Before I dive into this review I want to say Happy New Year everyone! I hope you are celebrating tonight with family and friends and plenty of bubbly. I'll be hosting a dinner party at my house. I plan to be full and happy when the ball drops.
Later this week be sure to come back on Friday January 4th when Pop.Bop.Shop. will be celebrating its golden birthday - 4 years old on the 4th! I have some big, sparkly surprises in store for you.
Ok, on to the review!
When I first graduated from college I lived in Inman Square, but most of my friends lived two squares away in Davis. As they got to know their Somerville neighborhood they learned of a great rivalry. A rivalry between two epic brunch places that happen to be next door neighbors.
The battle for brunch wages every weekend on Broadway in Ball Square between Sound Bites and Ball Square Cafe. The story goes that the two owners once got so heated they actually had a fist fight out front.
My friends had always been loyal to Sound Bites, so that's where I always went. Recently a friend moved into Ball Square and she fell in love with Ball Square Cafe. She sang its praises and insisted I come check it out.
We went this past Friday morning and since it was a work day there was no line. I took a photo out front for people to see a rarity - not a single body out front. If you've ever driven through Ball Square on the weekends you know what I'm talking about. There is always a line, at least 10 people deep outside both cafes.
My friend ordered her weekly usual - an egg and cheese sandwich with turkey bacon on a croissant. Then she said, "Ok, write all this down. I want to tell you and all your readers why I love this sandwich so much." She said it was such conviction, of course I obeyed.
"I love this sandwich, one, because it's cheap. It's a complete indulgence. It's so buttery. This is the best turkey bacon I've ever had in a restaurant. It's cut thick and it's just so much more than you could ever get in a grocery store." Well there you have it folks!
We also ordered one chocolate chip pancake (we decided to go with just sugar for that one) and it was amazing! The chocolate was melted and gooey and added a blissful sweetness to the light, puffy pancake. We never even added syrup.
In addition to our feast itself, we also had the most pleasant dining experience. Fellow diners were friendly and offering recommendations on specials they had already sampled. The owner is like the mayor of Somerville. Every other customer he was hugging, showing them to a table, asking about their holiday. He really is a well known figure in the community.
Best of all, after all the things we enjoyed, our tab only came to $27.98. I am not normally a person who cares about spending on a meal (we know this) but that is incredible value.
Now that I've eaten at both places, I want to know: Which cafe do you stand in line for?