5. State Diner, 428 West State St.
Collegetown may be in desperate need of a diner, but downtown Ithaca is not. The State Diner is a great place to settle into a comfortable booth and share crazy stories from last night. Whether you’ve designed your own omelet or ordered strawberry pancakes, you’re in for a fabulous meal.
4. Farmers’ Market, 545 Third St.
When the weather is sunny, there’s no better place to go than the Farmers’ Market, which offers a comprehensive sampling of the many flavors Ithaca has to offer. Try the breakfast burritos and flatbread pizza.
3. Hai Hong Restaurant, 208 Dryden Rd.
Americans cook a tasty breakfast, but so do the Chinese. Hai Hong Restaurant is always bustling on Sundays when it’s serving dim sum. Enjoy, but beware: à la carte dim sum is a dangerously attractive temptress, luring many hungry patrons into buying more than they can eat — or afford.
2. Café Dewitt, 215 North Cayuga St.
Brunch at Café Dewitt highlights the fact that Ithaca is a true foodie community. Not only do the chefs produce amazing food, but they are always willing to chat with patrons. The café offers a brunch menu –– featuring maple nut granola and vanilla rum-battered baguette french toast –– on Saturday as well as Sunday.
1. Carriage House Café, 305 Stewart Ave.
There are few better things in this world than steak and eggs. I’ve ordered them all over Ithaca but I can honestly say no one does them to perfection like the quaint, bed and breakfast style Carriage House Café. Though it is expensive, there is nothing wrong with treating yourself every so often.