I've been searching for a go-to breakfast place in Cambridge for some time. Friendly Toast has been my regular spot, but I've always known there had to be better. Although the service has improved significantly from when it first opened, the food still is not great. And the coffee is terrible. It's a friggin' breakfast place, and they serve incredibly bad coffee. WTF!!
Recently, I've rediscovered Henrietta's Table, and have been fairly happy with it. I have no interest in Henrietta's too-expensive-and-over-the-top Sunday brunch (although I totally get why people love it), but I've been very pleased with the breakfasts I've had there. Fresh OJ, good coffee, well prepared omelets (very hard to find anywhere; most places overcook their eggs), good (not great, but good) pancakes, great bacon, great (GREAT!) hashbrown potatoes. Yes, you pay a hotel restaurant premium, but I'm happy to do that for the good food and good service.
Today I tried Cafe Luna, in Central Square, for the first time. They open at 10 on the weekends, and we arrived at about 9:55 to find a decent crowd waiting to get in. They accept reservations (a big plus!), and those with reservations were seated first (as, of course, they should be). Then the rest of us were gradually given tables. (I'm sure they were intentionally seating us gradually so as not to overwhelm the waitstaff and the kitchen.)
We were seated around 10:30 and were handed an extensive menu with all sorts of permutations and combinations of egg, pancake, waffle, french toast, and other dishes. What was really odd, however, was that they did not allow us to customize what we wanted. (Not sure if this is a restaurant policy, or just our waiter being a little bit of a ditz.) For example, my daughter wanted pancakes with bananas and nutella. Instead, our waiter (who was very friendly about it) said we had to find a menu item that came close, and then customize from there. So my daughter ordered french toast with bananas, nutella and chocolate drizzle, substitute pancakes for french toast, and hold the chocolate drizzle. It was the most bizarre thing I've ever experienced! Again, the waiter was very friendly about it, but it was bizarre!
All of that notwithstanding, the food was very good, albeit very rich and sweet, so some might want to stick to the savory side of the menu. The food kind of reminded me of Norma's, at Le Parker Meridien in NYC, which is famous for its big, sweet, over-the-top breakfasts. All in all, Cafe Luna struck me as a bit odd, but an overall good option for Cambridge breakfasts. And like Henrietta's, they also serve fresh oj and good coffee. I absolutely would recommend it over Friendly Toast. I'll need another visit or two before I can decide on a relative ranking between Henrietta's and Cafe Luna.
Any other good Cambridge options people want to recommend?