AMES STREET DELI

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More “hip­ster cafe” in ide­ol­ogy than “tra­di­tional del­i­catessen,” Ames Street treats the Ken­dall Square crowd to break­fast out­side the prover­bial ce­real box. Trade your or­der at the reg­is­ter for a hot pink play­ing card, find a seat and sip on a Counter Cul­ture cor­tado while you wait for your hot meal to ar­rive. Ob­serve the nerdy­chic crowd qui­etly tap­ping away on their lap­tops while you dig into pos­si­bly the best break­fast sand­wich you’ll ever taste: eggs omelet-style topped with pork sausage, shred­ded kale in a lemon vinai­grette, and piquillo cheese, all stuffed be­tween two slices of grid­dled potato bread. 73 Ames St., Cam­bridge, 617.374.0701 ginger syrup. Hearty eaters can dig into the Maine lob­ster omelet or the skirt steak and eggs. Fresh­squeezed or­ange juice is poured from glass carafes. The dusky light­ing and dark wood of this el­e­gant Four Sea­sons din­ing room make the floor-to-ceil­ing, sun-lit views of the Pub­lic Gar­den pop. 200 Boyl­ston St., 617.338.4400. glitzy-kitschy vibe fa­mil­iar from its Cam­bridge out­post. The bar be­gins serv­ing at 8 am ev­ery day, which means you can start a Tues­day with a grape­fruit juice mi­mosa. Sig­na­ture break­fast dishes like co­conut cakes, bis­cuits and gravy, and the Sk­lar­maged­don omelet come out of the kitchen all day long. 35 Stan­hope St., 617.456.7849 jammed. Hearty items fly off the grill. Huevos rancheros with fried eggs and fresh salsa kick it up a notch. Fa­vorites in­clude the malted Bel­gian waf­fle topped with whipped but­ter and fresh fruit salad. Con­sis­tency lets The Paramount op­er­ate like one well-oiled ma­chine. Cus­tomers get in line and or­der first, pay, and only af­ter can they se­cure a ta­ble. 44 Charles St., 617.720.1152

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