Firing up the griddles as early as 6 a.m., Le Petit Cafe’s chefs grill up smoked and cured bacon, flip chocolate flapjacks, and lightly brown three-egg omelets. They serve breakfast all day long till closing time at 2 p.m., but in between, lunchers can gnaw into specialty sandwiches such as roast beef with swiss cheese and russian dressing or warm up with a cup of chowder and a coffee.
Mildred's Corner Cafe welcomes regulars and new customers alike into a world of quaint Americana, piping-hot pots of coffee, and hearty feasts of homestyle breakfast food. The café’s decor charms first-time visitors with its chrome-lined barstools, chessboard floor, and walls covered in photographs of Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and other 1940s glamour girls. A cozy seating arrangement invites guests to settle in at a table or share laughs with old buddies and newfound friends at the diner counter. After ordering from the menu of classic dishes and innovative specials, diners dig their forks into pumpkin-infused pancakes, huevos rancheros, or southwest eggs benedict, which seats poached eggs and grilled chorizo atop a bed of crispy home fries sauteed with cactus. The beverage menu boasts 25 different flavors of loose-leaf tea and 16-ounce mugs of fresh coffee.
After their meal, patrons can stroll next door to the Old Soul Gift Shop, which memorializes visits with gifts such as vintage knickknacks and kitchenware. And true to its old-fashioned ambiance, Mildred's only accepts payment in the form of cash or barbershop-quartet routines.
Kane's Donuts' half-century-old recipes helped the bakery snag a spot in Bon Appétit magazine’s Top 10 Best Places for Donuts list. Bagels lament their fate as the black sheep in a family full of sugary donut flavors ($1.50 each; $12.50/doz.), including honey-dipped, powdered-sugar, and black-raspberry-jelly-filled varieties. A star-studded supporting cast includes fluffy capped muffins ($2.25 each; $12.50/half doz.) and two-pound, cinnamon-swirled coffee rolls that span entire plate diameters with cinnamon frosting or honey glaze. Roasted bean juices made from 100% Sumatran blends wash down eviscerated donuts and jump-start days like activating a pacemaker's alarm-clock function.
Within each of its quaint, cozy eateries, Café Polonia's hearty comfort food provides a flavorful foray into transatlantic treats. Whether perusing the Boston menu or the larger Salem menu, traditional starters such as borsch ($6) and herring filets in oil ($7–$8) act as a delectable lead-in to heartier fare, such as the giant potato gypsy pancake stuffed with hungarian goulash and topped with sour cream and bragging rights ($16). Fulfill meat-laden dreams with a variety of juicy sausage dishes including the kielbasa and cabbage stew ($12–$15), or effortlessly colonize a mouth with the Polish plate, populated with hunter's stew, stuffed cabbage, grilled kielbasa, and fluffy pierogi ($16–$18).