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Brunch near the De Cordova Museum

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I'm taking my mother to the De Cordova for her 81st birthday this Sunday and need a place for brunch/lunch to go before. Does anyone know of anything family-friendly in the area? Not too expensive, please, because we're taking our 3 and 6-yr.-olds as well!

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  1. There really isn't much around there, unfortunately. If you're not looking for super-good food, the Colonial Inn in Concord is a very nice spot for atmosphere, and it isn't all that expensive.

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    1. re: hiddenboston

      Thank you, I'll check it out. I should have clarified that we can go to a neighboring town too. We're traveling from Milton, so we could just stop at another place on the way.

      1. re: neophyte

        Moody St in Waltham is loaded with restaurants of all types. Type in a search and you're sure to find something that meets your needs.

        1. re: three of us

          I can't think of a brunch place on Moody Street, although Main Street has a couple of places that serve a good greasy spoon breakfast.

          1. re: Blumie

            Hi Blumie,

            Good pancakes and eggs will do when we're towing the kids. Do you have any greasy spoon favorites on Main Street?

            1. re: neophyte

              I'm a fan of Joseph's Two. There can be a line on a Sat, but it move tolerably fast. Main Street, as you may know, is Route 20, so just take the Route 20 exit off of Route 128 and just follow it east for a couple of miles. Joseph's Two is on the left just before the McDonald's.

          2. re: three of us

            What time are you thinking for brunch?

            Watertown is also a place to do a search on.

            1. re: three of us

              10 am probably. I know that sounds like breakfast, but we've been up for hours by that time because my kids don't get the meaning of sleeping in. Any place in particular in Watertown? Also, does anyone know a place called "In a Pickle"? it popped up in a Google search of Waltham.

              1. re: neophyte

                I have not been to In A Pickle, but it has received some favorable comments on here.

                1. re: Blumie

                  I've been to In a Pickle. Nothing fancy...standard diner-style breakfast fare.

      2. This is not exactly what you asked for, but due to the lack of good places to eat in or near Lincoln, why don't you pack some really nice food and picnic in the De Cordova grounds? You are paying for the grounds with the price of admission so why not make the most of it. The trees and the art pieces are spectacular and there is plenty there for kids to explore. Did just that many times when my kids were small.

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        1. re: cassis

          If this advice interests you, Verrill Farms, in Concord, is a great place to pick up food for a picnic. In addition to the Decordova, there are two other great places nearby to picnic: Walden Pond, on Route 126 on the Concord/Lincoln line, and Mount Misery, on Route 117 in Lincoln between Route 126 and Verrill Farms.

          1. re: Blumie

            I agree. Verrill Farms is great, and Walden Pond is a terrific place for a picnic. One warning about Mount Misery: While there are some really nice places to picnic along the pond and stream near the parking lot, I think the actual "mountain" was named because there's little payoff for climbing the trail to the top (not much of a view).

            1. re: hiddenboston

              Perhaps not much of a view, but a beautiful walk nonetheless.

              1. re: Blumie

                Very true...