23 The 23 best ways to fill your stomach at the start of the dayGreat Breakfast Meals, and Where To Find Them
Most Authentic Croissant
Who would’ve thought that making a chocolate croissant was such a
laborious endeavor? The pastry chefs at Pain D’Avignon do so masterfully. After layering the dough with authentic French butter and imported Belgian chocolate, it is folded seventeen times until it is ready to be pressed into thin sheets, cut by hand, and formed into a
crescent shaped puff pastry.
15 Hinckley Rd., Hyannis, 508-778-8588
Best Gluten-free Meals
Contrary to what you may believe, being gluten intolerant does not mean you can’t enjoy the indulgence of bread. Idgy’s knows how to make soft and fluffy bread without using a single gluten ingredient. The white, multi-grain, corn, zucchini, pumpkin, banana nut, and cranberry-orange breads are so delicious you won’t know the difference! Better yet? All goods are made on the premises.
23 Whites Path, South Yarmouth, 508-694-7451
Best Bread with a Sweet Streak
Although PB Boulangerie serves over 10 different types of breads, the dark chocolate orange bread is one of their most recent additions and our favorite. A soft white bread laced with dark chocolate and candied orange zest provides just enough sweetness for the morning.
15 Lecount Hollow Rd., South Wellfleet, 508-349-1600,
Best Homemade Hash
For 24 years, Moonakis Café has put a great amount of time and effort into all their meals, but the corned beef hash cooks the longest to ensure the best taste. In a big pot, the beef cooks overnight, simmering at a low temperature to break down slowly. Served with vegetables cooked on the grill and a runny egg makes for a hearty old style breakfast.
460 Waquoit Highway, Falmouth, 508-457-9630
Best French Toast Flavor
Whether you choose to dine fireside in the Music Room or garden side in the atrium-style Conservatory of the Dan’l Webster Inn, you must try the Bananas Foster French Toast. A signature dish of chef Steve Chausse, this heavenly concoction is comprised of homemade brioche, bananas, walnuts, fresh cream, and a rich foster sauce to die for.
149 Main Street, Sandwich, 508-888-3622
Best Take Home Treat
You’ve no doubt heard that Oprah has given the pies at Centerville Pie Company the big thumbs up. But did you know that they do a full breakfast 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday? So head to their location in a little non-descript plaza on Route 28, enjoy a sit-down breakfast, and leave with a fresh or frozen tartlet or quiche to be enjoyed later.
1671 Falmouth Road, Centerville, 774-470-1406
Best Overall Service
How would you like it if you didn’t have to ask for more napkins when things got messy, or more coffee when your cup was empty? At the Mills Restaurant, you won’t have to. Customers even say the waitresses remember your name, regardless of whether you are a frequent visitor or not.
149 Cotuit Rd., Marstons Mills,
Some think you need hearty bread to make a good breakfast sandwich, but “The Wafflewich” at Sweet Caroline’s Café proves otherwise. Boasting a Belgian style waffle filled with egg, meat, and cheese, it’s an ideal way to merge one’s two favorite kinds of breakfast foods.
240 Main St., Buzzards Bay, 508-759-8100
Best Southern Style Breakfast
The Red Cottage Restaurant, established in 1951, makes food cooked to order just like them Southerners. “The Southern Plantation Breakfast,” a house specialty, features two farm fresh eggs nestled in grits, ham-on-the-bone, and a baking powder biscuit to keep you satisfied all day long.
36 Old Bass River Rd., South Dennis, 508-394-2923,
Best Excuse to Eat a Quahog Before 9am
The renowned stuffed quahog of Marshland was featured on the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate a few years ago, and it is well worth the hype. The original Marshland has been around for more than 50 years, and the present owners have been dishing up the quahog there and at its sister restaurant Marshland Too since 2000.
315 Cotuit Rd., Sandwich, 508-888-9747;
109 Route 6A, Sandwich, 508-888-9824
Best French Toast Stuffing
Sandwich gooey marshmallow and melted milk chocolate between graham crackers, and you have dessert. Add two slices of French bread, milk, and nutmeg, and you have…breakfast. A kid’s favorite, “The S’mores French Toast” at Jack’s Outback Restaurant provides the ultimate sweet treat.
