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Best Breakfast Spots in Central Mass

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Fill up on a stack of fluffy pancakes. Photo: Flickr, Tavalli

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not get the best that Central Massachusetts has to offer? Dig into that giant stack of blueberry pancakes, douse it with authentic New England maple syrup, and start your day off right with these picks.

Shaker’s Cafe & Restaurant

A Worcester staple since 2002, this local favorite offers plenty of variety for every palate. Vegetarians will love the Red Bliss Potato Home Fries topped with provolone cheese. If you’re watching what you eat, check out The Lighter Side Menu, which has a selection of smaller-portioned breakfast basics.
Tuesday-Thursday: 7am-1:30pm, Friday: 7am-8pm, Sunday: 7am-1pm, Monday: Closed
296 Hamilton Street, Worcester, MA
(508) 797-5550


Brody’s Diner

Brody’s Diner is Central Massachusetts’ go-to “greasy spoon.” This truck-driver diner is known for being clean and tasty - check out the omelets and home fries. They also offer a gluten-free menu.
Monday-Friday: 6am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday: 7am-2pm
308 Hartford Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA
(508) 754-4400

Annie’s Clark Brunch

This neighborhood diner is a favorite of Clark University students. The wait staff is friendly, but don’t be surprised if some jokes are at your own expense. The tater-tots are a must!
Monday-Friday: 6am-3pm, Saturday: 6am-2pm, Sunday: Closed
934 Main Street, Worcester, MA
(508) 756-1550


Eller’s Restaurant

Eller’s is a family-owned and operated establishment located only minutes from Worcester. Look for the juicy thick-cut, Texas-style french toast. The Stuffed French Toast features two slices with cream cheese and a choice of fruit filling, all topped with whipped cream. Eller’s also offers a breakfast buffet Sunday mornings.
Tuesdays-Fridays: 8am-11pm (breakfast until 2pm), Saturdays: 7am-11pm, Sundays: 7am-2pm, Mondays: Closed.
190 Main Street, Leicester, MA
(508) 892-3925


The Coffee Mug

The Coffee Mug offers breakfast basics with uber-friendly service. Owner and cook Effie Qeleshi puts an Albanian twist on traditional American breakfast food. Try the Blackstone Benedict with tomatoes, spinach, and bacon, or a stack of fluffy pancakes. The Coffee Mug is cash-only.
Monday-Friday: 6am-2pm, Saturday and Sunday: 7am-1pm
286 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA
(508) 832-3616

WooDaddy Waffles

Waffle-lovers rejoice! This pop-up breakfast spot has been operating inside Moynihan’s Bar for over a year, and offers a huge variety of waffles with two new flavors a week. Assume dishes are vegan-friendly, unless you’re looking at the Chicken and Waffles, or dishes served with eggs.
Saturday: 10am-2pm, Sunday: 11am-2pm
897 Main Street, Worcester, MA
(774) 312-6966


Mrs. Mack’s Bakery and Restaurant

Patrons with a sweet tooth will adore Mrs. Mack’s perfectly golden pastries. Bite into a fresh fruit danish drizzled with sweet vanilla icing. The restaurant breakfast menu offers eggs, waffles, and pancakes, and all menu items are available for take-out.

Mrs. Mack's Bakery and Restaurant

Monday-Saturday: 6am-2pm, Sunday: 8am-2pm
1393 Grafton Street, Worcester, MA
(508) 753-0610


Garden Fresh Courthouse Cafe

The picky eater will appreciate Garden Fresh, where the menu is flexible and custom orders are welcome. The menu ranges from eggs and pancakes to pastries, but don’t hesitate to also explore the fresh soups and sandwiches. Pay a visit over the weekend for the best breakfast selections.
Monday-Friday: 7am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday: 7am-2pm
204 Main Street, Worcester MA
(508) 753-8500 


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