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Alabama: Big Bad Breakfast (Birmingham)

James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: South, John Currence is the master of the Southern breakfast. His menu at Birmingham, Alabama’s Big Bad Breakfast (which has six additional locations in the South) is chock-full of classic breakfast staples like shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, and flapjacks. If you’re in the mood for lunch, there are salads, a burger and sandwiches including The Screamin’ Demon, which features pickle-brined fried chicken. Biscuits and jellies are made from scratch, and the bloody marys look spectacular.

The best brunch in every state

For many restaurants, brunch is both an obligation and an afterthought. Eggs are far from perfectly poached and drowned in lukewarm hollandaise, served with mediocre versions of your favorite cocktails and a side of apathy to diners who’ve spent far too long waiting for a table. Brunch isn’t the moneymaker that dinner is, so it’s no surprise that it often doesn’t receive the same culinary care and attention.

But brunch deserves more respect than that, and thankfully there are an increasing number of chefs demonstrating true skill and creative flair. Their restaurants join the ranks of venerable standbys that have been turning out perfectly cooked brunches for decades, attracting legions of devoted fans in the process. So, in honor of the only meal that successfully combines two meals, we tracked down the very best restaurant for brunch in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.