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Joel | | Dec 3, 2001 07:29 AM

Just wanted to sound off a bit about Soundbites in Somerville. They consistently are voted best breakfast by various publications and are always mentioned in various threads here.

My question is, "Do the reviewers actually visit Soundbites on weekends?" The reason I ask is because of the owner and the way he treats the customers. During the week when business is slower, the owner is tolerable. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, when the brunch crowd is booming, he is nasty and insulting to everyone. There are signs posted warning patrons not to "overstay your welcome" by staying at your table after you finish your meal.

The drill is: You are hustled to a crowded table, you get your own coffee and within minutes the food arrives along with the check. While you're eating the owner and other waitstaff watch your table like a hawk for the first sign that you might be finished. The table is cleared whether you're ready or not and you are expected to leave fast. The owner will often yell and scream at customers and demand that they leave. I have had my half eaten breakfast taken away before and have seen him publicly humiliate many people with his outrageous outbursts. He has been dubbed by many, "The Breakfast Nazi" (Seinfeld reference).
The food at Soundbites is very good but I just can't go back again and see him treat people the way he does. Many of my friends won't set foot in there anymore either.
Anyone else have this experience there?