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What is the best breakfast spot (not brunch) in Newton Center or Watertown?

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  1. We like Deluxe Town Diner. Great johnnycakes (with maple syrup), sweet potato pancakes, bacon, and corned beef hash (although the carrots in it are a little odd. But tasty). The rosemary garlic bread is so good--as toast or on the amazing tuna melt (not exactly breakfast). You'll have to get your linguica somewhere else, though. Depending on the time, you'll probably have to wait.

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

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      1. re: smtucker

        ...or anything with a poached egg.

      2. re: quirkydeb

        I took my kids to The Deluxe Town Diner yesterday. Place was jammed[45 min wait] Home fries were great, 7 grain Toast was terrific but my Greek Omlette was very mediocre. My daughter had Choclate chip Pancakes that she thought had too much choclate in it. Go figure.
        Beautiful setting..they did a great job with the construction of the place. Service was a bit off but I chalked it up to being so Busy.

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

        1. re: Northstar22

          I'm guessing you mean the Deluxe Station Diner, in Newton, and not the Deluxe Town Diner, in Watertown.

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

          Deluxe Station Diner
          70 Union St, Newton, MA 02459

          1. re: Blumie

            Same owner but we prefer the one in Watertown. Definately not as nicely decorated as the new one in Newton Centre. We never go on weekends.......always a line. Potato pancakes are great.

          2. re: Northstar22

            I was there yesterday too - the line was out the door. I ordered "to go", but my eggs benny simply does not travel well.

            1. re: Prav

              I was there as well. Waited about 30 mins. Pancakes and French toast were great, though I stayed away from the omelette discs per others' recommendations. Wanted to try a Sazerac, but just couldn't bring myself to drink after that massive stack 'o jacks.

              1. re: nsenada

                I was the brown man double parked in the black Civic, bumpin' some Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, while my girl ran in to pick up the sweet potato pancakes.

                And good god, those SP Pancakes are fine!

                I wish the cod cakes that they have on the Watertown menu, had carried over to the Station menu. Best fish cakes I've ever eaten.

                1. re: Prav

                  "Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings"

                  excellent taste in music! and pancakes for that matter. LOL

                  1. re: Prav

                    I saw (and heard) you! I should have made the chow sign...

                2. re: Prav

                  Hey, Prav, how's the hollandaise?

                3. re: Northstar22

                  >Home fries were great

                  Can you give some details on how they are prepared?

                  My biggest gripe about breakfast in the area is no one can seem to make anything beyond boiled potatoes thrown on the flatop for a few seconds while your eggs are cooking. I figured that homefries must be an afterthought for most people in the area considering the places that have been recommended here that I have tried have not been satisfactory.

                  1. re: Northstar22

                    This is the old station that used to be a Starbucks. Always an impressive building. And, for the record, the homefries at the Watertown Deluxe Town Diner are deep fried, sprinkled with McCormick Montreal seasoning, then tossed into a steam table to die even further. Pure dreck. They need to be on the flattop all morning, developing that crust.

                    1. re: okra

                      And before it was a Starbucks it was a Coffee Connection.

                      I'm a big Deluxe fan, but don't care for their potatoes at all - okra's description is sadly apt. Deep-fried, over-seasoned, no proper griddle crust.

                      1. re: Allstonian

                        I on the other hand love their potatoes. If they were *trying* to be crusty griddled home fries, then yes, they would be terribly disappointing because they're not that at all. But since they're not cooked potatoes that are thin-sliced and then griddled, but individual chunks of deep-fried potato (an end result somewhere between a steak fry and a tater tot), it seems odd to complain that they're not crusty. Of course they're not crusty, they weren't prepared in a fashion that gives them a crust! That's like complaining that your pancakes don't have crispy square indentations that hold the butter and syrup.

                        1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                          Are they trying to be bland and (sometimes) soggy then?

                          My potatoes have generally gone untouched at DTD. I can't speak for the new location.

                          1. re: Gabatta

                            I'm confused. Which are they, bland or overseasoned?

                            1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                              Gabatta thinks they are bland. I think they are overseasoned, but to be honest the issue is more that I dislike the seasoning blend that they use.

                              1. re: Allstonian

                                Is it really Montreal seasoning? That seems like a strange choice. I'd love to check out the Deluxe Station Diner given the fabulous depot building and the unique decor, but I'm more of a savory breakfast person who loves good homefries. It just doesn't sound like they offer much in that category for someone like me. Bummer.

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                                Deluxe Station Diner
                                70 Union St, Newton, MA 02459

                                1. re: bear

                                  I've seen it with me own eyes, bear....

                                  1. re: okra

                                    That explains a lot of why I don't care for the Deluxe home fries, actually - in particular, it's probably the dehydrated garlic. I'm very, very, very fond of garlic, but I don't actually like it in my breakfast potatoes.

