Not only is breakfast the most important meal of the day – it’s also the tastiest. These are the eight greatest places to start your day right.
35 Lowell St., Wilmington, Mass.
Signature dishes here include the Wilmington whopper sandwich, stacked with your favorite breakfast foods, and the comfort omelet, four fluffy eggs packaged with homestyle meatloaf and macaroni and cheese.
122 Main St., Easton, Mass.
Upscale treats like luscious lobster Benedict and Nutella Belgian waffles are the stars here. Try the hash brown waffle: shredded potatoes cooked in a waffle iron and smothered with bacon and cheddar cheese.
17 King St., Northampton, Mass.
You can find more than 50 varieties of homemade hash at Jake’s. You can feast on everything from traditional corned beef hash to shepherd’s pie and even bacon cheeseburger hash.
850 Franklin St., Wrentham, Mass.
The staples here have a special spin. The eggs Benedict features griddled English muffins, grilled tomato, crab cakes, a pair of eggs over easy and dill hollandaise. The cast iron killer combines home fries with homemade corned beef hash and butter-fried eggs.
349 Washington St., Braintree, Mass.
The housemade corned beef hash at Kristin’s is some of the best Phantom has ever sampled. And there are 25 varieties of pancakes, everything from blueberry to German chocolate to birthday cake topped with frosting and a candle.
1394 Main St., Worcester, Mass.
Livia’s serves delicious brunch seven days a week. Phantom recommends the apple-stuffed pancakes piled with brown sugar, cinnamon, mascarpone cheese and whipped cream.
131 Newbury St., Peabody, Mass.
This Route 1 eatery is part diner, part bistro and part bar. But nothing quite tops the breakfast dishes, like eggs Benedict smothered in housemade hollandaise, steak tips and eggs, and ultra-fluffy pancakes that fill the plate.
West Roxbury and Newtonville, Mass.
Morning favorites at Rox Diner include classic eggs Benedict served with thick-cut home fries and fresh blueberry pancakes. Phantom’s favorite is the Tahitian stuffed French toast, with coconut flakes and chunks of fresh mango.
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Top photos: An “avo” egg, and lobster Benedict at The Farmer’s Daughter; apple-stuffed pancakes with whipped cream at Livia’s Dish.(The Farmer’s Daughter & Brian Samuels Photography, Livia’s Dish)
By Phantom Gourmet