Best Breakfasts in New England

Waffles at Persy's PlaceWhere can you find the best breakfast in Massachusetts? Or the best breakfast in Rhode Island? What about fresh baked bread and muffins? Does anyone even do that anymore? What about a traditional New England corned beef hash that takes 4 hours to prepare fresh every day? It seems impossible to still be able to find all of this in a world where “fast food” is king.

Persy’s Place features New England’s largest breakfast and lunch menu – a menu that is so huge, you’ve got to see it to believe it! They have 9 different locations throughout Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and Rhode Island, bringing a large variety of different breakfast and lunch offerings to satisfied patrons for over 30 years. From traditional American breakfast foods, such as pancakes, eggs, omelets, waffles and sausage; to more regional tastes that include classic Cape Cod breakfasts featuring fish cakes, corned beef hash and a side of Boston Baked Beans – they even bake their own bread and muffins on site!

Pancakes & Waffles

Americans have quite the love affair going with sweet breakfast foods. Pancakes and waffles aren’t just a part of our modern day cuisine, but a part of our fundamental history. New England style pancakes, known as johnnycakes, come from a rich history dating all the way back to the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony, which many say officially launched an American love affair savory-sweet foods.

Classic buttermilk pancakes with warm syrup just can’t be beat, but there are endless flavor combinations that can be added into the basic batter. Local fruits, such as apples and Cape Cod cranberries can completely change up the taste, turning a simple breakfast food into a delightful treat. Walnuts can add a special crunch and chocolate chips will make any kid’s day.

Baked on a waffle iron that gives them their iconic shape, these breakfast foods are excellent for slathering on butter, pouring on syrup and covering in fresh strawberries or blueberries and whipped cream. Within origins that come from Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands, America’s love of these crispy treats is a sort of reflection of our own European melting pot.


Such a small and simple word, yet it can mean so much to so many. Just the question, “how would you like your eggs?” can open up a huge dialogue that reveals much about the unique background and tastes of each customer. From scrambled to fried, poached to sunny side up and everything in between, eggs are perhaps one of the most versatile breakfast foods.

Other specialties include eggs Benedict with a smooth hollandaise sauce, omeletes stuffed with just about every combination you can imagine and eggs Florentine with a spinach and cream sauce. Then there’s the simple-yet-satisfying Steak & Eggs combination, spicy Huevos Rancheros and of course a delicately savory quiche. There seems to be no limit when it comes to cooking with eggs.

Sides & Other Options

Breakfast meats can include bacon strip, pork sausage links or patties, baked ham, smoked turkey and in New England, a side order of traditional Cape Cod fish cakes. Potato sides can include home fries, hash browns, french fries or sweet potato fries.

Other side items consist of fluffy biscuits with country sausage gravy, toast, bagels with cream cheese and smaller “short stack” orders of pancakes, French toast or waffles. Restaurants like Persy’s also feature fresh baked baked bread and muffins and of course their “famous” grilled cornbread.

Breakfast sandwiches have also become popular both for the on-the-go set and the relaxing diner. Typically served on English muffins, rolls, bagels and toast, these sandwiches usually include a type of egg, melted cheese and breakfast meat. The in-restaurant versions are by far tastier and more satisfying than anything found at a fast food establishment.

Breakfast: Options for Every Craving

So what’s the best place for breakfast in New England? With so many items and options available on their regular daily menu, Persy’s Place should definitely be at the top of your list. They have locations in North Dartmouth, Kingston, Mashpee, Middleboro, Falmouth, Hyannis, Plymouth, East Wareham and East Providence, Rhode Island, so chances are there’s one near you.

Make sure to check their website or ask your server about seasonal favorites. For example, their fall specials that are available right now include johnny apple cakes served with homemade maple-butter, pumpkin-walnut pancakes served with whipped cream, fresh-baked pumpkin muffins and an incredible pumpkin spiced coffee. It doesn’t get much more “fall in New England” than that!