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Best Brekkie in Boston

RosebudSMB Apr 14, 2008 05:48 PM

Let's do a poll, people... I'd like to know where your favorite breakfast place is and why. Is it because of the coffee? The line out the door for biscuits and gravy? Eggs benedict with the perfect hollandaise sauce? Or is it just a greasy spoon with bad service and even worse, gut bomb, hang over food? Chime in! Where do you go for your brekkie??

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    givemefoodnow Apr 20, 2008 03:18 PM

    "We're the brekkie monsters and we're coming to town... Doo-doo doo-doo!"
    That's my song!
    P.s. I like the way you spell brekkie.

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      mwk Apr 17, 2008 02:26 PM

      I'll put in my vote for a favorite from the Old neighborhood and one from the new:

      Old: Mike's City Diner in the South End. Huge fluffy omelets filled with goodies like homemade corned beef hash, or chili, or the Greek one, packed with Feta and tomatoes. Along with a huge side of giant chunks of potato, toast and decent coffee, I'd usually waddle out and not eat the rest of the day. The pancakes too, are huge and topped with mounds of fresh fruit, or packed with chocolate chips....yum...

      New: The Wheelhouse Diner in North Quincy. A teensy place, in a true diner car with the counter seating and a few small booths. The chef/owner is amazing, with how fast he can turn out the dishes. My favorite there is the EyeOpener--Fantastic homemade corned beef hash, eggs, hollandaise sauce, over a giant toasted croissant, with hash browns too. A heart attack on a plate, which is the point when you go out for diner food. If I want to eat a healthy breakfast, I stay home.

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        chickenparm Apr 17, 2008 12:32 PM

        My old standby is Paramount on Charles St in Boston. Everything is always fresh and delicious. Get the fruit bowl, which actually isn't on the menu.

        1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 15, 2008 03:51 PM

          Deluxe Town Diner.

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          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
            finlero Apr 16, 2008 07:57 AM

            Finally got around to trying DTD this weekend and loved it. Easily (and sadly) one of the few places in Boston that passes my could-I-easily-have-cooked-a-better-breakfast-at-home test.

            Awesome: sweet potato pancakes with pecans
            Very good: veggie sausage, corned beef hash, potato pancakes
            Good enough: coffee

            I'll definitely be back.

            1. re: finlero
              Ralphie_in_Boston Apr 17, 2008 10:39 AM

              When you go back consider trying more of their pancake varieties...the jonny cakes are great, as are the blue corn ones and the 'regular' deluxe ones. I wasn't thrilled with their potato pancakes but everything else there kicks butt.

            2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
              sfumato Apr 17, 2008 12:57 PM

              Ditto on the Deluxe Town Diner. I love the "colossal hungry person" breakfast because you get a bit of everything, and you can share with people who might want a few potatoes or a bite of pancakes/French toast.

              1. re: sfumato
                BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 17, 2008 01:19 PM

                Anybody reaches for my potatoes at the Deluxe Town Diner, they're pulling back a stump. Among this place's many charms (the transcendent sweet potato waffle with pecans, the nicely chewy sourdough white toast, the excellent sausage), they have the absolute BEST fried potatoes in town. They're large chunks, which I think are first either steamed or boiled and then deep-fried, so they're pillow-soft inside and completely golden on the outside. They're like breakfast tater tots. Even better, Allstonian doesn't really like them (I think she finds them too substantial for her tastes), so I get to sneak most of hers off her plate after she's done. Win-win!

                1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                  sfumato Apr 17, 2008 01:35 PM

                  I'd feel this way if I didn't get enormously full on everything else on the hungry person plate! The potatoes ARE excellent, and I love the spice/herb mix they're tossed in, though the last time i was there I thought the potato portion was a bit smaller than it usually is. Was it bad luck on an odd day, or has anyone else noticed this?

              2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                Gabatta Apr 18, 2008 08:44 AM

                What time does one have to get to DTD on a Saturday to avoid an extended wait?

                1. re: Gabatta
                  Taralli Apr 18, 2008 09:14 AM

                  Certainly by 9am.

                  1. re: Taralli
                    finlero Apr 18, 2008 09:23 AM

                    My one data point:

                    We arrived at about 10 last Sunday, and had a ten minute wait. When we left around quarter 'till 11, the line appeared roughly to have doubled.

                    1. re: finlero
                      sfumato Apr 18, 2008 10:39 AM

                      The general rush between 11 and 1 is substantial, so we find it's better to go around 9-10 am or after 1 pm.

                      1. re: sfumato
                        Gabatta Apr 18, 2008 02:36 PM

                        Perfect, thanks for the info. Unfortunately 9-10 is not too early for us on a weekend at this stage.

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                firewrx612 Apr 15, 2008 03:39 PM

                Centre street cafe in JP.

                For the huge pile of ridiculously good fresh fruit on the pancakes.

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                  bachslunch Apr 15, 2008 02:16 PM

                  My choices would be:

                  Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe
                  Sound Bites (Somerville)

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                    drinkwaj Apr 17, 2008 02:23 PM

                    Its all about Ball Square Breakfast, best deal for breakfast anywhere in the city, huge portions, delicious, and low prices...what else need to be said?..nothing other than -- nish nish to sound bites.

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                      voodoocheese Apr 17, 2008 04:18 PM


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                    TheScribe Apr 15, 2008 06:41 AM

                    Sorella's in Jamaica Plain. The variety and creativity they show in their menu choices is astounding. All manner of omelettes, pancakes, crepes with ingredients that you never dreamed would taste great together. You could go here every weekend and still have new things to try.

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                      gorditwo Apr 14, 2008 06:19 PM

                      Brookline Lunch. Need I say more?

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