The Breakfast Bunch
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The Wooden Spoon Family Restaurant
217 Pompey Hollow Rd., Ashford, (860) 429-3825
Maybe it’s the very reasonable prices that make this a favorite spot for UConn students, or maybe they secretly like being bossed around by the veteran staff here, but we suspect it’s the food that wins out in the end. Here you’ll find things like kielbasa and eggs, plate-sized pancakes, real maple syrup and specials such as the chili cheese omelet.
Top O’ the Mornin’
2740 South Main St., Waterbury, (203) 754-3338
Here’s breakfast with a slight Irish accent. Give the homemade corned-beef hash a try, for as the menu says, “None of that canned stuff here—cooked in our special blend of spices, it is what we are known for and most proud of.” There’s lots more, too, including Irish bangers and Irish bacon, or how about just two eggs, toast and homemade hash browns for $2.79?
321 Boston Post Rd., Orange, (203) 795-5065
If you’ve got a hankering for pancakes, Chip’s has you totally covered, with 29 varieties on the menu. These range from the relatively austere Buttermilk, Wheat and Sweet Potato to the middle-of-the-road Coconut Crunch, Cinnamon Raisin and Banana Nut all the way to over-the-top Choc-a-holic, Black Forest and Piña Colada.
172 Main St., Norwalk, (203) 846-8009
Get the day started with Venezuelan flair at this little place in Norwalk. We recommend the egg sandwich with bacon, avocado, cheese, lettuce and tomato, or the omelet containing plantain, ham and cheese. Or go all the way with the Baliadas, a thin tortilla wrap filled with black beans, egg and cheese. Perfect with the strong coffee served here.
1127 Highland Ave., Cheshire, (203) 271-3663
This is another you can put into the “local favorite” category, with great staff, friendly vibe, good food and big crowds on weekend mornings. Beyond the popular eggs and pancakes, Paul’s has specialties such as fresh veggie hash or, for somewhat larger appetites, Apple Fritter French Toast.
896 Whalley Ave., New Haven, (203) 387-7107
At Bella’s, the French toast is made with Italian bread (so is it still “French”?) and the eggs are very tasty and different when they’re served with a brioche and apple-smoked bacon. Keep an eye out for the Tuscan omelet, with yellow squash, fire-roasted peppers, caramelized onions, grilled eggplant and portobello mushrooms.
3413 Berlin Tpk., Berlin (860) 666-9948
This chrome-and-neon classic has stood alongside Berlin Turnpike since 1952, serving a good breakfast, at all hours, quickly. Slip into a booth and order the fresh-made hash and eggs, or indulge in a New England tradition with a slice of apple pie.