breakfast in Boston?
I mostly shy away from breakfast out around here, but will admit to a fondness for Busy Bee in Brookline. Their hash is home made (or certainly not canned -- have not seen them make it) and delicious, the eggs, toast, coffee, etc. are all what you'd expect from a good diner, and the prices are from another era.
We enjoy the Town Line Diner on Mt. Auburn in Watertown for breakfast/brunch. Authentic Johnny Cakes and sweet potato pancakes are served in addition to the regular flour kind. Their corned beef hash is homemade and plentiful - more like pulled corn beef, really. And my husband, who (unlike me) drinks coffee, likes the brew served. Either go early or go late to avoid the lines. Plus, it's not typical diner fare and prices reflect that.
Deluxe Town Diner
627 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472
I'm with you on this, gyppielou. Didn't like the CB hash at Mike's much either -- greasy hockey puck stuff. I know some folks on this board pooh-pooh the turkey hash at Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, but I've had very good luck getting it there. It would be my first choice for a Boston breakfast. It's also well worth a schlep out to Somerville to have breakfast at Sound Bites, though, and I've also had good experiences at the weekend brunch at Johnny D's.
I've said it before, but count your change carefully at the Paramount, as I've experienced the "prices subject to change if you don't watch our cashiers closely" phenomenon there. That being said, they did a very nice waffle with fresh fruit when I went.