Breakfast on Boston's north shore.
Funny you should ask. I'm currently engaged in a breakfast tour of the North Shore. I was going to wait until I was finished before posting my results, but that will take months, so here's the quick & dirty version of what I've got so far:
Places I recommend:
Stephy's Kitchen, Cabot & Beckford Sts. at Gloucester Crossing, Beverly
Michele's Place, corner of Cabot, Winter, & Knowlton in downtown Beverly (you'll see what I mean when you get there)
Salem Diner, 70 Loring Ave., Salem
Places to avoid:
Red's Sandwich Shop, Central St., Salem
Dotty & Ray's, North St. (Rte. 114), Salem
As you can see, it's still in the early stages. :-) Note that I haven't hit any brunch places yet; none of the above spots could be called elegant. If you post some specifics of what you're looking for, you'll probably get some more helpful answers.