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Boston Sunday morning breakfast ideas?

I will find myself in the Longwood area at about 8am on Sunday, and am looking for ideas for an interesting breakfast at that time, in Boston, Camberville, etc where we can leverage the early hour to beat the crowds and find easy parking. (Not Chinatown as we go there all the time anyway.)

Given the early hour, I've thought so far of Mike and Patty's (any thoughts on the new ownership?), and Mike's City Dinner (never been). Last week we went to the Paramount, which was lovely as always.

Other ideas? Thanks!

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  1. Is Mike and Patty's open? They closed awhile back ...

    That's a tough day and time. Will put on thinking cap.

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    1. re: C. Hamster

      Yes, Mike & Patty's reopened a couple of weeks ago, and they open at 8, Wednesday through Sunday.

    2. Brookline Family Restaurant in Brookline Village opens at 8am on Sundays.
      http://www.brooklinefamilyrestaurant....

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      1. re: CookieLee

        If you go to Family, ask for the homemade Turkish bread and salad, both of which are very good. Coffee is lousy, however, but the Turkish/Greek style sweets are also good as are the mezes. Decent pancakes too.

      2. I like Zaftigs in Coolidge Corner.

        1. Henrietta's table in the Charles hotel in Harvard Square serves breakfast from 7:00-10:30a on Sundays. The breakfast is very good and you will be able to find parking at a meter in the immediate area, or at the municipal lot right across from the hotel (since it is Sunday there will be no parking fees). This is not Henrietta's expensive and overhyped brunch, which starts later in the morning.

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          1. re: Gabatta

            Agreed on Henrietta's breakfast (not the brunch, though!). Even a simple breakfast of scrambled eggs, good smokey bacon, and their delicious homefries is a cut above other places, and the anadama or cranberry walnut bread makes very good toast. My husband really likes their pancakes, and always asks for blueberries inside even though they aren't on the menu.

            Parking at 8 a.m. is usually pretty easy.

          2. City Girl Cafe in Inman Sq - so tasty, fresh, fits your interesting bill too
            The Neighborhood, Union Sq Somerville - huge cheap and prob not very busy at that time
            The Breakfast Club - Allston
            Deluxe Town Diner - Watertown - mmmmm
            Sofra - Cambridge/Belmont line - fits fast easy and interesting. Easy street parking, small lot.
            Flour - several locations. one of the best breakfast sandwiches in town. Small but delicious bfast menu, delicious pastries

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            1. re: 5thAndNowhere

              Just a note that City Girl doesn't open until 10, I'm pretty sure.

              1. re: bear

                good catch!
                pretty sure all the others are 7 or 8

            2. Thanks for the great ideas everyone! We wound up at Mike's City Diner after all - we were in more of a greasy spoon than "nice" dining kind of mood. It was fine, though I have to admit to being a bit disappointed with the corned beef hash after all the raves I heard.

              While there it occurred to me that Sofra would fit the bill (then saw 5thAndNowhere had suggested it too!) Will probably check it out next time. (Have only popped in before for a pastry, not an actual meal.)

              Love Flour and have been there many times already. Agree the breakfast sandwich is excellent. Was too full after Mike's, otherwise would have gone down the street for a sweet afterwards.

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              1. re: newyorker1

                The raves were probably for the turkey hash! Be sure to ask for turkey not corned beef hash the next time.

                Penny
                http://www.bostonzest.com/

                1. re: BostonZest

                  Ooh, thanks Penny! I'll be sure to do that!