If you're near State Street in New Haven, you have to check out The Pantry for a nice, casual breakfast. The place itself is charming, with old jazz festival posters covering the walls and a laid back staff. This became one of my favorite spots when I lived in the area based solely on their Salmon Benedict, which I order every time I'm there without looking at the menu. My roommate had the same problem. However, her obsession was with the cinnamon bun pancakes that are served with a swirl of icing on top. Everything is very affordable, and there is unlimited coffee! Be sure to bring cash there though, as they do not offer credit card transactions.