A Review of Breakfast/Brunch Places

by Jeff Hake

A quick list of recommended breakfasts and brunches in the Boston area, courtesy of some hungry friends of Breakfast in Boston.

Rebecca Nemec (AFE/UEP ’13) recommends:

Petsi Pies (285 Beacon Street, Somerville and 31 Putnam Avenue, Cambridge): “bakery/cafe, great pastries, made to order egg sandwiches, great coffee/espresso and pies, lunch sandwiches too.”

Canto 6 Bakery and Cafe (3346 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain)

Molly McCullagh (AFE/UEP ’11) recommends:

Christopher’s Restaurant and Bar (1920 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge):their breakfast menu offers a variety of traditional American options with a flavorful twist (which might in fact be extra butter). And they have ‘seasonal’ house cocktails – like a molasses drink to commemorate the Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919.”

Gracie Meyers (BFA/ENVS ’12) recommends:

Rosebud Diner (381 Summer Street, Somerville): “good diner food, exactly standard. Nothing more, nothing less.”

The Lunch Box Diner (906 Eastern Avenue, Malden): “so cute and tiny, and has good steak tips and eggs.”

Megan Tompkins (a friend of Breakfast in Boston) recommends

Centre Street Cafe (669A Centre Street, Jamaica Plain) “the classic JP brunch spot, and can get really busy. The menu focuses on local items & tends towards the basics/hearty & they can switch out tofu scramble for eggs.”

Doyle’s Cafe (3484 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain) “Doyle’s is more of a classic Boston Irish family style restuarant. The food is diner style & the bloody marys are cheap. I love the murals. This is not a good choice if you are vegan.”

Canary Square (435 South Huntington Avenue, Jamaica Plain)    “This place is nice, as in you could take your parents here.”

The Haven (2 Perkins Street, Jamaica Plain) “The brunch menu is good though not heavy on traditional brunch stuff. Maybe the only Scottish breakfast in Boston.”

City Feed and Supply (672 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain): “This is the City Feed on Centre Street (not to be confused with the smaller outpost on Boyleston street in JP). This place is really a coffeeshop/natural foods shop (they carry a lot of local products/produce), but they have coffee, pastries, fruit and delicious egg sandwiches & there are a few tables to sit down.”

Jeff Hake is in his last semester of the Agriculture, Food and the Environment program at the Friedman School, so long as everything goes according to plan. He really likes tea, breakfast and farms, and spends a lot of time thinking about each of those things everyday. He also blogs at gardenglow.tumblr.com

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