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The dreaded brunch thread

gini May 30, 2007 12:40 PM

I am not a brunch person, but I will be finding myself between East Cambridge and Inman Square on Saturday at 11am.

Have come up with:
ASS Bar (except not for the filet-o-fish)
Kebab Factory
Petsi's for scones/tart/cinnamon roll
B-Side

Where should I eat? What's open? Brunch/early lunch/late breakfast options are all welcome.

  1. Bob Dobalina Jun 5, 2007 07:34 AM

    TNJ, get to the Neighborhood Restaurant early some weekend - sit out under the arbor in the courtyard and get more food for $10 than you'll know what to deal with. Make sure to option at least one cream of wheat for the table, instead of fresh fruit. Not saying it's super-gourmet, but I'd like to think this could change your ideas on brunch.

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina
      kittychow Jun 5, 2007 09:29 AM

      The Neighborhood would be the ideal brunch to enjoy after waking up on the B-Side floor. If you know what I mean. ;)

    2. Bob Dobalina Jun 5, 2007 06:05 AM

      Thanks for avoiding that fish. :)

      Sleeping on the floor of the B-Side - that sounds like a story...

      For your Saturday brunch, I am going to want to pull you uptown a little to Union Square for the Neighborhood Restaurant or Sherman Cafe - it's surprisingly close to Inman. Farmer's Market is starting there too, if it hasn't already.

      1. gini Jun 5, 2007 05:53 AM

        Thanks again for all of your recommendations. Saturday was so incredibly humid that I couldn't even face eating after the game. I've filed them away for another time.

        1. finlero May 30, 2007 02:37 PM

          As good as Punjabi Dhaba is at dinner, the items I absolutely crave are the egg dishes from their "light food" menu. My personal favorite is the anda burji, "beaten eggs cooked with onion, ginger, green chilli, tomatoes, coriander leaves, green peas and spices." The punjabi omelet sandwich is quite good as well. I believe they open at 11.

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          1. re: finlero
            gini May 30, 2007 03:10 PM

            Never tried the egg dishes there - thanks for pointing me to that menu.

            1. re: finlero
              MB fka MB May 30, 2007 04:12 PM

              Yeah, thanks for that heads up. Reminds me of the super seasoned eggs that a Haitian friend makes. Tough to start your day with rockin' bad breath - hello garlic - but worth it!

            2. e
              East Cambridge Hound May 30, 2007 01:55 PM

              Toscanini's (somewhat) new "breakfast at the big table" at the Main St. branch. Atmosphere is very casual but the food is all prepared with a lot of care and quite delicious. Wonderful fruit salad (even in winter), terrific homemade sausage, fancy breakfast sandwiches, cornmeal crusted pancakes etc. Plus some of Cambridge's best coffee and then ice cream for dessert. Open Sat and Sun at 10 am.

              1. n
                newhound May 30, 2007 01:42 PM

                Eclectic assortment you've offered there... Petsi's is great, but it's a bit low on atmosphere. I love the brunch at B-side but atmosphere-wise, inevitably I feel like I've been there sleeping on the floor all night and awoken to breakfast accidentally...

                Avoid S&S... despite the long lines the food is ho-hum and the service brusque.

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                1. re: newhound
                  gini May 30, 2007 03:10 PM

                  I have slept on the floor at B-Side and woken up to breakfast being served. Well, not really, but atmosphere isn't that important.

                2. b
                  BBHound May 30, 2007 01:11 PM

                  How about MuQueCa at 1095 Cambridge St. Great Brazilian food.

                  www.muquecarestaurant.com

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                  1. re: BBHound
                    gini May 30, 2007 03:09 PM

                    Genius. As long as it's not boiling outside this is a great rec.

                  2. ponyboy May 30, 2007 12:46 PM

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                    sorry... I always equate brunch with Sunday!

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                    1. re: ponyboy
                      gini May 30, 2007 12:48 PM

                      Bloody Mary brunch is on Sundays at ECG - they're not open Saturdays till 5:30.

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