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Dottie's True Blue Cafe?

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mheld Oct 4, 2011 09:07 PM

I'll be in Boston for my birthday this friday and I want to have something really special. Is there a restaurant in/around Boston that is the analogue to Dottie's True Blue Cafe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV5Q-g... http://www.yelp.com/biz/dotties-true-...) in San Francisco for a creative breakfast?

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    Spenbald RE: mheld Oct 4, 2011 11:11 PM

    I actually haven't been to Dottie's, but I just moved from the Boston area, and would, without any reservations, recommend the Deluxe Town Diner in the suburb of Watertown: http://www.deluxetowndiner.com/. Excellent corned beef hash and sweet potato pancakes.

    The Friendly Toast in Cambridge (http://www.thefriendlytoast.net/) is a "branch" of the original in Portsmouth, NH. It has numerous creative offerings, and the food is decent, but the careless/indifferent service is more than offputting.

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

    The Friendly Toast
    1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

    1. Dave MP RE: mheld Oct 5, 2011 05:45 AM

      The short answer to this might be "no." I personally haven't been to any weekday breakfast places in Boston that are the analogue to Dottie's. Or weekend places, for that matter.

      The Paramount in Beacon Hill is similar in some ways, in that there is often a wait and it's touristy and the pancakes are quite good. But I think the food here isn't *that* special (i.e. Dottie's is better at living up to its hype)

      I like the suggestion of Deluxe Town Diner, if you can get to Watertown...I don't think it's really like Dottie's, but it's a good experience nonetheless.

      Zaftig's could maybe be good, although I haven't had breakfast there. In Somerville, Soundbites or Ball Square Cafe could be good too, see: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/777401

      Let us know where you end up going!

      Dave MP

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

      Ball Square Cafe
      708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

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        stomachofsteel RE: mheld Oct 5, 2011 01:54 PM

        I have been to Dottie's a few times and agree with Dave MP that I can't think of a Boston analogue. I do like Deluxe Town Diner and there are some similarities, but depending on where you're staying and whether you have a car, it's not that convenient. It's accessible by bus, but even though I like it a lot, I don't think it's worth the bus ride there and back.

        Dottie's aside, if I were looking for a creative weekday breakfast in Boston, I'd go to Mike & Patty's. I've never managed to get there (I actually tried to go on my last birthday and they were closed), but I've only heard good things, and their breakfast offerings are far more interesting than most of what you'll get from other weekday breakfast places.
        http://www.mikeandpattys.com/

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          mheld RE: mheld Oct 5, 2011 02:46 PM

          Of all the restaurants listed so far, I've been to Zaftigs and Deluxe Town Diner (it was two tons of fun). I'm probably choosing between Ball Square Cafe, Sound Bites, or Mike & Patty's, however I'm leaning towards the somerville restaurants because I'm usually in the south end/back bay area. Any recommendations as for what I should order there?

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          Sound Bites
          704 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

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

          Ball Square Cafe
          708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

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