Breakfast on Cape Cod: Waffles or pancakes, hash or homefries?

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Have you ever wondered where to grab a good stack of flapjacks on Cape Cod? Or perhaps a tasty (and healthy) egg-white omelet? Sure, there are lots of breakfast joints on Cape Cod, but which ones really stick out? We have compiled a list of some of the favorite breakfast spots.

Falmouth 

Betsy’s Diner is a really neat spot on Route 28 in Falmouth. The diner is a blast from the past in all its 1950s glory. Whether you are coming (or going) to the ferries in Woods Hole or just hanging out in Falmouth, this is a great place to grab a bite to eat in the AM.

Another good stop for breakfast in Falmouth is Moonikas Cafe, a spot that has pleased many tastebuds. They also serve up plenty of omelet and benedict specials and their pancakes are divine.

Osterville

Wianno Green Café in Osterville serves up great food and spectacular coffee (to some, the most important part of breakfast). They are closed on Sunday, so any trip here will have to coincide with any of the other six days of the week.

Yarmouth

The Keltic Kitchen in Yarmouth is definitely one of the best breakfast spots on Cape Cod. They offer up hearty portions of everything and it is all quite tasty as well. The bill is also pleasing. Patrons can then go next door to the Keltic Kottage and peruse the items there if they are so inclined. The corn beef hash is delicious.

The Optimist Café in Yarmouth is another true gem when it comes to getting breakfast on the Cape. Set on Route 6A, the Optimist Café serves up great breakfast and lunch dishes and they have (as do more and more places now) gluten-free offerings.

Dennis

Grumpy’s is renowned for their selection of food and service, but also for the line out the door, so getting here at non-peak hours is a good idea. The food is delicious and affordable.

The Red Cottage on Old Main Street in South Dennis is sure to please all appetites and tastebuds. The restaurant is a “chef-owned and operated gourmet breakfast restaurant in a neighborhood diner atmosphere.” The grill is easy to see and patrons can watch their meal being prepared if they so desire. Breakfast is served til 2pm, for all the late risers.

Brewster 

The Brewster Coffee Shop is a great place to grab an early bite to eat in Brewster, right on Route 6A. Stop in early to avoid lines! There is an outdoor seating area (really nice in the summer) and this is a great place to fuel up before spending the day at the beach.

Orleans

If you are in Orleans, stop at the Homeport to grab some breakfast. The restaurant features a dining room and a separate counter area. The food is delicious and it won’t burn a hole in your wallet. Breakfast is served all day. They also have a liquor license, so Bloody Marys and Screw Drivers are available for those who so desire.

Eastham (and Orleans)

Hole-in-One and Fairway Restaurant is a great stop in Eastham (and Orleans) for donuts, breakfast, and coffee (the Fairway also serves dinner). There is also homemade granola for sale for those mornings when you don’t want to go out.

Provincetown

There are plenty of delightful breakfast joints in Provincetown, depending on what you are looking for. Chach, on Shank Painter Road, is highly regarded by patrons and for good reason – they have marvelous food! Chach also has a full bar, so it’s a nice place for a brunch and a drink. Devon’s on Commercial Street has good food as well as strictly vegan options.

Honorable Mentions

Larry’s PX in Chatham is great for folks who want a true diner experience. The Lazy Lobster in Chatham serves up a nice breakfast (and lunch) right on Route 28. The Hangar B Eatery in Chatham offers up a nice breakfast right next to the airfield. Marshland in Sandwich is a fabulous stop for breakfast right on Route 6A. The 6A Café in East Sandwich serves up some great food as well (veggie lovers should try the Garden Veggie Breakfast Burrito).

Breakfast at one (or more) of these spots during your Cape Cod stay and you will see why locals return again and again.

About the Authors

The CapeCodTravel staff aims to bring you the best of Cape Cod including tips from hospitality experts about the best places to eat, the best places to stay and how to make the most of your Cape Cod vacation.

Contributing Writer

Mati Brown holds a Journalism degree from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She has written for several publications, including the Berlin Reporter, EDGE publications, and the Falmouth and Mashpee Bulletins. A current resident of Brewster, she is glad to be writing about the area she grew up in.