Remember those Saturday and Sunday mornings when you woke up and the only thing you had to do was find a great breakfast place. Well, life has certainly changed for many of us, but having a good breakfast is something that never changes. And so I figured this was a perfect subject to research and explore in an effort to give you the best, most delicious options for breakfast in the area. To me, the greatest information comes from local residents, and so once again, I polled my Weston, Wellesley and Wayland friends to get their insightful opinions. Thanks to them, I am happy to present you with the skinny – or not so skinny – on Breakfast Fun in the ‘Burbs (in alphabetical order):
Bakery on the Common, Natick – Patty loves this bakery in Natick center and says it’s a great place to bring the kids.
Boston Marriott Newton, Newton – Or as we like to call it – the “Newton Marriott.” Laura favorites it “for brunch on the river.” She says it serves a “good buffet [and has] really nice service, but bring a sweater.”
Captain Marden’s Seafoods, Wellesley – This isn’t one that would necessarily come to mind when thinking about breakfast, but according to Virginia, “We love Captain Marden’s cause its diner-ish food, but not super noisy. The kids like it too.”
Cheesecake Factory, Chestnut Hill and Natick – As many of you know, this menu is all-inclusive “and a mile long” as Mo remarks. There is definitely something for everyone here.
Coach Grill, Wayland – This is one of my all-time favorites for brunch. (“Coach,” as most people refer to it, actually doesn’t do breakfast, just a Sunday brunch.) Landis notes, “The only time Coach serves its delicious burger is Sunday brunch – that is worth a mention.” Mo adds, “For the fancy brunch, we’ve been to Coach Grill’s Sunday Brunch, which is high-end delicious, like dinner for breakfast.” Heather remarks that “Coach Grill … is much more upscale,” but goes on to say that it is a bit pricey and not as kid friendly as some of the other options.
Gourmet Decisions Cafe & Grill, Natick – Ellin reports that this yummy establishment in Natick center offers “great hash, eggs, pancakes, French toast, — you name it – they have it. Great atmosphere, friendly service, good food and great value.” And she says not to miss the Pineapple Mimosas there. Wow, might be worth the trip just to try those.
In a Pickle Restaurant, Waltham – Mo mentions this breakfast locale, which was news to me as I had not heard of it. She says, “I love this little diner, awesome fresh breakfast food! It can get busy on the weekends and likely a little wait. However, when I clicked on the website, I see they have just moved to a larger location on Moody St, maybe not a wait anymore?!”
Johnny’s Luncheonette, Newton – Mo loves this place too and says that it’s a “great breakfast and lunch diner.” Landis and Heather agree that the food is fabulous. Apparently, sometimes the wait is long so be prepared just in case.
Maugus Restaurant, Wellesley – Elizabeth says. “The only breakfast place we go is Maugus… super close, kids love playing at the clock tower across the street after we eat, and it’s just your good ol’ diner type of place!” And Heather S. (different from Heather) notes that “the only spot we’ve been to is Maugus…. [But] I like cooking in! My own coffee and pancakes and eggs can’t be beat!”
Mel’s Commonwealth Cafe, Wayland – Laura loves “Mel’s because they leave you alone and will make every thing to order.” Patty favorites it too. Linda adds, “With the kids, I love Mel’s in Wayland – great breakfast, friendly atmosphere, and we always run into people we know. Lots of kids in PJs too!” And Heather says, “We haven’t been [to Mel's] in forever, but it has a special place in our hearts because that’s where my husband and I met. And when the kids were little, we went almost every Sunday. Food was fine, nothing amazing, but always reliable. The pumpkin pancakes in the fall were a favorite.” Madelaine chimes in, “My favorite is Mel’s. You can decide to have healthy granola with fruit or a delicious stack of pancakes!”
Milestone of Wellesley, Wellesley – Heather says they often opt for Milestone when The Cottage is too busy. “We recently discovered that they have crepes – the kids love them.”
Off Center, Weston - Mo sums it up, “They have delicious fresh made pancakes and/or waffles with hot syrup (yum), homemade berry muffins, and bacon egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches. It’s a quick stop for all the good stuff.” And Virginia exclaims, ”We love love love the French Toast at Off Center.” She says that she envisions going without the kids to relax, drink a latte and read the paper.”
The Cottage, Wellesley – I love my friend Lisa’s comment, “Crabcakes Benedict. Two words that have me shooting out of bed Sunday mornings, and they’re at The Cottage. Cannot-live-without-must-have-right-this-second.” Heather says it’s one of her favorites too. “Now, when we go to brunch it’s almost always to The Cottage. Food is great. We can get what we want, and the kids can get the more standard fare. Plus the scones are delicious!”
The Knotty Pine, Newton – Linda comments that she used to frequent The Knotty Pine and that it has “a good breakfast too – very low brow but decent.”
Ye Olde Cottage Restaurant, Weston – This is one of the institutions in Weston. Ye Olde Cottage has been a presence on Boston Post Road since 1952, and people love to frequent this traditional diner-style restaurant for breakfast and lunch. Landis notes her surprise that Ye Olde Cottage is closed on Sundays, one of the best days for Breakfast Fun in the ‘Burbs.
Zaftig’s Delicatessen, Brookline and Natick – Mo says she’s “been a couple of times, and thought it was really good.” Patty and Landis love this one too.
In terms of popularity – at least from this group – Mel’s seems to get the highest number of comments, followed closely by Coach Grill and then Johnny’ Luncheonette, Maugus, Off Center, The Cottage and Zaftig’s. I have to say that I was thrilled in putting together this post because I have never had so many opinions, recommendations and comments from my trusted friends and colleagues on a topic. Very interesting – breakfast is obviously a fun and delicious meal and a subject on which everyone wants to share their thoughts….. Thanks again to all of you lovely ladies for your insights and perspectives on Breakfast Fun in the ‘Burbs.
What are your thoughts? Are any of the above breakfast locales on your list of favorites? Or are there other yummy eating establishments that you would highly recommend? I can’t wait to hear….
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