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Favorite breakfast restaurants on Long Island

Individuality, coupled with a respect for simplicity and tradition, is what keeps a breakfast spot percolating. That's certainly true of these restaurants, which have the right ingredients to rank as top-of-the-morning kinds of places.

Crazy Beans

Crazy Beans (159-14 Rte. 25A, Miller Place): Breakfast
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Crazy Beans (159-14 Rte. 25A, Miller Place): Breakfast brought Crazy Beans owners Callie and Tim Martino together: They met when he came in to eat at the spot she had opened in Miller Place in 2012. Later, they became partners in both business and life, expanding the Crazy Beans empire to Stony Brook and Greenport, even as they closed their original Miller Place location. Last winter, this whimsical luncheonette reopened in the town where it all began, with retro booths and tables, a breakfast counter, cherry-red walls covered with artwork, and a menu that bounces from breakfast tacos to quesadillas, three iterations of French toast and old-fashioned corned beef hash with eggs. More info: 631-403-4954, crazybeansrestaurant.com 

Buttermilk’s Kitchen

Buttermilk's Kitchen (76 W. Main St., Patchogue): Buttermilk's
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Buttermilk's Kitchen (76 W. Main St., Patchogue): Buttermilk's Kitchen, new to Patchogue, is seemingly designed for Instagrammable breakfasts: It's airy and artsy, with a shabby-chic vibe, sake-spiked Bloody Marys, and dishes that will set you up for the day, such as s'mores French toast, steak-and-manchego omelets, and the buttermilk pancakes. (Pictured: Samoa pancakes). More info: 631-654-6455, buttermilkskitchen.com 

Brownstones Coffee

Brownstones Coffee (361 Larkfield Rd., East Northport): Manny
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Brownstones Coffee (361 Larkfield Rd., East Northport): Manny and Christopher Kourounis opened the first Brownstone's in Amityville in 2002, long before the current breakfast boom took hold. : A West Islip location was added, and thisyear, they installed their third location in a former East Northport Friendly's -- mirroring the same turn-of-the-century vibe and sprawling coffee menu of its predecessors . The place was almost immediately mobbed. Avocado toast has its own mini-section of the menu, and Brownstones creamy pagoccinos, a twist on frappés, were a summer staple. More info: 631-486-8897, brownstonescoffee.com 

Famous Toastery

Famous Toastery (10-2020 E. Jericho Tpke., Mayfair Shopping
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Famous Toastery (10-2020 E. Jericho Tpke., Mayfair Shopping Center, Commack): This is the first Long Island location of this Carolinas-based chain, and a homecoming of sorts for co-founders Robert Maynard and Brian Burchill, both of whom grew up in Centereach. They opened the first Famous Toastery in Huntersville, North Carolina, in 2005 with the motto of "breakfast, lunch and brunch. All at once." That manifests as a menu mashup of New York-centric dishes such as bagels with a schmear and lox to more gut-sticking Southern fare such as biscuits and gravy with eggs, all served in an exuberant space that evokes a farmhouse kitchen. More info: 631-403-2551, famoustoastery.com 

For Five Coffee

For Five Coffee (292 Plandome Rd., Manhasset): The
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For Five Coffee (292 Plandome Rd., Manhasset): The first Long Island location for this Queens-based coffee roaster, may have the earliest daily opening time of the places on this list (5:30 a.m., as befits a place across from an LIRR station). It's also the most stylish of the bunch, with a modern, bright, streamlined look, as well as a sleek coffee and breakfasting counter. Come for the coffee, mocha and cold brew, but stay for breakfast and pastries -- cinnamon twists are a must, but there's also salmon gravlax on rye, avocado toast (of course) with walnuts and pesto, and torrijas, a milk-soaked Spanish version of French toast that comes topped with a house tiger-nut ice cream. More info: 516-918-9488, forfivecoffee.com 

Hatch

Hatch (286 Main St., Huntington): This gathering place
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Hatch (286 Main St., Huntington): This gathering place for breakfast and brunch opened in spring, and its yolk-colored leather booths and centerpiece bar can engender long waits, even during the week. Chef Billy Muzio's takes on breakfast fare trek from classic dishes such as the "New York classic" breakfast sandwich of scrambled eggs, cheese and apple-wood smoked bacon on a bun, to multiple twists on eggs Benedict (including one layered with prosciutto and taleggio cheese) and buttermilk pancakes with vanilla-rum crème Anglaise and caramelized pineapple. The java comes from Southdown Coffee, and blood-orange mimosas and rye-laced chai lattes keep things lively. More info: 631-424-0780, hatchbrunch.com 

