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Mel’s Commonwealth Cafe

August 8th, 2008 · 10 Comments

I’ve heard so many good things about Mel’s Commonwealth Cafe in Wayland so one morning we went to check it out.
The service was okay, a little slow and they weren’t that busy.  I got a low-fat yogurt waffle with light whipped cream and strawberries:

Ethan got pancakes:

We also shared an order of bacon, turkey sausage and homefries:

I’d say the best part of the breakfast was the waffle, everything else was mediocre.  The bacon was paper-thin and seemed plasticy, the homefries were luke-warm and were mushy even where they looked like they should have been crispy.  I know  people LOVE this place and someone will give me a  hard time for not liking it here, but we just found it to be okay at best.  They seemed to do a good business at their take-out counter and had a lot of regulars who chatted it up with the staff.  Maybe we just got a bad order, it wasn’t the worst ever but we probably won’t be back between the service and the food.

Tags: *Wayland · restaurants

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sull // Aug 8, 2008 at 7:30 am

    mel’s really isnt very good, it is also overpriced for breakfast. there are numerous breakfast places in metrowest that are significantly better.

  • 2 Nicole // Aug 8, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Have you tried Sunnyside Cafe in Ashland? Good prices, good food, and the staff is super-friendly.

  • 3 Michelle // Aug 8, 2008 at 7:55 am

    No I haven’t tried Sunnyside yet but I ride by it every morning on my way to work. The next time I can get Ethan to get up early enough for breakfast on the weekend, we’ll try it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • 4 Kaity // Aug 8, 2008 at 11:01 am

    I wasn’t too fond of the breakfast either, but lunch is MUCH better – especially the roll ups!

  • 5 Kaity // Aug 8, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Also, I’m surprised you’ve never gone/written anything about Caseys Diner in Natick. Their hotdogs are one of a kind!

  • 6 Chad // Aug 8, 2008 at 11:22 am

    I’m a fan on Anthony’s right here in Framingham, but I’m an even bigger fan of Arcadia in Waltham. Worth the drive in. Great coffee, tasty food, and the two of us can eat there for about $10 with tip.

  • 7 Russ // Aug 8, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    I agree with you about Mel’s. Try Gourmet Decisions in downtown Natick for a great breakfast.

  • 8 Danielle // Aug 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    It wasn’t just you. I ordered an iced tea there and the waitress brought me an iced coffee. When I asked her to switch my iced coffee for an iced tea, she argued with me, saying that it was unsweetened tea. I asked her to go back and double check, and sure enough, someone had labeled the two containers incorrectly. It wasn’t the mistake that bothered me, but that she didn’t believe that I could tell the difference between tea and coffee.

  • 9 Leslie // Aug 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    I will second the recommendation for Sunnyside – we don’t go out for breakfast often, but that is our “go to” place. I am making note of everyone else’s recommendations too!

  • 10 scott // Aug 11, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    I’ll second the recommendation for Sunnyside; I would also recommend J&M Diner in Framingham next to Goody’s Pizza. Excellent breakfast.

    And those pancakes at Mel’s look pretty bad! The pancakes at J&M Diner are outstanding!

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