The Wedge Pizzeria
4709 N. Western Ave.
For the last two years, The Wedge has offered a grab-and-go breakfast for $5. It’s faster than a drive-thru, and way better. One of the most popular items is the meat horn with pepperoni, sausage and mozzarella cheese, and it’s a favorite nontraditional breakfast.
Can you eat chicken for breakfast?
Is that even allowed? Do yourself a favor and try several varieties of chicken quiche that rotate throughout the week. (Friday is reserved for barbecue chicken quiche.)
The Red Cup
3122 N. Classen Blvd.
With its vegetarian and vegan menu, breakfast treasures that are off the beaten path are at The Red Cup. Try the ever-popular biscuit and gravy. It’s a giant buttermilk biscuit with mushroom gravy, homemade soy sausage and scallions.
For south-of-the-border flair, try the breakfast burrito served for weekend brunch with eggs, cheddar, black beans, onions and bell peppers, topped with more cheddar, sour cream and salsa.
1212 N. Walker Ave.
Waffle Champion long ago threw accepted notions of how to enjoy a waffle out the window. The restaurant offers all sorts of unusual, delicious options. Try the waffle sandwich with applewood bacon, free-range eggs and Tillamook cheddar.
Or, get one stuffed with butter-poached cold water lobster, sauce gribiche and chives.
Don’t miss the meatless option filled with Brussels sprouts hash, granny smith apples, brie and balsamic honey.
The Earth Natural Cafe and Deli
746 Asp Ave., Norman
Head to Norman for a delicious vegetarian breakfast at The Earth. Don’t leave without trying the Scramble Mountain. It is a biscuit and gravy with soy sausage and your choice of tofu scramble or scrambled eggs garnished with sprouts and greens.
Devotees love the Rancherito burrito with eggs, farmer’s cheese and veggie chili grilled in a whole wheat tortilla and topped with avocado, jalapeños and melted farmer’s cheese.
Kitchen No. 324
324 N. Robinson Ave.
The Kitchen’s chefs threw the eggs Benedict rule book out and created a fried green tomato Benedict with poached egg, fried green tomatoes and hollandaise sauce on an English muffin.
Channel your inner hippie and try the house-made granola. It’s the chef’s secret recipe and is served with fresh berries and milk.
Try the smoked salmon bagel with double whipped cream, caper berries, shaved red onion and salmon roe.
5825 NW Grand Blvd.
On weekends, Cafe 501 pulls out all the stops. For Saturday breakfast, try the stuffed French toast made with walnut raisin bread stuffed with cream cheese, strawberries and bacon or sausage with syrup on top.
On Sundays, we recommend the breakfast quiche or the southwestern chilaquiles, which include a sauté of chorizo, tortilla strips and salsa verde. Add two fried eggs, black beans and sour cream, and you just might yell, “Olé!”
1616 N. May Ave.
While Jimmy’s Egg is known for its perfect omelets, its menu will shake up your breakfast routine. The Santa Cruz sandwich is scrambled eggs and smoked turkey breast topped with melted Swiss cheese and avocado and is served on a toasted ciabatta bun with home fries.
Another offbeat option is the chilaquiles, with three scrambled eggs, onions, tomatoes and crispy tortilla strips. It’s topped with ahogada salsa and drizzled with sour cream.
Photos by Shannon Cornman and Mark Hancock