Who doesn’t love breakfast? Whether it’s eggs and bacon or a hearty stack of pancakes, there’s just something about breakfast food that fills the belly and soothes the soul. Whether you enjoy it in the morning or later in the day, these breakfast places in Massachusetts will no doubt meet any and all expectations.
The original Friendly Toast is still beloved by patrons in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, but a few years ago the owners opened one in Cambridge and the Back Bay. Enjoy breakfast all day, choosing from selections like a caramel apple waffle, BLT Benny, and Mexican mashed meal—spicy mashed potatoes, topped with fried eggs and chorizo topped with chipotle sauce.
Featuring all day breakfast on Saturdays, Lucky’s Café offers up traditional fare. The décor is laid back and comfortable, and the servers are exceptional.
With a bakery filled with freshly-made delicacies and tried and true favorites, the Blueberry Muffin is the perfect spot to indulge in comfort food. And as if the bakery doesn’t offer what you want, the restaurant features full breakfasts as well. Weekends and the summer months are typically very busy. Arrive early and plan to wait a bit for a table.
Several takes on Eggs Benedict and the use of farm-to-table products when available makes Memo’s Restaurant & Catering an excellent spot for starting your day. If hearty fare isn’t what you’re craving, order a couple of eggs with a side of grilled English muffins for a lighter option.
Don’t let the name fool you. Grumpy’s serves up hearty, home-cooked breakfasts that arrive at your table with a smile. Seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., they serve visitors and tourists alike year-round.
Located inside the tiny Chatham Airport, the Hangar B Eatery serves up the best lemon ricotta pancakes you’ll ever taste. The unusual setting makes it a fun atmosphere for both adults and kids.
Located in Boston’s theater district, The Paramount is an icon. With breakfast served up cafeteria style one might mistakenly assume the food is so-so. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The Texas Style French toast and honey and brown sugar oatmeal with berries are traditional fare, but you’ll deem them delicacies when you give this spot a try.
With a breakfast menu that changes with the season, the Haven Café and Bakery in the Berkshires is the place to eat. From to-die-for bakery treasures to hearty and light breakfast fare, you’ll find just what you need to start your day and hit the spot.
Enjoy coffee and a muffin or an egg breakfast while seated in the midst of an old-time country general store. Pleasant and Main Café General Store offers up an atmosphere as enticing as their food. Many of the antiques that line the walls are available for sale.
Exuding a 1950s feel, Mike’s City Diner is exactly what its name implies. Enjoy hearty omelets, French toast, pancakes and more. Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” featured it on one of their episodes.
Yet another diner with a retro feel, Mul’s Diner offers the bottomless cup of coffee that—in some restaurants—went by the wayside a long time ago. Their crème brulee French toast is a delicious breakfast and dessert all rolled into one.
Housed in a refurbished 15-stool Worcester Lunch Car, Little Depot Diner is referred to as the “Cheers” of diners. If they don’t know your name when you arrive, they’ll know it by the time you leave—and likely remember it the next time around. Check out their breakfast specials and tried and true classics for a good and hearty breakfast.
Featuring breakfast and brunch, Sugar Magnolias serves up excellent food in a cozy setting. Check out their hearty omelets and the cook’s creative ways with French toast. Allow yourself a bit of extra time, as there is often a wait, especially on weekends and during the summer months. The wait is well worth it.
At Kristin’s, the kinds of pancakes served are written on giant wallboards like ice cream flavors. She boasts as many as two dozen types on any given day. The café was featured on “Phantom Gourmet.”