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looking for a place to get an early Saturday morning quick light breakfast (coffee, bagel, yogurt).
not brunch...DH doesn't eat much in the morning so the whole concept is wasted on him.
in a pinch we can go to any one of a million Starbucks, but does anyone have a better idea?

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  1. Trident Bookseller's Cafe on Newbury Street Between Hereford and Massachusetts Avenue. Or Expresso Royale on Newbury between Gloucester Street and Hereford. Espresso Royale has pretty good bagels. At Trident you can get any type of breakfast you want from coffee to huge plates of food.

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    1. re: BostonZest

      These are great suggestions. Steve's on Newbury St is also good. But, if you really want a light breakfast and don't mind counter service, I would stick with Espresso Royale. The bagels were actually pretty decent (and I am a native New Yorker) and the coffee was great.

    2. Question-- how early??? As a late riser, don't know how early these places open.

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      1. re: BostonZest

        we tried both...Espresso Royale on Saturday & Trident on Sunday morning. (Trident now opens at 8 am.) both certainly did the trick...loved the Trident atmosphere and the lemon-ricotta French toast! (yes, i said "light breakfast" but i couldn't resist.) thx for the suggestions.

        1. re: rudysmom

          I love lemon ricotta pancakes, haven't heard of that combo in French toast. I've actually never eaten at Trident, it's about time.

          1. re: Joanie

            They're adding a few outdoor tables this summer. They can use them on Sunday mornings. I also like their blueberry pancakes.

      2. I've been meaning to try trident how long of a wait to they have on the weekends?

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        1. re: bostoneight

          This time of year it depends on the weekend and what school is graduating. Once the students leave town, it is much easier to find a seat there. We've waited for 20 minutes but skip it if they say it will be longer.

          1. re: BostonZest

            That makes sense, move in move out days and such can be a nightmare.

        2. I'd agree w/ Trident. They have a lot of options & even smoothies if you wanted something like that.