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psora Nov 24, 2009 01:09 AM

This is the place that took over the Grecian Yearning spot at 174 Harvard Ave after the post-fire removations.

Has anyone eaten there and what do you think? Couldn't find anything on a search of the site and they don't seem to have a website to even check out the menu. I don't expect it to be legitimately chowish, just since it's convenient wondering if it's worth trying for lbreakfast one weekend - at least no worse than Grecian Yearning - or makes the McDonalds a few doors away look good. Also if there's anything else worthwhile to eat there too, but breakfast is mainly what I'm interested in.

Thanks.

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  1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: psora Nov 24, 2009 12:08 PM

    We still haven't made it up, but we're hoping to get over there this weekend for breakfast.

    I will say that the room itself seems much nicer than GY ever was, but I've heard nothing whatsoever about the food.

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      psora RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Nov 24, 2009 02:55 PM

      Yeah, same here about the food. We've noticed that it certainly seems brighter and fresher passing by but haven't really looked carefully.

      Let me know what you think if you do get there, if you would please. I may finally get there myself this weekend. Grecian Yearning certainly wasn't a go out of your way for it place, but I've missed having that sort of option around the corner Sunday mornings.

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        BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: psora Dec 6, 2009 02:23 PM

        We finally made it over there around noon today. I decided a baseline reading was appropriate, so I got two eggs over easy, homefries, wheat toast and sausage.

        The eggs were so over easy, they were if anything slightly undercooked (there was a little raw white visible), but frankly, given a choice, I'll take that before overcooked. The sausage was fairly basic link, but well-cooked and tasty enough. The homefries were a big disappointment: not much flavor (little if any salt, for one thing) and the onions were about half-raw. Even more than the potatoes themselves, you really want the onions in homefries to be well-cooked. But rather surprisingly, the toast was excellent: good, flavorful bread perfectly toasted and just the right amount of butter.

        Allstonian had the Union Waffle, a large round Belgian topped with a warm fruit compote. She said that the compote was excellent but it slightly overwhelmed the tasty but kind of insubstantial waffle.

        The room is really quite nice -- something you could never say about the Grecian -- and the waitress was perfectly competent.

        Overall, I would say good-not-great, but unfortunately that automatically makes it the best breakfast spot in South Allston by a landslide. When your competition is Cookin' Cafe (meh) and Steve's (actively gross), it doesn't take a lot to be king of the hill.

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          teezeetoo RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 7, 2009 04:26 AM

          Do you know if any of the Central American places in Allston do breakfast? We pretty much head over to Victor's but it would be nice to have some closer options. I've given up on Zaftigs except in a pinch: I don't like spending 25.00 for breakfast for two!!!

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            Allstonian RE: teezeetoo Dec 7, 2009 04:49 AM

            El Cafetal in Union Square serves breakfast, though we've never been there. They're Colombian, not Central American. Don't know about any of the others off the top of my head.

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              teezeetoo RE: Allstonian Dec 7, 2009 03:22 PM

              thanks - will try and let you know if its worth a look.

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