There are three possibilities for breakfast in Ball Square- SoundBites, Kelly's Diner and Ball Square Cafe. I finally managed to visit each one, and here are my findings:
Kelly's just didn't do it for me- the food was just not good enough, the wait was too long, the space was cramped, and I encountered some of the rudest ladies in Boston here (not the service- the customers).
SoundBites was alright, but it is such a frenzied atmosphere because there is always a long wait for a table. Also, I realize that there is some kind of back story between BSC and SoundBites, but the menu is almost identical! Unfortunately for SB, the food just isn't as good.
BSC is consistently good and friendly- and there is never a very long wait. They also let you choose between the "special" mashed potato side dish or home fries, which SB does not offer. Overall, BSC is just better. The food tastes fresher, the coffee is better and the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming.
Hooray for BSC!
I would love to hear other hounds' opinions!