As one of the best places in Nagoya to grab breakfast, Early Birds is always bustling on a Sunday morning. Owing to a neighboring bike shop, many customers are bike fanatics, who reward themselves with a big meal after a long ride. The rest seem too interested in the great beer selection to stay healthy.

The menu isn’t extensive, but there is something for everyone, with sandwiches, tacos and fried breakfasts. The real draw is the breakfast plate, which can come with one, two or three eggs (¥1,050, you’ll get double the meat portion for this set), cooked to your liking. You can also choose between sausages or bacon, as well as biscuits or bread and a huge hash brown — and for an extra ¥200 your choice of coffee, tea or juice.

Early Birds also offers some desserts, including biscuits and shortcake, which sell out pretty quickly, so you may have to settle for whatever is left, which is no real hardship as everything is pretty good. As I mentioned, there is a tiny but well-stocked bar with Heartland lager on tap, and some bottled ales, stouts and IPAs, as well as a “weekly crafted beer” and wine. As it closes at 5 p.m., Early Birds is far from the ideal spot for a night on the town, but it’s the perfect spot for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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