Waltham's Arcadia Restaurant is known for its hearty, diner-like breakfasts, which include many variations with eggs: omelets, eggs Benedict or Florentine, served with hash, sausage, bacon, or ham, and of course with home fries, toast and a bottomless cup of coffee.
Two eggs prepared over easy came within a few minutes, even though the place was busy on a Saturday morning. The eggs were done perfectly (no burnt edges) and the dark Greek rye toast was warm and lightly buttered. Even the home fries were good. It's hard to avoid having them get overdone or cold. The coffee was also satisfyingly strong.
The Arcadia also serves other breakfast fare, such as pancakes and French toast, as well as lunches until 2 p.m. of sandwiches and some "classic" American dinners, like chicken cacciatore and salisbury steak.
The vibe: A clean, homey, get-your-food-to-you-fast atmosphere.
Cool factor No. 1: There are four waitresses, which means prompt and friendly service.
Cool factor No. 2: One can't mention the Arcadia without mentioning its prices, which are a throwback to at least the 1980s. The average price of a breakfast is around $5.
Cool factor No. 3: For some reason, the only jelly (served in those small plastic containers) is grape.