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Greater Newburyport Breakfast and Brunch Places – Do you Know them All?

Newburyport breakfast and Brunch Places

Breakfast, its an important start to the day, its business, its social and for many a relaxing tradition.  Have you stopped to consider how many excellent Greater Newburyport breakfast and brunch places we have to choose from?  Have you visited them all, at least once?  So where does the breakfast lover start?  Our list is certainly diverse featuring traditional casual diners to upscale brunch places, some of which are located in Newburyport and others in surrounding towns.  We challenge you to try all of these Greater Newburyport breakfast and brunch places and we hope you will discover a few new favorites.

Newburyport breakfast and Brunch Places

Beginning with downtown Newburyport traditional diners and cafes, Angie’s Diner has a history of offering fast friendly service and delicious food since 1969.  We highly recommend the Stuffed French Toast and the Western Omelet.  Although they are known as a downtown Newburyport breakfast destination, they are also open for lunch and dinner.  Owner, Steve Luz is the man behind this Newburyport establishment and is always there working to ensure his customers are happy.

Do you enjoy a Bloody Mary or Mimosa with your breakfast or brunch?  Ceia Kitchen & Bar has a strong reputation for exceptional high quality cocktails and fresh farm to table food.  Come for brunch and enjoy creative twists on traditional favorites, and Ceia offers a great kids menu too! Owner, Nancy Batista-Caswell takes great pride in serving top quality food for her loyal customers.

 

Have you experienced the FM Station Cafe?  This is an amazing breakfast place located just off the route 1 traffic circle next to Minute Man Press.  The Blueberry Coconut Pancakes are a sweet delight and if you prefer savory we recommend the Florentine Benedict with spinach and tomatoes (Feature image at top of page), and the homemade Corned Beef Hash is excellent as well.  The FM Station Cafe offers traditional breakfast favorites with the option for a few tasty Brazilian dishes as well.  Owner, Fabio Santos is normally busy cooking while his wife Eva an her sister Coffee factory Newburyport, Coffee and sandwich shopPoloma welcome and take care of guests.

Everyone knows the Coffee Factory as the Newburyport coffee house destination with free Wi-Fi and delicious sandwiches and salads but did you know they serve tasty breakfast sandwiches too?  We recommend the Veggie Bagel sandwich featured to the right, the Joppa Flat or the Works.  Owner Kevin Yorke works hard to provide an exceptional experience for his customers in Newburyport and in his Derry and Salem NH locations too.

 

Are you looking for a brunch experience that includes great live music?  The Plum Island Grille is the place to go.  Owner and Chef, Francis Broadbery and his staff at The Plum Island Grille have a long history of serving an excellent Sunday Brunch menu accompanied with live Jazz Music from 1- 3 PM.  The entire menu is exceptional but we recommend trying the Quiche or the Smoked Salmon.  Head out to the Island and at least pretend you’re on vacation!

Newburyport breakfast and Brunch Places

The Riverside Cafe is a very well known breakfast and lunch spot.  Owner, Ken Santiano arrives between 4:30 and 5 AM every morning to have breakfast ready for the early birds by 6 AM.  It’s all delicious but we love the omelets, pancakes and breakfast sandwiches, yum!  Oh and the bacon is extra crispy for the bacon connoisseurs!  Make sure to visit Riverside during holidays throughout the year.  Ken and his staff do an excellent job of decorating for all occasions!

 

Just around the corner from Riverside Cafe is The Finest Kind.  If you know this one then you’re a true Newburyport local!  Owner and Chef David Rice has been serving his customers for over 25 years.  The omelets and breakfast sandwiches are great, and so is the story of the personified hard boiled egg painting by local artist Herbie Crooks, that mysteriously disappeared.  Stop in to learn the full story!

 

Don’t forget about the excellent Greater Newburyport breakfast and brunch places in the towns that surround Newburyport!  Salisbury has a number of breakfast spots that we highly recommend, starting with Nancy’s Marshview Cafe.  Owner, Nancy Wallace offers a tasty selection of traditional breakfast foods and keep in mind that she is also really well known for her amazing homemade cakes, pies and handcrafted lattes.  The Coned Beef Hash at Nancy’s is delicious.  It is homemade and you can tell because it is not salty!

