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Apr 3, 2013 05:59 PM

breakfast, coffee or pastries near Back Bay?

Last time I visited Boston, I stayed in the Financial District, and really liked Sip Cafe.

Mike & Patty's, recommended in an old thread, looks great.

Trident, and Steve's , also mentioned in some older threads, also look like good options for breakfast.

I noticed Pavement has taken over the space that had been Espresso Royale. What are your thoughts on Pavement Coffee?

Thanks for any ideas.

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  1. There is now a Flour bakery in the Back Bay that has some amazing baked goods.

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    1. re: ChocolateMilkshake

      Flour is great but can be pretty mobbed.

      People camp out there.

      1. re: C. Hamster

        Gee Champster, You never have a good thing to say about my recommendations.

        It's always empty when I'm there between 7-730am. YMMV.

        1. re: ChocolateMilkshake

          Why so thin-skinned? "Flour is great but can be pretty mobbed" is hardly a put-down. Good to know it's empty before 7:30, but it's quite believable that it could be a lot harder to get a seat later on.

          1. re: Allstonian

            I am not thin-skinned, but I find it interesting the Champster and I consitently have such wildly divergent opinons. There is not a comment I've made recently that she has not responded to in the negative. I also don't dispute her experience (or yours) in terms of crowds which is why I am very happy there at the time I go.

            1. re: ChocolateMilkshake

              With all due respect, I don't recall commenting on anything you have posted about (save Flour), but I am sure that I have.

              With regard to Flour, I said that I liked the place. I said it was "great."

              I also said that it is very crowded almost every time I walk by -- which is true. And that people camp out there -- which is also true.

              I'm glad that it's less busy very early in the am.

          2. re: ChocolateMilkshake

            I walk by it literally every single weekday and it is almost always packed at 8:30.

            I got coffee there today, actually. People and babies and laptops had consumed nearly all the seating.

            I love their coffee and pretty much all of their food but the attitude is a bit officious.


          3. re: C. Hamster

            from eater:

            "The much adored Mike & Patty's - tagline: "A neighborhood sandwich shop. Tiny, barely any seating, really busy - call ahead"

            lol, if nobody went anyplace that was busy, erm...

            if the op wants to go old school, there is charlie's in the south end too.

            1. re: C. Hamster

              Try flour but I agree when busy, it's good to have plan b ready. It's not all flour's fault with their lines which slowly move. Many of their customers cannot make quick decisions.

          4. Thanks for all your suggestions. I didn't realize Flour had opened a Back Bay location. Hopefully, I'll finally get a chance to try that famous sticky bun.
            Thanks also for the Charlie's rec.

            1. Burdick's Chocolate has recently opened a location on Clarendon St. in the Back Bay. We stopped in today shortly before noon and it wasn't crowded at all, but I'm not sure how it is in the morning. They have espresso drinks in addition to their amazing hot chocolate, and a small selection of delicious pastries.

              4 Replies
              1. re: bear

                I love Burdick's hot fav, and their chocolates, but their pastries have always disappointed me.

                1. re: catsmeow

                  I can see it from our office window but haven't been... Now I will.

                  1. re: C. Hamster

                    I buy their hot chocolate mix and when I make it at home, I make it a bit thinner than they recommend. If I get it there, I can usually only drink a small amount because its so rich, so I bring the rest home and thin it out as well.

                2. re: bear

                  Thanks for your suggestion! I didn't get a chance to visit Burdick's, but I was lucky enough to be given a gift of Burdick's chocolate while in Boston. Hope to visit the shop next time.

                3. Thanks for all your comments and suggestions.

                  We ended up having our first breakfast at Brasserie Jo. We ordered the oatmeal, challah French toast with maple syrup, fruit salad and poached eggs smoked salmon. The atmosphere was great, the service was pleasant, and the prices were more reasonable than most hotel restaurant prices in my experience. Fruit salad was fine, the egg was cooked nicely,the smoked salmon under the egg looked cooked and very salty, hollandaise was ok. The challah French toast tasted good, but the slices of bread were on the thin side, and the portion was on the light side.

                  The next day, we tried the breakfast at Trident. I had the Southwest breakfast burrito and a side of chopped chorizo, and others had the French Toast and the huevos rancheros.Again, friendly service, decent food, reasonable prices. Servings were more generous at Trident, but my friend thought the French toast tasted better at Brasserie Jo.

                  The following day, we hoped to try Steve's for breakfast, but discoved that it doesn't open until 10 am on Sundays. My OpenTable app listed Cafeteria as a Back Bay option open at 9 on a Sunday, so we walked over the Cafeteria. We had a good brunch. We tried the French toast (best version of the 3 tried, with Vermont maple syrup), and I had the fruit salad with Greek yogurt and granola and an Illy cappuccino. I saw the huevos rancheros at another table, and they looked like a more interesting, and probably better, version than the one at Trident. While Cafeteria doesn't open until 11 am during the week, it starts its brunch at 9 am on the weekend.

                  I noticed Joe's American Bar & Grill's Newbury Street location was also serving a lot of customers brunch by 9 am on Sunday morning.

                  Still didn't get around to trying Flour. Next time!