Boston Restaurant Blog -- October, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Most anyone who regularly goes to Red Sox games at Fenway Park knows about Thornton's Fenway Grille, an often-crowded dining spot a couple of blocks south of Fenway. But until recently, I hadn't realized that Thornton's also does breakfast. I was curious as to how their breakfasts were, so as a result, we found ourselves down on Peterborough Street in the Fenway neighborhood on a recent Sunday morning.
For those who have never been to Thornton's, it is pretty much a no-frills place with basic eats and decent prices, and like most other restaurants in this rather congested neighborhood, it is a bit on the small side (though it does have two dining rooms, which is one more room than most places around here). We sat at a table near the counter area in the front room and looked through the menu before deciding on one special (the Randy Moss, which was an omelette with mushrooms, scallions, and tomatoes) and one regular item (an egg, bacon, and cheese sandwich on an English muffin). Both dishes were pretty good, and the oven browns were also decent, as they had a nice kick thanks to a generous sprinkling of chili powder on top.
While the food at Thornton's was serviceable, the service was a different story. To put it plain and simple, the waitress clearly did not want to be there. She seemed bored and didn't even come close to smiling the whole time we were there. Needless to say, small talk was not an option with our waitress, so we pretty much kept conversation to little more than polite "thank yous" and the like. She did bring us our food and drinks promptly, but it was still disturbing to have to deal with someone who was totally not into her job.
I want to get back to Thornton's for dinner one of these nights. Perhaps once the Red Sox are done for the year (hopefully after winning another World Series), I will head over there to try one of their entrees. As far as breakfast, though, I'll probably pass on going back there, especially with so many other decent breakfast options in the immediate area (Martin's Coffee Shop in Brookline is one that particularly comes to mind).
For those who would like the address and phone number for Thornton's, here it is: Thornton's Fenway Grille, 100 Peterborough Street, Boston, MA 02215. Phone: (617) 421-0104.
Sad news....Thornton's was destroyed in a devastating fire this morning (January 6, 2009), along with five other restaurants--El Pelon Taqueria, Umi, Rod Dee, Sorento's, and Greek Isles. Hopefully Thornton's and the other restaurants will be able to rebuild.
Posted on 1/6/09
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