Best of Boston

2004 Best Brunch, West

Johnny’s Luncheonette

Long a local favorite, brunch at Johnny’s is worth the wait on the weekends—especially with kids in tow. The boisterous atmosphere, child-friendly menu, and vibrant retro décor would be worth a stop even without the incredible food. Our favorites: the outstanding crunchy French toast, generously sized omelets, and Johnny’s porridge, a creamy concoction topped with dried cranberries. Prompt service—and, if you still have room, the frappes—ensure that no one leaves unsatisfied.

30 Langley Rd., Newton Centre, 617-527-3223,