Colby’s Breakfast & Lunch

I spent most of this past week up in New Hampshire, visiting my girlfriend. Her dad lives in Portsmouth, NH and I’ve visited a few times last summer and throughout the school year. Portsmouth is a hopping little town on the seacoast and it has a good selection of fine dining, cheap eats, and all around good food. It was the morning of the 4th of July and not too many places were open, but we were trying to find a good place to get breakfast/brunch. Kelley’s dad recommended Colby’s– a small restaurant known for long waits but a great breakfast and lunch menu.

Inside Colby’s (photo from Trip Advisor)

We got to Colby’s and it was open (that was the good news), but there was a small crowd waiting outside and a 30 minute wait (that was the bad news). But we had time to wait, so we stuck around and got some coffee at a cute German cafe down the street. When we did get a table, the waitress was really sweet and even let us keep our outside coffees at the table! We put them down below the table, but she saw them and said “It’s okay, no need to hide them, we get that a lot!” The restaurant itself was pretty cute too. It’s one fairly small room with bright red walls and no more than ten wooden tables. It’s got a cozy feel to it– perfect for a cozy filling breakfast.

Colby’s omelette (photo from EatingPlaces)

Their breakfast menu was pretty extensive. They have all of the basics: pancakes, french toast, omelettes, eggs, etc. They also have breakfast specials daily. Their lunch menu also had a great selection. I decided to create my own omelette for $5.99 with cheese and one ingredient, plus $0.75 per extra ingredient. I got a cheddar omelette with homemade sausage, peppers, and onions. It came with hash browns and whole wheat toast. It took a little while to get our food, but the wait was well worth it! The omelette was one of the best I’ve ever had. The eggs were light and fluffy and easily came apart with every bite. The sausage was absolutely delicious and cooked perfectly, and the peppers and onions were great as well. The hash browns were a nice surprise because they were fresh and not cooked to death, so you could still see and taste the original potato. They were nicely seasoned and delicious (although they needed some salt). The toast was also made with good quality whole wheat bread (even though I was so full I only got to enjoy one piece of toast before giving up).

Kelley, my girlfriend, also got an omelette without toast because she’s recently become gluten-free. Kelley got a Mexican Omelette ($7.99), which had cheddar jack cheese, black beans, homemade salsa, tomatoes, and jalapenos. It also came with hash browns (they gave her more because she didn’t have toast, which was nice!), and she thoroughly enjoyed it as well! We were both stuffed before we could finish our omelettes, I think I had a little less than half of mine left, so we definitely got a bang for our bucks!

I would recommend Colby’s for breakfast and I would love to go back sometime for lunch. If you go, you should be prepared to wait a while for a table, but it’s worth it and if it’s a nice day, Portsmouth is a great place to hang around outside for a little bit!

Colby’s Breakfast & Lunch: 

(603) 436-3033

105 Daniel St
Portsmouth, NH 03801

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