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Best Breakfast in Providence (or close by) RI

ksmitty Jan 30, 2010 01:00 PM


I have been trying to find a great breakfast place in Providence (or near) & have have no luck.

I'm looking for more amazing home fries, omelets, waffles, French toast. Breakfast is my favorite food so I am willing to try as many places as possible to get to the best one!


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    Frank Terranova RE: ksmitty Jan 30, 2010 03:06 PM

    One of the oldest places in Prov. is the Seaplane diner on Allens Ave. great homefries,excellent crispy corned beef hash, then about 100 yards away is OV's is also good. Then Nicks on Broadway . Those three places give Quality food most breakfast placed give Quanity

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      bafonso RE: Frank Terranova Jun 6, 2010 04:24 PM

      Just had brunch at Nick's and it was delicious. We went with salmon and duck eggs benedict and some pancakes. Everything was excellent, friendly, etc. Not the cheapest but I look forward to going back again if I'm in the neighborhood :)

    2. invinotheresverde RE: ksmitty Jan 30, 2010 06:48 PM

      I like Julian's for their funky menu and Nick's for the quality ingredients. Lines are long at both, so go early.

      There are lots of threads about this topic, if you search the boards.

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        ksmitty RE: invinotheresverde Jan 31, 2010 03:13 PM

        Thanks, I will try Nick's this upcoming weekend, any thoughts on Modern Diner in Pawtucket?

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          Bob W RE: ksmitty Jan 31, 2010 05:47 PM

          Love the Modern Diner! I always get one of their french toast creations. On weekends they have all kinds of specials posted on the walls. Go early, the place gets mobbed.

          Had a great breakfast at Nick's during my last visit to RI. Still need to try Julian's.

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            invinotheresverde RE: ksmitty Jan 31, 2010 06:06 PM

            I like the Modern's specials. They've got some fun creations. It's kind of dirty in there, though.

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              malyna RE: ksmitty Feb 1, 2010 06:40 AM

              I love Modern Diner. I agree it's a little dirty. Don't order off the regular menu - nothing to write home about here. Order from the specials menu which is posted on the wall near the entrance!

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                tabasc RE: ksmitty Feb 17, 2010 01:02 PM

                Best thing about Modern? You can order half orders of almost everything. Half order of stuffed french and half some kind of hollaindase. Yum. Nick's lets you do that a lot too - side of polenta, half of pancakes with compote. I end up ordering everything!

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                  malyna RE: tabasc Feb 18, 2010 08:08 AM

                  I had no idea they let you order half portions... good to know

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                    quirkydeb RE: malyna Jan 9, 2011 06:26 AM

                    I didn't know they let you do half portions either! And we go there all the time for breakfast/brunch. Thank you, tabasc. The cheese grits are worth the drive from Boston. Great linguica too. And the specials... If you look at other people's tables, they almost always seem to have more entrees than people. The weakest link is the home fries.

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                twilight goddess RE: invinotheresverde Feb 6, 2011 06:53 PM

                I like the hash at Julian's but the service is inconsistent and sometimes laden with attitude.

                I tried Modern -- meh. It was okay, but I just wasn't thrilled or impressed.

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                  invinotheresverde RE: twilight goddess Feb 6, 2011 06:57 PM

                  The service is laughably bad at Julian's, agreed.

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                    Garris RE: invinotheresverde Feb 7, 2011 07:19 PM

                    Do you think they know this and just don't care? I mean, everyone says with the same breath "Great brunch - terrible service" so often that I'm guessing they just suck it up and have decided it's part of their "vibe."

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                      invinotheresverde RE: Garris Feb 8, 2011 01:52 AM

                      Yep. I doubt they sit through customer service/etiquette classes like most restaurants. ;)

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                jfried11 RE: ksmitty Jan 31, 2010 09:27 PM

                Olga's Cup and Saucer. Spectacular bakery, delicious breakfast.

                Julian's is also wonderful.
                If you want fairly traditional, try Brickway on Wickeden st.

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                  dsackton RE: ksmitty Feb 2, 2010 10:37 AM

                  Nothing compares to Nick's! I live recently moved from Providence to Boston, and there is no where to replace it!

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                    Clams047 RE: dsackton Feb 4, 2010 12:10 PM

                    Best breakfast in RI is without a doubt at the Modern Diner in Pawtucket. Home fries are only fair and as someone else mentioned, skip the menu and order off the board - not a place for standard fare diner breakfast.

                    Specials are limited Mon-Thur, but they have always have an excellent selection of omelets, french toast and waffle creations on Fri - Sun. You won't find a better selection with the quality, anywhere.

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                      OOliver RE: Clams047 Feb 14, 2010 08:40 AM

                      My favorite is the Rue on Hope Street. Their omelets are incredible, their muffins are freshly baked, their specials are delicious. It's quaint and cozy inside as well.

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                        Bob W RE: OOliver Feb 14, 2010 04:46 PM

                        One nice thing about the Rue -- much roomier than either the Modern or Nick's. So you can linger longer. But I recommend reservations on the weekend.

