OK, I confess that I almost never go out for sit down American style or traditional breakfast (I left out the scare quotes there, but you know what I mean?) in the Boston area these days–not because I don’t like it, but generally because if I’m going to eat eggs or pancakes it’s just easier and cheaper for me to make them myself. But! I like this thread, and so I wanted to say that when I do go out in the mornings on the weekends there are a few places around that I do like to go:
Demet’s Donuts, Medford: this is my favorite old school donut spot, especially with Betty Ann’s and Verna’s long gone. It’s not as cheap as it used to be and it’s maybe not as deeply satisfying as Kane’s et al., but the cake donuts here are still a great morning go to. And they ain’t three bucks a piece, either.
Tenoch, Medford near as I can tell, this is the most popular place in Medford Square. Went to Zam Zam nearby for lunch last Saturday, and while walking around Medford Square noted that though EVERY OTHER restaurant in the Square from Papa Gino’s to Sura BBQ was desolate and unpopulated, at the same time Tenoch was jammed. Mostly I feel like the food here is fine (if unspectacular), but it’s priced right and well run and the breakfast sandwiches are a good, solid way to start the day.
Golden Garden, Malden–I have only been to this Dongbei spot once for dumplings etc in the AM, but it was pretty good even though they really only had 75% of the stuff available on the breakfast menu. Since they have since closed their Belmont operation, I intend to go back soon and see if they have started to do some real specialties that are on their menu that they didn’t offer last time–like the maize flour dumplings.
Cafe de Lulu, Malden–don’t expect to sit down here, because it seats about 6. But if you get lucky or just want carryout, this is the most straight up Hong Kong style diner food you can get in the area. The french toast is great.
Sun Kong, Malden I’ve mentioned before here that I don’t think that Boston really has any top notch Chinese dim sum spots (please school me if you feel otherwise!). But as far as I’m concerned, this restaurant is better’n all the cart service places downtown and the parking is a lot easier. Lots of options and decent dumplings.
Windsor Dim Sum Cafe, Boston–out of all the Chinatown places for breakfast, this is my fave. (Note: if you have a really young child or children and want to go out somewhere without anyone caring if she/he etc throws a tantrum, then go to Hei La Moon. It’s OK food and huge and loud, and no one will care). If you go at peak times at Windsor you might find yourself standing on the stairs and waiting, but imo this is the best morning order-off-the-menu joint downtown.
Shangri-La, Belmont–would link to this place, but its website keeps giving me a malware warning! That said, this is a solid location for Taiwanese brunch. Crullers, dumplings, turnip cake, tendon in chili sauce etc. You might have to wait on the sidewalk to get in, but it’s worth it.