Rooster's Cafe

Rooster's Cafe (14 Station Rd., Bellport): Chef James
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Rooster's Cafe (14 Station Rd., Bellport): Chef James Malone and his mother-in-law, Annamae Russo, opened this cafe together in mellow downtown Bellport in June, and their menu is buoyed by dishes Malone honed during a 25-year career in kitchens -- including a stint at The Flying Pig Cafe in Miller Place. Muffins, pies, cakes and turnovers are baked on the premises by Sandra Russo Sotke, Annamae Russo's daughter, and lovers of avocado toast should fall face-first into the AvoTomo, dressed up with tomato confit and balsamic glaze. The oatmeal-almond Belgian waffle ain't too shabby, either, and Rooster's froths up "farmhouse frappés" in flavors such as s'mores and Oreo. More info: 631-803-2993

The Cook Room

The Cook Room (25 Middle Country Rd., Middle
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The Cook Room (25 Middle Country Rd., Middle Island): This gleaming vintage diner serves a homestyle menu that includes such dishes as meltingly tender "oaty oat" pancakes studded with pieces of apple and walnuts. Try the egg sliders, flaky Cheddar biscuits sandwiching eggs, melted cheese and Canadian bacon. (Pictured: The ABC omelette, with avocado, bacon and cheddar.) More info: 631-696-4260

Cornucopia's Noshery

Cornucopia's Noshery (194 Park Ave., Amityville): In an
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Cornucopia's Noshery (194 Park Ave., Amityville): In an attractive, sun-splashed space, chef-owner Erica Reichlin serves up omelets made with organic eggs, angel food pancakes, coconut-crusted brioche French toast and, for vegans, a tofu curry scramble. Mimosas and sangria, too. There's also outdoor dining at this Amityville spot. Cash only. More info: 631-608-4580, cornucopiasnoshery.com 

Relish

Relish (2 Pulaski Rd., Kings Park): At this
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Relish (2 Pulaski Rd., Kings Park): At this eatery, produce, much of it locally sourced, is noted on a chalkboard. The "new school" egg sandwich with house-made maple turkey sausage, tomato, Swiss and spinach (pictured) gets an A, as do the ricotta pancakes with fresh berries, Mexicali omelet with chorizo and whole-grain cereal. More info: 631-292-2740, relishkingspark.com 

Morning Rose Cafe

Morning Rose Cafe (317 Bedford Ave., Bellmore): A
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Morning Rose Cafe (317 Bedford Ave., Bellmore): A bed-and-breakfast vibe and an imaginative repertoire define this spot, a charming little cafe where executive chef Roberto Baez puts no end of panache into his irresistible Voodoo berry lemon pancakes (pictured); flaky Bubba biscuits topped with sausage gravy, eggs, roasted tomatoes and house-made maple-pork sausage patties; and flavorful, hot chilaquiles. More info: 516-221-5010, morningrosecafe.com 

Thomas's Ham & Eggery

Thomas's Ham & Eggery, Carle Place (325 Old
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Thomas's Ham & Eggery, Carle Place (325 Old Country Rd., Carle Place): It's the eggs, fritattas, omelets and corned beef hash all served in a skillet that sets this spot apart from all other diners on Long Island, and that certainly includes scrambles (pictured). Thomas's also has stuffed French toast, and at the counter you will find a daily array of freshly baked muffins. More info: 516-333-3060

Premier Diner

Premier Diner (690 Commack Rd., Commack): Here, co-owner
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Premier Diner (690 Commack Rd., Commack): Here, co-owner Helen Georgatos offers a regularly changing menu insert that showcases her imaginative thinking. Proof comes via clever pancakes, including pistachio (pictured) and cloudlike angel food. Baked oatmeal is also good, and the omelets are light yet substantial. More info: 631-462-1432

Maureen's Kitchen

Maureen's Kitchen (108 Terry Rd., Smithtown): This cute,
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Maureen's Kitchen (108 Terry Rd., Smithtown): This cute, quirky spot has garnered the attention of diners and food fans from Montauk to Manhattan. You'll find large-portion egg dishes (the sausage, apple and cheddar cheese omelette is pictured), stuffed raspberry French toast and baked oatmeal that's a virtual hot oatmeal cookie-in-a-bowl. Note: Cash-only. More info: 631-360-9227

Jo Jo Apples Cafe

Jo Jo Apples Cafe (85 Lido Blvd., Point
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Jo Jo Apples Cafe (85 Lido Blvd., Point Lookout): The charming, all-American eatery impresses with its clean-tasting, airy-textured, fruit-studded pancakes (pictured). Or try the farmer's frittata with ham, sausage, potato, tomato and cheese; also good is the spicy corn frittata. More info: 516-432-6494

Atlantica

Atlantica (80 W. Broadway, Long Beach): Inside the
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Atlantica (80 W. Broadway, Long Beach): Inside the Allegria Hotel, this spot offers great views of the waves from a sharp dining room where glass doors touch the boardwalk. But we like the breakfasts, too, including buttermilk pancakes (pictured) served with pure maple syrup. More info: allegriahotelny.com 

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