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Jan 21, 2011 11:40 AM

favorite breakfast places

On a mission to try a new breakfast place once a week, not on weekends so hopefully crowds will not be an issue. Here's where we've been recently and what's next.

Been there:

Ball Sq. Cafe
Sugar Magnolia's, Gloucester
Papa Razzi, Burlington........weekend brunch is surprisingly delicious
The Spot
Cliff House, Ogunquit..............dreadful!

To do:

Mike and Patty's
Stolen Menu, York ME (quote from husband "you're going to drive to Maine for a pancake?")

Maybe we'll save ME for later if I can gather a longer list of closer venues, but we don't mind driving.

Sugar Magnolias
112 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930

Stolen Menu Cafe
127 Long Sands Rd Ste 7, York, ME 03909

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  1. Some of my favorites include:

    McKenna's Cafe, Dorchester
    McKay's, South Quincy
    Centre Street Cafe, Jamaica Plain
    Victoria's Diner, Roxbury
    Paramount, Beacon Hill
    Toast, Hull

    And in Maine:
    Bintliff's, Ogunquit

    1. Stolen Menu is so worth the drive. You will love it.

      Stolen Menu Cafe
      127 Long Sands Rd Ste 7, York, ME 03909

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      1. re: pathfinder

        Hey, pathfinder. I've been curious about the Stolen Menu. My husband and I are more than willing to drive an hour or so on a pleasant day for breakfast, but tend to like places with a pleasant (not fancy, though) atmosphere so we can spend some relaxed time together. What's the space like?

        Stolen Menu Cafe
        127 Long Sands Rd Ste 7, York, ME 03909

        1. re: bear

          Hi Bear. We love it. the decor is not fancy, very pleasant. Honestly, if you were driving by you would think it was an average breakfast place. However, the menu, creativity and presentation are over the top. I can barely narrow down my menu choices to 4 items. The portions are very, very generous and the staff could not be more helpful and friendly. A true hidden gem. We have now been 3-4 times and every time we leave my husband insists on taking a menu to show to all of his chef friends. Only wish we had one in Boston. Please report back when you give it a try.

          Stolen Menu Cafe
          127 Long Sands Rd Ste 7, York, ME 03909

          1. re: pathfinder

            I was very impressed by the stolen menu the morning after nye dinner at Arrows. French toast and bacon were a godsend for my hangover

            1. re: pathfinder

              What is so special about the menu? I looked on their website and it looked sort of standard and frankly a little expensive....$7 for two buttermilk pancakes? What am I missing here?

              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                They offer the regular menu, that is on the website. But they also have a full sheet on specials offered daily. The specials are amazing!

                1. re: pathfinder

                  you can also see the specials on the website.

        2. tweetie, there's a new breakfast place in the North End that is worth a try. It opens at 7 a.m. daily, I believe. Caffe Nuovo on Salem St. Prices are reasonable, the space is pleasant, and we've enjoyed the food the times that we've gone. We've managed to find meter parking on Cross Street at the head of Salem and Hanover several times. We always go on Saturday mornings, so I'm not sure what weekdays are like.

          Caffe Nuovo
          76 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

          1. Have you been to the Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown yet (or Newton, if it's open yet)? I think some find it overrated, but it also has many fans and I am one of them. I am a little bit obsessed with their pancakes and my wife feels the same way about their corned beef hash.

            Deluxe Town Diner
            627 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

            1. Have you tried Henrietta's (Cambridge) or the breakfast buffet at Rowes Wharf Sea Grill (Boston harbor hotel)?