VisitingNewEngland.com's 10 Favorite Places for Breakfast in
Maple Leaf Diner, Londonderry, Vt.. Photo
by Eric Hurwitz.
Story by Eric Hurwitz. Article created on 10/31/2017
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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 12 restaurants we like to
call home when eating out for breakfast in New England:
Miss Lyndonville Diner, Lyndonville, Vt. - Some diners
"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. Go with the
pancakes, muffins, and anything you can put real Vermont maple syrup
on. Highly recommended: the “Country Homefry Casserole” with home
fries, sausage, onion and cheddar cheese topped with two eggs and
served with homemade toast. Love this place! Miss Lyndonville Diner,
686 Broad St.,
Lyndonville, Vt. Tel. (802) 626-9890. Read
more on the Lyndonville Diner in the Lyndonville, Vt., article
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. Also
recommended: the pumpkin pancakes, maple baby back ribs and eggs, and
corned beef hash omelet. They also serve maple coffee, a maple frappe
and one of the best root beer floats ( I know, not really for breakfast
but, hey, why not?)! Parker's also makes its own maple syrup, so much
better than the artificial junk served at most breakfast places. The
lunches are also great -- especially the maple baked beans,
aforementioned maple ribs, maple Swiss burger, the roast turkey dinner,
chicken stew, and French Onion soup. Located in the middle of nowhere
and well worth the drive. There's even a covered bridge leading a gift
shop with many interesting Native American items and, surprise,
maple-based gifts for sale. Parker's
Maple Barn, 1316 Brookline Rd., Mason, NH. Tel. (603) 878-2308. Read more on
Parker's Maple Barn
Parker's Special from Parker's Maple Barn.
Grumpy's, East Dennis, Mass (Cape Cod) - Grumpy's represents the
ultimate family-style Cape Cod restaurant with a long-carpeted dining
room, waitresses that have been there forever, and large-sized
breakfasts consistently cooked to perfection. Meals generally stay
While you’ll find all familiar roadside breakfast and lunch items like
omelets, pancakes and waffles, Grumpy's also offers a big lunch menu,
too. Grumpy’s Restaurant,1408 Main St., East Dennis. Tel. (508)
385-2911 Read more on Grumpy's
Moran Square Diner, Fitchburg, Mass. - It might not be gourmet, but the
Moran Square Diner always seems to hit the spot with its basic
breakfasts done right, coffee always brewing, quick service and rock
bottom prices. This is the ultimate townie diner -- historic set in a
1940s Worcester dining car, welcoming, lots of conversations going on,
a down-to-earth owner, and a big favorite amongst Fitchburg State
University students and local residents. Moran Square Diner, 6 Myrtle
St., Fitchburg MA. Tel. (508) 343-9549.
Moran Square Diner, Fitchburg, Mass.
Maple Leaf Diner, Londonderry, Vt. - Located minutes away from the
world-famous Vermont Country Store in Weston, Vt., the Maple
Leaf Diner is
one of those local places that residents call their go-to place and
travelers remember long after their visits. Plain, simple, tiny and
bustling, the Maple Leaf Diner might not listed in those "Best of
New England Diners" articles, but it should. They deliver all the
breakfast staples and serve them up quickly by friendly waitresses that
seem to be part of the community. The muffins, in particular, are
phenomenal. This is the prototype for a Vermont roadside breakfast (and
lunch) place that perfectly complements a morning out in beautiful
southern Vermont. Maple Leaf Diner, 1846 North Main St., Londonderry,
Vt. Tel. (802) 824-9652.
Vernon Diner, Vernon, Conn. - Some diner purists might not place the
Vernon Diner in the upper echelon of diners, but that's only because
it is not located in a historic dining car. That vision is
short-sighted as the Vernon Diner -- formerly a Howard Johnson's
restaurant -- is bustling 24 hours a day and features a wide variety of
breakfasts items, including a pastrami beef omelet, breakfast
burritos, Challah French toast, Nutella and Coconut pancakes and "The
Elvis Waffles" with bananas, two scoops of vanilla ice cream,
peanut butter and whipped cream -- and topped with bacon bits!
Vernon Diner, 453 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, Conn. Tel. (860) 875-8812.
Storm Cafe, Middlebury, Vt. - Located in the bottom floor of the
charming 19th century Frog Hollow Mill building, the Storm Cafe serves
breakfast and lunch with the style of a diner and the substance
of a high-end urban restaurant (without the high prices and attitude).
Breakfasts range from the familiar (eggs, any style) to the artful
(Vegan southwest tofu scramble). It's a cozy, friendly place with a
hidden side street location that makes you feel like you've made your
own discovery. Another nice aspect of the Storm Cafe is that they often
source locally. Cases-in-point: bread from Otter Creek Bakery in
Middlebury and bacon from the North Country Smoke House in Claremont,
N.H. The Storm Cafe, 3 Mill St. in Middlebury, Vt. Tel. (802) 388-1063.
Storm Cafe in Middlebury, Vt.
Maine Diner, Wells, Maine - This is one of the most popular diners in
the United States, having served more than 7,000,000 customers since
1983. That popularity hasn't diminished the quality of this breakfast,
lunch and dinner diner -- it's as good as when it first opened. The
Maine Diner does pretty much everything well, and breakfast is no
especially the lobster quiche, fresh Lobster Benedict and
almond-encrusted French toast! Maine Diner, 2265 Post Rd., Wells, Maine
(207) 646-4441. Read
more on the Maine Diner
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 fresh fruit, and Lobster Benedict
with lobster!). Modern Diner, 364 East Ave., Pawtucket, R.I. Tel. (401)
726-8390. Read more on the Modern Diner
French Custard Toast from the Modern Diner.
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.
Polly's Pancake Parlor, Sugar Hill, N.H. - This legendary breakfast
spot with a rustic 1830s setting and beautiful mountain views is,
best-known for its pancakes. They do not disappoint! Taking a basic
dish to new culinary heights is evident with selections from the many
varieties of oatmeal, buckwheat, buttermilk and whole wheat pancakes --
and made that much better with a side of real maple syrup. Actually,
you can't go wrong with any of the breakfast items at Polly's, but, as
they say, "When in Rome," or in this case, Sugar Hill... Polly's
Pancake Parlor, 672 Route 117, Sugar Hill, NH. Tel. (603)
Carl's Oxford Diner, Oxford, Mass. - Carl's is best known for its
beyond huge-portioned meals and wisecracking waiters. A side of bacon
seems bigger than the town of Oxford and any of the pancake
offerings would be enough for two people -- or to bring home the
leftovers for yourself. If you do the latter, however, the staff
might write "Real Big Wimp" on the take home box! Carl's Oxford Diner,
291 Main St., Oxford, MA. Tel. (508) 987-8770.
Side of bacon from Carl's Oxford Diner.
For more New England dining tips, please visit the
VisitingNewEngland.com Dining Guide at http://www.visitingnewengland.com/dining.html
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