Pat’s Diner,  a historic landmark and traditional diner built in 1950, is located in Salisbury near the Salisbury Library.  Owner, Pat Poulakos Archambault is an inspirational entrepreneurial woman at age 86 years young!  She proudly greets all of her customers and works hard to make sure that they feel like family when they visit Pat’s Diner, while her son George cooks up traditional diner breakfast selections.  Pat suggests the Eggs Benedict or the Baked Pork Pie and the kids Chocolate Chip Pancakes are made with extra TLC!

 

Have you been to Rico’s Cafe?  Owner, Maria Melo is from the Azors.  She is there at 5:30 AM to welcome you with a cup of coffee and ready to prepare your favorite wake up meal.  Among her top specialties are her omelets and her wonderful homemade soups!  Rico’s is located next door to the Salisbury Post Office.

If you’re in search of a special occasion Sunday Brunch destination, pay a visit to  Seaglass Restaurant and Lounge.  Seaglass is  right on the beach in Salisbury offering stunning views of the ocean, and an elegant brunch buffet including: made to order omelets, carving station, delicious  pastries and more.  Depending upon the schedule of the tide you could be enjoying brunch over of the ocean!  Owner, Wayne Capolupo ensures food, service and atmosphere are all exceptional at Seaglass, and don’t save Seaglass just for special occasions.  Visit any time!

 

Metzy’s is a place you think of for lunch and dinner but they also offer some delicious breakfast options as well.  Try the Bacon Burrito: bacon, eggs, cheddar-jack cheese, guacamole, caramelized onions, black beans, pico de gallo, and chipotle sour cream  or a Chorizo Taco: chorizo, eggs, cheddar-jack cheese, pico de gallo, & chipotle sour cream.  Metzy’s also offers hot organic Mexican Coffee, cold brew coffee, tea and fresh squeezed orange juice.

Everyone loves Panera Bread for lunch but don’t forget they have great breakfast options as well including muffins, pastries, breakfast sandwiches and coffee.  Or, treat yourself to a freshly baked souffle in a variety of choices.  Oh, and did we forget to mention the very convenient drive thru window, and the fact that all Panera food is 100% clean, free of preservatives, sweeteners, additives, and artificial ingredients.  Although Panera is part of large company, Manager Hanna Elliott has developed a strong local customer base for the Newburyport shop and works hard to always provide top notch service for her customers.

If you enjoy breakfast sandwiches, don’t forget about Subway!  Local Franchise Owner, BB Bhatt is there early morning baking the breads. Served on a freshly baked flat bread roll with real applewood smoked bacon and your choice of vegetables, the Subway breakfast sandwiches are a delicious health option for folks who like to create their breakfast sandwich!

What do all of these Greater Newburyport breakfast and brunch places have in common?  Whether managing, cooking or serving customers, you will find the owners and or managers present in all of these great places to eat!  They know their regular customers by name and they work hard to ensure a high quality experience.  In addition, all of these Greater Newburyport breakfast and brunch places help raise money for the 23 Newburyport.com local nonprofit partner organizations by participating in the Best of Newburyport VIP Program.  They also reward Newburyport App/VIP Card holders with discounts every time App/Card holders visit any of the participating businesses.  Below are the offerings for these Greater Newburyport Breakfast and Brunch places as of of 5/29/17 when this story was published.  Click the links below to confirm current discounts or just download the Newburyport App.

