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Allston Asian breakfasts?

MC Slim JB Jan 19, 2010 12:02 PM

It occurs to me that Allston, for all its cheap-eats riches, is pretty weak on breakfast food: the execrable Steve's, the okay Cookin', the okay @Union, the decent Breakfast Club. I see a couple of Central/South American options and a few donut/coffee shops.

Do any of Allston's Asian restaurants offer breakfast?


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  1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: MC Slim JB Jan 19, 2010 06:46 PM

    Wisteria has a breakfast menu, but I know little about it because I'm never in the food court before early afternoon or so.

    I occasionally daydream about opening a proper breakfast/lunch diner around Packards Corner -- why there isn't a decent breakfast to be had around here is the great mystery of the neighborhood.

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    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
      galangatron RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 20, 2010 03:00 AM

      wisteria does have a breakfast menu but they don't open until 11am during the week

    2. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Jan 19, 2010 08:29 PM

      Thanks, Barmy: I had a feeling you'd have the answer here. A weird hole in the Allston scene, breakfast.


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        itaunas RE: MC Slim JB Jan 19, 2010 08:50 PM

        There have been a couple of attempts at weekend brunch in the neighborhood including at least one near Brighton and Harvard years back which was pretty good, but nothing has stuck and certainly no Friendly Toast. More recently the Stockyard was giving the Sunday brunch buffet thing a try which would certainly be an improvement over the Sunset, but never got around to trying it. That said, as suggested when you were looking for quick eats with a relative, you should give the South American (Padaria Brasil Bakery) option a try for quick eats. A vitamina de abacate (avocado shake) with hot pao de queijo, a salgadino or two (baked or fried, whatever is fresh), or a misto quente (hot ham/cheese) is a good way to get the day started. Bolo de mandioca (yuca bread cake) if you want something a bit sweeter.

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          teezeetoo RE: itaunas Jan 20, 2010 05:19 AM

          devlins has a decent weekend brunch but nothing strikes me as appealing in that area, weekdays. come to my side of Harvard Street and go to Family Restaurant.

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            tysonmcneely RE: itaunas Jan 20, 2010 07:54 AM

            I completely forgot that brazilian bakery existed, I used to go there all the time when I first moved to Allston. I know what I'm going this weekend...

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            djd RE: MC Slim JB Jan 20, 2010 10:30 PM

            The obvious snarky answer is... Allston's primary clientele sleeps 'til noon? I have had unmemorable breakfast at the café formerly known as Herrell's, and watched people consume what looked like inedible breakfast upstairs at Big City. All my (very few) Allston breakfast experiences are memorable for everything BUT food.

            Twin Donut's egg-and-cheese sandwiches really hit the spot, though. I have purposely stayed up late in order to meet friends there when it opens at 4 a.m.

            (Apologies if this recaps what other people have said in other posts. Also, MCSJB, I kind of assume that if you don't know about a decent breakfast in Allston, it doesn't exist.)

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              MC Slim JB RE: djd Jan 20, 2010 11:04 PM

              Lord, no: I miss stuff that is right in front of me all the time, and places come and go so fast, the only person that can keep up with them all is Hidden Boston.


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            nasilemak RE: MC Slim JB Jan 21, 2010 04:29 AM

            Do you know of any spots in Chinatown that offer breakfast items like congee at around 9am or even earlier?

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              galleygirl RE: nasilemak Jan 21, 2010 04:56 AM

              Chau Chow City starts serving at 8:30, (dim sum, usually congee and noodles that early)...All of the bakeries have a pot of congee on (you have to ask ) and at least Meisum opens at 8, or before...

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                gourmaniac RE: nasilemak Jan 21, 2010 08:04 AM

                Also Best Cafe (first floor of China Pearl). All the bakeries have congee etc and have a couple of tables (Mei Sum, Eldo) but it isn;t the best congee.

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                  galangatron RE: nasilemak Jan 21, 2010 10:15 AM

                  vinh sun bbq on the corner of beach street and oxford street opens at 8am and serves several types of congee. cafe de lulu in the basement of the avana lofts building also opens at 8am and has a similar selection of congee plus a few hk cafe style breakfast dishes and snacks

                2. MABMAQ RE: MC Slim JB Jan 21, 2010 04:40 AM

                  Jim's Deli in Brighton Center, or for a good cheap morning BLT, Mandy and Joes near the police station on Washington Steet.

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                    BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: MABMAQ Jan 21, 2010 09:16 AM

                    But Brighton isn't Allston.

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                      MABMAQ RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 21, 2010 09:55 AM

                      neither is chinatown

                  2. lipoff RE: MC Slim JB Jan 22, 2010 03:26 AM

                    I actually rather like Jim's Deli for breakfast --- lots of freshly made egg varities, a very filling and enjoyable breakfast wrap and surprisingly good coffee. Jo Jo Taipei has brunch on weekends. Wisteria's brunch items are uniformly excellent --- probably the best things on their menu.

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                      kimfair1 RE: MC Slim JB Jan 31, 2010 05:52 AM

                      I was passing @Union the other day. Just OK? I was impressed that they advertise Illy coffee. I didn't stop, but is it worth my while to stop? Anything in particular very good?

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                        Allstonian RE: kimfair1 Jan 31, 2010 06:14 AM

                        If you're in the neighborhood, they're definitely worth a stop. It's by far the nicest breakfast in the immediate area. But not a place that I'd recommend anyone NOT in the immediate neighborhood go out of their way to eat at.

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                          kimfair1 RE: Allstonian Jan 31, 2010 07:15 AM

                          As I am generally in the area, I guess I'll have to stop by and check it out sometime.

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                          MC Slim JB RE: kimfair1 Jan 31, 2010 11:39 AM

                          I just reviewed @Union for The Boston Phoenix. The coffee is indeed good.


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