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Jul 28, 2011 06:05 PM

Recs for breakfast near Arlington?

I'm not much for breakfast out, but SO would like to see if there are any hidden gems in or near Arlington. We know Classic Cafe in the Heights, Sound Bites in Ball Sq. Any recs in NoCa or Belmont? Lexington/Burlington/Winchester maybe?

On an unrelated topic, we had a dozen assorted East Coast oysters tonight at Les Zygomates ($1/each from 4-6 Mon - Fri) and they were superb! Came with mignonette (very strong!) as well as cocktail sauce and lemons.

Sound Bites
704 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

Les Zygomates Wine Bar & Bistro
129 South St, Boston, MA 02111

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  1. we are regulars at soundbites but lately a little less wowed than at first, so have been wondering about the place next to it... I know of nothing good in the areas you've mentioned but watertown sq has a place i've read raves about. sorry i can't remember name but i found it through brunch search on CH.

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    1. re: opinionatedchef

      I think there's some rather bad blood between those two places.. something about poaching a chef or something.

      The bagel place up past the Center on Mass Ave is decent..

      1. re: grant.cook

        yes, very bad blood between the neighboring joints.

      2. re: opinionatedchef

        I like Common Ground on Mt Auburn, east of Watertown Sq.

      3. It's been a while, but I enjoy the brunch at Tryst. I remember liking their hash and their muffin/bread basket. I think they used to have a band play on the weekends too. :)

        1. Istanbul'lu in Teele Square Somerville near the Arlington line serves great Turkish breakfasts all day.

          Teele Square Cafe
          Somerville, MA, Somerville, MA

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          1. re: Madrid

            wow, that sounds interesting. I have eaten there for dinner and really liked the food. What might a Turkish breakfast consist of, Madrid?

            1. re: Guido

              the breakfast portion of the menu is here

              I really want to try to "plate of turkish mornings" once local tomatoes are in.

              1. re: Madrid

                I tried the plate of turkish mornings and it is a beauty! Here's a picture.

                Ooops. Picture didn't take... hold please.

              2. re: Madrid

                On this note - If you're willing to gamble on available seating, Sofra has a Turkish breakfast that is pretty darn tasty.

                1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

              3. Not sure what you're looking for but there's Andy's Diner on Mass Ave in Porter Square, a good basic bacon and eggs type place.


                Andy's Diner
                2030 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                1. re: steinpilz

                  +1 on Andy's. My brother and I frequently meet there when I'm in town and he's working Sunday morning. Nothing fancy, but they cook their omelets exactly how I like them!

                2. For straight-up American style breakfast, my two favorites are Bagels By Us in Arlington and The Restaurant in downtown Woburn.

                  Bagels By Us
                  791 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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                  1. re: cambridgejen

                    I can't get over the fact that "Bagels By Us" does not make their own bagels.

                    1. re: Parsnipity

                      I do know a little about this - my SO is from LI-NY and says BBU gets their bagels partially cooked from H&H in NY. They finish them at the store and, according to her, they are perhaps the closest you can get to a true NY bagel around here. I think they're good but I'm not from NY and therefore not entitled to an opinion ;-)

                      1. re: Guido

                        Have you had them, though? They hallmark all the signs of a crappy old bagel, when fresh and untoasted. Soft outside, mealy inside, yuck.

                        I am a born and raised NJ-ite, which doesn't make me an expert, but certainly makes me qualified. Go to Katz.

                        1. re: marcreichman

                          Ok NJ-ite, where do you buy your bagels in the area?

                          (I'm an ex. rockland county NY-ite missing the bagels of bergen and rockland counties)

                          1. re: LStaff

                            I have only found bagels I like at Katz's in Chelsea. Haven't tried rosenfeld yet though.

                          2. re: marcreichman

                            I don't particularly recommend their bagels - they are definitely not NYC quality - but I do enjoy their cooked breakfasts. I happen to like their scrambled eggs, home fries, and blueberry pancakes. They are nothing revolutionary but very good basics. (As far as the bagels go, I will say that their veggie cream cheese appears to be homemade with fresh bits of grated vegetables. If I do get a bagel, it's only for the cream cheese.)

                        2. re: Parsnipity

                          "Bagels by Somebody Else" didn't fit on the street sign.