brunch and setting high expectations for the rest of the meal. For my main course, I decided on the Lunch Portion Lobster and Shrimp Pasta. This dish was pleasantly surprising, offering a slight sweetness that was perfectly balanced with the savory flavors, not to mention the generous portions of lobster that made it extra special. My boyfriend went with the Pork Cheek Tacos accompanied by fries. Each taco was a testament to their dedication to flavor and quality, presenting a rich and savory taste that was memorable. And to add a cherry on top, they had Pepsi available, which happens to be my all-time favorite. It seemed as if they knew exactly what I desired without even asking. In conclusion, dining at Cork & Cleaver is more than just enjoying a good meal; it's about the overall experience that leaves you feeling like you're part of their family. If you're ever in Montgomery, I highly recommend visiting. With thoughtful preparation of each dish and the genuine smiles from the staff, it's a place that feels like home. The ambiance, both inside and out, is welcoming and adds to the dining experience. My Steam sandwich and the 3 Cheese Mac were both outstanding, and the wait time was minimal. I'll definitely be returning on my next visit. Having been a patron on and off over the years, my latest visit during a typically slower period only reinforced my love for this place. The Chicken Alfredo was the best I've had there so far, paired with impeccable service and a welcoming atmosphere. The Moscow mule with Tito's, along with the Alfredo and creme brulee (the fresh fruit on top was a delightful surprise), made for a perfect meal. The value for the quality of food and the exceptional service makes Cork & Cleaver stand out. My son was particularly fond of his pancakes and the Old Bay fries. Although the steak and eggs could use a bit more seasoning and a creamier hollandaise sauce, it didn't detract from the overall positive experience. This establishment is a testament to thriving in a challenging industry, and I am thrilled to see a local favorite doing so well. Can't wait for my next visit.

The House Restaurant

201 Tallapoosa St, Montgomery

(334) 481-5166

Reviewed by:

Kathryn Pillars

The House Restaurant in Montgomery is a fantastic spot for brunch, especially if you're looking to enjoy a meal without the need to dress up. The place offers a nice variety of food at reasonable prices. My choice of scallops was cooked to perfection, and although the pork chop was a bit fatty for my taste, it was still a hearty portion. The service here is always outstanding, making each visit pleasant. Their Chocolate cake is simply a must-have, and the Duck Egg Rolls burst with rich flavors that are hard to forget. A special visit during Christmas dinner, despite a slight timing mishap with our reservation close to closing time, turned out to be an incredible experience thanks to the attentive and compassionate staff. The prime rib was a standout, and the desserts did not disappoint. A young man from Jamaica and the manager went above and beyond in service, ensuring our dining experience was nothing short of amazing, even addressing our concerns with utmost care and attention. On a different occasion, despite not having a reservation, the front staff were incredibly accommodating, fitting in a party of two seamlessly. The food was prepared excellently and served promptly, including drinks from the bar, which was a pleasant surprise given how quickly everything was served. Overall, my experiences at The House Restaurant have been consistently great, marked by delicious food and exceptional service. It's a place that's definitely worth visiting, whether for a special occasion or a cozy meal out.

First Watch

7224 Eastchase Pkwy, Montgomery

(334) 801-3338

Reviewed by:

