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Breakfast in Worcester MA?

CindyK Jun 10, 2007 12:48 PM

Looking for breakfast suggestions for Worcester. A good diner is fine. (Nothing fancy.) This time we are staying at Crowne Plaza, but anyplace around there or near Worcester Polytech would be great.


  1. kaszeta Jun 14, 2007 10:40 AM

    Well, I did the Parkway Diner this morning, and found the breakfast to be top-notch.

    I've got to make some time to come back and explore more of Worcester. It's always a quick day trip for work.

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    1. re: kaszeta
      MUGger Jun 15, 2007 08:45 AM

      I am an experienced Worcester breakfast veteran -- my young son and I like to try different places on the weekends. Based on our continuing experiences, here are few of our favorites:

      -- Annie's Clark Brunch: This is a fun, funky place where you can rub shoulders with bikers and college students. Service is first rate and friendly, and there is plenty of give-and-take between Annie and her staff. If you have the stomach for it, definitely ask Annie to whip up some of her Habanero Steak Hash for you -- WOW.

      -- Gold Star Boulevard Diner: Always crowded (don't go on a rainy day -- you will be stuck waiting half-in and half-out of the door, waiting for someone to leave). Like Annie's, you will get a table and your food faster if you go early in the morning. I still like the hash, but some have claimed that it has gone downhill.

      -- Zia's Grill: The Parkway Diner and The Boulevard Diner are fine for what they are, but if you want an innovative, well-prepared breakfast dish on Shrewsbury Street, try this place (attached to Scano's Bakery). I still remember the crabcakes benedict I had there -- everything fresh and made from scratch, including the hollandaise sauce. The Miss Worcester Diner is like the Parkway and the Boulevard, but it has a better range of breakfast dishes (I'm still working up the courage to try the Hawaiian breakfast -- Spam and Eggs).

      -- A couple of hidden gems: Bageltime on Park Ave (for decent bagels and lox); and a donut place on the corner of June and Chandler (I don't remember the name -- but I like the donuts and full breakfast it offers).

      1. re: MUGger
        Harp00n Jun 15, 2007 12:48 PM

        Wow, Habanero Steak Hash at Annie's Clark?
        It just moved right to the top of my "hafta" list!
        Thanks for the tip, MUGger,

        1. re: Harp00n
          Keithel Jun 15, 2007 02:32 PM

          Ditto! :)
          Habanero Steak Hash sounds absolutely delicious..

          And for really great donuts, I recommend going to "Donut Star" in hmm.. I believe Millbury on Rt 122. It's past the mass pike entrance perhaps 1/2 mile on the left. Hole in the wall, run by a Vietnamese couple (I think - maybe Cambodian or Laotian -- definitely southeast asian). The place is very divey and inexpensive. They make a good cup of coffee, and an *excellent* cake donut. I absolutely love the chocolate covered cake donut they have. They'll also do full breakfast. Very inexpensive.


          1. re: Keithel
            Harp00n Jun 15, 2007 05:37 PM

            Cake donuts are the only way to go! (There was a post awhile on cake vs. raised) I actually go by Donut Star on occasion so I'll have to stop in. But thanks for nothing, Kiethel! I started to answer you post 45 min. ago but got hooked once again flying around New England and Nova Scotia on Wikimapia! :-))

            1. re: Harp00n
              Keithel Jun 18, 2007 01:04 PM

              Yep, my Russian co-workers showed it to me, and I was off mapping all sorts of things, especially food places :)

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      Jimbosox04 Jun 13, 2007 02:09 PM

      If you want more than you will ever eat and are willing to take a little ride outside of Worcester try Carl's Diner in Downtown Oxford, MA.....right on Route 12..If you eat all that is on your plate they will give you more...it is a diner car with an addition built on, not the best looking place visually speaking but I also havent been there since they remodeled. Should be on Good Eats or $40 a day for everything they serve.

