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Mar 19, 2009 05:54 AM

Breakfast during the week in Cambridge?

Hi folks - need some help identifying your favorite places for midweek breakfast in Cambridge or Somerville, besides Henrietta's Table or Sofra.


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    1. While both were dissed to some extent in the other thread, I'd recommend Zoe's (between Harvard Sq. and Central Sq.) or S&S Diner (Inman Sq.) These are my faves, even if nobody else agrees!

      I've eaten at Zoe's often and none of the vague gripes in the other thread resonate with me. The food has always been great (for a diner), it has good ambiance, is clean, and the service is usually at least decent. The prices are also reasonable for what you get. It can be mobbed on a weekend morning when the Harvard students are in town but I don't imagine you'd have trouble midweek.

      I have less experience with S&S, but really enjoyed the breakfast I had there once. They have an excellent array of breakfast options. My experience there was midweek and the place was pretty empty.

      Happy eating!

      S & S Deli Restaurant
      1334 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

      1105 Massachusetts Ave Ste 10, Cambridge, MA 02138

      1. I haven't been there in years, but I used to love Renee's on Holland St near Teele Sq (Somerville). Very nice, relaxed, not especially greasy standard breakfast food. More of a homemade feel than diner. Anyone been there lately?

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        1. re: jajjguy

          I discovered Renee's this year and I love it for breakfast (only really beat out by two Provincetown places: Cafe Heaven and Devin's and Zaftigs in Brookline and maybe Delux in Watertown). Renee's has great egg dishes (including many specials each day). Very hearty portions. I have only been a few times but as I remember they are closed one weekday and only take cash. It is very homemade-ish...and the service can have just a tad of the hard edge of old Somerville...but I do think the food is better than most weekday places around here.

          Is Sofra open on weekdays? I haven't been yet....

        2. The breakfast capitol of Boston is Ball Square in Somerville, near Tufts. There are several restaurants there that serve great breakfasts all week long. While they are jammed on the weekends, during the week space is available without delay. My favorite is Ball Square Cafe; lots of folks like its neighbor Soundbites. The owners of these establishments have been engaged in a feud for some time and it makes for local entertainment. The food is good and plentiful.

          Sound Bites
          704 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

          Ball Square Cafe
          708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

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          1. re: BBHound

            Tactfully written. :)

            Also Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown is just across the line, but gets good reviews.

          2. All good suggestions so far. I'll also throw in Uncommon Grounds just over the line on Mt. Auburn in Watertown. Fresh, well-prepared, nice variety and reasonably priced. I like their scrambles with add-ins, especially the bacon and provolone. Coffee and muffins/quick breads are decent also.

            Uncommon Grounds
            575 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472