Stuffed French Toast from Armsby Abbey on Main Street in Worcester, MA

For some, breakfast is a cup of coffee on the way to work, for others it is more complicated. Most of us don’t eat out for breakfast every morning, although when you stop by some of the diners around Worcester you will see a lot of the same faces every day.

The breakfast crowd is an interesting one. Some folks are very chatty, with conversations happening at the countertop about sports or politics…others keep to themselves wrapped up in the newspaper or hurrying through email on their phone. And while during the week you may be able to get a seat easily, on the weekends most of the better-known breakfast spots will be crowded and you will most likely have to wait to be seated.

No matter what you do to get your day started, Central Massachusetts has lots of choices for what some people call “the most important meal of the day” including neighborhood diners, coffee and bagel shops, counter service and full-fledged sit down restaurants.

Lets start with the obvious, diners. The Worcester Lunch Car Company produced 651 diners between 1906 and 1957. And while they shipped their products up and down the eastern seaboard, many of them were sold (and still exist) right here in Worcester. The Miss Worcester Diner and The Boulevard Diner are great examples of Worcester Lunch Car diners that have stood the test of time, with both still operating and both are still serving great breakfast. Keeping with the diner theme, Peg’s Diner in Whitinsville is a cozy, comfortable, small town breakfast spot where it feels like you walked into Peg’s house more than a restaurant. The food is great and the prices are incredibly reasonable. In Lancaster, Michael’s Bridge Diner is an interesting spot for breakfast. The big, hunting-lodge style building is decorated with dozens of examples of big game taxidermy trophies, so this place is not for everyone, but if you can get past the décor….try the homemade hash, it really is great! Altea in Worcester offers up a completely different experience, with a more high-brow breakfast experience, serving dishes with an American – French twist! Café Reyes on Shrewsbury St in Worcester brings a Cuban flair to breakfast…try the Bocadito con Chorizo (spicy sausage) omelet with a cup of traditional Café don Leche (espresso with steamed milk) to help get your day started. Looking for more of a “grab and go” breakfast? There are dozens of bagel and coffee shops to choose from including Bagel Time, Culpeppers, Crown Bakery, Wholly Cannoli, Crust and more throughout Worcester.


So no matter what breakfast means for you, Central Mass has lots of great choices. Here are some more of our favorites.


Lou Roc’s Diner

Consistently chosen as one of Worcester’s best breakfast spots, Lou Roc’s is known for great food, fast service, big portions and friendly service. Everything here is good, but the pancakes piled high are a real winner. A little advice, bring cash and get here early or be prepared to wait.

Twisted Fork

From the twisted mind of Chef Jay Powell the breakfast at Twisted Fork in Cherry Valley is legendary. Every dish is made from scratch, no mixes or frozen ingredients are ever used and most ingredients are sourced hyper-locally so you can rest assured everything is fresh. Try the Twisted Benedict or the Bananas Foster French Toast with a spicy Bloody Mary, sit back and watch the show Chef Powell puts on in his kitchen.

Lucky’s Café

Located in the basement of 100 Grove Street Worcester you really have to go out of your way to find this hidden gem but do it, Lucky’s is funky and good. Order at the counter and enjoy the local art on display as you wait for your food to be delivered.

Eller’s Restaurant

“Come in as a stranger, leave as a friend” is the motto at this Leicester, MA staple and it really is true. Breakfast is always busy with lots of traditional options, but check out the “Not so Basic” Breakfast menu for some interesting twists like the Steak Bomb Breakfast Wrap that will satisfy even the biggest appetites.

Salt & Pepper

Cozy and comfortable Lincoln St. neighborhood breakfast spot, Salt & Pepper serves up a homemade breakfast menu that has plenty of traditional favorites along with some great daily specials.

Carl’s Oxford Diner

The granddaddy of all the “huge portion” breakfast spots, Carl’s Oxford Diner in Oxford, MA has been serving massive portions of food for as long as anyone around here can remember. And when we say massive we mean massive. But it isn’t just about the portion size, the atmosphere is fun, the coffee is truly bottomless, the food is greasy-spoon good and the service is outstanding!

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