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2021 Breakfast
Editors’ Choice

Sugar Magnolias


For more than a decade, diners have been flocking to Sugar Mags for crab cakes and eggs, generous omelets filled with linguica and peppers, and the sweet bread French toast. Since it’s Gloucester, of course there is lobster—get it with Hollandaise sauce for a to-die-for Eggs Benedict, or have it with herbed cream cheese in an omelet. Summer weekends see a return of the restaurant’s seasonal liquor license, so you can sip a mimosa or Bloody Mary with your meal.

112 Main St., Gloucester, 978-281-5310,

Readers’ Choice

Agawam Diner


Not much has changed at this historic diner since it opened in 1940—and that’s exactly how everyone likes it. From the classic buttermilk pancakes to the corned beef hash, which is made fresh daily, the recipes have remained deliciously traditional, served up in booths or at the long counter. Sisters Angela Mitchell and Ethel DePasquale grew up in the diner and now operate it together, welcoming customers who have become like family.

166 Newburyport Tpke., Rowley, 978-948-7780,

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