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Blumie Jul 27, 2007 08:55 AM

Buried in the thread about destination brunches is a discussion of Arthur & Pat's in Marshfield. Do those who are familiar with this place think it's worth the 45-minute drive from Boston for breakfast? What are the lines like on the weekends?

  1. Trumpetguy Jul 27, 2007 09:22 AM

    I'd say yes definitely! :)

    But cape traffic to consider...I don't go on weekends, but imagine its crowded, but not nuts...I go alone and sit at the counter...

    Beach across the street :)

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      GretchenS Jul 27, 2007 10:05 AM

      Cape traffic on a Saturday would be hideous -- it might not be bad on a Sunday. I really, really liked this place when I went about a month ago. My sister had a lobster omelet that was to die for -- it had a whole freshly-steamed lobster in it ($25). We went for late lunch so can't tell you about the brunch lines.

      I would say that if taking a Sunday drive appeals to you and you want to tootle around that part of the world a bit, yes it would be worth it, but if the only part of the journey you care about is the food it might seem like a lot of driving. If you do go, Rt 139 makes a loop off Rt 3, connecting in two places. Mapquest will tell you to take the northerly exit for 139 off Rt 3 and follow it all the way to Brant Rock, but it is easier and pleasanter to keep going on Rt 3 and take the second (southerly) exit for 139 to get there.

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        bachslunch Jul 27, 2007 10:19 AM

        Given all the talk about tough traffic, was wondering if it's possible to get within the vicinity of Arthur & Pat's via public transportation, either on weekdays or weekends.

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          paulgardner Jul 27, 2007 10:50 AM

          I have driven down to the Cape 3x this summer, each time I left by 9:30 am and the traffic was fine; it slows a little in Hingham where the the 3 lanes drop to 2 but don't be scared off so long as you leave early enough.

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            bachslunch Jul 27, 2007 01:23 PM

            Thanks for the info, paul. If possible, would still prefer to take public transportation if it's available. Anybody have info along those lines? It's possible there isn't any, of course. Much obliged.

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              twentyoystahs Jul 27, 2007 01:24 PM

              I'm pretty sure there isn't anything close by...but I will leave to others to verify.

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                Blumie Jul 27, 2007 03:41 PM

                It does not appeal to be reachable by public transportation.

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            Blumie Jul 27, 2007 03:44 PM

            Actually, mapping it from the Back Bay, Mapquest does recommend the southerly 139 exit.

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              vermontpoet Jul 27, 2007 03:50 PM

              I lived in Marshfield for several years. There are buses leaving from South Station to Marshfield...but traveling on the weekend might be troublesome...they're really more commuter buses.

              If you drive...139 is the exit to take....then basically just drive through Marshfield almost into the Atlantic Ocean!

              I think it IS worth the drive. I still dream about their clam rolls!!!!!!!

            2. re: GretchenS
              Trumpetguy Jul 27, 2007 09:19 PM

              The trouble with Sunday is on your way home it will be packed with people returning FROM the cape :(

              Exit 11 works too!

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            dreweagle Jul 27, 2007 02:09 PM

            Just moved from that area to Iowa, could be the best breakfast on east coast, it is well worth the drive. Lines? bring the sunday Globe and read, - FYI they are cash only! - very much a family shop, menus painted on the walls in a whacky format. crowded next to others on old tables, don't miss the strawberry (something) drink - made fresh - awesome. I wish I could get back there this YEAR.
            Drew

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              zinnia1 Jul 28, 2007 03:42 PM

              I live 5 minutes from Arthur & Pats and I want to tell you that it isn't worth it... but that is only my ploy to keep the lines down at my hidden gem. Honestly, we do breakfast here EVERY Sunday. It is completely worth the drive from Boston.

              It is cash only, you will have a wait (particularly on nice days), and I wouldn't try coming with a large group (it will just extend your wait).

              Don't miss:
              -Banana Bread French Toast
              -Smoked Salmon special (with poached eggs over potato pancake) - ask Dee for this... they don't always list it on the menu but they will always make it.
              -Multi-Grain Waffle with Fresh Fruit
              -Chicken Sausage Omelet with Feta and Spinich
              - If they have it... the cinnamon roll french toast is great too

              Really, you'll enjoy anything you have!

