wrentham diner, taiwan cafe
If you ever have to drag yourself to Wrentham for jury duty as I had to do yesterday, you can console yourself by having breakfast at the Deja Vu coffee shop. It's across from the town common, about a two-minute walk from the courthouse. Although I only had time for a blueberry muffin and coffee--the muffin was excellent--the breakfasts being eaten around me looked substantial and delicious. And being *way* out of Boston means that their prices are amazingly low: the price for a large breakfast of eggs and ham or pancakes and bacon seemed to be about $4. Oh, and they open at 5, so you'll have plenty of time to nourish and caffeinate yourself in preparation for hours of waiting in the courthouse basement.
After the judge released us--around 1:30--I needed an urban fix, so I took myself to Taiwan Cafe in Chinatown. It was my first time, and I'll be going back, even though the sauteed pickled mustard greens with pork intestine came with a little surprise in the form of a twisted metal filament from one of those plastic ties you use to close garbage bags, and even though the appetizer called "spicy anchovy" also had an unadvertised ingredient, either grains of sand or fragments of oyster shell. The food is so good that you can forgive the occasional unexpected crunchiness. Just chew carefully.