Breakfast, it is said, is the most important meal of the day. We agree. In fact, we are so enthused about the implications of this morning feast that we want to encourage you to get out and enjoy the best bagels and Benedicts the Cape has to offer, every day of the week. And while breakfast joints across the region serve up pancakes aplenty and oodles of omelets, don’t worry if your tastes are a bit more wide ranging: We’ve got you covered with creative hashes, unique sandwiches, and bountiful housemade baked goods.
So if you are ready for a full week of morning culinary indulgence, look no further than this day-by-day guide to breakfast and brunch on Cape Cod. Bon appétit!By Sarah Shemkus
- 644 West Main St., Hyannis, 508-790-8800, or
- 546 Main St., Hyannis,
To kick off your week of brilliant breakfasts, enjoy a hearty, classic meal at one of The Daily Paper’s two Hyannis locations. By Monday, the weekend crowds should have subsided and scoring a table will be a little easier. The silver, black-and-red interior evokes a traditional diner, where you can slide into a cozy booth or belly up to the breakfast counter to peruse the menu over a cup of coffee made with beans from Wellfleet roaster Beanstock Coffee.
Pancake lovers will have a hard time choosing, with a wide range of options including buttermilk, honey whole wheat, blueberry, and banana with candied walnuts. If your breakfast tastes run to the savory, check out the lobster Benedict or build your own breakfast burrito with toppings like black beans, sausage and guacamole.
- 4 Merchants Road,
Tuesday is the day to enjoy a breakfast sandwich in Sandwich. And Café Chew, tucked into a silver-shingled building off Route 6A, is the perfect destination, with a range of options that go far beyond the usual egg-and-cheese combo. The French matches scrambled eggs with brie, spinach and sliced tomato; the Italian tops two fried eggs with caramelized onions, roasted red pepper purée and fresh mozzarella.
If sandwiches aren’t your breakfast thing, there are plenty of other options as well. For a light breakfast, try the homemade granola or the cranberry-pecan toast, made with bread from local French bakery Pain D’Avignon. Heartier choices include the Cajun breakfast with eggs, andouille sausage and a grilled corn muffin or a stack of buttermilk pancakes.
And don’t forget to complete your meal with a cup of the café’s fair trade coffee.
- 240 George Ryder Road
Keep your week flying high with a morning stop at this beloved breakfast spot located at the Chatham Municipal Airport. Chef Brian Erskine has created a menu that features both classic items—buttermilk waffles, bacon and eggs—and modern twists on old standards—gluten-free buckwheat, banana and cocoa nib pancakes, a breakfast sandwich topped with avocado and roasted tomatoes. Whenever possible, daily specials feature Cape-grown produce and locally caught fish, while coffee comes from Chatham-based company The Art of Roasting.
For those looking for a quick morning sweet, baked goods include Hangar B’s signature potato buttermilk doughnuts, along with a selection of muffins and pastries. Toast and bakery treats can be accompanied by a rotating assortment of housemade jams.
What’s not on the menu is the unique view Hangar B diners enjoy as they eat: a parade of small planes taking off and landing, and even the occasional skydiver dropping in from above. Be sure to check Hangar B’s Facebook page for winter hours.
Pickle Jar Kitchen
- 170 Main St.
The Pickle Jar Kitchen in downtown Falmouth does indeed offer a wide selection of pickles. But the modest eatery also serves up creative breakfasts and fresh, buttery baked goods that are worth a visit, even for non-pickle lovers.
Among the most popular menu items are the hashes, caramelized onions and diced potatoes sautéed with combinations like pork and green chili or zucchini, kale, cauliflower and peppers. Another hit is the pastrami-cured smoked salmon; a quarter pound comes piled on top of an everything bagel garnished with pickled red onions, caper cream cheese, tomatoes and baby arugula.
Vegans and gluten abstainers can eat at the Pickle Jar with confidence as well. Items like tofu scrambles and gluten-free French toast cater to a range of special diets.
- Mashpee, Falmouth
So it’s Friday, and maybe by now, five days in, you’ve gotten a little bored with the same old selection of waffles and eggs. The answer: Head to Persy’s Place in Mashpee (or one of the chain’s eight other locations). The four-page menu—Persy’s claims it is New England’s largest and we see no reason to doubt it—is densely packed with enough options to excite even the most pancake-jaded diner.
Egg lovers can choose among dozens of omelets, scrambles and egg-and-meat combo dishes, including eight options that come with all-you-can-eat eggs. Crêpes topped with chocolate and strawberry or pineapple and coconut offer something new to the sweet-toothed. If you’re feeling adventurous, consider a “bomb”: a flaky croissant stuffed with various combinations of meat, cheese, egg and vegetables.
Many meals come with your choice of two sides; don’t skip Persy’s famous cornbread grilled up crisp and buttery.
- 415 Route 28,
- West Yarmouth
Come Saturday morning, get yourself to West Yarmouth for breakfast with an Irish brogue. Green-painted clapboards outside and a cozy, pub-like atmosphere inside add Irish charm to this very popular local institution. The Celtic flavor continues on the menu, with options like potato pancakes topped with sour cream and scallions and the Irish Farmhouse Breakfast, a traditional Irish breakfast including eggs, sausage, bacon, black and white pudding, brown bread, tomatoes and mushrooms. It’s also served with home fries or beans and homemade brown soda bread, scone or toast.
Menu choices extend beyond the Emerald Isle, however, with choices like Mediterranean omelets and Portuguese sweet bread French toast. Specials can get even more creative with macadamia nut chocolate chip pancakes and Italian eggs Benedict.
The Saturday morning line can be daunting, but have patience: It moves quickly and you’ll forget all about it the moment your food arrives.
- 539 Commercial St. Provincetown
The week is almost over, so it’s time to relax. Make a reservation (highly recommended, according to management) and meander all the way down Cape to Fanizzi’s in Provincetown for the all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No menus, no deciding whether you’d rather have eggs or pancakes.
For $15, the buffet includes both copious breakfast standards – French toast, corned beef hash, frittata, bacon, fruit—and some savory lunchtime options—steamed mussels, pasta, chicken wings. From 11:30 a.m., the lunch menu is also available for diners who crave yet more options. The full bar is open throughout brunch, so consider indulging yourself in a mimosa or bloody Mary as you eat.
The location is as much of a draw as the food. Perched on the edge of Cape Cod Bay, the restaurant is lined with large windows that afford sweeping views of the water.