Tried Talk of the Town Diner in Watertown on Sat. Don't think I've ever been there and if I have, it's been at least 10 years since the last visit. Crowded in at the counter and got a tomato & cheese omelette w/ an English muffin and home fries ($5.50). The omelette came out in a huge square on the plate so the edges had no filling, but it was pretty good. Home fries were served on top and were typically boring. Can't anyone make good interesting home fries around here? Service was fine, very busy at 11:15 or so, already clearing out around noon.
I then found my way to the Danish Pastry Shop and what an experience walking in there with the zillions of choices they have. And the zillions of samples they have out. I was asking about a certain kind of scone and she wasn't sure so she broke off a piece for me to try (cinnamon and a little dry). I went with the rasp. scone and an almond marzipan pastry (I have no problems with marizapn), good and very good. They were $1.75 each and everyone was so nice, worth the trip. I just wish they had little signs w/ prices on the items so you don't have to ask them what everything is. But they keep bringing out so many trays of stuff during the day, it's hard to keep up. I had to go to Target on Sun. and went back for just a choc. chip cookie and a little triangle of some German cookie w/ choc. and raspberry. For only $.75, that was a very tasty treat. The choc. chip cookie was soft but not the most flavorful ever, but only a buck. I wish they had a shop in town with seating.
A nice shop in town with seating is Java Jo's by Forest Hills but I passed it up cuz all the baked goods seem overpriced so I'll go back for a coffee and sandwich at some point. $1.89 for a cookie seems like too much, they should knock off a quarter off most their things. Stopped at Bread & Butter down the street instead and got a good brownie.
Last was a grilled cheese w/ bacon at Victoria's Diner way down Mass Ave. They only had grilled cheese listed ($3.50) and the menu noted that a side of fries was $.75 and rings were $1. I kind of quizzed her on the rings hoping for a light flaky batter but I don't think she knew what I was getting at. Ordered them anyway and they weren't big and thick, but they had that dark look and may or may not have been frozen. Not bad but no Bartley's Burgers. The sandwich was very good. The bill came and they charged $5 for the sandwich and $2.50 or something for the rings so I pointed out the note on the menu. The new bill comes to $6.30 so I leave the tip and go to pay giving $11.30 so I can get a five back. She gives the woman my $10, holding onto the rest of the money and asking for ones. Honey, I left the tip and I want a $5 bill. I hate when servers feel they have to give you a ton of ones all the time esp. when you're going out of your way not to get a bunch back. That's another topic I guess.
Has anyone eaten at the diner across the street? Or what about the cafe on Columbus Ave. before Claremont and across from the Thai place? I think it's called Amsterdam. It was about 95 in there yesterday and not conducive to waiting around for an order, but they had lots of sandwiches and maybe lots of mix ins for frozen yogurt and looked like it might be good.