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Good breakfast in Waltham

buffet king Jan 15, 2008 12:33 PM

I'm going to be in Waltham tomorrow and I'm looking for a good breakfast place. I have been to In a Pickle on Main Street and thought that their breakfast was okay. My homefries were burnt to a crisp and I threw them out. Are there any good breakfast places in Waltham? Has anyone been to Wilson's Diner or Joseph's II recently? If so how is their food?

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    bear RE: buffet king Jan 15, 2008 12:55 PM

    I wasn't thrilled with Wilson's, although I wanted to like it. Very generic, and lousy coffee. I haven't made it to Joseph's II yet, but would suggest that before Wilson's. Brunch at the Skellig, on lower Moody, is good. They start serving at 10, classic Irish breakfast as well as the standards.

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      Spenbald RE: buffet king Jan 16, 2008 08:15 PM

      I would recommend Joseph's II over Wilson's. We went to Wilson's on a late Sunday and managed to snag a seat quickly and then waited FOREVER for pretty mediocre food. Also watched a waitress who had cleared and cleaned a table butter toast without washing her hands.

      If you have the time, Watertown has better options with the Deluxe Town Diner and also the Talk of the Town Diner.

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        JNice RE: buffet king Jan 16, 2008 08:21 PM

        Strip-T's on School St in Watertown is very good; homemade and fresh.

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          bear RE: JNice Jan 17, 2008 06:38 AM

          Unless they've changed hours, Strip-T's doesn't serve a full breakfast.

        2. InNOutBurger RE: buffet king Jan 17, 2008 05:30 AM

          To be truthful, I think all of them are sorta lousy. Waltham totally needs a good breakfast place, it's sorely lacking in that area.

          1. MC Slim JB RE: buffet king Jan 17, 2008 06:14 AM

            Kinda late, but Wilson's only looks like a vintage diner on the outside. Inside, it's a sub-par Greek diner. I like Joseph's II: it has parking, a no non-sense waitstaff, and a menu that reminds me of a 1960s-era Howard Johnson's. Decent coffee, too.

            Cafe on the Common does (or did, I haven't been back in a while) good coffee drinks and pastries, no food cooked on premises.

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              buffet king RE: MC Slim JB Jan 17, 2008 08:18 AM

              I didn't stop for breakfast in Waltham yesterday. I did drive by both Wilson's and Joseph's II. There were a few cars at both places yesterday morning around 9am. I'm going to try Joseph's II someday for breakfast. It looks like there really aren't any fantastic breakfast places in Waltham. When I go out for breakfast I normally go to Victor's Diner in Watertown.

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              madcow RE: buffet king Jan 17, 2008 06:28 AM

              Wilson's Diner was really bad and I really wanted it to be good. I had a client in that area for a while and agree that Cafe on the Common was the only reasonable place for coffee.

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                Blumie RE: buffet king Jan 17, 2008 09:10 AM

                I know I'm too late for the OP, but I am a Joseph's regular and always am very happy with my breakfasts there. I'm the type who has a hard time choosing between protein and carb breakfasts, so I always go for the (ridiculously cheap) hungryman breakfast, which includes two eggs, two pancakes, bacon, sausage, toast and home fries. Don't expect haute cuisine (I don't think real maple syrup is even an option), but it's a very good basic breakfast.

                I've had decent coffee at Cafe on the Common, but the one time I tried a scone, it felt like I was biting into a piece of rubber.

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                  onefoodguy RE: buffet king Jan 18, 2008 09:06 AM

                  I personally think Wilson's is great, especially for the price, which is not much. His pancakes are great, his eggs are always perfect, and his homefries are very good. Sure, the coffee isn't great, but it's not bad either. It's a diner, you're not going to get outstanding coffee. Decaf is Sanka, but that's fairly common at a diner.

                  Scott from http://onefoodguy.blogspot.com

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                    Blumie RE: onefoodguy Jan 19, 2008 03:47 AM

                    I can't recall the last time I saw sanka anywhere.

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                    alt11 RE: buffet king Jan 22, 2008 09:55 AM

                    A hidden gem, so to speak, is Victoria's Cafe on Crescent Street. It's in the old mill factory/building and open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch. While not fancy by any means, the food is tasty and plentiful, the menu extensive, and the place cheerful considering the type of building it's in. It seems to be run solely by a husband and wife team who are very pleasant and try their hardest to please. The crunchy french toast is great!

                    Heidi's on Moody Street is another place that's more greasy spoon, but still tasty and satisfying. It's also a family owned-business and they couldn't be nicer or more accomodating.

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                      y2000k RE: alt11 Mar 9, 2008 01:27 PM

                      Went to Victoria's cafe today (Sunday) and tried the crunchy french toast. I don't think I like it as much as others do (gots lots of raves on yelp, and another table ordered it while we were there) but not bad. Husband ordered the Greek omelette which was fabulous! I think I'll stick with the omelettes next time.

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