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good breakfast place in newton/brookline area

sourgirl Nov 14, 2010 03:02 PM

the title pretty much says it all...
looking for a place that serves delicious breakfast in the newton area!
cheaper is preferable, but price not really an issue.
please don't tell me to go to zaftig's, though, or that shitty place in newton center.

thanks :)

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    trueblu Nov 14, 2010 04:01 PM

    the breakfast breads at lineage are very good. The rest of the breakfast is so so.


    1. L2k Nov 15, 2010 04:08 PM

      Wait a few more weeks for Deluxe to open their Newton Centre branch in the old train station building where Starbucks used to be.

      Otherwise, we go to Wellesley (Maugus) or Dedham (50's Diner, but last time we were there, it had gone up in price and down in quantity)

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        teezeetoo Nov 15, 2010 06:36 PM

        there is a thread on the board that addresses this question. search for it. until deluxe opens, the closest great breakfast to newton is The Spot in Watertown, Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown, or Victor's in Watertown.

        Deluxe Town Diner
        627 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

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        1. re: teezeetoo
          Gabatta Nov 15, 2010 06:48 PM

          Let's wait until the new Deluxe location actually opens before declaring it the ultimate breakfast spot in metro west. I will be interested to see how they juggle two locations, particularly since the service has slipped at the Watertown (judging from our recent experiences). On each of the past 3 visits part of the order has come out incorrectly and the service has been a bit harried in general. We are actually giving it a rest for awhile.

          1. re: Gabatta
            Blumie Nov 16, 2010 09:00 AM

            Can I please, please, please suggest that we chowhounders give Deluxe a little time -- at least a couple of months, perhaps -- to get its bearings before we judge the place? It's entirely consistent with the history of chowhound for all of us to get frothy over the opening of certain new places, only to express our collective disappointment when they haven't worked all the kinks out by the second day of operation!

        2. barleywino Nov 16, 2010 09:09 AM

          have you tried Tresca's in Watertown? Behind Stellina/ the CVS.

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          1. re: barleywino
            Pia Nov 17, 2010 08:25 AM

            Is Tresca's good? What would you recommend? I like the other Watertown spots mentioned (The Spot Cafe, Victor's, Deluxe Town Diner). But my impression of that place is that you get huge portions of so-so food, so I haven't tried it yet.

            Deluxe Town Diner
            627 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

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              barleywino Nov 17, 2010 08:53 AM

              i like their sausage/cheese omelet and their pancakes (but not both at once, too much food). haven't tried Spot or Victors so can't compare.

          2. MC Slim JB Nov 16, 2010 09:16 AM

            Deluxe Town is my favorite (haven't noticed any downward trend lately). The Spot is also terrific. More basic diner kind of food:

            Brookline: Martin's Coffee Shop, the Busy Bee, Sealy's Lunch.

            Brighton Center: Jim's Deli, Mandy & Joe's.

            Newton: I know Trutony's opens in the morning, but they mostly do Italian deli sandwiches. I can't recall seeing them now, but it seems like the sort of place that might do egg subs with peppers, mushrooms, onions, cheese, etc., a breakfast kind of sandwich.


            Martin's Coffee Shop
            35 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445

            Jim's Deli & Restaurant
            371 Washington St, Brighton, MA 02135

            Busy Bee Restaurant
            1046 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

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            1. re: MC Slim JB
              drb Nov 16, 2010 11:26 AM

              Sealy's? Really? I know its a landmark but the breakfasts I have had there are not worth a trip.

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                teezeetoo Nov 16, 2010 03:25 PM

                neither sealy's nor the busy bee are worth a journey. if you come to Brookline, go to Family in Brookline Village. Be sure to get their fresh turkish bread with breakfast. Is mandy and joe's open for breakfast? I do like that little place but have never tried it for breakfast.

              2. re: MC Slim JB
                terrilynn Nov 16, 2010 04:45 PM

                If you to to the Busy Bee in Brookline, you'll come out with your clothes smelling like day old fryer grease. Really MC, this is one of your faves? What about Zaftigs?

                Busy Bee Restaurant
                1046 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

                1. re: terrilynn
                  trueblu Nov 16, 2010 07:55 PM

                  well, the OP specifically asked that Zaftig's not be recommended. However, I am also a little surprised by some of the suggestions. Martin's, e.g. is very ordinary in my opinion.


                  1. re: terrilynn
                    C. Hamster Nov 17, 2010 08:44 AM

                    I've been going to the Busy Bee for 32 years now and it hasn't changed at all, which is part of its charm.

                    I still love the place.

                    Busy Bee Restaurant
                    1046 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

                    1. re: terrilynn
                      MC Slim JB Nov 17, 2010 02:37 PM

                      My description there is: "More basic kind of diner food." I don't think that's a very high standard: it should be clean and cheap, pour decent coffee, and be capable of poaching eggs. There are only a handful of places I think are worth going out of the way for (Mike & Patty's, Deluxe Town, the Modern in Pawtucket), and there are some places I think are very good to excellent but maybe not extraordinary (Blunch, Mike's City, The Spot, Dot2Dot), but the OP was looking for cheaper options in the Brookline/Newton area.

                      Sealy's is your basic ancient counter-service Greek sub shop/diner, nothing special, but it doesn't "stink to high heaven", either. Of the bunch in that general neighborhood, I think Martin's is probably the relative standout. Zaftig's is okay, I just wish it were more of a traditional Jewish deli.


                    2. re: MC Slim JB
                      Berheenia Nov 17, 2010 06:34 AM

                      Also on the Brookline- Boston line on Comm Ave. is T. Anthony's.

                      1. re: Berheenia
                        goodeater Nov 17, 2010 07:02 AM

                        Sour Girl asked for a "good" breakfast place not a list of places to eat breakfast. None of the places mentioned in Brookline rise to the level of good. I had a decent brunch at Pomodoro over the weekend but even they can be hit or miss. If you want a basic, decent breakfast Zaftigs is your best bet. The rest stink to high heaven except for Deluxe which doesnt count because it's not here yet.

                        24 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445

                        1. re: goodeater
                          Prav Nov 17, 2010 07:52 AM


                          Though I'm also in favor of driving to nearby Watertown to eat at Deluxe.

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                            Science Chick Nov 17, 2010 07:53 AM

                            But true!

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                      sourgirl Nov 17, 2010 02:11 PM

                      Ah! I guess i'll have to try Deluxe, then!

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