February is National Hot Breakfast Month, which begs the question: Where is the best place on Long Island to order up a delicious plateful of that most-important first meal of the day?

Press readers voted C.J.’s Coffee Shop the Best Breakfast on Long Island in the 2017 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest. C.J.’s also earned the title of Best Pancakes on Long Island in the competition, while IHOP was the national winner in that category. For those who prefer brunch, Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails won Best Brunch on Long Island.

C.J.’s Coffee Shop, a family owned and operated business, offers a wide range of breakfast items to choose from and a made-to-order policy, so you will enjoy every bite of your breakfast, whether you opted for one of their Best-on-Long-Island pancakes, egg or French toast masterpieces. And since they also won Best Cup of Coffee on Long Island, you’ll have everything you need to start your day off right!

The best pancake winner in the national category, IHOP, makes flapjacks the way they were meant to be made: soft, fluffy, and delicious! From Stuffed Crepes to German-Style to Smiley-Face and Silver Dollar, IHOP has dozens of choices to choose from and an accompanying breakfast menu that can easily make a solo flapjack into an eggs-and-sausage team player! The best part: They serve pancakes All Day Long, so you can feast on some pancakes for dinner, too!

As for brunch lovers, Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails is the place to go. From cinnamon French toast and chocolate-chip pancakes to brunch burgers and veggie avocado salads, Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails offers everything you’ll need to have the Best Brunch on Long Island!

To find all the other 2017 Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Winners of the 2018 contest will be announced in February. Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program starting Jan. 1.

C.J.’s Coffee Shop is located at 225 N. Long Beach Rd. in Rockville Centre. They can be reached at 516-766-9107 or cjscoffeeshop.com.

Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails is located at 4958 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa Park. They can be reached at 516-308-3582 or mercatokitchen.com.

IHOP has multiple locations. They can be found at ihop.com.

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