I love breakfast. The whole meal appeals to me, the ritual of sipping coffee or tea, the foods (pancakes, eggs, smoothies, oatmeal and more) and the quiet time in the morning. But I don’t actually eat breakfast out that often because I really dislike the long lines for brunch that you find at most area restaurants.
A friend recently suggested meeting at Renee’s Cafe in Teele Square for a morning meal, so I set aside my reservations about trying to eat breakfast/brunch out and met her there. I’m so glad I did because it turned out to be a delicious meal, with friendly service and no wait!
I’ve lived in Somerville for nearly five years and now that I’ve been to Renee’s, I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to go. We found a table at 10 a.m. on a Saturday right away and even when we left quite a bit later, there was only one party waiting to sit down. The service was welcoming and made me feel so comfortable, just what you want at breakfast. And though everything was brought promptly, including lots of coffee refills, we weren’t rushed along at all (another common pitfall of eating breakfast/brunch out).
I had such a tough time deciding what to eat for breakfast. Between the amazing omelette options (veggie, Mexican, Greek and even one with smoked salmon) and the pancakes (banana, blueberry and a special with sweet potato, apple and cinnamon), I was really torn. Not to mention the variety of eggs Benedict. Think toppings like crab cakes, corned beef or spinach and tomato.
I ended up with the waffle topped with apples, cinnamon and walnuts (it comes with whipped cream, but I had them hold it), which turned out to be the perfect fall dish! The waffle was really fluffly and the toppings were just right for a crisp, cool autumn morning.
My friend isn’t a coffee drinker, so she opted for a hot chocolate to drink, which she loved. For her meal, she selected one of the omelette specials (sweet potato, cheddar cheese and caramelized onions … she subbed the ham for more veggies) and enjoyed it immensely. The eggs were cooked perfectly and went well with the home fries, which are more like roasted potatoes–delicious!
It may have taken me a long time to get to Renee’s, but I know my next visit will come much sooner. After all, I’ve got all those pancakes and omelettes to try!
198 Holland St. (Teele Square)
Wednesday-Sunday 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.