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Feb 23, 2010 07:14 PM

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.

Thanks much.

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  1. Steve's, at the corner of Newbury and Hereford, is only a few blocks away, and they serve a solid, unpretentious breakfast.

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    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

      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.


      1. re: BostonZest

        Now that you mention it, it's been a few months since my last visit. I should probably re-assess, although it's been so solid for so long that it would be a real shame if they were slipping.

    2. Thornton's Restaurant is RIGHT down the street at 150 Huntington Ave, and is a fine place to grab a straightforward breakfast. Brasserie JO is right next door to them and does breakfast as well.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

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          1. re: BackBayGirl

            I mentioned this on another thread, but is that daily breakfast or brunch on weekends at Charley's.


          2. 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.

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            1. re: tamerlanenj

              Pour House is docked at least a star for their abhorrent coffee. I suppose that sort of thing is easily changed, but I've never had anything but watery garbage there. If you can see the bottom of the mug, something is very, very wrong.

              1. re: tamerlanenj

                If it's a weekend, I'd be inclined to spend the approx. $15 for brunch at Abe & Louie's, crabcake benedict is yummy. I assume the OP was looking for more "regular" breakfast type places tho.