Conveniently, sisters Maura and Chris McCarthy didn’t need to change the name of this decades-old neighborhood spot when they took over last year. Omelets as thin as crepes, with lightly cooked veggies inside, eight or nine types of bread, all baked in-house, and fish cakes are always on the menu, along with breakfast classics like French toast and eggs Benedict. The homey spot is decorated with meaning; the folded flag, the paintings, and the photographs all tell a story—ask about anything.
27 Washington St., Gloucester, 978-281-3378, twosistersma.com
Red’s Kitchen + Tavern
Their giant pancakes, lobster Benedict with scratch-made hollandaise, and fresh corned beef hash are all winners, as is the whole menu of mimosas, perfect for day-drinking. Don’t worry about the wait—the line moves fast.
131 Newbury St. (Rte. 1 N), Peabody, 978-531-7337, redskitchenandtavern.com