The Best Breakfasts And Brunches In Worcester, Massachusetts

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Benjamin M. Smith

Breakfast may just be the best meal to have while touring Worcester, due to its lengthy history with traditional boxcar diners, and its surprising amount of cafés and bakeries opened by talented emigrants. From cozy diners serving up classic American breakfast to artisanal bakeries, there’s something for everyone. Come and check out the finest places to kick-start the day in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Miss Worcester Diner

This historic diner was in fact the showroom for the Worcester Lunch Car Company across the street, the company that popularized the classic boxcar diner design. Miss Worcester Diner has been in operation since 1948, and today stands in tribute to a bygone era, where a cup of coffee never went below halfway full and breakfast plates came greasy and hearty. Take a seat at the marble counter, or at the booth with a group, and enjoy a steaming plate of nostalgia, right where the iconic boxcar diners were once made and sold.

Annie’s Clark Brunch

For Clark University students, Annie’s Clark Brunch is the best place to get a brunch, whether it be in the thick of exams or after a night out on the town. With prices to support any student budget, Annie’s offers a variety of greasy spoon favorites in a narrow, diner-style layout, where service is always a personal affair. Annie has been known to send hot plates of food to groups deemed “too skinny”, and for this reason has become a kind of mother figure to hungry Clark students the city over.

Bagel Time

Sometimes the best thing about an American breakfast is a steamy, chewy bagel with cream cheese and a cup of coffee. Luckily in Worcester, there is Bagel Time, a bakery devoted to this deliciously simple breakfast treat. With a variety of flavors of bagel, and many different sandwich style offerings, these are some of the best doughy treats in town.

BirchTree Bread Company

Known for its artisanal bread and pastries, BirchTree Bread Company offers a delicious breakfast menu with items like spinach and feta quiche, breakfast sandwiches, and croissants. They also serve excellent coffee and have a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Armsby Abbey


While primarily known for its craft beer selection, Armsby Abbey also offers a tasty brunch menu on weekends. You can enjoy dishes like eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles, and breakfast poutine in a cozy and rustic setting.

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