Any decent breakfast places in the Copley Square area?
I'm here on business staying at the Fairmont Copley Square and can't seem to find a breakfast place where I can an omelet and maybe some pancakes. Any suggestions. I'm trying to stay away from the hotel restaurants if at all possible.
It's a dreadful breakfast neighborhood. Believe it or not, my favorite is the Pour House. They do a decent job with the basics: eggs, pancakes, etc. If it's a weekend, you have a few more options as many of the Boylston and Newbury places do brunch. Bouchee is a decent bet in that case.
Trident Cafe on Newbury is quite good and they serve breakfast all day to boot. Believe it or not, Charley's on Newbury does a good breakfast and it's not expensive. They also offer a complimentary bloody mary, mimosa or glass of champagne w/ your breakfast. They have everything from pancakes to omelets to steak & eggs. I haven't been to Steve's in eons so I can't report on how it is now.
All within a 10-minute walk:
Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe -- very good, 30s-vintage South End diner with cool, authentic atmosphere and all the usual breakfast suspects.
Appleton Bakery -- South End neighborhood cafe with fresh baked goods (muffins, bagels), egg sandwiches.
Mike & Patty's -- superb, tiny Bay Village breakfast/lunch place with gorgeous, fresh-tasting food, worth seeking out. Closed Mondays.
Trident Booksellers & Cafe -- very good breakfast place with some more creative options than the typical diner, inside a Newbury Street independent bookstore.
I've recommended Steve's for years but we went in recently, after a long absence, and our meal was dreadful. It may be a blip but with Trident right on the block, I can't see myself recommending Steve's at this point.
Barmy, have you been recently? Were my pancakes with raw centers and undercooked bacon a one off? Or, has there been a slip here?
Anyone else had good meals at Steve's recently? I would love to support this local business but I saw a real change in everything from service to food.
Updates on this will be received with an open mind. As I said, it may have been a bad day around there.
Edit: just realized one more thing, there was no wait on a Sunday morning. That makes me wonder if the regulars are missing. We were seated immediately. I'm going to have to ask some of the neighbors about this.