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It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Perhaps you’ve even heard breakfast referred to as the “magical unicorn of daily meals” (or maybe that’s just my own hyperbole).

In any case, it’s correct—breakfast is the best. It starts your day off right and fills your rumbling stomach after a long night of sleep-induced fasting. Fortunately, the Bangor Metro region has a number of delicious destinations to get your breakfast on. I recently visited some of them in search of delicious breakfast eats.

Fork & Spoon (Bangor)

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Recently, I discovered that Fork & Spoon had started serving breakfast, so it seemed a no-brainer to check it out. Fork & Spoon has gone through some changes recently, and really delivered with their breakfast sandwiches. It was a simple and delectable experience. Keep your eyes on Fork & Spoon as their breakfast offerings develop.

Blaze (Bangor)

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Known for their signature pizza and expansive beer taps, I thought it couldn’t hurt to see what the brunch buzz was all about. I ordered coffee and a mimosa made with blood oranges that made my whole body feel delightfully fizzy. For an entrée, I had the breakfast sandwich that came on a homemade buttermilk biscuit that had my mouth watering from the moment I saw it on the menu. My dining party ordered the cast-iron corned beef hash and the Blaze skillet. I’d recommend Blaze for any occasion, but especially for a celebration brunch outing.

The Eagle’s Nest (Brewer)

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It might be better known for its lobster rolls, but come morning, locals know it as the place to grab a hearty no-frills breakfast in a similarly no-frills atmosphere. Come for the bacon, eggs and bottomless coffee, stay for the great view of the Penobscot River just below.

Cafe This Way (Bar Harbor)

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Bar Harbor’s Cafe This Way serves up organic and vegan breakfast fare in a fun, funky atmosphere tucked away off the main street. Grab the McThis Way Big Breakfast Sandwich, The Vegan (eggless and dairy free), or the organic oatmeal topped with blueberries and bananas. Look out for their signature cartoons around the place for a good morning laugh.

Frank’s Bakery (Bangor)

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Since 1945, Frank’s Bakery has been serving homemade specialty baked goods (and amazing local coffee) to the people of Bangor. They also happen to serve “the greatest breakfast sandwich in town,” as one of the ladies behind the counter proudly told me. It might be true. Not only was it incredibly tasty, they also offer gluten-free options (quite important to some, myself included). A visit to Frank’s is a genuine Bangor experience and the staff is very friendly.

Sea Biscuit Bakery (Rockport)

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Drop into Rockport’s Sea Biscuit Bakery for breakfast sandwiches, scones, bread pudding and poundcake as well as other traditional, delicious bakery fare.

Ralph’s Cafe (Brooks)

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Diners rave about this little restaurant in out-of-the-way Brooks. Highlights include the eggs benedict, homemade jam and walls adorned with memorabilia and kitsch.

Appalachian Trail Cafe (Millinocket)

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If you find yourself heading north, you must stop at the Appalachian Trail Cafe. It’s small, it’s homey, and you get the sense that countless proud and weary souls have sat in those booths after spending many a long day on the Appalachian Trail. Its charm is in its simplicity—heavy ceramic mugs, a basic breakfast menu, homemade pies, no-hassle table service and a decor that will keep you amused every time you visit.

Though I couldn’t go everywhere and cover everything, there are breakfast destinations in the Bangor Metro region for all tastes. Are you looking for kitschy style? Nicky’s Cruisin’ Diner in Bangor is your place. Massive portions (and pancakes)? Dysarts or Governor’s. Restoration after a long night? Judy’s on State Street in Bangor. When in the region, there’s no shortage of breakfast.

This list is by no means exhaustive. Did we miss your favorite breakfast stop? Tell us about it at editor@bangormetro.com—your glowing recommendation could make it into a future issue!

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