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Surely, there will be lots of debate about where to eat breakfast in Boston, but one place you must try is located in beautiful Beacon Hill on Charles St. The Paramount will most likely have a line out the door while you wait to order your food in an assembly line style, but it is worth the wait, even for the experience of it all. Whether you're looking for banana pancakes or a tomato & basil omelette, you won't be disappointed. After breakfast, you have Boston at your feet where you are fueled up for a walk through the Public Gardens and down towards Newbury Street.
Zaftigs, located on Harvard Street in Brookline always has a line out the door so put in your name and enjoy an early morning shopping at the Gap, Barnes and Noble, or the Comic or Smoke shop down the street. After about an hour of waiting, you'll find yourself engorged with reasonably priced dinner-style delights. Fluffy pancakes, crisp bacon, and their famous Banana Stuffed French Toast. If you want good food with minimal flair for your family, Zaftigs is the place to be. Afterwards hit up Coolidge Corner Theater for an Independent film, or take a walk to Allston to burn off those Pancake calories. (Take the T: Coolidge Corner stop on the Green C-line and about a block and a 1/2 to your right on Harvard Street.) Enjoy!
Thornton's Restaurant, located next to Collonade Hotel on Huntington Avenue, is an excellent choice for breakfast with its enormous menu and practically homemade meals. Pancakes, French toast, over 20 different egg dishes, not to mention about 18 salads and 20 sandwiches on a menu, this place is catering to any taste. Pricevise is the most reasonable place in the area.
If a greasy spoon experience is what you're after, Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe should be at the top of your list. Located on Columbus Street in the trendy South End, Charlie's offers no-nonsense breakfast favorites for those of us that don't need fancy silverware or table linens. Don't miss the french toast with warm cranberry compote, or the seasonal pumpkin pancakes. Not in the mood for something sweet? Try the famous turkey hash, a universal favorite.
Another fine diner in the South End is Mike's City Diner, on Washington St., near Worcester Sq. They offer huge fluffy omelets stuffed with all manner of yummy items, such as the Greek Omelet stuffed with tons of Feta cheese, tomatoes and spinach. Or, the SouthEnder, stuffed with their homemade corned beef hash and lots of cheddar cheese. They also offer stacks of delicious fluffy pancakes, with or without fruit. They have excellent home fries, or you can get some buttery grits on the side. All this in a small cozy place with 50's music and waitresses who call you "hun".
If you're walking down Newbury Street in the middle of the afternoon and find yourself craving some pancakes and a good book, look no further than Trident Booksellers. One-half independent bookstore, they also have a cafe that serves breakfast all day till closing, plus the usual sandwiches and salads if you're not in the mood for eggs and bacon. Their smoothies and coffee drinks are a great treat after a long day of (window) shopping.