Enjoy Breakfast Outdoors at 5 LI Restaurants

Dining out takes on a more literal meaning during the summer months as local restaurants open their patios and docks. But breakfast al fresco is often overlooked. Like the meal, arguably the most important one of the day, it shouldn’t be. Plenty of charming Long Island restaurants allow guests to start their days with lovely views and food. This summer, consider making a good morning better with a Long Island breakfast outdoors.

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Love Lane Kitchen, Mattituck

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Adorned in North Fork country elegance, Love Lane kitchen is situated in the heart of the rural village of Mattituck. Snag a seat at one of the metal tables on the quaint outdoor terrace and let the gentleness of the streets provide the soundtrack to the meal. All the gourmet breakfast selections are served until 2pm daily. Try favorites like the breakfast bowl with potatoes, cheese, two poached eggs, house-made salsa and fresh avocado or French toast filled with cheesecake and topped with a warm berry compote. Phone: 631-298-8989 | Address: 240 Love Ln Click to taste

Hampton Maid, Hampton Bays

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Whether one is staying at the resort or not, the cozy, unpretentious hideaway is the perfect way to start a lazy morning. Dine on the covered patio overlooking the Shinnecock Bay while feasting on cinnamon swirl French toast with fresh sliced strawberries or a generously sized omelet. For those feeling extra hungry, the Hampton Maid breakfast platter with French toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, two eggs and home fried potatoes is sure to cure any food hankerings. Phone: 631-728-4166 | Address: 259 E Montauk Hwy Click to taste

Estia’s Little Kitchen, Sag Harbor

Here it is: the perfect place to fuel up before hitting the wineries on the East End. Estia’s serves breakfast until 3pm in the lovely back garden with wooden seats and beautiful plants. Delicious options include crab ‘n’ eggs (a big crab cake with two poached eggs and avocado on an English muffin) and Big Al’s Burrito filled with mixed vegetables, veggie burger, egg whites and jack cheese. Phone: 631-725-1045 | Address: 1615 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike Click to taste

Sweet Mama’s, Northport

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The soft yellow, blue and white color scheme of Sweet Mama’s extends itself to the outdoor dining area, boasting vibrant umbrellas in a cheery gathering space. Breakfast is served all day at the vintage, 50s-era restaurant showcasing some of mama’s signature plates like country fried steak and eggs topped with Sweet Mama’s sawmill gravy, buttered grits, home fries and biscuits. There’s also the tasty California avocado toast: two eggs any style over homemade guacamole and multigrain toast, topped with turkey bacon served with fresh garden greens. Phone: 631-261-6262 | Address: 9 Alsace Pl Click to taste

Tula’s Kitchen, Bay Shore

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Offered until 3pm, the breakfast menu at Tula’s has a creative mix of classics. Pull up a chair at one of the chic sidewalk tables and order French press coffee or an energy-boosting espresso (the casual village setting makes it easy to pretend you’re on vacation). Guests rave about the flap-jackies & nutella stuffed french toast (one piece of french toast and two pancakes), as well as the hot oatmeal bake made with sauteed apples, raisins, cranberries, walnuts and cinnamon sprinkle. Phone: 631-539-7183 | Address: 41 E Main St Click to taste