HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >

wanted: kid-friendly breakfast restaurant for pre-BSO kids concert midday Saturday

kimberpjow Nov 9, 2009 07:41 AM

Our family is new to the Boston area. Can one of you longer-time residents recommend a reasonably priced place that serves good pancakes/waffles/ etc. on Saturdays that we could easily go to and then get to a noon BSO kids concert? We would be willing to use the T, though I haven't yet looked into whether there is a T exit near Symphony Hall.

Thanks for your advice! This is a surprise for our kids and we want to make it special!


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. g
    ginnyhw RE: kimberpjow Nov 9, 2009 09:27 AM


    Yes there is a T exit adjacent to Symphony Hall named Symphony. It's on the Green Line Heath Street E train. Which direction are you coming in from?

    1. t
      Taralli RE: kimberpjow Nov 9, 2009 09:29 AM

      Don't know how old the kids are, but the funky Other Side Cafe is up Mass. Ave. at approximately Newbury: http://www.theothersidecafe.com/

      Other Side Cafe
      407 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

      1. b
        BBHound RE: kimberpjow Nov 9, 2009 11:19 AM

        Not much in that area that fits. One place that might work is Trident Booksellers Cafe on Newbury St between Herreford and Mass.Ave. They serve breakfast all day. It's about a 10-15 minute walk to Symphony Hall.

        Also, there is an Orange Line stop (Mass. Ave.) about a block from Symphony Hall.


        1 Reply
        1. re: BBHound
          teezeetoo RE: BBHound Nov 9, 2009 11:35 AM

          are you walkers? Mike's Diner on Washington Street around Mass Ave is about a 5 block walk from the symphony. friendly in every way. steve's diner on hereford and newbury should also work.

          Mike's Diner
          645 Washington St, Canton, MA

        2. Allstonian RE: kimberpjow Nov 9, 2009 12:07 PM

          Some more info from you would be very helpful - how many kids, what ages, and how many adults? Can your group walk a few blocks from the restaurant to Symphony Hall if it's nearby? Where are you starting from?

          1. k
            kimberpjow RE: kimberpjow Nov 9, 2009 06:19 PM

            Thanks everybody for the ideas so far. More info about us. We live in the outer suburbs... near 495. We (husband, me and our two girls 6 and 9) will be driving into the city all the way or driving to Alewife and going from there. The girls can certainly walk say up 20 minutes, as long as it isn't absolutely freezing or otherwise very unpleasant outside. (This is meant to be something really fun not a character-building exercise!)

            I looked at the menu for the Other Side Cafe and I think they would like the chocolate chip waffles. The cafe doesn't open until ten though and so I am a bit concerned about making it back to symphony hall for a noon show. Google maps tells me it is a 10 minute walk. Do you know if the service there tends to be slow? Do you know if they take reservations that would enable us to be seated right at 10?

            I see too that the Trident Booksellers Cafe is right there near the Other Side Cafe, again a 10 minute walk to Symphony Hall. And they serve breakfast beginning at 8. Is it tough to get a table there? I am guessing they don't take reservations.

            Since this is meant to be a special treat we ideally want someplace a bit nicer than everyday, though not so nice that kids aren't welcome, or the food more fancy (and expensive!) than two picky kids will appreciate.

            Thanks again everybody for your suggestions!


            2 Replies
            1. re: kimberpjow
              nincyh RE: kimberpjow Nov 9, 2009 06:56 PM

              Both those places are urban and should be fun/funky for your kids. I wouldn't say either are a "nice" dining experience, but being in the city for a casual brunch then walking to the Symphony (which IS quite nice) should make for a special day if you're out by 495...

              1. re: kimberpjow
                markin617 RE: kimberpjow Nov 9, 2009 10:35 PM

                If the walk is a bit much, the #1 bus runs up and down Mass. Ave. After breakfast, the bus stops on Mass. Ave. at Newbury St, at 10:55, 11:09, 11:23 , 11:37 and 11:51 AM heading south to Symphony Hall (based on Saturday schedule). It should take less than 5 minutes on the bus to Westland Ave. (the corner just before Symphony Hall).

              2. b
                Blumie RE: kimberpjow Nov 10, 2009 01:18 AM

                Brasserie Jo is a block from Symphony Hall, opens early, and serves an excellent breakfast (including very good pancakes). As a hotel restaurant, it's a little pricier than some other options, but it's good, easy, and very convenient.

                For a cheaper option, Thornton's, also very close to Symphony Hall on Huntington Ave., serves inexpensive diner-style breakfasts.

                Really no reason to stray further than one of these places, IMHO.

                Brasserie Jo
                120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

                2 Replies
                1. re: Blumie
                  Allstonian RE: Blumie Nov 10, 2009 03:10 AM

                  I'll strongly second Brasserie JO as a nice, slightly fancy place for breakfast very convenient to Symphony - ideal for your purposes, it seems.

                  Also extremely convenient - it's right on the E line of the Green Line, at the Prudential stop, which is the stop just before Symphony when coming from downtown. (Don't bother taking the subway from Prudential to Symphony unless the weather is horrible, though - it's really not much of a walk - about 1/3 of a mile - and you can enjoy the view of the Christian Science Church plaza along the way.)

                  1. re: Allstonian
                    BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: Allstonian Nov 10, 2009 11:35 AM

                    Yes, Brasserie Jo is ideal for all your purposes: nice but not forbidding, good food and very near where you're going. My advice: drop the car at Alewife, take the Red Line to Park Street, change to the E line and just as Allstonian says, get off at Prudential, go to Brasserie Jo (which incidentally is in the lobby of the Colonnade Hotel) and take the short but scenic walk from there to Symphony Hall.

                    Brasserie Jo
                    120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

                Show Hidden Posts