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VIP Discounts for Greater Newburyport Breakfast and Brunch Places:
Angie’s Diner – 5% Off
Coffee Factory – 10% Off
Ceia Kitchen & Bar – 10% off Food Portion of the Check
Finest Kind – 5% Off
FM Station Cafe – 15% Off
Metzy’s – Free Chips & Salsa with Food Purchase – limit one per VIP Card/Per Day
Nancy’s Marshview Cafe – $5 Off $30 or More
Panera Bread – $3 Off Purchases of $15 or More, $5 Off Purchases of $25 or More
Pat’s Diner – 10% Off
Plum Island Grille – 10% off Food for VIP Card Holder & One Guest
Rico’s Cafe – 5% Off
Riverside Cafe – 10% Off
Seaglass Restaurant – $5 Off Dinner Entree – One Entree Per Card – Sun – Thurs
Subway – Purchase Six Inch Sub, Chips & Drink Get Six Inch Sub Free

 

Newburyport Mexican Restaurant Films Segment for “Phantom Gourmet”

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Newburyport Mexican restaurant Metzy’s Cantina is heating up the airwaves on New England’s hottest foodie show! Owner Erik Metzdorf and Director of Operations and Chief Culinary Officer Anthony Leone were thrilled to welcome Phantom Gourmet as they filmed a segment highlighting the origins of Metzy’s Cantina, local support from the North Shore community, and Metzy’s delicious new creations. The Phantom Gourmet segment aired on Sunday, March 25th featuring Metzy’s super-cool space, fresh vibe, and flavorful eats. The episode also captured many familiar faces as many customers were at the restaurant during taping, enjoying fresh, flavorful food and beverages with Metzy’s unique Mexican flair.

Your certain to be craving Metzy’s once you watch this enticing video. Popular new menu items include tomatillo-based chili verde, Metzy’s chicken wings – offered one of three different ways (including Erik’s favorite mole sauce!) – and mini “street tacos” served on crispy shells. Also look for an announcement about Metzy’s Cantina’s expanded, full bar (coming soon).

Metzy’s Cantina is available for private parties. Mobile catering options include Metzy’s Taqueria (food truck) and famous Taco Bar – both available for work events and friends-and-family gatherings. Metzy’s Cantina also offers delivery, grab-and-go, pick-up options.

On weekdays, stop by for breakfast 6 AM-10:30 AM and start the day with mouth-watering tacos, burritos, breakfast bowls, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and small-batch roasted Francisco Davila Signature Coffees from family the roastery: Coffee Roasters of Charleston.

Metzy’s Cantina has established itself as one of the top meeting places on the North Shore for groups up to 100, serving fresh Mexican eats along with free WiFi, plenty of free parking, and the coolest vibe around. Come check out this popular Newburyport Mexican restaurant’s new indoor/outdoor space right next to the city’s MBTA Commuter Rail stop, just a short 1-mile bike ride or walk along the Clipper City Rail Trail to downtown.

Visit Metzy’s Facebook page to stay in the know about exciting new menu items, specials, live music and many local events you can find the Metzy’s food truck.

Picturesque Newburyport Water Views – Exceptional Food and Service

Newburyport Water Views, Vasa Waterfront Kitchen & Bar

Which Greater Newburyport waterfront restaurant do we recommend for dinner, lunch, or just drinks and apps?  VASA Waterfront Kitchen & Bar has it all, picturesque Newburyport water views of the Merrimack River, a refined fresh food and drink menu, and top notch service.  The atmosphere at Vasa is casual and welcoming yet the decor has a clean contemporary upscale look highlighting a beautiful dark wood bar and dining room and a polished beach club feel on the outside patio.

VASA features creative modern American cuisine with an emphasis on high quality fresh seafood including an exceptional raw bar. Order your favorite oysters, or try a variety of and compare the distinct taste differences.  Even better try the shellfish tower, a beautifully displayed sampling of oysters, clams, shrimp, crab, and lobster.  Prosecco is available on tap, to complement the raw bar experience and the drink menu offers over 100 rums in recognition of Newburyport’s rum-running history. Owner Sean Toomey named VASA after a Swedish battle ship that sank in the 17th century.  When it was raised up in 1961 a bottle of rum was discovered completely intact and said to be the oldest bottle of rum in the world.

Open year round, VASA is the ultimate destination for those who appreciate spending quality time relaxing with friends and family while savoring the natural beauty of the water.  Enjoy outdoor seating on the VASA deck during the warm weather months and stunning Newburyport water views year round from inside this beautifully designed and decorated Greater Newburyport waterfront restaurant.