              As for transportation, you're out of luck if your looking for public transport... and the Sunday drive from the Cape to Boston isn't as bad as everyone makes it out to be if you head back before 5:00.

              Keep in mind that the restaurant is seasonal, so you need to try to get there before mid-October.

              ENJOY!

              1. brandywiner Jun 7, 2010 02:53 PM

                I know this is an old thread, but stumbling across it (and others) inspired me to make the trek to Marshfield last Saturday. (I was staying in Norwood, so it was a decent distance; I used it as the launching pad for a drive down 3A.)

                Got a late start, which is probably a good thing. It was pushing noon when I arrived, and the place was maybe 2/3 full, staying at about that level till I left.

                After looking over the variety of offerings, I went with one of the day's specials: Pastrami Eggs Benedict. A mound of pastrami, excellent hollandaise, fresh eggs, and, yeah, toasted English muffin halves under all that. And home fries with onion.

                Not the cheapest breakfast ever, but between the size and the timing, it served as luch, as well!

                I'll be looking for excuses to head back to Arthur & Pat's! Thanks to all for the recs!

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                Arthur & Pat's Restaurant
                239 Ocean St, Marshfield, MA 02050

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                  Berheenia Jun 8, 2010 08:29 AM

                  I love this place too. They're on Chronicle tonight.

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                  drewinmrblhd Jun 8, 2010 09:47 AM

                  Way over rated and very expensive for Breakfast. Omelets are $10-$15 dollars on average. Don't bother.

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                    typhoonfish Jun 8, 2010 10:06 AM

                    I'm here every weekend at least once a weekend. Was there on Sunday and the one before that and the one before that.

                    It's terrible... don't go. Not worth the drive. Expensive omelets. Dee is miserable and cranky. The music selection is for those long haired types. Homemade Pastrami eggs benedict might be the worst breakfast on the planet.

                    Brant Rock might flood at any time. It's not safe. I've heard it sits right over a major earthquake fault. Don't take any chances.

                    Please stay home, for the kids sake.

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                      Pegmeister Jun 17, 2010 09:46 AM

                      Now you really make me want to try it. Pastrami eggs benedict - yum!

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                        brandywiner Jun 17, 2010 11:10 AM

                        Keep in mind, the Pastrami benny was a whiteboard special, at least when i went, so I don't know if they have it all the time. But there were plenty of other interesting-sounding concoctions posted around the walls.

                        Um, assuming there's no flood, or quake, or sinkhole, or tsunami, or....

                        (Nice post, typhoonfish!)

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                    franksta Jun 17, 2010 06:29 AM

                    Don't waste your time, effort and money, unless you want to spend a lot of money for a truly mediocre breakfast. The waitstaff are loud and border on rudeness. It has all the atmoshphere of a boiler factory. I am not even sure if I would recommend this place to my enemies!

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                      Blumie Jun 17, 2010 07:40 AM

                      Interesting first post. Where would you recommend to your enemies?

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                        T.Clark Jun 17, 2010 08:29 AM

                        This has been going on for years. People always trash the place because of price and rudeness. Arthur and Pat's is still packed with regulars and summer folk spending good money and taking abuse from the FOH? I don't mind spending a few extra bucks for what I consider the use of better ingredients and better cooking. Omelets with lobster mushrooms asparagus good cheese, cooked better than any other place around for $12? Yeah what a rip off! The staff can be thin in numbers so service can be hectic but It's a breakfast place and It works for me. The brother works the kitchen and the sister, Dee, works the front. Yes she can be abrupt but she's trying to control the complete chaos that MOST breakfast places are. This isn't a blow me away breakfast but it's a really really good homestyle breakfast, occasionally daring, and I can't think of a place remotely close bye that even does a decent breakfast.

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                          GretchenS Jun 17, 2010 08:46 AM

                          Amen to everything T.Clark said.

                    2. BoDubya Jun 17, 2010 01:43 PM

                      If you're gonna make the trip - you might as well pop in to Gerard Farm. Tons of prepared foods - highlights include the homemade pot pies and the very basic turkey sandwiches. I always stock up on a bunch of various frozen vittles.

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