                        Don't know if it's the best breakfast in the Prov area, but it's certainly worth trying for a breakfast lover. The muffins are indeed very good -- and so is the coffee.

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                    tasteegrub78 RE: ksmitty Feb 14, 2010 10:47 AM

                    Try Kip's on Newport Avenue in Pawtucket. It's away from all the crowds and has decent breakfast fare. They also make great lunches (try the patty melt, grilled cheese, wieners all the way)!

                    1. menton1 RE: ksmitty Feb 17, 2010 07:35 AM

                      When we were there, Brickway in Fox Point was packed with a line, so we went to a little coffee house across the street with great omelettes and pancakes. But I don't recall the name, however it's on Wickenden diagonally across from Brickway!

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                        tasteegrub78 RE: menton1 Feb 17, 2010 08:37 AM

                        Coffee Exchange?

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                          menton1 RE: tasteegrub78 Feb 17, 2010 08:58 AM

                          Perhaps. Do they do omelettes?

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                            malyna RE: menton1 Feb 17, 2010 09:11 AM

                            I don't think so... maybe cafe zog?

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                        Rhody Dave RE: ksmitty Feb 19, 2010 01:44 PM

                        I am not crazy about those other places mentioned, especially Seaplane. Sketchy part of town, and the food is fair at best. I recommend a short drive to East Greenwich and Jigger's Diner. It's an authentic diner car, with a good menu, some creative specials, and quality food all around. Bonus points for the best Johnny Cakes in any diner anywhere. Can be a bit of a line though, so get there on the early side.

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                          tomcollins RE: Rhody Dave May 26, 2010 10:09 AM

                          I agree. The seaplane is just gross. Julian's and Modern diner are ok sometimes, but very uneven.

                          Jiggers is one of my favorites.

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                            joe777cool RE: tomcollins Jun 6, 2010 06:47 AM

                            Tried Jiggers last weekend for the first time, and it was DELICIOUS. We already went back yesterday. I craved those crispy, sweet/salty, buttery johnny cakes ALL WEEK! The homefries are skin on red bliss which are a big positive in my book. The homemade muffins are delicious, along with the breads (they have them specially made by Rainbow Bakery in Cranston - I asked the owner). They make their own hash (my SO said it was decent) and sausage patties (good flavor, a bit dry) as well. Last weeken my SO had banana bread french toast with fresh strawberries on top and sweet cream. She really liked it, even brought the leftovers home to have the next morning. Both times our bill including meals, sides, drinks ets were about $20, a great value in my book! Only detractors are parking (main st EG can be hard on the weekends), cleanliness (more of a greasey spoon), and size (not many seat - you will wait at busy times).

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                            Clams047 RE: Rhody Dave Aug 27, 2011 05:43 AM

                            "I recommend a short drive to East Greenwich and Jigger's Diner."

                            Stopped by Jiggers a few weeks back - First time since they reopened. Absolutely terrible. Definitely not the same place. Pancakes were skimpy / soggy with a minimum of tasteless blueberries. Even their so-called maple syrup had no flavor beyond sugar at an additional $2. Omelets were too over cooked / browned to be worthy and their coffee was seriously lacking.

                            Jigger's Diner
                            145 Main St, East Greenwich, RI 02818

                          3. Nostimo RE: ksmitty Feb 19, 2010 06:07 PM

                            I highly recommend The Bradford News Cafe on Atwells ave in Federal Hill. They have great breakfast food' french toast, omelets etc. You can actually have breakfast there all day long. I went there for dinner last night and had an omelet and home fries to die for! Perfectly cooked potatoes nicely seasoned with rosemary. And the omelet was big and puffy with the cheese perfectly melted inside. All the ingredients tasted fresh. I mentioned this to my friend and he said that the chef hand picks all the ingredients. Generous portion and attentive service. It's an eclectic neighborhood place. You can watch the game and have a drink there too! Next time I go back I'm going to try the chocoloate chip pancakes... my second favorite breakfast food. I hope you get to try the place. You will LOVE it!

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                              emmafab RE: ksmitty May 7, 2010 12:32 PM

                              JP Spoonems on Broad St near Cranston is the best breakfast place I know. Excellent hash-maybe the best I've ever had. Lots of very fresh healthy options, too. i love Nicks too.

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                                breakfastfan RE: emmafab May 16, 2010 01:14 PM

                                Went to JP Spoonem's this morning, and had a great breakfast. I had hash and eggs, very tasty, meaty hash that was moist and not too salty, had a lovely crust on the outside. DC had Eggs Carbonarra and they were really fresh and different. I liked the crispy homefries, but DC thought they needed spice.
                                Service was fast and friendly, every surface was clean, I even noticed one of the wait staff cleaning the sill near a window when she wasn't refilling coffee.
                                We go to Modern regularly and have brought friends to Nick's. We'll be adding this to the place to the Sunday morning rotation.

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                                wormwood RE: ksmitty May 26, 2010 06:25 AM

                                maizey's in north providence. awful decor, awesome food. huge servings cooked perfectly (eggs fluffy, not watery; nice crust on the homefries, etc). lots of combos. the chourice/onion/potato/cheese omelet is a killer. beats the pants off of the other diners mentioned in both quality and price.

