Food & Drink

The Best Breakfast Spots in Boston

Published On 09/14/2015 Published On 09/14/2015
Christina Ng/Thrillist
Henrietta's Table
Blunch
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Courtesy of Zaftig's
The Friendly Toast
Johnny's Luncheonette
Ames Street Deli
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Sound Bites
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1. Henrietta's Table 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, 02138

Henrietta’s Table is your classic farmhouse kitchen nestled inside Harvard Square's Charles Hotel -- but don't let the fact that it's in a hotel deter you. Known for its hearty, New England farm-to-table fare and local ingredients, HT serves up burly breakfast plates like cream chipped beef on buttermilk biscuits and sirloin with eggs, not to mention its popular red flannel hash with poached eggs and malted waffle with homemade apple butter.

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2. Blunch 59 E Springfield St, Boston, 02118

We actually love that this place is named after what they would have called "brunch" if "brunch" wasn't the most obvious choice. Come here for a hearty meal somewhere in between breakfast and lunch.

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3. Mike and Patty 12 Church St , Boston, MA 02116 (Bay Village)

From two Formaggio Kitchen vets (cheesemonger, prepared foods chef), this 9-seat spot's a study in gender yin-yang: a corner store's potato-chipped counter abutting an upper-crust, pot-and-pan-festooned open kitchen prepping two classes of 'wich: classic French and fatly comfortable American.

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4. Flour Bakery & Cafe 12 Farnsworth St Fl 1, Boston, MA 02210 (Fort Point Channel)

True to its motto, Flour Bakery’s many Boston locations make Bostonian’s lives sweeter with its varying baked treats and savory lunch options. The light-filled Fort Point storefront is charming with its trademark chalkboard menu, cutesy decorations, and irresistible smell of cakes rising and butter melting. If you have a sweet tooth you can’t go wrong with the soft sticky bun with its hot cinnamon and pecan topping or a decadent, pleasantly crunchy double chocolate chip cookie. If you need something more substantial than a warm muffin or a buttery scone, the crowd-pleasing Breakfast Egg Sandwich with a truly fluffy egg, bacon, cheddar, arugula, tomato, and creamy dijonaise on a ciabatta might be right up your ally. At meal-times expect to wait in a line … beware of the tantalizing packaged goodies that wait with you.

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5. Zaftigs 335 Harvard St, Boston, 02124

The only complaint about breakfast at this Jewish deli is that weekend lines can be OUTRAGEOUS. Luckily, Zaftigs serves breakfast all day, every day. Enjoy fan favorites like the challah French toast and the corned beef hash and eggs.

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6. The Friendly Toast 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

The Kendall Square spinoff of the cult Portsmouth favorite, FT's Fri/Sat 24-hr, 150-seat full-service diner featuring a 22-seat bar, front lounge, and two dining areas adorned w/ lime green walls and hunter green vinyl seats and booths.

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7. Johnny's Luncheonette 30 Langley Rd, Newton, MA 02459

This throwback, '50s-style diner has been Newton’s go-to breakfast spot for over 20 years. Expect perfectly crunchy French toast, fluffy omelets, and flapjacks stacked nice and high -- unless you order the short stack.

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8. Ames Street Deli 73 Ames St, Cambridge, MA 02142 (Kendall Square)

The geniuses behind Journeyman and Backbar deliver a one-two punch in the suddenly hyper-charged Kendall Square. First up is Ames Street Deli, the extra-funky sammy haven featuring not-your-grandpa’s meat-on-bread combos. Think zanier, more to the tune of rabbit mortadella on carrot bread (ironic) and foie gras on coconut brioche.

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9. South End Buttery Market 312-2 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118 (South End)

Having annexed and gutted the neighboring Hudson Furniture, SEB unveiled a market: a bakery meets upscale grocer meets prepared-foods-go-to peddling everything from pastries, sammies, and dinners like lobster/ shrimp & corn pot pie or fried haddock w/ Idaho chips, to pints of small batch ice cream and even a new line of pies and tarts -- although, how one can really improve on Gina Gershon is anybody's guess.

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10. 3 Little Figs 278 Highland Ave, Somerville, 02143

This cozy cafe tucked away just off Davis Square draws in locals with its espresso, homemade pastries, and breakfast faves like lox on toast, egg and feta sandwich, and the best spinach pie this side of the Charles River.

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11. Sound Bites 704 Broadway Ball Square, Sommerville, MA

This place has been a Sommerville breakfast staple for two decades. Come with an appetite, because they are known for their large portions.

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12. In House Cafe 194 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134 (Allston Brighton)

In House Cafe is a great place for a quick coffee, but even better for breakfast. A variety of tasty menu items include, banana caramel pecan French toast and apple cinnamon pancakes.