Author John Gunther once said that “all happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” There’s something about breakfast, when the day is fresh and anything is possible, that makes it special—particularly if someone else is doing the cooking. Whether you have time to settle in for a hot plate and good conversation, or your morning meal is enjoyed solo and swiftly, the breakfast joints of New Hampshire are truly world class, and offer something for every palate.
Tucker’s does indeed serve lunch, but many regulars would tell you they still haven’t eaten their way past the incredible breakfast offerings. With a broad menu (there’s an entire independent section just for Eggs Benedict), even the pickiest among us will fall in love with something. Their care and quality has caught on, and Tucker’s now operates in Concord and New London, as well as the original Hooksett location.
A cozy cafe in Nashua, The City Room has legions of devoted fans and a constant stream of impressed newcomers. For fresh takes on old favorites, like the apple & cheddar omelet, and one of the friendliest wait staffs around, you would be hard pressed to find a better breakfast.
With four locations open 24/7 and serving a half a million breakfasts a year, Red Arrow has breakfast down pat. Whether you’re an early bird, or a night owl looking for some comfort food, this Manchester-based mini chain has you covered no matter your tastes. Keep it healthy with items like the Caprese omelet, or really dedicate yourself to the splurge and try their egg-topped poutine.
While not based on a scientific study of any kind, we would wager Peach’s as being one of the most adorable places in the entire state. Even more impressive, however, are the incredible breakfast creations they turn out. Try the lobster benedict or the insanely delicious peaches and cream coffee cake.
The Friendly Toast is the kind of place that just makes you smile. Whether you visit them in the original Portsmouth, or one of two Massachusetts locations, their quirky decor, a menu fit for carnivores and vegans alike, and friendly atmosphere make this a New Hampshire culinary mainstay. Whether you chose their all-day breakfast offerings, or opt for soup and a sandwich, the Friendly Toast is solidly a must-eat.
Margie’s Dream Diner would land a spot on this list for the potato pancakes alone. Try the “Golden Dream Duo,” which melds the aforementioned ‘tater cakes with eggs benedict in an otherworldly combo, or the unique golden malted waffles.
An eco-friendly cafe with fare scratch made from locally-sourced ingredients, the Big Bean checks off quite a few of our “best of” boxes. Vegetarian-friendly with diverse offerings, this Newmarket locale is often cited as the best breakfast in the state. Be sure to order some “Senor Homies,” a sort of nacho/homefry hybrid, for the table—even if that table is for one.
Originally founded as a scheme to boost maple syrup sales in the ‘30s, Polly’s exists today as a destination favorite. While they open only on weekends, scarce hours are outweighed by excellent eats and bucolic vistas. Try the pancakes (of course), or the maple granola.