Best of Boston

Best Breakfast

2016 Best Breakfast

Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe

Boston
After almost nine decades of extraordinary history—playing peacekeeper during race riots, serving everyone from presidents to Pullman porters—the Manjourides clan retired from the restaurant business, […] read more»
2015 Best Breakfast

Sofra

Cambridge
Visiting Oleana chef Ana Sortun’s narrow bakery on the Cambridge fringes is an exotic way to kick-start the day. The menu is a parade of […] read more»
2014 Best Breakfast

Henrietta’s Table

Cambridge
The Goldilocks Principle is perfectly apt when applied to early-morning eats: Go too big and you’re ready for a nap before 10 a.m., go too […] read more»
2013 Best Breakfast

Zaftigs Delicatessen

Brookline
We’ll let you in on a little secret: The very same corned-beef hash and eggs, banana-stuffed French toast, and thick potato pancakes that breakfast lovers […] read more»
2009 Best Breakfast, North

Tryst

Beverly
Given the high caliber of the region’s diners (the Agawam in Rowley) and lunch counters (Newburyport’s Fowle’s), we’ll admit this fine-dining pick is an eye-opener. […] read more»
2009 Best Breakfast, South

Arthur & Pat’s

Marshfield
You don’t have to be a red-carpet regular to get a seat at Arthur & Pat’s. In fact, it probably wouldn’t matter if you were. […] read more»
2009 Best Breakfast

The Friendly Toast

Cambridge
Friendly Toast is coming!’ “OMG! Friendly Toast!” Judging by the way local foodies were whipping themselves into a frenzy online, you’d think it was the […] read more»
2009 Best Breakfast, West

Johnny’s Luncheonette

Newton Centre
Having eaten our way across the MetroWest in a futile search for a challenger, there’s little left to say except, once again, here’s Johnny’s. This […] read more»
2008 Best Breakfast

Clio

Boston
Among Boston’s power-breakfast set, Ken Oringer’s otherwise high-profile restaurant (and the chef’s own ‘baby’) has mostly remained a close-kept secret. Exquisitely mannered servers glide through […] read more»
2008 Best Breakfast, North

Sugar Magnolia’s

Gloucester
Bacon fans and omelet groupies, take a knee: This one’s for Pancake Nation. A Main Street storefront café that’s more about warmth than polish, Sugar […] read more»
2008 Best Breakfast, South

Arthur & Pat’s

Marshfield
We swore that this year would be different. Surely there was some out-of-the-way truck stop or quirky-crunchy café tucked away in a random cow town […] read more»
2008 Best Breakfast, West

Johnny’s Luncheonette

Newton Centre
Do your dopey morning brain a favor and resist the impulse to overthink breakfast. We’ll make it simple for you. Start with: thick-cut French toast, […] read more»
2007 Best Breakfast, Nantucket

Black Eyed Susan’s

Nantucket
For late-rising revelers, Black Eyed Susans may be a split decision: It serves breakfast until 1 p.m. (yay!), but doesn’t serve alcohol (boo!). Nevertheless, the […] read more»
2007 Best Breakfast, Power

The Bristol

Boston
Such is the aura of the Bristol’s morning rush that every customer seems to be engaged in something important, even if all they’re actually doing […] read more»
2007 Best Breakfast, South

Arthur & Pat’s

Marshfield
Arthur & Pat’s, in the words of one sage local, “doesn’t cater to the fancy-pants crowd.” And indeed, the restaurant’s worn exterior, wooden signs, and […] read more»