Weekday late breakfast/coffee in Metrowest or south?
Looking for places for a group of friends, usually with 1 or 2 young children in the mix, to get together for a late breakfast/coffee on Fridays, in the Metrowest area, or south of Rte 9 along 95 to around Canton. A full breakfast (omelettes, pancakes, etc.) would be nice but coffee and pastries would be fine. Panera in Dedham or Framingham works out well, but we would like to branch out a little. Other places we have enjoyed include Captain Marden's, Lincoln Street Coffee and Athan's.
Gourmet Decisions on Washington St. in Natick Center is pretty decent (I don't love their hollandaise). There are usually lots of families. It is a bit tricky to see from the street. Just look for Dolphin Seafood and it is adjacent to it.
Its not fancy, but my kids and my grandkids and lots of other kids I know love the breakfast at the Maugus in Wellesley Hills near Blockbusters. Reallly good inexpensive breakfast, chocolate chip and other kinds of pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc. Very kid friendly. BTW there is a Panera on Needham Street in Newton now.
Also, I understand that Al Fresco on Chapel Street in Needham has good breakfast.
I can't think of any 100% grade A prime chow along these lines, but two possible ideas:
1) Vidalia's (Wellesley) - this place doesn't exactly set the world on fire with its inventive cuisine, but the food is reliable upscale diner fare, especially for breakfast. The faux truckstop theme makes it a particularly good bet with the kids.
2) Café Fresh Bagel (Needham Heights) - perhaps not exactly what you're looking for, but this place may work well for you, especially in the good weather.
The bagels are some of the best in the Boston area, and they do made-to-order egg sandwiches and the like. The muffins, while not fancy, are big, honest, and very tasty.
There is a small park directly across the street, which makes for a great place to enjoy your food when it's sunny and warm.
Their drip coffee (sorry, no espresso) is actually pretty decent, but if it doesn't go over well with the gang, there's also a Starbuck's next door as a contingency plan.
Try the 50's Diner - basically across the street from Panera in Dedham.
It's set back along an industrial road en route to the Costco off Rt 1. Very family/child-friendly atmosphere, good pancakes, waffles, omelets. Try the 50's Platter (2 eggs, pancakes or french toast, home fries, 2 choices of meat - bacon/sausage/ham steak, and coffee) for under $8.
On weekend mornings you can count on a 30 minute wait, but on weekdays you will probably be seated almost immediately. The food is cooked to order and served FAST.
Give it a try. FYI - they don't take credit cards so make sure you've got cash on hand - no ATM on site.
Try Mel's @ 310 East Commonwealth Road (Route 30) in Wayland. The website is melscommonwealthcafe.com. They have a very extensive breakfast menu as you will see on the website. Their pistachio muffins are terrific. It's family run and has been there since 1958. The waitstaff is very friendly and efficient. There are always children there. Try it.....I am sure you will like it.
J&M Dinner in Natick is the best breakfast in the Boston area. The home fries are great. The omelets & pancakes are huge. The food is very fresh and not your average dinner. The female wait staffs wear pajamas. They are family owed & operated. Cash only.
Gourmet Decisions in Natick is more up scale and also very good.