Mother’s Day is just around the corner, in case you forgot. It’s a full day to celebrate mom and all that she does in the family. But it’s also the perfect excuse to head for brunch or make breakfast in bed. It’s the best way to start the day and it’s become a classic Mother’s Day meal. But not all brunch dishes are made equal, and we’ve got the data to prove it. Let’s explain.
Zippia, a site that helps people find and reach their career goals, wanted to find out which brunch options stood out among the crowd, based on the state that people live in. Given the brunch crowd is going to be booming, it’s good to know ahead of time what dish mom really wants, right?
So, what brunch meal is everyone hoping for? Every state has its own favorite, according to data collected by Zippia. Using Google Trends, they were able to determine the brunch food that had a disproportionate number of searches for in each state. They sorted the data and compiled it in map form so we can get a good visual of the best brunch food.
“We defined brunch foods as common breakfast foods and drinks in both search volume and prominence on menus,” they explain. “From there, we determined what food is searched a disproportionately, high amount in each state.” The takeaway: people love their meat.
According to the data they sorted, 21 states named some type of meat as their favorite brunch food. Which, honestly, is a little surprising. While not all meats were loved to the same amount, breakfast sausage was the most popular, beloved by 13 states total, including Alabama, Indiana, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. The second-place win goes to another meat: bacon this time, which is the top choice in eight states, including Rhode Island, Oregon, and Kentucky.
Zippia acknowledges they may have made some “controversial decisions” in choosing to count “orange juice and other liquids as a food,” but they were winners in several states. For Vermont, Idaho, Wisconsin, and Maine Bloody Marys was their favorite, while Montana moms favored mimosas.
Other foods that made the list include biscuits and gravy, which was the sole favorite for Wyoming, cinnamon rolls, omelettes, pancakes, waffles and chicken, hashbrowns, and French toast. Oklahoma loves its breakfast tacos, and for some reason, New York likes oatmeal.
Whatever your favorite food and drink is this Mother’s Day brunch meal, we hope you’re able to enjoy it to the fullest.