My sister and I were going on a whale watch (Cape Anne's whale watch - also recommended!) and wanted to have breakfast\brunch close to the waterfront. We were lucky enough to find Sugar Magnolia's and were very happy with our luck. The menu is extensive, with creative twists to breakfast staples. We tried so much! We started with the pineapple fritters: hot, fried balls of dough, covered with powdered sugar, served with pineapple chunks and a maple, brown sugar, honey sort of glaze for dipping-most delicious! We moved on to a carrot cake pancake (shredded carrots included but no raisins - only drawback!) served with a maple cream-cheese butter - need I say more? We also ordered a side of fresh fruit. My sister has an allergy to bananas so when we inquired if their fruit included bananas, our waitress said they make it fresh per order so leaving them out would not be an issue. The cup consisted of fresh strawberries, apples (chunks and wedges), blueberries, grapes and kiwi - not too shabby. Let's move onto the Irish Bennie I had to try: instead of an English muffin, cheese roll or croissant, their version was served on grilled corn bread. The corn beef hash (also grilled) was home made, with strings of corned beef and little chunks of potatoes. The poached eggs were just the right amount of runny and the sauce was nicely seasoned. Our last item ordered was a scrambled egg with bacon on the side. Both were cooked well and were very good. Our "endless" cups of coffee were constantly being topped off by one of the very pleasant staff and they knew enough to bring over doggie bags for our leftovers. We looked at a lunch/dinner menu while we waited and saw several interesting items that, should we return to Gloucester, I'm sure we'll return to try. I hope you find this restaurant as satisfying as we did.
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