Our mothers always told us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and now as adults, we must admit we agree (we’re mentally preparing for the “I told you so” coming our way). It would be hard to take advantage of all that Portsmouth has to offer – from biking to hiking, boating to shopping – on an empty stomach. Fortunately, there are several great breakfast spots within walking distance of the Ale House Inn. In the name of research, we’ve tested them all out and give the four listed below the AHI seal of approval.
Colby’s – 105 Daniel Street
This quaint spot has all the breakfast fixings, from waffles to eggs to french toast, and has a truly local feel. Its footprint may be small, but the pancakes (including traditional, granola, and chocolate chip varieties) are the size of a dinner plate. Waitstaff is friendly and keeps the coffee refills coming. Come early, come hungry.
Friendly Toast – 113 Congress Street
Enjoy breakfast all day at this funky eatery in the center of town. Using locally sourced ingredients, Friendly Toast offers a diverse menu of breakfast entrées and sides, including vegan options. The restaurant recently underwent an extensive renovation and is now welcoming guests back for an eclectic dining experience.
Ceres Bakery – 51 Penhallow St
Known as much for the lunch specials and fresh baked goods as it is for breakfast, Ceres has been serving up homemade food to the Portsmouth crowd for over 30 years. There are too many tasty items on the menu to pick a favorite, but just remember to hit the ATM on your way over – Ceres is cash only.
Popovers on the Square – 8 Congress Street, Market Square
Named after the golden brown New England staple, this centrally-located café has something for every one. They’ve found creative ways to incorporate their namesake baked good into every day part, with delicious results. Enjoy a popover smothered with maple butter in the morning, alongside a fresh Caesar salad for the lunch, and as a bowl for clam chowder in the evening.