The Pantry is my favorite place for breakfast. I have never had home fries as good as theirs. They use real chunky potatoes that are crispy brown on the outside and deliciously creamy on the inside. I always bring my out of town guests to eat there for a truly delicious experience. My friends are always impressed with the specials on the menu, especially the many different types of eggs Benedict. My favorite is the California Benedict which comes with grilled tomato, sliced avocado and the poached egg on English muffin with the yummy sauce on top. I know that people complain about waiting in line to get a table, but to me it is always well worth that wait.
Horrible coffee, marginal food, unfriendly host.
I would discourage anyone from waiting in line for this establishment. There are too many other good choices in New Haven. I have tried the Pantry four times, and I’m giving up on it. If you like coffee with breakfast, I recommend going elsewhere. The coffee is a very weak brew of a light roast; the end result is closer to tea than coffee. The breakfast entrees I tried were mostly bland matter. The hollandaise sauce is brightly colored and tastes a bit like a pre-packaged product, and the avocado in the California Benedict was bruised and disintegrated on contact. The potatoes were over-salted and under-seasoned. Eggs and pancakes are standard fare – on the oily side. On a high note, the fruit is usually good, but you can save time and money by stopping at a market for good fruit (and pick up some decent coffee while you’re at it!) The actual service is fine, but if the host is going to be gruff, the food needs to be spectacular. It’s not even close. Keep going down the street for a better breakfast and a more cordial atmosphere.
all-around a great place to get a bite in the morning...great food in heaping helpings at a reasonable price, with a good waitstaff to boot. Also, the decor creates a nice, cozy environment to enjoy the most important meal of the day. Writing this has me thinking of heading down there for some grub when the sun rises....
If you are in New Haven for any reason and looking for best breakfast without burning your fingers and wallet with ridiculous prices but yet get the most delicious food, look no further than a short drive from downtown to Pantry, located at 2 Mechanic Street, intersction between Lawrence St, Mechanic St and State St in New Haven.
This locality is commenly known as East Rock Area, the beautiful East Rock Park and East Rock Hills are walkable from Pantry. Yale new campus, Peabody museum are closeby. Orange, Edward and Whitney streets are closeby.
The atmosphere at the Pantry breakfast restaurant is very friendly, homely and quite a busy place. Sometime a wait is required, other times you can walk-in, but no reservations and that mundane dance to the tune of hi-fi, glass paneled restaurant kind. It is simply a homely restaurant. I go with my shorts and t-shirt, sometime with shoos or other time with sandals, doen't matter, I am decent looking even if I visit a grocery store, what I mean is there is no need to worry about your dress code at this restaurant. LoL...
Only breakfast items are served, they close at 2pm. Monday is holiday, the rest of the week and weekend is opened as usual. I can't discriminate which is a better breakfast in the menu list, because they take spcial care to cook every single item, either the super pancake (I felt like eating breakfast and lunch together, big quantity), about 3-4 thick pancake with starwberries or blueberries on top,butter and vermont maid syrup and it goes with the pancake smoothely to let you devour!?. French toast, different kinds of potato addition to the toasts, omlet and egg toasts...immmmmmmm tasty. Well, coffee as a part of your breakfast, the coffee is one hundred times superior and better in quality than the star bucks crap. I normally ask for few re-fills. All other drinks are served (fruit based drinks or soda).
I am not describing all the items, there are several special items served at pantry, whatever you eat, I can assure you it is worth visiting for a break fast or even for a early lunch. The berries on top of a pancake is unbelievable, a whole bowl of fresh berries, neatly cut and incredebly arranged on top of pancake, I could never eat the whole break fast, first I finish all the berries and then I eat about half of the pancake served, good enough to satiate my hunger and tommy, no more room. Anyways, I visit often and every time I go with immmmmmmmmm satisfied eating here.
Note: I am just another customer like everyone, I am not related the pantry in anyways.