Framingham sure does love its bacon and eggs or its stack of pancakes.
In our Readers' Choice Best of Framingham contest this week, more than 4,250 voters cast their ballots for the best place to eat breakfast.
And the winner is: J&M Diner
J&M Diner easily won the poll part of the contest with 64% or 2,748 votes. votes. J&M Diner also won the review section of the contest with more than 2 dozen reviews posted this week.
J&M Diner, open since 1998, is a friendly, old-fashioned diner serving breakfest and lunch. They are a family business. Owned by Karen and Dave Fiore, the diner is named for the couple's two oldest daughters. The third daughter has a special on the menu. All five work at the diner.
"We are thrilled to win," said Karen, who grew up in Framingham. Owning and running the diner "is something we love to do and we are happy to share it with everyone."
Before opening J&M , the couple owned and operated the Rotary Landmark Restaurant in Westborough for a decade.
"We want to thank everyone and hope they continue to support a mom & pop business," said Karen.
Located in the Old Village Path Mall, J&M Diner is only open until 2 p.m. weekdays and 1 p.m. weekends. They are open every day but Christmas.
If you want breakfast, they open at 5:30 a.m., but get there early as lines do form, especially on the weekends. (It seats 56 people.) And bring cash, as they don't take plastic. (There is an ATM at the plaza.)
"This is a great family run business. Friendly staff, great food & service, kid friendly. I bring my grandson most every week. He likes the blueberry pancakes! Large portions you can share with a friend. There's a line on the weekend's so go early. I've been going since they opened," wrote Joanne White.
"My parents have owned this place since I was a baby. They have worked so hard through the years to continue giving people what they love. I couldn't ask for a better job to have than to work at this diner. I've become so close with the customers and staff. It's really one big family. I have tried almost everything on the menu through the years and it just keeps getting better. My favorite is the wicked sinful french toast or the Reeses pancakes," wrote Juliana Fiore on Framingham Patch this week.
"We love this place. Great omelets and home fries. I can get REAL iced coffee - not just hot coffee poured over ice. Wonderful staff," wrote Eileen Stadler in her review on Framingham Patch.
"This place has the best breakfasts and the fact that there is always a line waiting to be seated proves it! The servers are friendly and the portions are huge. But be sure to bring cash, because that's all they accept," wrote Shelly Cobb Cichowlas in her review of J&M's.
"The prices are not cheap, but you get a huge meal for the money. The coffee is pretty good, and they keep the cups filled, even when it's busy. Owners Dave and Karen are downright hospitable and friendly, even when the line is out the door. Karen is a Framingham native, and I can hardly go in there without seeing some old friend from town. J&M is just a great place, it's far and away our favorite spot for breakfast anywhere in the area," wrote Bob Berman.
Finishing a very strong second in the contest was CJ's Northside Grill with 1,186 votes or 27% of the vote.
CJ's also had 14 reviews this week.
"Great menu for breakfast. The sausages, homefries and breakfast burrito and my favorites," wrote Louise Lewis in her review on Framingham Patch.
"Couldn't find a better place for breakfast or any other meal for that matter," wrote Kevin P. Crotty.
Next week, Framingham Patch is looking for the "Best Place to do your Taxes."
The voting begins Monday.
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