- Heather Jun 22, 2006 10:28 PM
My best friend and I are looking for a place in Boston that serves amazing breakfasts. We will be going on a week day so crowds won't be a problem. Looking for a mid-range type of place.
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
I really like Steve's on the corner of Hereford & Newbury in the Back Bay. It's quite good and inexpensive. Trident Cafe can be good as well but sometimes when I've gone the service isn't great. Maybe when it's less busy in the week it'd be better?? Not sure though as I've only gone on weekends.
Charlie's Sandwich Shop on Columbus St. in the South End is the Boston breakfast spot. Blueberry pancakes or muffins, hot sausage, turkey hash, homefries. communal tables, 70 years old, and family fun. What more could you ask for.
I guess the suggestions I will make depend upon your definition of good breakfast. Some folks really like the greasy spoon/hearty diner fare while others like a more upscale breakfast offering different combinations you wouldn't get at a diner. Big difference between preferring two eggs over easy with home fries vs. lobster benedict.
That said, my suggestions are more casual in nature and not as upscale, but still are worth the trip.
Mike's City Diner - South End. Hearty breakfasts that I haven't heard anyone say a negative word about.
Terrie's Place - South Boston. Tiny place with a great "Mom and Pop" atmosphere. The Banana Nut French Toast is to die for... A personal favorite. If you like flavored coffee's get a cup of the Snickerdoodle coffee.
Charlie's Sandwich Shop - Columbus Ave. Turkey Hash. Mmmmm... I agree with the previous post on this place... Communal tables add to the charm.
Zaftigs - Brookline. Is it as good as a New York Deli? In my opinion not really, but the Banana Stuffed French Toast is still VERY good. On Harvard Ave in Brookline. Bit more upscale than the greasy spoon, but still casual.
Across the River is...
Rosebud Diner - Classic Worcester Car Diner that also has a liquor license interestingly enough. Davis Square Somerville.
Sound Bites - Cramped quarters but very good breakfast. Ultra crowded on weekends, but not sure about weekdays. Teele Square area in Somerville.
Kelly's Diner - Classic Diner fare down the street in Teele Square Somerville. Greasy Spoon at it's best.
If you venture out to Newton/Watertown area (near where I grew up)...
Johnny's Luncheonette - Previous poster mentioned this one and I concur. Terrific offerings that are a little different from classic diner fare. Cornbread Crusted French Toast is very good. Also had an egg scrambled with pastrami and cheese once. Very good. Newton Center. More of a restaurant feel, but still very comfortable and casual.
Deluxe Town Diner - Mt. Auburn Street Watertown. Another classic Worcester Car Diner with terrific breakfast. 5 or 6 types of pancakes/flapjacks. I believe Johnny Cakes is on the menu. Love their omelettes which are a bit smaller than some other places but delicious. Any place that lets me have blue cheese in my omelette goes to the top of the list. Good homefries in my opinion as well.
Victor's - North Beacon Watertown. Greasy spoon fare right near the Perkins School for the Blind. Bring your appetite as they give you entirely too much food for what you order. Omelette's are enormous!!! Not upscale at all, and I like that...
One last favorite which is another tiny whole in the wall in Watertown right near Watertown Square is The New Yorker on Mt. Auburn Street. Not a large breakfast menu and they barely stray from the very basics, but I still love their omelettes, homefries and small diner charm. Scali toast served before your breakfast arrives. Classic greasy spoon and very quick...
Upscale breakfast places are not my specialty, so I'd leave that to someone else, but Johnny's and Zaftigs have more of a restaurant feel, although the breakfasts are still very hearty and delicious. Went to Henrietta's Table for Brunch once and although the food was very good, it's more for an event than for a casual breakfast. Still delicious, but I tend to stay more with the more casual side of the coin.
Hope this helps...
In my experience the food at Henrietta's for breakfast (not the expensive Sunday brunch) is quite good, but unfortunately the service is downright awful. They seem to hire a lot of part-time help to deal with the weekend rush and no one on the staff seems to know what they're doing. I'd skip it unless you're very patient.