I was searching the board and didn't find a good, comprehensive string about the better basic breakfasts 'round these parts.
I used to be a fan of Arlington Diner, but that's now past tense.
Broadway Diner in Arlington may have some of the same folks, but the food isn't quite to where AD was.
Charlie's in the South End was quite good last I checked.
Johnny's Luncheonette (Newton & Harvard Sq) is credible.
Was / is there still a Kelly's in Somerville?
Julie's Place in Acton is a contender.
Years ago there was a little joint on 133 in Andover that had good homemade hash.
Deluxe Town Diner in W'town is a solid performer, although their formerly wheat-free blue corn pancakes are no longer wheat free. (The wheat free isn't critical for me, but it was nice to be able to tell friends who do care.) And I wouldn't complain bitterly if they fixed the bench seats just a little bit...
Aram's in Belmont is fine.
Linda's Donuts in Belmont is a great donut, and a good egg sandwich.
Breakfast Club on Western Ave is decent.
While most are pretty good, none of the above are to me what AD was. I'd be very happy with folks who turn out good home fries and hash, assuming all eggs are created equal. I don't need fiddleheads with my eggs - in other words this isn't about the truly "gourmet," although a well done Hollandaise is a good thing.
Who do you like and why? All geographies welcome.