161 Route 6A, Yarmouth Port, 508-362-6690
Best Foreign Cuisine without a Passport
David Dempsey, owner and chef of Keltic Kitchen, immigrated from Ireland to the United States in the early 1980s, so he knows how to make a traditional Irish breakfast. “The Irish Farmhouse Breakfast” features two eggs, Irish sausage, rashers (Irish bacon), black and white pudding (boiled rings of sausage and barley), mushrooms, tomatoes and home fries. It will teleport you across the pond without having to leave your seat.
415 Route 28, West Yarmouth, 508-771-4835
Best Organic Eats
Some mornings, there’s nothing we want more than something small, simple, and healthy. Earthly Delights offers a wide selection of natural foods and has something for everyone’s specific dietary concerns, including vegetarian and vegan selections. Their juices, which can include carrot, beet, cucumber, garlic, parsley, ginger shots within your traditional fruit bases, are made fresh daily and packed with nutrients.
15 West Bay Rd., Osterville, 508-420-2206,
Best Sides Selection
With more than 20 selections of sides, from homemade biscuits or grilled cornbread to Portuguese chourico, Persy’s Place has every breakfast side you could possibly crave.
52 Falmouth Rd., Mashpee, 508-477-6633;
40 North Main St. (Route 28), Falmouth; 508-540-3500;
and 247 Main St., Hyannis 508-790-8200
Best Sunday Brunch
Ghost stories abound regarding the oldest inn on Cape Cod. But you won’t have to worry about any ethereal visitors during a bright and cheery Sunday morning at the Old Yarmouth Inn, established in 1696 and still going strong. Tradition lives on with a ham and roast beef carving station as well as one for made-to-order omelets, among other delectable entrées.
223 Route 6A, Yarmouth Port, 508-362-9962,
Best Hangover Cure
“Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know.” Rest assured, the Pancake Man has a delicious morning-after meal to cure what ails you. Their hearty stack of blueberry pancakes topped with melted butter are sure to ease your ailing conditions after a long night out.
952 Route 28, South Yarmouth, 508-398-9532
Best Bang for Your Buck
Grumpy’s is a family-friendly and family-owned restaurant with generous portions, combination specials, and prices under $10. Despite its affordability, the quality of the ingredients is superb. What’s more, you get free refills with all drinks!
1408 Route 6A, East Dennis, 508-385-2911,
The renowned “Dirt Bomb,” is a trademark item at Cottage Street Bakery. The French donut puff is a cake-like nutmeg muffin rolled in butter and cinnamon sugar that melts in your mouth at first bite.
5 Cottage St, Orleans, 508-255-2821,
Meat lovers beware! “The Cardiologist” cheeseburger at Ruggie’s features eight ounces of fresh sirloin with four ounces of roast beef and three strips of bacon, smothered in their homemade cheese sauce and served with hand-cut French fries.
707 Main St., Harwich, 508-432-0625
Best Spiked Brunch Drinks
Opened relatively recently in the old Windjammer’s location, McGraths’ Saloon and Sports Bar has fast become a favorite family-friendly pub. The Sunday morning brunch drinks—Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and an “adult” Arnold Palmer—might have something to do with it.
380 Barnstable Road, Hyannis, 508-827-4396,
You don’t know who you are going to find at Sunnyside Restaurant on a given morning. Patrons range from a group of ladies from Hyannisport to wayward travelers just off the bus from across the street. You can claim a booth or belly up to the bar. Don’t underestimate the cuisine; specials may include some lobster dishes. 282 Main Street, Hyannis, 508-775-3539
Mejor Desayuno Mexicano
Mexican restaurants are few and far between on the Cape. And ones that do breakfast are fewer and farther between. But Anejo comes through for us, with delicious Machaca con Huevos, chorizo and rajas frittata, and an eggs Benedict with chipotle Hollandaise sauce.
188 Main Street, Falmouth, 508-388-7631,
Café Chew is a funky little spot to nosh on something sweet or savory and indulge in good conversation. The interior is cozy and inviting with walls festooned with interesting local art. In the summer, the morning crowd spills out into two brick courtyards out front and on the side. The café also has a wide selection of organic treats and dishes.
4 Merchant’s Road, Sandwich, 508-888-7717