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Oct 28, 2006 10:56 PM

Breakfast Places (Arlington, Belmont, Lexington, Cambridge Area)

Any suggestions? My In-Laws are in town and want to take us to breakfast tomorrow. It will be 4 adults and one 15 month old. Any ideas? We are in Arlington, but haven't found any really tasty breakfast places. We don't mind driving to the nearby towns. It should be food but nothing too fancy. Any ideas?

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  1. I'm in Watertown and there are two places I really like, both kid-friendly -- Uncommon Grounds on Mt. Auburn Street and the Deluxe Town Diner a little down the street. Actually, I prefer Uncommon Grounds for breakfast. I like the food better and it's usually a lot less crowded.

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    1. re: Pia

      I had a very negative experience at Uncommon Grounds about eight weeks ago, while there with my toddler and infant. The place was grungy, the staff clearly unhappy to see a family with small children there, and our order was apparently never processed by the kitchen. We waited about half an hour at lunch time and got nothing - no food, no coffee, no water, no apologies. We left, grabbed some goodies from Arax and ate in the car on the way home. I would never set foot in Uncommon Grounds again. Arax, on the other hand, I'd move into if they'd let me...

      1. re: charlieg

        We had a very similar experience there with our infant. Never again!

    2. Victor's on North Beacon in Watertown kicks the Deluxe Town Diner's you-know-what. Not fancy, just great eggs, pancakes, etc. served by friendly folks and the prices are great. Never had a bad breakfast there.

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      1. re: gansu girl

        I concur about Victor's. I don't get over there nearly as often as I should.

      2. This may be a little late for today, but I have been to the Sunday brunch a couple of times at the Bedford Renaissance Hotel. It's a good place to take out of town guests. Not too crowded, good food for a buffet, and they don't rush you out. Also, when we were with a large group with a few special needs, there wasn't a problem. I think it was $20 per adult. You may want to double check.

        1. Thank you everyone for your advice.

          We tried to go to Uncommon Grounds. We got there and since there was only one table that could fit us (four adults and a baby) they took our names and told us the wait was 10 minutes, asking us to go outside to wait. Me, my MIL, and the baby went back to the car and 20 minutes later, my husband watched them seat a party who had come later at that table. He went to ask and got no apology and instead got attitude and a "I don't know when the table will be available again." So we left. The food might be wonderful, but I don't think we will ever go back there again. It was very disappointing, and I was upset at the way they treated us for their mistake.

          We drove by the Deluxe that had many ppl waitng outside, and decided to look some more.

          We ended up at the Cambridge Common, which has decent breakfast and the best sweet potato fries. So it was not a loss on the day.

          Maybe next time, we'll try the other places suggested. We do appreciate the inputs. As we are still looking for good family breakfast place. :)

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          1. re: makonna

            I've tried THe Breakfast Club in Allston. Went there on Sunday morning with my 2-year old. They were great with her and the food was pretty good. Not great, but the service and atmosphere was nice and they clearly welcomed families. It's small and I imagine gets pretty packed, but with a 15-month old you probably get up pretty early...

            1. re: makonna

              I'm sorry you (and charlieg) tried it out and had such bad experiences there! I have had service ranging from very solicitous to somewhat indifferent, but never that sort of attitude, and I see small children there whenever I go. I still really like Uncommon Grounds, but maybe I'll think twice before recommending it again.

            2. To each his own, but I don't find Victor's compares wto the Deluxe - its fine in its way but the menu is more limited and I'd vote for the Deluxe's breakfast anytime.