Best of Boston

BEST Breakfast

2008 BEST Breakfast, South

Arthur & Pat’s


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 that had slipped beneath our radar. After downing piles of leaden pancakes and a coop’s… 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, or some big spongy pancakes. Also: real butter and syrup, and real sugar for that… read more»

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, 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, 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, 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»

2007 BEST Breakfast, Berkshires


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»

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»

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»