Located just across the bridge from Newburyport on Rings Island in Salisbury, VASA features the best Newburyport water views, and is the perfect place to host an event.  The two elegant function rooms can host 20-80 guests and the newly renovated Inn At Ring’s Island is perfect for out-of-town guests with 14 rooms and 4 elegant suites.  The Inn at Rings Island is the perfect spot for locals to consider when celebrating an anniversary or just deciding to treat themselves to a local vacation.  The rooms feature a refined beach resort style and guests can enjoy exceptional cuisine from VASA as well as many fun things to do in the Greater Newburyport area.

You are certain to be delighted by this exceptional Greater Newburyport waterfront restaurant.  Owner Sean Toomey has an impeccable reputation for managing every aspect of the dining experience in order to ensure a strong loyal following.  Sean is highly regarded for his Amesbury restaurant, Crave: WINE | KITCHEN | TAP and also well know for giving back to his local community.  By participating in the Best of Newburyport VIP Program, VASA adds significant value to the VIP Card and Mobile App, thus helping to boost VIP Card sales and raise money for many local nonprofit organizations in the Greater Newburyport community.  Present your VIP Card or Newburyport App at VASA and enjoy 10% off the food portion of your check

 

Metzy’s Cantina Officially Opens

Metzy's Cantina, Newburyport MA

Metzy’s Cantina has officially expanded to be a full service restaurant at the Newburyport Train Station and Rail Trail, offering its flavorful taco and burrito menu and bar selection, along with an expanded menu. The long-awaited restaurant, Metzy’s Cantina, will operate as the home base for Metzy’s Taqueria, its award-winning food truck.  This new set-up will allow Metzy’s to expand mobile dining service throughout the region and catering private parties, while extending the popular menu to a family-friendly dining experience that is convenient for commuters and those exploring the Rail Trail.

“The Cantina will be a vibrant eatery for commuters, local employees of the Industrial Park, and families throughout Greater Newburyport and Cape Ann,” said Erik Metzdorf, owner of Metzy’s Cantina.  “We will have designated seating and free parking for our restaurant patrons, and our delicious recipes and expanded menu items will be available throughout the day.”

Metzdorf continued, “We have a veteran staff that will make this an exciting opening, including our Head Chef Brad DeLibero, many who have been part of the Metzy’s family since the truck first opened its window for business. The Metzy’s Cantina team has been our lifeblood throughout this growing process, and I am incredibly grateful for their hard work and also the support of the greater Newburyport community.”

Campernel Design, Metzy’s design partner, has worked to create a space where the roots of the truck are experienced at the Cantina while ordering.  Arriving at the station, patrons will be able to look through the “truck window” within the Cantina and see their food being prepared.    Like the truck, orders are placed by the staff anywhere in the Cantina, utilizing bluetooth enabled wireless registers.  This wireless system allows for the chef and line cooks and bartenders to quickly prepare food and drinks via table-side and fired order tickets, keeping Metzy’s commitment of fresh food fast for its customers.

Seating and a custom built bar are available for patrons, with additional outdoor seating coming during warmer weather months. Corn Hole and other games will continue to be a feature, providing a fun dining experience for families.  Online ordering, take-out and deliveries are also available for convenience. Doors will be open on August 12th to welcome loyal patrons and culinary curiosity seekers at the new Cantina, located at 25 Boston Way, Newburyport, Massachusetts.

HOW TO’S SHARED AS METZY’S TAQUERIA TURNS TWO

Metzy's Taqueria, Newburyport MA

As one of the area’s premier mobile restaurants, Metzy’s  Taqueria has found a way to dig deeper and make a strong food hold in the Greater Newburyport coastal community.  With solid patron backing and many local businesses enlisted to make a dream a reality, Metzy’s Cantina will open by July at Newburyport’s MBTA Train Station platform to expand this eatery’s hours to breakfast, lunch and dinner.  And did we say Happy Hour too?  Very happy on all fronts.  And a Happy Birthday is in order this week, as Metzy’s Taqueria Turns Two on Friday, May 20th.

