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May 30, 2008 03:18 PM

Cambridge (or close) Saturday breakfast at 7:00 a.m?

I did a search, but most people talk about Brunch on Saturdays. I wish Miracle of Science was open at 7:00 but they are not. Not looking for fancy, just breakfast!

We have a car, so could drive 15-20 minutes.

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  1. All one town over from Cambridge, all totally solid for breakfast, listed roughly in ascending order of price:

    Deluxe Town Diner (Watertown) - opens at 7
    Ball Square Cafe (Somerville) - 7
    Sound Bites (Somerville) - 7
    Beacon Hill Bistro (Boston) - 7:30
    Eastern Standard (Boston) - 7

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    1. re: finlero

      add to the above spot cafe and victors in watertown, next door

      1. re: finlero

        Ball Square or Sounbites? I'm new to Boston and planned on going to Soundbites tomorrow morning, but I've seen some positive feedback on Ball Square. Any advice?

        1. re: High Heels and Frijoles

          My (possibly unpopular) take:

          Chow-wise, they're virtually fungible, so go to either, but don't set your hopes too high. Both are well above average for Boston brunch, but Boston's average brunch is pretty mediocre.

          One thing I love is their fresh fruit, a formidable pile and nice variety of melon, berries, banana, and tropical fruit. Although not really my thing for breakfast, their savory egg dishes are quite good as well.

          Vibe-wise, Sound Bites has character and seniority, Ball Square has a dependably nicer staff.

          1. re: finlero


            I'm sad to hear about the mediocre brunch; it's my favorite meal. Are there any places that are in the above average category?

            1. re: High Heels and Frijoles

              Personally, I think Deluxe Town Diner is absolutely superb. The sweet potato pancakes (and waffles on weekends) with pecans are just wonderful, easily passing my could-I-easily-have-cooked-a-better-breakfast-at-home test. The one false note I've encountered there is their fruit cup, which is tiny, boring, and not especially fresh.

              A bit more upscale (but still reasonable), I think Beacon Hill Bistro and Eastern Standard are both excellent, serving standard brunch fare with lightly European accents. I'm a sweet-carbs-for-breakfast kind of a guy, my wife tends to gravitate towards the savories, and each of these places consistently satisfies us both.

            2. re: finlero

              I went to Soundbites this morning and was disappointed...It was really standard diner food - definitely not worth the trek. All flavor in my blueberry muffin was overwhelmed by cloves - I didn't care for it one bit. Also, despite the fact that the place was pretty empty as it was before 9am, a waiter came to collect my husband's plate even though he still had his fork in hand. I just moved from Manhattan and am pretty used to crowds in popular restaurants, but even at those places I'm allowed to finish my food!

              1. re: High Heels and Frijoles

                Soundbites is notorious for moving you in and out quickly - no lingering allowed. Even when there's empty tables, I guess.

        2. My favorite place for an early Saturday breakfast in Cambridge is Henrietta's Table. Their brunch is pricey but I find the breakfast to be reasonably priced for the quality. Zoe's is an Ok substitute if you're looking for more of a diner atmosphere. At 7am you'll find plenty of metered parking nearby.

          Zoe's Restaurant (Mass Ave btw Harvard and Central) - 7:30am
          Henrietta's Table (Carles Hotel, Harvard Square) - 7:00am

          1. Busy Bee on Beacon St right over the BU Bridge near the corner of Carlton. I think they open at 6, but definitely are rolling at 7.

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            1. re: ginnyhw

              Thank you!

              I'll add it to my "Must Try" list.

              1. re: High Heels and Frijoles

                Be aware - Busy Bee is a not-bad Greek diner, with a number of fans on this board. However, the cook and his wife scream at each other all the time, arguing about anything and everything. The fans of the Busy Bee find this to be entertaining - I find that it ruins my appetite and upsets my stomach, and the food, while decent enough, is far from special.

                1. re: Allstonian

                  Since we're on the subject of screaming owners, am I risking indigestion at Soundbites? I've read he can make you feel unwelcome...

                  1. re: Allstonian

                    They are usually pretty quiet at breakfast. I have heard tales but in the 3 plus years I've been eating there I've only seen maybe 3 eruptions from the owner and nobody bothers to answer him. I think the speedy service and their willingness to cook to order is worth the odd chance of a meltdown.

              2. I agree that Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown is amazing. But Zoe's is pretty good, and perfectly located if you're hoping to stay in Cambridge. (They have mimosas too, although I'm not sure what time they start serving.)

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                1. re: cambridgejen

                  Spots cafe is open from 7 to 2, on Main Street in Watertown, outside of the square and heading toward Waltham, just before Lexington Street (the Watertown lexington street!). The bread is super, the eggs and bacon always excellent, the cafe tidy as a pin and charming in decor, and the owners never yell! pancakes and waffles are homemade, and the toasted homemade baguette comes with a real cup of real jam. coffee is always good. i love this little place.

                  1. re: teezeetoo

                    I started the post, and we went to Deluxe Town Diner, and we loved it. Thank you Finlero! I had a great omelet - and was really thinking about ordering the sweet potato pancakes. The omelet was not HUGE, but had a lot of fillings (and was plenty big), so that was a lot better than the huge ones with little fillings. Husband had the steak and eggs and was very happy with them. Next time I will try Spots - or go back and get those sweet potato pancakes at the Deluxe.... Tough decison.

                2. Don't know what time it opens on weekends but Uncommon Grounds,which is up the street from the Deluxe Town Diner, is great! More of a watertown townie place.
                  Sweet potato pancakes,breakfast burritos, great coffee,pastries,omelets.

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                  1. re: merilaw1

                    The Neighborhood Restaurant and Bakery - I hesitate to post this suggestion, bc it's already always super crowded :) , but I had to share it with fellow chowhounds. This place is great, huge portions, but great quality. The omlets and pancakes are excellent. I'm surprised no one posted about it yet - it's in Somerville.

                    1. re: sounddog

                      Agree on the great breakfasts at The Neighborhood. I had their bacon & cheese omelet a few weeks ago - very bacony and very good! And the Cream of Wheat? Sheesh - NEVER thought I'd eat CofW after trying Grandma's so many years ago, but this stuff is GOOD!