Best of Boston

BEST Breakfast

1995 BEST Breakfast, Cheap

Bob the Chef’s


If you can beat two eggs, your choice of breakfast meat, hot bread, grits or home fries, juice, and coffee for five bucks, let us know. Don’t miss what may be the best sweet-potato pie in the city. read more»

1994 BEST Breakfast, Treat

The Blacksmith House Bakery & Cafe


Lighter than pound cake, sweeter than brioche, this shop’s kuchen—a slightly lemony cake studded with raisins—is a revelation when spread with a little butter while still warm. In good weather you can enjoy it on the bakery’s patio. read more»

1994 BEST Breakfast, Power

Seasons at the Bostonian Hotel


We won’t name names, but many of the town’s movers and shakers do their moving and shaking over coffee in this elegant dining room. read more»

1989 BEST Breakfast, Power

Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe


We’re talking real power—as in the power to win marathons and regattas. Let the so-called heavy hitters do their early-morning deals at the hoity-toity eateries. We’ll go to Charlie’s for turkey hash and blueberry pancakes any day. read more»

1988 BEST Breakfast, Power



Where the politically elite meet to eat, including the O’Neills (Tom and Tip), Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Murphy, and Senate president William Bulger. read more»

1987 BEST Breakfast, Idea

Muffins at Rudi’s

Moist, dense, and perfect, even on a Monday morning. read more»

1987 BEST Breakfast, Power

The Ritz Cafe


Even better if the matîre d knows your name and whether you like coffee or tea. read more»

1987 BEST Breakfast, Cheap

Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe


Cranberry French toast, blueberry pancakes, and pols. read more»

1986 BEST Breakfast

Ritz Café


Very Brahmin—and don’t skip the muffin basket. read more»

1985 BEST Breakfast, Cheap

Andy’s Diner


This neighborhood favorite serves outstanding French toast. read more»