Best of Boston

BEST Breakfast

2007 BEST Breakfast, Berkshires

Martin’s

Great Barrington

The Martin’s formula—cozy atmosphere plus simple, delicious food—lures regulars out of bed to feast on crisp veggie omelets, buttery-rich French toast, and grilled muffin specials (the oatmeal cinnamon is stellar). Paper mats and crayons top the wooden tables, and the… read more »

2007 BEST Breakfast, Martha's Vineyard

Art Cliff Diner

Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard

With choices like green eggs and ham and root beer floats, the Art Cliff’s menu is a bit like that of a child’s tea party. The tastes at this ’40s-era diner, however, are pure refinement. Former fine-dining chef Regina Stanley… read more »

2007 BEST Breakfast

Zaftigs Delicatessen

Brookline

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

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 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

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 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

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

2006 BEST Breakfast, North
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Savour Kitchen

Andover

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
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Arthur & Pat’s

Marshfield

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

Boston

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 »