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Mar 4, 2013 06:17 PM

Brunch in Somerville area

Hey guys,

A friend and I have been going to brunch places around Davis, expanding to Porter, and now Harvard, but we're running out. Obviously we've been to Soundbites and Ball Square Cafe, but we're looking for some more places to go for a nice, solid, brunch (nothing too fancy though).

Any recommendations?


EDIT: I looked at previous brunch threads for the area and they're all focused on the more impressive brunch; we're looking for more of a diner-style brunch.

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    1. re: rknrll

      I was pretty disappointed with Magoun's brunch. I love Highland Kitchen and also really like Renee's Cafe.

      1. re: maillard

        I had the same reaction to Magoun's brunch the first time...the biscuits with sausage gravy were not appealing...but we ended up there on a Sat. recently thinking we could lunch but there was only brunch and I got the egg and bacon sandwich, asked for well done bacon, and it was surprisingly very good. I love huevos rancheros but can't imagine eating that with white beans, however.

        1. re: Madrid

          hi there madrid, did you see the CH kudos for the Mex place near MIT on Mass Ave- Beantown Taqueria? IIRC the photo of their chiles rellenos looks spot on and the huevos rancheros read excellent. Zero atmosphere but maybe worth trying? (no white beans!)

      2. re: rknrll

        At the risk of being too much of a Magouns fangirl I was hoping someone else would mention it. Their Irish breakfast is one of my favorite brunches anywhere. Eggs bangers white and black pudding Irish bacon mushrooms beans and a grilled tomato. With brown bread. Sooo good.

        1. re: yumyum

          yy, once the snow clears, I have a plough all ready and waiting for you after that meal :-}

        2. re: rknrll

          After trying highland kitchen and neighborhood only to find massive lines, we went to Magoun's this time.

          The ambiance was definitely different (pub vs diner), but the food was great! We were both really surprised to have liked it as much as we did. I got the breakfast burrito (warning: huge.) and my friend got corned beef (really well done, it was falling apart as he ate it). All in all, good times.

          We've already got plans to hit up the first two, I'll report back when we get to it. Thanks for all the recommendations!

        3. Neighborhood Restaurant in Union Square.

          Get the cream of wheat and thank me later. ;)

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          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            I second that recommendation! Cream of Wheat is a must.

            1. re: UnclePH

              reminds me how much my son loves that stuff. must be full of sugar!

              1. re: Madrid

                I think that's why I love it, too!

                1. re: UnclePH

                  I think I love it for the fat content. Anyone know what is in it, exactly? Butter? Heavy cream? Condensed milk?

                  I've been there on weekdays and seen people pop in just to get cups of it to go. It's that good.

          2. I love Highland Kitchen for brunch on Sundays...

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            1. Precinct in Union Square has the basic breakfast items...also a bar.

              1. My favorites would be the Neighborhood and Highland Kitchen with an honorable mention to M3.