David Medders

Visited First Watch for brunch in Montgomery and was immediately impressed by their competitive pricing for such high-quality food. Despite it being a busy Saturday morning, I was delighted to find seating available with no wait at the bar, where the bartender provided excellent service. The Lavender Lemonade caught my attention with its delicious flavor and potency. The portion sizes were generous, ensuring I left satisfied and already planning my return visit primarily for more of that lemonade. Today marked my first experience here, and I was thoroughly charmed by the decor. It's evident they've done a fantastic job converting the old Panera Bread building into a space that's uniquely theirs. Opting to sit outside, my husband and I enjoyed the wonderful ambiance. After previewing their diverse menu on the app last night, we arrived with our choices in mind. I indulged in the lemon ricotta pancakes with seasoned potatoes, while my husband went for the skillet hash. We also shared a side of biscuit and turkey gravy – a decision we didn't regret as it was incredibly delicious! I'm now seriously considering adding this restaurant to my morning routine for to-go orders before work. Although I found the fresh juice to be a tad pricey, exceeding what I'd comfortably pay regularly, that's the only slight hiccup in an otherwise delightful dining experience. We've found our new breakfast spot, surpassing our previous go-to. Our visit to the EastChase location was a notable improvement over others we've tried, with welcoming staff that made our experience even more enjoyable. Although my initial server was a tad slow in taking my order, the food more than made up for it. The carrot cake pancakes and million dollar bacon were highlights, despite the bacon being slightly less than piping hot. The kale tonic was another standout. The restaurant's remodeling has given it a fresh and inviting atmosphere. I tried the turkey club, which was possibly the best I've ever had, while my wife's trifecta, despite being slightly overpriced, was complemented by an amazing fresh toasted blueberry muffin. Our server, Lakiesha, was very polite and added to our positive experience. In summary, First Watch offered a brunch experience that I'd highly recommend to anyone looking for high-quality food, lovely ambiance, and friendly service. It's a place I’m eager to return to, not just for the food, but for the overall vibe that makes every visit worthwhile.

Waffle House

90 Folmar Pkwy, Montgomery

(334) 281-1677

Reviewed by:

Jose Elias Aguillon

Now, I was a bit unsure at first about trying out Waffle House for brunch here in Montgomery, especially after spotting a mix of reviews. But, this place truly lived up to its positive reputation, and I'm glad I gave it a chance. The main reason for my satisfaction boils down to the cook on duty that morning, around 10:30 am on September 12th. His efficiency and skill were something to admire. It was so quick from the time I placed my order to when I started eating, barely five minutes had passed. Watching him work was like watching a well-oiled machine; if I hadn’t seen him throw my burger on the grill with my own eyes, I might have believed he had telepathically known my order the moment I stepped through the door. The service didn't stop at the grill. My waitress was attentive, always checking in to make sure we had everything we needed without being overbearing. While she did a fine job, it was really the cook's performance that set this visit apart. I've traveled quite a bit and have stopped at many a Waffle House along the way, and I can confidently say this one ranks at the top of my list. Everyone working there that day contributed to a pleasant brunch experience, but it was the cook who ensured that I'd definitely be returning whenever I’m back in Montgomery. Kudos to the whole team for a memorable meal.

Waffle House

8075 Vaughn Rd, Montgomery

(334) 215-6854

Reviewed by:

Erin Jimenez

My experience at Waffle House in Montgomery for brunch was nothing short of delightful. This visit has firmly solidified my fondness and high regard for Waffle House. As someone who sticks to a familiar order, especially when it comes to breakfast food, I was not disappointed. Just a week ago, my visit during the daytime had me enjoying some of the tastiest dishes. However, this particular visit was an evening one and it was a complete turnaround from my last. My order consisted of the usual entrees, waffles, and bowls of grits. Unfortunately, my friend’s steak and chili hash brown bowl fell short of expectations. Despite being informed of an additional 20-minute wait for the chili, it was missing upon reaching home. To add to the frustration, a syrup pack had leaked in the bag, necessitating a clean-up of all the items inside. What was supposed to be a simple meal turned into a hassle, dampening my appetite. I did attempt to eat a portion, planning to save the rest, but discovered burnt hash browns, untoasted toast, and, most disappointingly, a strand of hair sealed in the lid of the grits container. It was disheartening, to say the least. The discrepancies in service and food quality between daytime and nighttime visits were stark. During this night visit, the welcome was less than warm, with a notice of a pause in orders due to a shift change, which seemed unusual as the staff appeared disengaged. Despite this experience, it's important to remember that Waffle House, like any diner of its nature, might have its off days. The positives still stand out to me - the food is served quickly, portions are generous compared to places like IHOP, and the prices are reasonable. The server on duty was nothing but kind, deserving of a generous tip. While this visit had its setbacks, my appreciation for Waffle House remains, thanks to the many wonderful experiences I've had in the past. It’s a reminder to perhaps stick to daytime visits for that consistent quality I’ve come to know.