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                                  tomcollins RE: ksmitty May 26, 2010 10:12 AM

                                  For a more upscale brunch, try the Sunnyside in Warren. I think it's slightly overpriced, but the food and atmosphere are worth it. Service is slooow though, they could learn a thing or two from Jiggers.

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                                    amamba RE: ksmitty May 26, 2010 06:30 PM

                                    I just had a great brunch a few weeks ago at Loie Fuller's in Providence. It is Westminster Street but out towards the West End/Armory District. The menu changes weekly but they have french toast, and I had a great chorizo hash.

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                                      FjmArch RE: ksmitty May 26, 2010 08:16 PM

                                      Liberty Elm, it has now become my Friday morning mainstay. A classic unpretentious breakfast it a classic diner setting. Service is friendly, food is served hot and fresh.

                                      Liberty Elm
                                      , Providence, RI 02903

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                                        flyguy420 RE: FjmArch Jan 7, 2012 05:29 AM

                                        Liberty Elm rocks! The only thing I can't figure the spice they put in their homefries. I can not decide if I like them or not. Never had a bad meal there, staff is always freindly and attentive. One of the jewels in our little state.

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                                        joe777cool RE: ksmitty Jun 6, 2010 06:57 AM

                                        There is a place in Conimicut, Warwick called Sunrise Cafe (1155 West Shore Road Warwick, RI 02889-3370 - (401) 737-8111) that has a great breakfast. They have some very different items like homemade hash made with red beats (a bit spicey, my SO loves it), marinated steak tips (side order with onions/mushrooms or in an omelette - only on the weekends), Monte Cristo/Carlo breakfast sandwich (french toast filled with cheese and ham/bacon) etc. Every weekend they have special, including fruit pancakes when the fruit is in season or holiday items. Easy parking, and breakfast is always under $10 (unless you get a double side of steak tips like I do). Only detractor for me is the homefries....not the best, not the worst. This place is a greasey spoon for sure, but is one of the best breakfasts in Warwick IMO.

                                        BTW - where can you find a really good homefrie these days? I love skin on, firm, well seasoned, nicely browned, and not overly greasey.....am I on a quest for the holy grail or something?

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                                          joe777cool RE: joe777cool Jun 6, 2010 04:09 PM

                                          Came across the website for Sunrise - scroll down and see some of the inventive specials. Im kinda mad I missed the "pineapple steak" special!


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                                            karlssoni RE: joe777cool Jun 7, 2010 04:39 PM

                                            The best home fries I have had were at Phil's in Wakefield, but that was back in the '80s. I continue to search, but I haven't found anything to compare to the home fries that Steve used to make before he bailed out to Florida.

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                                              joe777cool RE: karlssoni Jun 8, 2010 05:30 AM

                                              I think the problem is that restaurants are too afraid to over season so they dont offend anyones palate. I also remember when breakfast places also used to add onions to their homefries.....that is long gone.

                                              Bland and mushy is apparently in these days

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                                              FjmArch RE: joe777cool Oct 28, 2010 12:59 PM

                                              Best home fries and corned beef hash around is at Spoonem's on Broad Street in Cranston.

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                                              rkstrat RE: ksmitty Jun 9, 2010 08:36 AM

                                              A great local yocal, Dee's Place E.Prov Warren Ave

                                              Dee's Place
                                              35 Warren Ave, East Providence, RI 02914

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                                                tomcollins RE: ksmitty Oct 28, 2010 10:27 AM

                                                The Beehive Cafe in Bristol is amazing!
                                                Jigger's is closed now :(

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                                                  SLSears RE: tomcollins Jan 26, 2011 12:33 PM

                                                  Not quite Providence, but check out the Atlantic Grill in Middletown, RI. Fairly small place, but they have great food and somehow the crowd moves along so even if you have to wait it shouldn't be that long.

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                                                  mrsNEPATSfan RE: ksmitty Feb 4, 2011 03:53 PM

                                                  1149 In Seekonk has the BEST Brunch ever!!! It is on Sunday from 10am-2pm. It is well worth the $25pp. The vast array of choices range from Carved Prime rib to a Made in front of you omelet and pasta station. Can't say enough how wonderful it is.....great Mimosas and jazz playing too!!!

                                                  1149 East Restaurant
                                                  965 Fall River Ave, Seekonk, MA 02771

                                                  1. L2k RE: ksmitty Jul 4, 2011 10:12 AM

                                                    +2 for Nick's. Got there around 10:30 on Sunday (holiday weekend). Were told "20 minutes", were seated in 20 minutes. I had the "Special Plus" (with house made sausage), she had the Benedict, and we couldn't finish our food. $9 each for that quantity and quality was stunning.

                                                    1. 3catsnh RE: ksmitty Aug 24, 2011 07:57 PM

                                                      So glad I had time to check here when I got to Providence. I had a fabulous breakfast at Nick's on Broadway this morning. Perfectly poached eggs on baked polenta with fresh basil. Just wonderful. And the waitress was great,

                                                      Nick's On Broadway
                                                      500 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909

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