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        jmacd Jun 11, 2007 07:03 PM

        Annie's Clark Brunch, 934 Main Street, Worcester - a favorite of Clark students and faculty for lots of years. a typical greasy spoon diner with character. everything i've had has been good. if you're feeling adventurous tell the cook to give you whatever she feels like and you'll be pleasantly surprised!

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        1. re: jmacd
          Keithel Jun 13, 2007 10:51 AM

          I've heard this mentioned before... I think I'll have to give that a try...
          Harp00n - have you been to Annie's?

          1. re: Keithel
            Harp00n Jun 13, 2007 01:58 PM

            Nope, but it does sound like my kinda place Keithel, so it's goin' on the "list" :-))

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          MollyH Jun 10, 2007 04:10 PM

          Gold Star has wonderful Belgian waffles & does great breakfast basics. The hash used to be really good, but now not so much. Another good spot for b'fast is the Broadway on Water St. - blintzes, potato pancakes, plus the basics.

          1. Harp00n Jun 10, 2007 01:31 PM

            Another close by option is the 5 & Diner Restaurant at 525 Lincoln St. (Rt. 70). It's an Arizona-based chain of 18 restos and the only one in the entire Northeast is right here in Worcester. They have the look and feel of a 50's diner. This fun place has a huge menu and,more importantly it's also very, very good. Here's the link; http://www.5anddiner.com

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            1. re: Harp00n
              othervoice Jun 11, 2007 08:03 AM


              This will be on my list for sure. I love their menu and the selection, and of couse "your" recommendation! :-)

              1. re: othervoice
                Harp00n Jun 11, 2007 05:35 PM

                No Cal Gal,

                Put on your cashmere, your poodle skirt and the two-tone saddle shoes and enjoy!

                Btw, lol, you do KNOW what a poodle skirt is, right?


                1. re: Harp00n
                  othervoice Jun 11, 2007 06:02 PM

                  I'm more of a jeans and white T shirt with the Lucky Strikes rolled up in the sleeve. Will two tone cowboy boots work?

                  1. re: othervoice
                    Harp00n Jun 11, 2007 06:30 PM

                    Ahh, So you're a Pinky Tuscadero greaser, eh? Btw, love the boots!

            2. othervoice Jun 10, 2007 01:19 PM

              Tried to get into the GS last Sunday and the line was out the door, Ended up at the Parkmoor Diner on Shrewsbury, it was excellant.

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              1. re: othervoice
                CindyK Jun 10, 2007 01:23 PM

                I wonder if it will be as long on a Tuesday? Do you have an address for Parkmoor Diner? Thanks!!!

                1. re: CindyK
                  othervoice Jun 10, 2007 06:45 PM

                  Sorry CindyK, I had the name wrong it's the:

                  Parkway Diner
                  (508) 753-9968
                  148 Shrewsbury St
                  Worcester, MA 01604

                  it's across from the Broadway which is also supposed to be good, The Parkway has a dining room and more space.

                  1. re: othervoice
                    dukegirl Jun 12, 2007 05:31 AM

                    We used to go for the meatball omelettes at the Parkway...oh how I miss them! There's also the Boulevard Diner across the street, but for early morning breakfast, we'd always choose the Parkway and for late-night breakfast, the Boulevard!

                2. re: othervoice
                  Keithel Jun 13, 2007 10:48 AM

                  That is very common... They do seem to have a pretty fast turnaround though..
                  So even if there is a line out the door, it's worth the wait.
                  And if people are confused and can't find the goldstar restaurant - do a search of posts in the new england board for goldstar -- I posted some more clear directions of how to get there.. despite it's address being on "West Boylston St" - it's more like on Gold Star Boulevard.. it shares a building with Eastern Boarder.

                3. Rick_V Jun 10, 2007 01:05 PM

                  For a good diner-style breakfast, try the Gold Star Restaurant at 68 West Boylston St.

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                  1. re: Rick_V
                    CindyK Jun 10, 2007 01:14 PM

                    Thanks Rick! It's good you replied so fast -- we leave tomorrow. LOL

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