                                  2. re: bear

                                    bear, my wife is also a savory breakfast person and loves DTD's corned beef hash. I love their pancakes. But as for home fries, I have to agree with others that they are just not very good. I just don't bother with them.

                                    1. re: bear

                                      Let's see...black pepper, red pepper, salt, garlic, paprika, dill...what unusual flavors to be putting on potatoes!

                                      Kidding. I knew that Allstonian doesn't care for the potatoes at Deluxe, but I had no idea that her dislike was so widely shared! Am I the only one who actually really likes their potatoes?

                                      For me, the thing to never ever ever order at Deluxe is the omelets, but I know I'm not at all alone in that.

                                      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                        Sorry, Jenny, I still think that's a pretty overwhelming mix to put on simple breakfast potatoes. Take the hash browns at Henrietta's Table. Shredded yukon golds, clarified butter, salt. Creamy potato bliss, and you can actually taste the potatoes.

                                        Thanks for the input, everyone. Maybe we will give it a try on our Saturday morning outing. I do love a good corned beef hash. (Maybe they offer french fries at breakfast to satisfy the potato craving.)

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                                        Henrietta's Table
                                        One Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138

                                        1. re: bear

                                          actually, at Victor's, I always ask for and generally get french fries well done in lieu of the tepid home fries. if the fryer is up, almost any of the breakfast places will substitute.

                                          1. re: teezeetoo

                                            Great tip. I've only done that at the Trident on Newbury. Their lunch menu is available all day and I don't really love their home fries. Pale red bliss potatoes. I tried asking for the homefries to be well-done and it didn't seem to make a difference, so I ordered french fries with my eggs bene and they were terrific.

                                            Now I'll branch out and ask elsewhere.

                              2. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                Don't confuse "home fries" and "hash browns".
                                Where I come from, home fries are chunks of potato, that get seasoned, perhaps with onion, and spend considerable time on the flat top gaining a respectable crust, aka taste.
                                Hash browns are a shredded product, usually from the frozen section of the Sysco delivery truck that are deep fried and not at all applicable to a New England breakfast.

                                What Deluxe Town Diner is doing in Watertown, at least, is sacrilege. They are taking chunks of potato, deep frying them, seasoning them with a pre-made mix, and holding them in a steam table. This is neither a "home fry" or a "hash brown", it's just lazy.

                                My $0.02, YMMV.

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

                        2. re: quirkydeb

                          What about the New York Diner? I have not been here in years but I checked the reviews on another site and they looked good. This would be right outside Watertown Square up Mt. Auburn on the right.

                          1. re: will007

                            Points for the scali toast and the overnight weekend hours. Food is average at best.

                        3. fyi, Deluxe is now also in newton center- train station. alot of CHs also like The Spot in Watertown Square; small place, neat menu.

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                          1. re: opinionatedchef

                            LOVE the Spot. Almost forgot about it......thanks for the reminder!

                            1. re: Science Chick

                              The Spot has wonderful food: the best pancakes with the exception of the johnny cakes and sour cream flapjacks at Deluxe. Victor's is a great comfort diner: it does put enough on every plate to feed at least two. Pass on the omelettes at all of them: The Spot comes closest on a good omelette and it also serves excellent baguettes with good jam (not the nasty little packets).

                            2. re: opinionatedchef

                              Was there once and really enjoyed it. Often stop by to buy their bread.

                            3. NOT a Deluxe fan at all - our go-to spot is Victor's in Watertown. Not fancy, just old-school diner food served up fast and cheap.

                              GG
                              http://www.semisweetonline.com

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                              1. re: gansu girl

                                +1 for Victor's Diner. A substantial diner breakfast, and one of the best cups of coffee in the area on a chilly morning.

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                                Victor's Diner
                                214 N Beacon St, Watertown, MA 02472

                                1. re: gansu girl

                                  The restaurant has been remodeled and is quite nice. We love this place. Bring your appetite because they don't skimp of the portions.

                                  1. re: gansu girl

                                    I'm not a Deluxe fan either. After reading about it for years, I finally tried it a few months ago. I got pancakes which were like lead frisbees. I had 3 bites and was done. To make matters worse, it was filthy. I had to ask for a new coffee cup because there was a leftover coffee circle inside the cup from a previous user, and i had to ask for a clean fork as well which had what looked like a bit of crusty egg yolk on it. Pretty disgusting.

                                  2. richard, i notice you've never posted before on CH. Welcome to the community and sure hope you'll report back on your breakfast experience.

                                    1. Deluxe is past it's prime - try Uncommon Grounds, just a block or 2 west of Deluxe on Mount Auburn Street in Watertown. Really terrific!

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                                      Uncommon Grounds
                                      575 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472