The Best Breakfasts in Boston

From diners to dim sum, 39 ways Boston is revolutionizing the most important meal of the day.

We conclude our list with a Carb Crawl, a roundup of the best in everything doughy, crumbly, cream-filled, and sugar-shellacked. Shield your eyes, Paleo dieters, lest you be converted to the carb side. —Christopher Hughes

25

Bagels
Better Bagels

Tracking down James Grimes’s exquisite New York–style bagels, currently available only at weekend pop-ups, is well worth the extra Twitter vigilance.

26

Sticky Bun
Flour

The “goo”-shrouded icon that slayed Bobby Flay and became its own Pinkberry flavor is still our favorite sugar rush in town, predawn, post-lunch, or really any time of the day.

flourbakery.com.

27

Doughnuts
Moody’s

With baker Luke Fetbroth at the helm, Moody’s fluffy, yeast-raised doughnuts are now as much of a morning draw as chef Joshua Smith’s addictive pork-roll sandwiches.

moodyswaltham.com.

28

Tropezienne
Café Madeleine

We commend chef Frederic Robert for turning Saint-Tropez’s most storied pastry—pillowy brioche, candied orange peel, and vanilla cream—into our new breakfast habit.

cafemadeleineboston.com.

29

Chocolate Pretzel Croissant
Puritan & Company

Puritan’s sweeping sweets table at brunch is now even better thanks to this salt-flecked, Cacao Barry chocolate–stuffed croissant.

puritancambridge.com.

30

French Toast
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

Chef Matt Drummond goes big—very big—with dulce de leche–topped, cinnamon-vanilla-custard-sopped slices of Texas toast.

locosouthboston.com.

31

Bialys
Bagelsaurus

The bagel’s unsung cousin gets center stage thanks to Mary Ting Hyatt, who bakes 40 glorious rounds a morning in flavors like bacon-cheddar and roasted-shallot-and-fennel.

bagelsaurus.com.

32

Hoecakes
The Frogmore

Lowcountry champion Jason Albus has given us an authentic take on these southern, cornmeal-laden flapjacks, complete with sorghum butter and marmalade.

thefrogmore.com.

33

Stuffed Brioche
Canto 6 Bakery

Torn between savory Gruyère-injected croissants and burnished brioche brimming with Brie and apricot jam? Don’t be so hard on yourself: Order both.

canto6bakeryjp.com.

34

Toast
Forge Baking Company

Believe me, we’re all weary of the avocado-toast hype. That’s why we’ll stick with Nick Hays’s challah trowelled with Nutella, maple butter, and house-made jams.

forgebakingco.com.

35

Kolaches
Playska

Kolaches have been tragically absent from the local vernacular. Enter Tim Wiechmann, who now offers up to 11 varieties a day at his new Balkan street-food joint.

playska.com.

36

Kouign-Amann
Ames Street Deli

Co-owner Diana Kudayarova’s take on the Breton specialty—that bronzed whorl of laminated dough—is melt-in-your-mouth buttery. And that’s a good thing.

amesstreetdeli.com.

37

Craquelin
Cutty’s

Pastry maestro Daisy Chow is upping the a.m. game at Cutty’s with this Belgian brioche, which gets an acidic snap courtesy of citrus-scented sugar cubes tucked into the center.

cuttyfoods.com.

38

Pancakes
Centre Street Café

Under its new regime, Centre Street’s brunch has gained even more worshipers at the altar of pancakes “del giorno,” including the banana-Nutella with coffee butter.

centrestreetcafejp.com.

39

Biscuits and Gravy
Island Creek Oyster Bar

ICOB maintains biscuit sovereignty with this buttermilk specimen slathered with sausage gravy and a fried egg.

islandcreekoysterbar.com.


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  • Porsche Linn Trombley

    Glad Moody’s is enjoying such recognition for the spectacular doughnut recipe developed by a baker in Vermont (my husband) several years ago.

  • http://www.jenniferjroberts.com/ Jennifer J. Roberts

    I believe you meant “regulah coffee” any Bostonian worth their dunkies knows that!