Breakfast is the most important meal of the day (or so we've been told). Whether you're an early bird or you refuse to rise before the sun, you can't argue that few things compare to a plate of sweet French toast or a savory egg-stuffed burrito in the morning. We rounded up all our favorite spots to start the day off right around town.
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If you've passed Corner Cafe on any given weekend morning, chances are you've witnessed the eager crowds outside their door. This cozy, intimate cafe often comes with a wait, but believe us when we say their extensive menu loaded with crave-worthy offerings is worth every second. From the pesto and fresh mozzarella omelette (The Jimmy Pesto Especial, for future reference) to sweet bread french toast with maple pecan butter - this is the spot where your brunch dreams come true.
No, it's not a spa, but you might leave feeling pretty zen nonetheless after a plate of maple pecan stuffed French toast. This diner-esque breakfast spot (they offer lunch too, but that's not why you're here) on the corner of Franklin Street and Spring serves up bottomless cups of coffee and gargantuan portions to start your day. Looking for something savory? The Hash Supreme Omelette - served with corned beef hash, a three-cheese blend and topped with Hollandaise sauce might just do the trick.
THE HUNGRY MONKEY
If you really, really love breakfast, The Hungry Monkey located on Broadway has a challenge for you. A 15-egg omelette loaded with eight types of meat including sausage, ham, and turkey, plus five types of cheese, topped with chili all accompanied by home fries and toast. You have one hour to complete the eatery's King Kong Challenge and reap the rewards of a free t-shirt and your photo on the Wall of Fame. Otherwise, you pay for it ($29.95).
If you're not 15-egg-omelette's-worth into food, the restaurant's regular menu has plenty of average-sized palette pleasers, like The Spider Monkey: Two poached eggs on a bed of corned beef hash, served with home fries and toast or Monkey Sweet Bread French Toast.
If you rarely find yourself awake in time for what's generally considered breakfast (hey, we don't judge), find relief in knowing that breakfast is served all day at Cru Cafe. The quaint eatery located on historic Bellevue Avenue offers a host of breakfast options including avocado toast, and selection of omelettes and scrambles; not to mention an impressive lineup of sides including scones, potato bacon hash, fluffy cream cheese biscuit and more. Arriving with an appetite? Get your hands on The Bellevue Burrito: Scrambled eggs, chicken and white bean chili, Monterey jack, guacamole and salsa in a grilled wrap.
BELLE'S CAFE AT NEWPORT SHIPYARD
We've heard people say the pancakes at Newport Shipyard's Belle's Cafe are the best they've had in their life. We won't argue. This dockside cafe tucked away in Newport Shipyard (yes, an actual working shipyard) is often referred to as one of Newport's hidden gems, and with good reason. The menu has just about every breakfast favorite out there, including avocado toast, French toast, a make-your-own-breakfast-sandwich option and more. Place your order at the counter then grab a seat at one of the outdoor tables conveniently placed about as close to the water as you can get.
Note: Belle's Cafe is closed for the season, slated to reopen in the spring.
Two eggs, home fries, toast and coffee for $4.50 is the breakfast deal you'll catch Monday through Friday at Annie's. The casual, diner-like eatery located on Bellevue Avenue has been serving Newporters for decades and offers breakfast all day. Their lengthy list of benedicts (we're lookin' at you, Maryland Crab Cake benny) are created with homemade Hollandaise sauce and neighbored on the menu by omelettes, hotcakes and your favorite breakfast staples.
Note: They're BYOB, just in case you're hankering for a mimosa.
Breakfast at Atlantic Grille was dubbed the best breakfast in town by Conde Nast Traveler. It might be because their list of offerings include all your breakfast favorites kicked up several notches. Think: Philly cheese steak omelette, an Irish benny with a heaping serving of corned beef hash, and sweet bread french toast. If you're big on eggs, opt for one of their combos aptly named after Newport's local beaches, like Hazards Beach served with two eggs, two pancakes, bacon and toast.
ROOT VEGAN JUICE BAR + EATERY
Hoping for a lighter breakfast? (Hey, blueberry cream cheese stuffed French toast isn't for everyone) Head over to Root on Broadway. Their lengthy list of breakfast bowls are crafted with your choice of acai or steel cut oats and finished with hearty toppings like fresh fruit, cacao nibs or peanut butter drizzle. In the mood for something sweet and savory? Order the Banana Almond Joy Toast: Peanut butter, banana, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, honey and slivered almonds.
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