Cafe Luna

Finally 70 degree weather ! Today, I decided to walk over to Cambridge and try another hole in the wall for Sunday brunch. Cafe Luna located on Mass Ave about a 5 minute walk from Central Station on the red line, is a small hospitable cafe with outside seating. They offer a brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. along with their regular and specials menu. Upon entering the busy cafe, a host greeted us giving us an estimated wait time of about 2 hours for inside seating and a wait time of about 15 minutes for outside seating. Although the weather was beautiful, it was way too windy to have brunch outside therefore, we decided to try our luck and wait for something inside.  Within 10 minutes, the host returned stating that our table inside was ready (clearly we struck our luck). Being a host myself, it reiterated why it’s useful for restaurants not quote a wait time because you just never know. Nonetheless, some people aren’t as comfortable with uncertainty as others.

After being sat at the table, the server came over in about 5 minutes to take our drink orders then gave us gave us ample time to decide on what we were getting. Mata and Michaela decided to get the biscuits, the Nutella stuffed french toast with strawberries and the home fries. While, I decided to get the Nutella stuffed waffles with bananas and a side of the jalapeño mac and cheese. Cafe Luna is famous for their corned beef hash, french toast, jalapeño mac and cheese and biscuits hence why we decided to try a variety of the renowned dishes.

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The biscuits at Cafe Luna came with a honey butter side which gave that sweetness to the savory biscuits. The biscuits themselves were a bit crumbly but it still retained a lot of the flavor and moisture making it delectable.

After about 5 minutes the main dishes came out therefore we didn’t end up waiting a very long time for food despite how busy the cafe was.

The Nutella Waffles was a very tasty dish for anyone who has a sweet tooth. The center of the  two waffles were filled with Nutella topped with fresh bananas, whipped cream and chocolate syrup. The waffle itself was very crispy which was a bit of a downfall for me partly because I enjoy my waffles softer. Nonetheless, it was very filling. In fulfilling my savory craving, the jalapeño mac and cheese was ideal. It was topped with focaccia bread crumbs and a good amount of cheddar cheese. The jalapeño was not too overpowering which made the dish all the better. It by far was my favorite dish next to the biscuits.

Brunch was good today. Happy Sunday!

Theo’s Cozy Corner

 I’d like to take the time to wish all the wonderful mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day! Without them, we would definitely not be here. 

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With it being Mother’s day, the options for brunch was very limited without expecting a super long wait. I ventured to one of the Northend’s prominent breakfast spots on Salem Street since it was the only place surprisingly not packed. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Theo’s Cozy Corner ,including how scrumptious the home fries are. On a normal weekend day between 10-11 a.m., the line usually is through the door around the corner however, with everyone busy making reservations for their families at other restaurants, we were sat immediately.

Upon entering the diner style restaurant, it was clear to see why there usually was a line out the door. As the name suggests, the restaurant is very small, therefore “cozy” and right at the corner of Salem Street and Sheafe Street. There was a good selection of breakfast options including Belgium Waffles, French Toasts, Breakfast sandwiches, home fries and much more. I ordered the stack of pancakes with chocolate chips and a side of home fries while my friend ordered the french toast with a side of bacon and home fries. Within five minutes we got our home fries. I normally like when home fries are a bit crispy and well seasoned and not just slabs of potato on a plate. The home fries at Theo’s was exactly what I wanted. Very savory and the portion was definitely filling. Trying to not finish all the home fries before the main dish came out, the pancakes and french toast came out around the same time, about 10 minutes later. For majority of restaurants I have been to around the Boston area, the food service here was surprisingly prompt.

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The stack of pancakes consisted of about three large sized pancakes and butter. The pancakes were very soft and there was a good amount chocolate chips that were distributed perfectly so it didn’t feel like they all were in the center. The home fries were well seasoned but not too salty and the combination gave the savory and sweet flavor that I love when I have brunch.

For a quick bite on the weekend if you’re around the Northend, Theo’s Cozy Corner is definitely somewhere to go. I could say I was very satisfied with my brunch today. Word of advice: Get there early ! On Sundays they open from 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

HAPPY SUNDAY!

The Paramount

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The Paramount. 04/10/16

Today, I ventured to a notorious Hot Spot located in Beacon Hill for Sunday brunch. Upon my arrival at The Paramount, what really stood out to me was that brunch this restaurant was served until 4:30p.m. Now for anyone who lives in the Boston area and enjoys indulging in brunch, knows that most places stop serving brunch around 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (the latest). Obviously this factor sold me seeing that I was crunched for time  heading into the city around 3 p.m. So I figured, why not ? But to be honest, what really inspired me to check the place out was the chatter around the town about how amazing the food was.

Only a block down on Charles Street, I came across this maroon sign with the gold heading and I entered the establishment. Instantly, the ambiance reminded me of this eatery I visited while in New York for spring break called EverGreen. Both places seemed to encompass the atmosphere of an old-fashioned diner.However, instead of sitting at a table and a server coming over to take your order, everyone had to join a line and grab a trey. A very ‘cafeteria-like’ set up… What really struck me about being in this restaurant was that you weren’t able to get/save a table until you ordered your food. It took me a little while to think of the logic behind this organization but, it does in fact make sense. Everything at the Paramount is made to order, and there is usually a hefty line due to the restaurant’s  reputation. Therefore, by the time customers get through the line, there usually is a table available for their party. Moreover, who wouldn’t mind waiting in a line to get good food ?

Since we are on the topic of good food, I decided to treat myself and try two of the items on the menu ,that appeared to be the restaurant’s favorites. The Huevos Rancheros which is a “classic Mexican breakfast”came with black beans, two fried eggs, avocado,tomato salsa, grilled corn tortillas and home fries. This meal was relatively filling and savory due to the different zest each ingredient gave to the whole plate. It was satisfying however, complimenting the meal the Fresh Caramel and Banana French Toast gave it the “oomph” it needed. The serving size of the french toast was ideal. Not too much , not too little. The banana’s were very fresh and the caramel sauce was delectable. Though, I’m not much of a french toast person, I definitely enjoyed The Paramount’s french toast.

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The Paramount. 04/10/16

Overall, my experience at the Paramount was great. I definitely suggest going !