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Picture of breakfast at 123 Inn, York Beach

Tomato and herbs omelette with fresh fruit and homemade bread from The 123 Restaurant and Inn, York Beach, Maine 

Article and photo by Eric H.

As the old saying goes, "It's hard to screw up breakfast," but some places just feel more like home -- and with better food -- than others. In no particular order, here are 10 restaurants we like to call home when eating out for breakfast in New England:

Miss Lyndonville Diner, Lyndonville, Vt. Some diners just "have it." The Miss Lyndonville Diner is one such place. It feels like a diner, looks like a diner and has the huge servings of breakfast (and lunch and dinner) that one would expect from a diner. Love this place! 686 Broad St., Lyndonville, Vt. Tel. (802) 626-9890

Parker's Maple Barn, Mason, N.H. - This rustic former authentic 1800s dairy barn and silo is famous for the Parker special: two eggs, two pancakes (or one french toast), two bacon strips, two sausages and ham or ham hash in place of all meats, home fries and toast. Parker's Maple Barn, 1316 Brookline Rd., Mason, N.H. Tel. (603) 878-2308

Vernon Diner, Vernon, Conn. - This former Howard Johnson's restaurant is bustling 24 hours a day and features a wide variety of breakfasts items, including a pastrami beef omelette! 453 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, Conn. Tel. (860) 875-8812

Bristol Square Cafe, Walpole, Mass. Spacious breakfast and lunch place with a pond view and excellent reasonably-priced food. Where else can you get a plate of eggs, home fries, toast AND two crab cakes for $7.95? 1428 Main St., Walpole, Mass. Tel. (508) 668-4342

Maine Diner, Wells, Maine - The Maine Diner does everything right, and breakfast is no exception. Featuring lobster quiche, fresh Lobster Benedict and almond encrusted French toast! 2265 Post Rd., Wells, Maine Tel. (207) 646-4441

Shawmut Diner, New Bedford, Mass. (CLOSED) - With classic chrome facades and vinyl booths, the Shawmut Diner was established in New Bedford in 1953 and updated by the Paleologos family when they bought the "neglected diner" in 1983. Thank goodness for their arrival, as this popular dining spot in historic New Bedford brings friendly crowds to sample the wonderful home-cooked meals. Love the chocolate chip pancakes! Note: Phil is the mid-morning talk show host on WBSM, 1420 AM, New Bedford, and has an extensive background as a nationally syndicated radio talk show host. He's a great person, and his family that works at the diner is super nice, too! Shawmut Diner, 943 Shawmut Ave., New Bedford, Mass., Tel. (508) 993-3073

Modern Diner, Pawtucket, R.I. - Set in a 1941 Sterling Streamliner dining car, the Modern Diner serves up phenomenal breakfasts, including French toast with custard sauce and Lobster Benedict (replacing bacon with lobster!). Modern Diner, 364 East Ave., Pawtucket, R.I. Tel. (401) 726-8390

The 123 Restaurant and Inn, York Beach, Maine - Formerly the Inn at Long Sands, this seasonal oceanfront inn and restaurant has really upgraded the business and now features an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. The creative chef presented to us a breakfast clearly far beyond the norm, featuring delicious omelets, one with tomato and herbs, and the other with spinach and goat cheese. Fresh fruit and homemade peach and berry jams accompanied this fabulous meal. What a fantastic way to have started the day! The 123, 123 Long Beach Ave., PO Box 467, York, Maine, Tel. 207-361-3116

The Commons Eatery and Cafe, Foxboro, Mass. - We appreciate the Commons Cafe for its super friendly service and very good breakfasts. It reminds us of the neighborhood restaurants we knew growing up in the 1960s and 1970s -- old-fashioned, down-to-earth and full of local conversation at the booths and counter. Nothing fancy, but the best place to feel at home away from home! Commons Eatery and Cafe, 20 Central St., Rte 140, Foxboro, MA  Tel. (508) 543-4432

The Colonel's Restaurant and Bakery, Northeast Harbor, Maine - We were so sad to hear that the Colonel's had suffered through an extensive fire a few years back, but it's open again and with, presumably, the same wonderful baked goods from the bakery. Never had an anadama (molasses and cornmeal make this taste so special) bread this good! And blueberry muffins, too! Colonel's Restaurant and Bakery, 143 Main St., Northeast Harbor, ME. Tel. (207) 288-4775

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