The Best Breakfasts And Brunches In Worcester, Massachusetts

Photo of Benjamin M. Smith
8 December 2016

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. Come and check out the finest places to kick-start the day in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Worcester downtown | © LEONARDO DASILVA/Flickr

Miss Worcester Diner

Diner, American, $$$
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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

Diner, Restaurant, American
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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.

Shaker’s Café & Restaurant

Cafe, Restaurant, Middle Eastern, American
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We made bagels
We made bagels | © blinq/Flickr
Shaker’s Café & Restaurant has some of the best hot combination plates in town. Being family-owned and operated, this café ensures quality in service and food. Their Syrian toast with feta cheese is their stand out side dish, and their Shaker’s special, consisting of home-made corned beef hash and three eggs in any style, makes for the perfect brunch away from home. Come here for a wide variety of hot dishes with tasty Middle Eastern flair.

Bagel Time

Bakery, Pastry Shop, Pastries, American
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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.

Crown Bakery & Café

Bakery, Deli, American, Pastries, $$$
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If you need something sweet to get the morning off to a good start, Crown Bakery & Café is the place to come in Worcester. Opened by a Swedish émigré, this bakery specializes in all types of Scandinavian bakery items, and is especially known for its cinnamon rolls and Danish pastries. The deli here is top-notch too, and offers a surprising variety of sandwiches and salads, like the lobster roll and seafood salad.