Waffle House

9225 Boyd-Cooper Pkwy, Montgomery

(334) 271-6779

Reviewed by:

Alicia Park

Brunch at Waffle House in Montgomery was a delightful experience that left a positive mark on me. The moment you walk in, the welcoming staff greet you right at the door, some even holding the door for customers which adds a special touch to their service. It's apparent that the team there puts effort into creating a friendly environment, which certainly makes every visit more enjoyable. The place has a good health score, which is always reassuring to see, especially when you're about to enjoy a meal out. The restaurant itself presents a clean and inviting atmosphere, and it's conveniently located, making it an easy choice for frequent breakfast visits. It's noticeable that the servers remember regular customers' orders, enhancing the dining experience by providing a personal touch that's rare to find. Despite the hustle and bustle, especially during busy breakfast hours, the service remains fast, ensuring that food arrives fresh and warm to your table. The recent addition of two-person booths is a thoughtful improvement, addressing the seating situation and making the dining experience more comfortable for couples or smaller groups. The All-Star Breakfast, with its perfectly cooked sunny side up eggs, crispy-edged waffles, tasty hash browns, and nice city ham, was thoroughly satisfying. The coffee was also great, served with sugar and creamer on the side allowing for personal customization. It's worth mentioning that you pay at the counter after your meal, which is a smooth process. Though the cleanliness overall is commendable, there's always room for improvement. The bustling nature of breakfast time can indeed lead to minor delays, but the staff's friendliness and the quality of the food more than make up for any wait. A suggestion for the future would be for the establishment to consider a military discount, which could be a thoughtful way to give back to those serving. In conclusion, my experience was incredibly positive, marked by excellent food, decent prices, and a warm, inviting atmosphere. It's easy to overlook minor imperfections when the core aspects of service, food quality, and cleanliness are met with such care and attention. This Waffle House is undeniably a staple for those looking for a simple, satisfying breakfast in Montgomery.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

9191 Boyd-Cooper Pkwy, Montgomery

(334) 244-1085

Reviewed by:

Zohreh Shayy

My brunch experience at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in Montgomery was unfortunately not up to the standard I was expecting. Starting with the Grandma's Sampler which came with a choice of side, I opted for the plain hashbrowns, which were disappointingly dry and chewy, devoid of any sign they were fried in grease. The absence of breakfast side options on the menu meant we had to rely on verbal communication from the waitress, who later charged an unexpected 99 cents for the hashbrowns without prior notice. The pancakes were notably dry, resisting any attempt to moisten them with syrup. The bacon seemed as though it had been microwaved, lacking the crispiness one would expect from a properly fried piece. While the eggs and smoked sausage patties were satisfactory, the hashbrowns and overall breakfast experience left much to be desired. The service we received left a similar impression. Our concerns about the food were met with an apology but no actionable solutions, such as a substitute or offer to remove the unsatisfactory items from our bill. This lack of attentiveness was consistent throughout our visit, highlighting a glaring issue with customer care. Despite the biscuits being a pleasant aspect of our meal, they could not compensate for the overall lackluster dining experience. The ambiance, usually a redeeming feature of Cracker Barrel, did little to overshadow the shortcomings of this visit. It's disheartening to see a discrepancy between the reputation of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and the quality of both food and service rendered during our brunch. It is my hope that this feedback serves as constructive criticism, encouraging a reassessment and improvement of the culinary and service standards. Consistency is crucial in the dining industry, and it's imperative for Cracker Barrel to align their offerings more closely with their established reputation. Until then, I would advise potential diners to temper their expectations when choosing to dine here.

Bubbly Hen

7915 Vaughn Rd, Montgomery

(334) 649-1111

Reviewed by:

