Long Island is home to many great breakfast spots, but only a select few can be called the best. While on the Island, check out these five award-winning eateries that have been local breakfast favorites for years.
Maureen’s Kitchen – Smithtown
When you see the grazing cow on the side of Terry Road, you’ve found it. And you’ll find a lot more cute cow decor inside. But Maureen’s quirky, country atmosphere isn’t the only thing that attracts customers from all over Long Island (and the city, too). It’s the over-sized portions, thick omelets, large variety of pancake flavors, stuffed French toast, and much more. And it’s relatively inexpensive. Keep in mind, though, that this is a cash-only establishment and you may have to wait awhile to be seated, but it’s worth it. More info.
Thomas’s Ham ‘N’ Eggery Diner – Carle Place
Not much about Thomas’s has changed since its doors first opened in 1946, making it feel as if you’re entering a time warp into the good old days when you step inside. Voted 2014’s “best diner on Long Island” by the Long Island Press, this small, family-friendly diner is best known for serving up their signature eggs on a hot skillet. But be sure to bring cash; credit cards are not accepted here. More info.
Toast and Co. – Huntington
You can find Toast and Co. on just about every Long Island “best breakfast” list, and for good reason. This modern, all-American diner located in Huntington Village offers some of the best stuffed French toast and specialty pancakes on the Island. With Toast’s breakfast becoming so popular, in 2013, the eatery even introduced breakfast for dinner, or “brinner.” Here’s a tip if you’re heading to Toast: paying with cash will knock 10% off your bill. More info.
Love Lane Kitchen – Mattituck
Located on Love Lane, this sweet little breakfast nook serves up staple breakfast dishes with sophistication and small town charm. Proud Long Islanders can especially appreciate Love Lane for their use of local ingredients in their dishes. Be sure to order a revitalizing cup of coffee alongside your meal, as it is roasted right there on the restaurant’s grounds. And with breakfast served until 2 p.m., you can sleep in instead of having to rush in. More info.
Jo Jo Apples Cafe – Point Lookout
Jo Jo Apples Cafe, conveniently located within walking distance of the beach, is best known for its mouthwatering apple-topped pancakes, but you can switch it up with something equally delicious like blueberries, strawberries, or another topping. In the summertime, opt for outdoor seating to enjoy your breakfast on the patio.