Best Bets for Breakfast or Brunch Before Heading To The Saratoga Race Course
Editor's Note (9/10/2020): 2020's summer meet at Saratoga Race Course took place without spectators in attendance. The information below reflects 2020, but we will update it with 2021 details as soon as they are released by the New York Racing Association (NYRA).
When it comes to enjoying a delicious breakfast before an exhilarating day at the track, there are several great options right in Saratoga Springs. We've rounded up a number of worthwhile restaurants that offer up a delicious breakfast or brunch, and they're just minutes from the race course.
Please note: Hours and menu items for businesses are subject to change, please double check or contact the restaurant ahead of time before heading out!
Just three minutes from the race course, you can get a scrumptious breakfast at Sweet Mimi's Cafe & Bakery, which is known for having one of the best breakfasts in the Spa City.
Breakfast dishes include buttermilk pancakes, Challah French toast, pink berry swirl waffles, a number of breakfast sandwiches, and much more. Plus, there's always scones, muffins, and more sweet bakery items to enjoy. Both breakfast and lunch are served from 8am to 2:30pm every day except Tuesday.
If you'd like a truly decadent brunch before heading to the track you'll want to go with Prime at Saratoga National, which offers a live jazz Sunday brunch each week from 10am to 2pm. Prime is located just four minutes from the track, and in addition to the live jazz music you can expect a robust menu with choices like French toast, skillet fried potatoes, and a chef attended omelette station.
They also have some great seafood options, like Maryland-style peel-and-eat-shrimp, and smoked seafood chowder, and there are several brunch cocktails to choose from. Try the Prime lemonade with Pick 6 vodka, pink lemonade, and fresh raspberries.
The next time you're heading to the track on a Sunday, make sure to stop by Prime on the way.
Situated just a five-minute drive from the track, Country Corner Cafe offers an extensive menu with breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal pancakes, French Toast, and other delicious options. They provide a variety of omelettes made with the freshest of ingredients, and you can build your own omelette too.
The Country Corner Cafe is open every day from 7am to 2pm.
The Local Pub & Teahouse, which can be found just six minutes from the track, serves up traditional English and Irish specialties. They're known as a bar with excellent craft beer selections, but don't discount them for brunch! They're not called the "teahouse" for nothing - they offer organic teas from around the world, which could go perfectly with a delicious brunch.
If you're looking for gluten free or vegan options, this is also a great choice for you. Gluten free brunch items include a breakfast sandwich, an Irish breakfast, and a mushroom tartine, just to name a few. Their menu also includes a variety of burgers, such as a veggie burger, and sandwiches, salads, and a couple of options for pub fare. And, if tea isn't for you, you can try one of their cocktails or even a beer.
The Local Pub & Teahouse is open everyday at 7am.
A longtime Saratoga staple located 10 minutes from the track, The Kettle Restaurant has been in business for over 30 years.
This is a classic family-owned business that uses fresh, local ingredients for their satisfying breakfasts and lunches. Here you can get a short stack of pancakes, steak and eggs, pastrami and eggs, and much more, although what they're famous for is their homemade corned beef hash.
Visit The Kettle before heading up to the track any day between 7am and 2pm.
Saratoga Gluten Free Goods has a motto of "rising above expectations." It's not just catchy, it's true - you can find heavenly baked goods that are also gluten free at this small-batch bakery.
Saratoga Gluten Free Goods is located 17 minutes from the track, and they offer great breakfast items like muffins, doughnuts, quiches, and rolls, but you probably won't be able to resist also picking up a little something sweet while you're there. Check out gluten free cupcakes, pies, macarons, and cream puffs. Yum!
As with Sweet Mimi's Cafe, Saratoga Gluten Free Goods is closed on Sundays and Mondays. You can visit them prior to heading to the track from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday.
Bread Basket Bakery
The Bread Basket Bakery is located just two minutes from the track. This charming cafe serves breakfast all day, with options ranging from breakfast sandwiches to a breakfast burrito to a cinnamon swirl French toast to a grilled scone with eggs.
You can also expect gourmet coffee, and of course, you might want to grab some baked goodies to take home with you to enjoy after the track. They have an entire cake and cupcake menu, fresh bread baked daily, pastries, scones, and more.
Stop by The Bread Basket Bakery any day between 7am and 4pm.
Also located just a five-minute drive from the track is the Triangle Diner. You can't beat a solid breakfast at a diner, and this is a great one to choose for reasons beyond its closeness to the track.
Their breakfast items are hearty and all-inclusive: an open faced BLT breakfast; a sausage, mushroom, onion, and horseradish cheddar omelette; banana cream and chocolate chip topped French toast; and two eggs, ham, and asparagus with Hollandaise sauce, to name a few.
The Triangle Diner is open 6am to 2pm Monday through Saturday, and 7am to 1pm on Sunday.
Please note, as of July 2020 there is no breakfast at the track for the time being.
That's right - you can have breakfast right at the track! Each day of the summet meet excepting Travers Day you can enjoy a buffet brunch on The Porch of the Clubhouse. It costs $18.50 for adults and $9.25 for kids 12 and under, and it's first-come, first-serve. The best part is you get to watch the horses work out on the track while you savor your breakfast.