So how is it that a mobile restaurant has grown to a brick and mortar establishment so quickly?  Owner Erik Metzdorf shares:

  1. Know your patrons. Take time to make it a fun and meaningful experience.  Are the menu items compelling?  Is it a delicious meal that visitors will rave about?  Is the location selfie-worthy?  Let your visitors spread the word about the brand experience.
  2. Control your costs. To meet growing demand, it became evident after 6 months that a commercial kitchen needed to be secured.  It made smart business sense to also double this as a restaurant and cantina with expanded hours of operation.  The added benefit was finding a location that has daily volume of foot traffic and minimal competition.
  3. Work towards a plan. Metzy’s 2016 Business Plan took a third place win at the Enterprise Center at Salem State University’s competition, earning dollars and bragging rights with no other restaurants in the Top Ten finalists.  Develop short term AND long term goals with a plan to implement, that you commit to and make decisions by – to keep you on your path to success.
  4. Let opportunities unfold. The idea of a food truck is a relatively novel idea in New England and gaining popularity, following mobile restaurant success in the southwestern states.  Realizing a viable expansion opportunity came later, in tandem with finding a commercial kitchen, as demand and special requests came from all over New England.

Metzdorf worked tirelessly to bring the city and state’s MBTA Newburyport platform and building back to a place that will welcome patrons with a meaningful dining experience.  “Metzy’s is known for our delicious food and unique, flavorful recipes – always delivering fresh food fast.  This experience will translate into the new venue by keeping to our roots at the cantina.”  Customers will still order at the “window” at the new venue, as they’ve designed elements of the truck to be present inside the cantina for an added playful experience.  Sure to be a selfie hotspot.

So as Metzy’s Taqueria TURNS TWO they seek more help.  Do you enjoy hosting and serving folks?  Or are you a master in the world of culinary arts?  Do you love all things food related?  And enjoy good vibes and music and culture in a productive atmosphere?  Then they want to speak to you!  Email Metzy’s general manager at jill@metzys.com to start the conversation and join the Metzy’s team!

Two Newburyport VIP Holiday Parties

By Joe, Joe

Two Newburyport Holiday Parties

w/ VIPs Fifty Water Restaurant + Ceia Kitchen & Bar

My Newburyport Night on the Town

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Water - Charity - Bob Veek + Chris Evans FINALTwo Newburyport VIPs hosted holiday parties on Thursday, neither of which I was going to miss, starting with Fifty Water Restaurant & Bar’s Charity Benefit.

Fifty Water owners Robert Veek and John Moore raised over $4000 for The Pettengill House to help children and families in need.

On hand to lend his support was Veek’s cousin Chris Evans, actor in Captain America and Fantastic Four.

Prior to the charity event, kids lined up for hours to get an autograph and picture taken with Captain America.

The excitement lead into the night with hundreds of people gathered for great food, drink and music by the Red Tail Hawk band.

I was able to speak with both Veek and Moore that night. Fifty Water will definitely be doing something special for New Years Eve. There are also many other exciting things in the works for the trendy Newburyport restaurant in 2015. Stay tuned for the latest.

Next it was off to Ceia Kitchen and Bar to celebrate the restaurant’s fourth anniversary.

Entering on State I was immediately greeted by Newburyport Celebrity Bartender Bret laughing it up with his fans, I mean patrons.

Up the stairs to the second floor and there’s Ceia owner Nancy Baptista-Caswell expediting. Fresh pasta dishes had just been brought to the window. The pasta was cooked perfectly and full of colorful flavors. I submitted it to @BestFoodBoston #BostonFab5. It’s my thing.

Onto the third level, there was a beautiful crowd of people enjoying champagne and more tasty food, including a table of Mediterranean olives and cheeses.

As if the night couldn’t have been more delicious in spirit, conversation and food, on the way out Nancy insists I indulge in a Buttermilk Donut. Oh, alright!

Not bad for a Thursday.

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