I’ve lived in New England all my life and love exploring new places to eat. To me, a great breakfast spot means local, great service, and something unique on their menu. My favorites include 2 in MA, 2 in NH, and 1 in ME!
Vic’s Waffle House – Tewksbury, MA
Distance from Boston – 31 miles
Drive time – 40 minutes
My favorite dish here is the brussel sprout omelet, or the pecan waffles. Specials include the Curious George waffle for kids, and Elvis’ Favorite with peanut butter and bananas. Don’t let the line scare you when you arrive, it moves quickly. Make certain to ask for “real maple syrup” when you order.
Dream Diner – Tyngsboro, MA
Distance from Boston – 43 miles
Drive Time – 55 minutes
Traditional waitress uniforms, a drive-up window, and 1950s décor everywhere you look. On any given day you may be invited to enter a hula hoop contest or sing along with the gang to celebrate a birthday. This spot offers over 30 kinds of omelets and a dozen “benedicts” as well as sweet potato pancakes (my favorite), for a breakfast that’ll stick with you throughout the day!
Parker’s Maple Barn – Mason, NH
Distance from Boston – 63 miles
Drive Time – 1 1/2 hours
Special Note – Closed from mid December until early February.
Relax with a mug of coffee while your pancakes (including pumpkin or buckwheat options), french toast or waffles are prepared. Enjoy real, local maple syrup and take some home from the gift shop. If you like baked beans, choose from 3 different kinds also made with maple syrup. I recommend the maple cream for your pancakes or waffles. Satisfy your breakfast cravings at Parker’s before heading into the White Mountains for a day of exploring!
Popovers on the Square – Portsmouth, NH
Distance from Boston – 57 miles
Drive Time – 1 1/4 hours
Popovers is a beautiful little coffee shop with amazing popovers, gluten-free options, and plenty of yummy baked goods. Not a huge menu, but wraps, paninis, and warm popovers with maple butter are a must! Right downtown, it’s a great starting point for a day on the beaches of NH or Southern ME.
Maine Diner – Wells, ME
Distance from Boston – 79 miles
Drive Time – 1 hour 45 minutes
Stop here for eggs benedict with codfish cakes, or lobster. Maine Diner started small but keeps on growing. Check out their huge vegetable garden with produce featured in many menu items. When I go kayaking along the Maine coast, this is a definite stop both for breakfast and amazing blueberry pie! Very busy during the summer so be prepared for a long wait. It’ll be worth it.
Of all the restaurants I miss from my childhood, the breakfast ones are the ones I remember most often. I’m hoping all of the above stick around for a good long time to come.