Both were my goto options for classic American breakfast - eggs dishes, french toast, some fresh juice and coffee - but lately I have been left very unimpressed by both
1) Trident has got way too big and popular. The place is extremely noisy, and I've felt several times that waiters were pretty much trying to "process" me as quickly as possible so that the can seat new people. Makes sense from a short term business point of view, but not exactly sure how this strategy plays with repeat customers. Food itself was underwhelming too, for example their poached eggs had watery pockets. Not great.
2) Paramount (Beacon Hill) seems to have changed the food to filler ratios quite a lot. I have ordered omelets several times now and it appears they are getting less tasty and smaller while the amount of home fries seems to grow steadily. Is it possible they use less butter or less ingredients compared to earlier? Something clearly has changed. Also every single time I am surprised about the bill: Just this morning I paid about $40 for breakfast for two which was neither really good nor really filling.
So, long story short I need a few alternatives. I am explicitly not looking for "fine cuisine brunch" or however one might call this but more for a nice, non-greasy breakfast place where I can get some eggs, waffles etc. that should taste better than I can make them myself and have a pleasant atmosphere.