Good Breakfast Places in the South End?
I am going out to breakfast in the South End tomorrow morning with a friend, any suggestions? The only place I have ever had breakfast there is Metropolis, which was very good, but I am looknig for something new.
I usually LOVE Metropolis but had a so-so meal there last weekend. My DC wanted to make her own omelette and was dismayed by the lack of ingredient selection. She ended up getting pancakes, I think, which were ok. I got my favorite scrambled eggs w/boursin cheese and scallions; it came with multi-grain toast, I asked for an english muffin instead. They forgot and I got the multigrain, it was cold and tasteless. Got a side of grits which were good as always, although let's face it, they are really just a vehicle for butter and salt. I don't know, I wasn't that impressed with the meal this time, found myself wishing we had gone to Charlie's instead.
Breakfast or brunch? I love Charlie's because they're open early and sometimes I just can't wait for the brunch places to open at 10 or so. For brunch I love Aquataine, and they have a special price fixe on Saturdays for $9.95. Masa does a great brunch too and when I was there a few weeks ago I heard that they were starting to do brunch on Saturdays in addition to Sundays.
I really enjoy the brunch at Union Bar and Grill. I think the food is tasty and very good value as they usually do a prix-fixe brunch for about $15 or something. Plus the restaurant gets lots of light in the mornings, and it just feels like a very nice sophisticated place to go for breakfast.
Plus, they do Saturday Brunch, not just Sunday. And, it is also a place that takes reservations for brunch. Parking is also usually very easy nearby in the mornings.
I'd strongly recommend Union for Brunch. The special referred to above is actually $9.95 from 10-11 Sunday and all day Saturday.
It can get busy but they take reservations.
The menu items are also pretty reasonable. I'd recommend the mac sandwich (linguica, egg and cheese) $8.
Union has great food with the breakfast/brunch deal already mentioned by others here. The atmosphere is great as well.
For something a little more casual, there is Mike's City Diner on Washington. They have typical diner fare with huge portions. I like their corn beef hash --- it isn't the stuff that you get out of a can.
EDITED TO ADD: the mike's link below is for the wrong mike's.
Union Bar and Grille
1357 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118
645 Washington St, Canton, MA