Georgina Mulkern

As someone who isn't the usual brunch-goer, my experience at Bubbly Hen was a delightful surprise. The portions were generous, which I was particularly pleased about, and the quality of food certainly lived up to expectations. Despite the fact that our waiter was actually the bartender, he handled his dual role with ease, providing detailed explanations of the dishes that helped us make our selections. My wife was especially fond of her tequila sunrise mimosa, which she found to be a fantastic start to her meal. The ambiance of Bubbly Hen added to the overall positive experience, although a bit more attention to cleaning would elevate it further. The menu offered a variety of appealing options, convincing me that a return visit is definitely on the cards. It's worth noting that the service from our waitress stood out; her honesty and welcoming nature were key factors that contributed to our enjoyment. The vibe in the place was calming, contributing to a relaxing dining experience. One of my personal highlights was the steak and egg plate, recommended by our waitress. The dish was a delightful combination of flavors, with the light scrambled eggs with cheese complementing the sweet potatoes and steak perfectly. While the lemonade was good, expanding the beverage options to include fresh juices would be a welcome improvement. Although I didn't try the monkey bread, the sweet potato cheesecake came highly recommended and did not disappoint. Arriving on a Sunday around 11 am, we had a brief wait before being seated, which was the only minor inconvenience as there wasn't a comfortable place to wait outside the restaurant. While the host was welcoming, I found our waiter's service to be somewhat lacking in enthusiasm, though accurate with our orders. For food, the fried green tomato BLT was a standout for me, though I'd advise getting the goat cheese on the side due to its strong flavor. The decor of Bubbly Hen is worth mentioning; it's beautiful and adds to the dining experience. Despite a few critiques, such as the consistency of the grits, which could have used a bit more smoothness, the visit was enjoyable, especially for a large group like ours. The reservation system worked seamlessly, making it easy for our party of 14 to be seated without any hassle. In terms of the dishes we tried, the shrimp and grits, Bill-Es Bacon, Paw Paws breakfast, crab cake burger, and Lil Piggy burger were all noteworthy. My visit to Bubbly Hen was a reminder of why brunch can be such a special meal, offering a chance to enjoy great food in a relaxed setting. Despite the few areas for improvement, my overall experience was positive, and I'm already looking forward to my next visit to try more of what Bubbly Hen has to offer.

Waffle House

301 Madison Ave, Montgomery

(334) 293-9939

Reviewed by:

Stacy Rodrigez

Had a chance to stop by the Waffle House on 301 Madison Ave in Montgomery for brunch, and honestly, it was a pleasant surprise. This location is a bit quieter than the others around town, which made for a more relaxed meal. It seemed cleaner too, with less hustle from to-go orders, creating a nice atmosphere to enjoy a meal in. With Wendy's and McDonald's not being an option that day, Waffle House was our go-to for a quick bite, hoping to find something decent. Opting for a fried chicken sandwich turned out to be a fantastic choice. It was deliciously satisfying, with perfectly grilled onions adding to the flavor—truly hit the spot. Also tried the all-star breakfast, and it was just what a breakfast should be, filling and tasty. The food quality was impressive. Despite the service being a bit on the slower side, the friendliness of the staff more than made up for it. They were nice and made the dining experience even better. All in all, if you're in Montgomery and looking for a solid brunch spot, this Waffle House location is worth checking out. Good food and a welcoming atmosphere make it a hidden gem in the area.


115 Eastern Blvd, Montgomery

(334) 398-8919

Reviewed by:

Bethany Oquendo

My family has always been split on the IHOP versus Waffle House debate. We've leaned more towards IHOP, but moving to Alabama meant Waffle House often took precedence. It had been a while since we last visited IHOP in Montgomery due to previous unsatisfactory experiences, but on a recent suggestion from my kids, we decided to give it another chance. Upon arrival, we noticed an improvement right away. The health rating was commendable, there was no shortage of staff, and despite some changes to the menu, including the absence of my beloved Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity, the offerings remained appealing. The service was a tad slow and we had to remind our server about refills, but considering the crowd, it was understandable. During this visit, I opted for the 2x2x2 with onion rings, a simple but satisfying choice. Although we experienced a minor hiccup with a DoorDash order where my pancakes came without syrup, and the scrambled eggs were missing cheese, the issues were minor in the grand scheme. The onion rings were a highlight and despite the late hour, the food overall did not disappoint. Our waiter, Alex, along with the rest of the staff, was courteous and efficient, making sure our dining experience was pleasant despite a brief wait due to being short-staffed. The wait was a small inconvenience, easily overlooked thanks to the quick service and the quality of the meal. Even without my favorite menu item, the visit was a success. The food was enjoyable and the service commendable; it's clear the Montgomery IHOP has made significant improvements. It's safe to say we'll be returning. After all, it's not just about the food, but the memories we create with each visit.

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