There are lots of threads on this board discussing breakfast and brunch in the Boston area, but I could really benefit from a consolidated discussion of the good breakfast options inside of Route 128. My go-to places are:
Josephs Two, in Waltham. My favorite cheap, greasy spoon breakfast.
Friendly Toast, in Cambridge. A love-it-and-hate-it place: the shtick doesn't do it for me, the food is reliably good but not great (too many of the menu items have one or more too many ingredients in them), but it's convenient to me, and generally no line on the weekends if you get there before 9am.
Mistral, my favorite high end brunch. Also a relative bargain compared to the ridiculously priced all-you-eat brunch options like Henrietta's Table.
Deluxe Town Diner, in Watertown. I go here only when I find myself in the area during the week. I think it's good, but I don't get the hype. In my book, it's a real shame if these are the best pancakes in the area. (I happen to think that Mistral's pancakes are far, far superior, but of course they're also a lot more expensive.)
As a Canterbridgian, I'd particularly like a ranking of the places in Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford (and how early you need to go on weekends to avoid long waits), but let's make this a broader discussion of the inside-128 options.
One Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138
The Friendly Toast
1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA