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4/8/11 Sound Bites in Somerville: YES! A Great Breakfast Place at Last!!


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4/8/11 Sound Bites in Somerville: YES! A Great Breakfast Place at Last!!

opinionatedchef | | Apr 8, 2011 03:43 PM

Wow. To think we've been driving past this for the past 15 yrs. That's the bad part. But the good part is that thanks to local CHs, we've been reborn!! Nah, but seriously, when I think of the wasted trips and parking time and moneys spent on various ultimately not satisfying places in the city.........

So now we are among the lucky to know about Sound Bites, and we're passing it forward.

Eggs Benedict as perfect as they can be. Twice toasted Eng muffin, 2 or three layers of Canad. bacon, perfectly poached eggs and, of course, a real hollandaise. And when I say real I mean "I-don't-have-to-ask-for-extra -lemon" real. Wowee gee whiz mr. bill. for $8. Really. They're served with "better than home fries" that are delicious but homefries not. Cooked potatoes are mashed w/ plenty of garlic, sour cream, butter, s and p, packed into a pan, cut into generous squares and baked/browned. It did not surprise me when the waiter told me that he gets the 'but these are not..." comment all the time, but that people love them so much that some come in for them alone. yep. Their fresh fruit is such a treat- actually ripe melon, papaya, kiwi, strawberries, grapes, strawberries.

And then the other things: Pancakes. Someone finally understands pancakes. Three big Banana walnut blueberry cakes are thick, moist, tender, toothsome, leaving us to wonder if there might be more than just white flour as the starch, and if maybe the bananas were first sauteed w/butter and brown sugar, as they tasted. $6. Real maple syrup is $2 extra. Gladly. Eggs and bacon perfectly cooked. And My Love says the coffee is v good. He gives the pancakes here a 9 compared to Deluxe Town Diner's 7 .

Next time I want to try the French toast (very yellow bread; maybe portuguese...) with what sounds to be a granola and nut coating, with an option of caramelized bananas and blueberries. And Jimmy's Moroccan Eggs- poached in a tomato, onion , peppers stew w/ cumin. I haven't yet seen if they can make a good soft creamy pan-made omelet.

The guys who work there- what a nice smiling welcoming crew. Everybody is Colombian except the Syrian owner. Jaime is the head fellow; he or the owner are always there and sometimes at the same time, as today. They have been working together 15 yrs. Jaime is definitely a happy helpful fellow; knows every ingredient in every dish. And he'll gladly rattle off for you his top 5 fav. Colombian restnts in E.Boston.

Boy, if I were at Tufts, I would say screw the meal plan and go to Soundbites every day. Breakfast til 3pm. And now they're serving dinner too, with a number of middle eastern dishes: flame grilled marinated kabobs of course, but also Muhammarras and Mujadarra. (Anyone tried these here?) With the lunch and dinner menus, the number of items is ginormous, including a full line of Greek and Italian dependables, so I can't imagine that everything is good , but I am really looking forward to working our way through those menus! This is def. gonna be a go-to spot for us.

* btw, this is a very kid-friendly place.

Sound Bites
704 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

Deluxe Town Diner
627 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

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