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slides: 5 Great May Breakfasts in Rhode Island

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Whether you prefer pancakes or Johnny cakes, it's May Breakfast time...

The tradition of May Breakfasts was started right here in Rhode Island in 1867.

Originally a two-day fundraiser, they featured clam cakes, cold boiled ham and biscuits.

The foods have been refined for our tastes, but the tradition endures.


We set out to find 5 great examples of our beloved May tradition.

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5 Great May Breakfasts in Rhode Island

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North Scituate Baptist Church

North Scituate

Saturday, May 3rd is the date for the 120th annual May Breakfast at the North Scituate Baptist Church. One of the older on our list, this is classic May Breakfast stuff here: juice, coffee, tea, milk, hot or cold cereal, ham, bacon, sausage, and johnny cakes. Also featured will be donuts and breads and pastries. The Johnny cakes are said to be especially good. Don't miss out on some of the plants and fudge and such that are for sale.

619 West Greenville Rd



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Wesley United Methodist Church


The 47th annual May Breakfast takes place on May 3rd this year and features a wonderful celebration by the church members. The breakfast features eggs, bacon, sausage and home fries. They also have delicious breads and pastries and baked goods. Our spies tell us that these are some of the best baked beans you will have south of Boston. Don't forget to check out the traditional May-themed baskets for sale.

55 Woodland St.



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Smith-Appleby House Museum


If a breakfast with a historical bent is what you're craving, look no further than the 41st annual May Breakfast at the Smith Appleby Museum. The breakfast is merely an appetizer for tours of the historic farmhouse featuring educators donned in colonial garb. Food highlights consist of baked beans, breads, coffee, orange juice and Johnny cakes. The house dates to 1696 and reminds you just how much history we have in our little state. Sunday May 4th is the date on this one. $20 per person includes a house tour, reservations required.

220 Stillwater Rd.


info@smithapplebyhouse.org .

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Norwood Baptist Church


On Saturday May 3rd, the folks at the Norwood Baptist Church will be celebrating their 89th May Breakfast. A lot of these breakfasts are as much about the event as the food but this is one where the food takes center stage. Made-to-order eggs are the star here. Fresh and hot and fluffy, in past years these eggs have rivaled those at top-notch breakfast joints. This is also a good spot for gift baskets. These feature the traditional fudge or flowers along with surprises.

48 Budlong Ave.



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Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church


The Grand-daddy of them all is the nearly 150-year-old breakfast at the Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church. They keep the menu fairly close to the original with eggs and clam cakes finding room side by side on the menu. The breakfast takes place on Thursday, May 1st and was recently featured in Patricia Schultz's 1000 Places To See Before You Die...wow! You can also enjoy presentations on the history of the breakfast.

229 Wilbur Ave.




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