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The Ultimate Eastern & Central MA Breakfast Guide

At the end of January, I made a Tiktok talking about a few of my favorite breakfast spots within 30 minutes of Boston & it took off! Not only did people comment about the restaurants I recommended, but after 500 comments I’m left with endless restaurant recommendations – 115 to be exact.

So instead of making everyone dig through the comments, I have decided to compile a master list of Massachusetts’ top breakfast spots!

Tradesman, Boston

In Boston:

My top spots:

  1. Tradesman, Boston & Charlestown
  2. Earl’s, Prudential Center
  3. Citrus & Salt, Back Bay
  4. Buttermilk & Burbon, Back Bay
  5. North Street Grille, North End
  6. Bootleg Special, South End
  7. South End Buttery, South End
  8. Lincoln Tavern, South Boston

From Others:

  1. McKenna’s Cafe, Dorchester
  2. Roxy’s, West Roxbury
  3. Thornton’s, Boston
  4. Milkweed, Tremont St. Boston
  5. Joe’s 320 Cafe, West Roxbury
  6. Mike & Patty’s, Boston
  7. Mike’s City Diner, Boston
  8. Pink Taco, Boston
  9. Angela’s, East Boston
  10. Lucy’s American Tavern, Dorchester
  11. The Bowery, Dorchester
Bootleg Special, South End

North of Boston:

My Top Spots:

  1. Davis Sq. Donuts and Bagels, Somerville
  2. Union Sq. Donuts
  3. Crack’d Kitchen, Andover
  4. As good as it gets, Wilmington
  5. Donut Villa Diner, Malden/Cambridge
  6. Cibo Cafe, Melrose
  7. Brother’s, Wakefield
  8. Kane’s Donuts, Saugus/Boston
  9. Vic’s Waffle House, Tewksbury
  10. Country Chef, Wilmington

From others:

  1. Ball Sq. Cafe, Somerville
  2. Cafe Luna, Cambridge
  3. Carol’s Cafe, Wakefield
  4. The Neighborhood, Somerville
  5. Blue Moon, Wakefield
  6. Gulu Gulu, Salem
  7. Ugly Mug Cafe, Salem
  8. Harvest, Wakefield & Beverly
  9. Honeycomb, Hamilton
  10. Iron Town Diner, Saugus
  11. George’s, Gloucester
  12. Deb’s Diner, Salem
  13. Goldilox bagel, Medford
  14. LobstaLand, Gloucester
  15. Sound Bites, Somerville
  16. Andyman’s, Amesbury
  17. Nick & Andy’s, Danvers
  18. Kelly’s Diner, Somerville
  19. North Ave Diner, Wakefield
  20. Sofra, Cambridge
  21. Vinal, Somerville
  22. Tasty Cafe, Somerville
  23. The Restaurant, Woburn
  24. Rosebud, Somerville
  25. Red’s, Salem
  26. The Stone’s Common House and Kitchen, Stoneham
  27. Dempsey’s, Medford/Everett
  28. Agawam Diner, Rowley

South of Boston:

My Top Spots

  1. Deag’s Local Diner
  2. Farmer’s Daughter, Easton
  3. Back Bay Bagels, Easton
  4. The Toast Office, Westwood
  5. 50’s Diner, Dedham
  6. Il Massimo, Dedham + Providence
  7. Amber Road, Canton
  8. Joe’s Best Diner, Brockton/Easton line
  9. The Beanery, Easton

From Others:

  1. Yaz’s Table, Abington
  2. Strawberry Fair, Norwell
  3. Newcomb Farms, Milton
  4. Spot, Norwood
  5. Kristen’s, Braintree
  6. McKay’s, Quincy
  7. JJ’s Cafe, Brockton (potentially closed)
  8. Toast, Hull
  9. Old Town Cafe, Abington
  10. Wheel House Diner, Quincy
  11. Liberty & Main, Dedham
  12. Jac’s, Rockland (temporarily closed)
  13. Kelly’s, Norton
  14. Murph’s, Norwood
  15. Craig’s Cafe, Quincy
  16. Zachary’s, Stoughton
  17. Toast of the Town, Randolph
  18. Sunnyside Cafe, Randolph
  19. Alexander’s, Brockton
  20. Granite Street Cafe, Quincy
  21. Plane Jane’s, Plymouth
  22. Grill & Eye, Weymouth
  23. Rivershed, Scituate
  24. Gather, Pembroke
  25. Julian’s, Providence
  26. The Rhody Hen, Pawtucket RI
  27. Hanger 12, Mansfield
  28. Idle Hour, Quincy
  29. Good Days, Bridgewater
Deag’s Local Diner, Stoughton

West of Boston (off of i95 belt):

My top spots:

  1. In a Pickle, Waltham
  2. Minutemen Diner, Bedford

From Others:

  1. Delux Town Diner, Watertown
  2. Johnny’s Luncheonette, Newton
  3. Wilson’s Diner, Waltham
  4. Villiage Cafe, Newton
  5. The Diner at North Beacon, Watertown
  6. Babico’s Diner, Maynard
  7. The Knotty Pine, Newton
  8. Jim’s, Brighton
  9. Heidi’s, Waltham

Central MA (off of i90):

From Others:

  1. Hangover Pub, Worcester
  2. J&M Diner, Framingham
  3. Sunny Side Cafe, Ashland
  4. Star’s, Hingham
  5. King’s St. Cafe, Franklin
  6. Percy’s, Middleboro
  7. Mel’s, Wayland
  8. Breakfast at Stephanie’s, Upton
  9. Altea’s, Worcester
  10. Dave’s Diner, Middleboro

3 thoughts on “The Ultimate Eastern & Central MA Breakfast Guide

  1. Hi, Thanks for posting this. I’m wondering what are a couple favorite spots near east Hampton, MA? I live in CT so not familiar with MA towns and which ones might be near there from your list.


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