Long Island Battle of the Breakfasts

Written by Angeline R.  |  31. July 2012

Since the beginning of time, Moms have insisted that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That fact never becomes more true once you hit 12 o’clock after skipping breakfast. Instead of making the mad dash to the vending machine mid-day, why not start the day off right, and enjoy a full meal, the way that breakfast was meant to be enjoyed.  Breakfast is supposed to be hearty, all mighty, and most importantly filling - packed with both carbohydrates and protein to get your day going. So, that being said, fill up your breakfast plates with bacon, eggs, and pancakes from these coveted breakfast joints. On Long Island, there is an incredible selection of breakfast and brunch locations, but how can you decide which are worth venturing to during the AM hours? The following destinations serve great breakfasts that won’t disappoint you.

Maureen’s Kitchen
108 Terry Road, Smithtown, NY 11787; 631-360-9227
Maureen’s kitchen has a country feel. The seats are cow print and it is a family run business. The menu is classic and the location is loved and well-known amongst Long Islanders, so keep that in mind when you’re in a rush in the morning. The menu favorites are their cinnamon raisin french toast, their ham, egg, and cheese roll sandwich, and omelets. They also have different and out of the ordinary pancakes like pistachio pancakes, pumpkin-walnut pancakes, or orange pecan pancakes.

Thomas’ Ham & Eggery
325 Old Country Road, Carle Place; 516-333-3060
Thomas’ Ham & Eggery not only provides a dining in option, but they also have takeout available if you’re in a rush. Thomas’ is said to have the best oatmeal on Long Island. If you’re not a fan of oatmeal they have an incredible range of selections such as Greek frittatas, strawberry-croissant french toast, and even egg creams.

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IHOP is always a go-to option for breakfast. They always have your favorites on the menu and you leave completely satisfied. With IHOP there is no hopping it will be a good breakfast with good service, you know it will be what you expect.

Toast Coffeehouse
242 East Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777; (631) 331-6860
Toast coffeehouse has an artsy feel to it. They serve both breakfast, lunch, tapas, or fondue. Toast has their own specialty burritos like ‘the Gringo’, which is: egg whites, turkey, spinach and low-fat jack cheese. They also have creative omelets like ‘the Down Port’, which is lump crab, asparagus,crisp bacon, roasted red pepper and smoked gouda.  

The Cookroom
25 Middle Country Road, Middle Island, NY 11953; (631) 696-4260
The Cookroom in Middle Island serves their famous croissant french toast all equipped with nutella and sliced fruit. They also serve 100 percent maple syrup fresh from Vermont. Their omelets are made with a side of homefries and toast. They also have the standard egg sandwiches that everyone seems to enjoy.

Fuel Your Body Cafe
196 W Old Country Road, Hicksville, NY 11801; (516) 933-3835 
Fuel Your Body Cafe has a ‘cheaters breakfast’ menu, listing anyones breakfast favorites but with some healthy options. The cafe has options rating on how hungry you are as well. The “Really Hungry!!” breakfast is 3 portions of french toast or 3 pancakes, 3 slices of bacon or 3 sausage links, or 3 slices of ham and 3 eggs. Fuel Your Body Cafe also has air baked fries and a  great selection of omelets.

Sweet Mama’s
9 Alsace Place, Northport, NY 11768; 631-261-6262
Sweet Mama’s has a larger menu than the usual breakfast joints and breakfast is served all day. The establishment has a 50’s decor and they have an outdoor patio. Sweet Mama’s proudly serves farm fresh eggs and they have a list of Mama’s specials, including: ‘The Big Daddy’ which gives you a little taste of everything: two eggs, two pancakes, two slices of french toast, bacon, sausage, and home fries. Sweet Mama’s also has tasty breakfast wraps and skillets, like the ‘Farmers wrap’ or the ‘Texas skillet’.

Jo Jo Apples
85 Lido Blvd, Point Lookout, NY 11569; 516-432-6494
This location is open for breakfast , lunch, and dinner.Jo Jo Apples is also a soda shoppe, so they have milk shakes, ice cream sodas, specialty mimosas and an extensive drink selection. The breakfast menu is praised for their Apple stuffed french toast, which is cinnamon raisin toast, filled with apples and sweet cream cheese, and then topped off with apples, walnuts, and whipped cream. They also have frittatas, omelets, pancakes, and specialty breakfast combinations.

Krisch’s Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor
11 Central Ave, Massapequa, NY 11758; 516-797-3149
Krisch’s was established in 1920 and takes you back in time with the atmosphere. The breakfast menu has a larger kid’s section than the usual breakfast places. The breakfast menu also has a create your own breakfast wrap option, a create your own three egg omelette, and a huge variety of breakfast specials that can satisfy anyone. The restaurant also makes their own signature homemade ice cream that is to die for.

Park Avenue Grill
178 Park Avenue, Amityville, NY 11701; 631-598-4618
Park Avenue Grill has a desirable list of gourmet specials including the ‘Baked Eggs in a Basket’ which is: two baked eggs wrapped in turkey bacon and swiss cheese, served on top of whole wheat french toast. They also have Cherry Banana Crumb Pancakes and Park Avenue Grill  serves any ingredient organic or fresh.|


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