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Early weekday breakfast near Sullivan Square (Charlestown)?

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Can someone recommend a good (or even just decent) sit down breakfast spot nearly Sullivan Sq?

I'd like to be seated and eating by 6 am if possible. I know there's Grasshopper Cafe, but it appears to open at 6:30, which is sort of pushing it for me.

And I know about Zume's, which doesn't look like a sit-down place, right?

In any event, any thoughts or advice very much appreciated.

Thank you.

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  1. You may want to look, on the Somerville side, at Ball Sq Café, The Neighborhood, Rene's, Cafe Rustica. Is your schedule flexible? Most places don't get going till 6:30.

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    1. re: treb

      Thanks for the suggestion treb.

      But unfortunately Somerville probably won't work, as I'm coming in from Boston. If I have to go to Somerville, I'd probably just find a place in Boston near my hotel.

      A place in/around Sullivan Sq. would be ideal, as I'm sort of on a rather tight schedule ... cuz timing is everything when it comes to robbing banks.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        the mount vernon restaurant on broadway in somerville close to Sullivan is open for breakfast, but I don't think until 8 am or so

    2. Buddy's Diner, just down the road from Sullivan Square (on Washington Street), opens at 5:30. I haven't eaten there but it seems to have decent reviews. It would be a short drive or maybe a 10 minute walk.

      There's also a Holiday Inn on Washington Street that I'm sure would serve breakfast. It is maybe half the distance of Buddy's Diner to Sullivan but probably less than half the character.

      Buddy's Diner
      113 Washington St.
      Somerville, MA

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      1. re: wandergirl

        Thanks. Buddy's Diner looks like it'll work.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          MC has a review of it on yelp that made me consider giving it a shot.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            2nd (or 3rd?) Buddy's. It's great little truckstop-style diner for solid, no-frills breakfast!

          2. re: wandergirl

            Wanted to come back and thank everyone for the recommendations, esp. the ones here for Buddy's.

            Ended up at Buddy's. Worked out well, early enough, but it was a bit cramped. Good french toast, coffee was a bit weak, but I quibble.

            Hat tip to all Bostonians for the advice.

            Thanks again.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I'm glad to hear it worked out for you (weak coffee notwithstanding), thank you for letting us know. I hope you enjoyed your time in Boston.