Good breakfast place in Dutchess county?
try Pete's Famous Restaurant in Hyde Park (I don't know what it is supposed to be "famous" for, but the food is very very good and the portions are huge). Pete's is a diner-ish type of place (nothing fancy) on Route 9 (Albany Post Road) about 1/4 to 1/2 mile north of the FDR site and across the road. It is near a florist shop, just south of the Eveready Diner (another good choice but more pricey than Pete's).
Out of Red Hook, along the road toward the Taconic Parkway (about 3-5 miles maybe) is a diner called Another Roadside Attraction... or something along those lines. They used to have good pancakes, and a sign out front proclaimed it. It's been a while, so not sure now.
Right. ARA closed probably last fall and shows no signs of life that I can tell.
Red Hook Inn is, I think, serving brunch on weekends; and Beekman Arms does a Sunday brunch. There are plenty of good places for breakfast in Rhinebeck; and if you want to go into Columbia County, Milagros in Tivoli does nice breakfast things and a jazz brunch on Sundays. The Egg and I in Germantown is good for breakfast and has a little bakery area if you want things to go.
Milagro's jazz brunch, mentioned by ML is really fun. I had lunch food, but lots of people had brunch food and cocktails, etc. Also eggs, homefries, the works.
If you feel like taking a drive, Dad's Copake Diner in Copake is great in every way--food, price, service, clean, not crowded. It's a nice drive, too, from the Rte. 9 area.
I like Dad's better than Blondies but prefer Blondies for the Rte. 9 diner-type options. A little too crowded, but quick. I would not get anything off the basic menu, though.
If you don't mind chains, Cracker Barrel is one of the best breakfasts in D.C. It's inexpensive, hearty, and the variations & sampler plates are great. C.B. specializes in "down-home" style meals. The biscuits are incredible (with white gravy if you want it). It's friendly and clean as well.
I love a fancy brunch, etc., as much as the next chow-hound, but C.B. makes me feel like I'm home.