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2007 BEST Breakfast

Zaftigs Delicatessen


Past reviewers have taken pains to note the name (or actually zaftig, without the s) is Yiddish for “pleasingly plump.” No doubt that’s how they, like countless other satisfied customers, walked out feeling. Seven mornings a week, this Brookline institution… read more»

2007 BEST Breakfast, Power

The Bristol


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 is the sudoku in the Herald. Discreet servers and tables spaced generously enough to ensure… read more»

2007 BEST Breakfast, Nantucket

Black Eyed Susan’s


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 prompt service, potent coffee, and inventive plates emerging from chef Jeff Worster’s open kitchen—among the… read more»

2007 BEST Breakfast, South

Arthur & Pat’s


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 random rock soundtrack are unabashedly down-home. But if those details create a misperception of slapdash… read more»

2006 BEST Breakfast, North

Savour Kitchen


With all due respect to greasy spoons, we prefer the healthier breakfast fare at Savour Kitchen. Chef-owner Matthew Morello changes the menu daily—really, every single day—depending on what’s at local markets. Then he whips up frittatas laden with goodies such… read more»

2006 BEST Breakfast, South

Arthur & Pat’s


The ramshackle exterior and the proudly mismatched chairs and handmade signs that shout out house specials at this seaside Brant Rock favorite may be no-frills, but the menu itself is thrill-packed. Dig into omelets stuffed with serrano ham and Manchego… read more»

2005 BEST Breakfast, West

Johnny’s Luncheonette

Newton Centre.

Granola-crusted French toast. Pastrami scramble. Turkey-apple sausages. Despite its greasy-spoon name, Johnny’s Luncheonette serves up a proper gourmet breakfast that you can order all day long. And you thought breakfast in the ‘burbs was limited to Dunkin’ Donuts…. read more»

2004 BEST Breakfast, Power

Café Fleuri


Before it reopened after renovations and started serving only dinner, Aujourd’hui at the Four Seasons had a seemingly unshakable hold on the title of best power breakfast. Now that honor has been decisively usurped by Café Fleuri—a sunny, cushy space… read more»

2003 BEST Breakfast, Power

Aujourd’hui at the Four Seasons Hotel


It’s nice of the attentive staff to give you space to conduct your business. Truth be told, as much networking gets done among the breakfast tables at this Four Seasons restaurant as at them; most diners spend their mornings circumspectly… read more»

2002 BEST Breakfast

Johnny’s Luncheonette


On weekends, Johnny’s teems with families. But step in for any pre-workday fuel-up and you’ll encounter an entirely different feel. The retro red vinyl booths and bright checkerboard floor are still there, of course, but the chaos is gone. Patrons… read more»