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Breakfast near Gvt. Ctr, State House

mgebs Feb 2, 2012 06:27 PM

We will be staying in this area and do not want typical hotel food, at Parker House no less. Any good ides? I remember Bickford's a zillion yrs. ago.

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    teezeetoo Feb 2, 2012 06:33 PM

    Anthony's Cafe on the Waterfront, Paramount, and Mike and Patty's - none are far.

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      mkfisher Feb 3, 2012 05:37 AM

      If you want to stay closer to your hotel, I don't hate the breakfast at Woodward. It's attached to the Ames Hotel, but it's not your standard hotel fare.

      1. MC Slim JB Feb 3, 2012 05:56 AM

        Kinda grim around there for breakfast. High Spot Deli is a stone's throw away, does a cheap sandwich-counter plate of bacon and eggs. Steve's in Quincy Market does typical Greek-American diner food. If you want a better hotel breakfast, Mooo.... at XV Beacon very close by would feed you some fancy, overpriced food, like $25 poached eggs and lobster.


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          Bob Dobalina Feb 3, 2012 06:32 AM

          In the same vein as High Spot Deli, down the street from Parker House and down the alley past the Starbucks is Cafe Delicato, which is standard breakfast, but done up to order - a little further and to the left is the Hungry Traveler, same sort of deal - basic bare bones, but these two places are decent honest working-class chow. Ultra no frills.

          Or walk down Tremont Street toward the Common and keep going until you reach Thinking Cup on the left - great coffee, decent fancy-coffee-place baked goods and chow.

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            MC Slim JB Feb 3, 2012 07:34 AM

            Is the Hungry Traveler still in business? I thought it had been replaced by some chain, or I would have mentioned it too, though it's been years since I was in.


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              Bob Dobalina Feb 3, 2012 07:39 AM

              Still there as of a couple of months ago (I don't walk by that area quite as often) - it's run by a Korean couple - often can get a pretty decent bulgoki at lunch...

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                MC Slim JB Feb 3, 2012 10:20 AM

                Whoah! Great to know, thanks!


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                  Bob Dobalina Feb 3, 2012 10:39 AM

                  I don't want to oversell it - it is still very much the Hungry Traveler, but for some reason, I have a soft spot for the place.

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                    MC Slim JB Feb 3, 2012 12:06 PM

                    I'm happy to report is indeed open (Boston Phoenix review dated 1994 on the wall). I'm guessing they had a brief hiatus before the Korean couple took it over, which I happened to spot. It does indeed look like a good basic breakfast option for the OP.

                    A lot of the menu changes daily; they claim they keep this website up-to-date: http://thehungrytravelerboston.com/mainmenupdf.pdf They have one Korean dish on the menu every day, rotating between beef bulgoki (had it today, delicious), bibimbap, and japchae (Wednesdays). A nice rediscovery, thanks again!


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                      Bob Dobalina Feb 3, 2012 12:12 PM

                      Awesome - have had the japchae (but had forgotten the name) - can't say I know good japchae vs. bad japchae, but I enjoyed it too.

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                  MC Slim JB Feb 23, 2012 09:43 AM

                  Something else worth knowing about the Hungry Traveller: they make their own kimchi, and it's lovely, but you have to ask for it. Of course, I've been in a few times now, always ordering the Korean specialty of the day, and they're still surprised every time when I ask for chopsticks and gochuchang.

                  It reminds me a bit of S&I Thai: no matter how many times I go, I always have to make the same, "Yes, I really really really like traditional Thai food, honest!" protest. Except on maybe one occasion, they never remember my face from one visit to the next.


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            hrmg Feb 3, 2012 06:03 PM

            The Paramount on Charles Street is about a ten minute walk from the State House. Opens at 7am weekdays, 8am weekends. Get there early, there's often a line.


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              mgebs Feb 20, 2012 02:46 PM

              Cafe Delicato filled the bill nicely. Fast, fresh, filling. Only wish I had taked a propper fork with me.

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              1. re: mgebs
                Bob Dobalina Feb 21, 2012 05:10 AM

                Glad it worked for you. It's been there for a long time in that quiet alley, so they must be doing something right to survive.

              2. MC Slim JB Jun 10, 2012 10:48 AM

                Another place that does breakfast all day (till their 6pm closing) that previously escaped my notice: Big Guys Cafe and Grill, a halal kebab, falafel, salad, and sandwich counter-service place with a few tables located right near the Government Center MBTA entrance. Also serves ice cream, burgers and pizza: http://www.bgcafeandgrill.com/Special%20menue.html

                I understand it has been there for a while, but the current Egyptian owners took over late last summer. I must have walked by it a hundred times before it caught my eye. Typical prices for the neighborhood: I got a so-so Greek salad topped with very nice lamb kebabs grilled to order for about $10 at lunch. Very pleasant staff.


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