Park Square Café
Breakfast and lunch, city-style
On the Cheap by Jason Weinzimer
Despite the urban-arcade façade, Park Square Café is the real
thing: a fast-paced downtown greasy spoon with a solid menu, revved-up
countermen, and even a few tables for those without offices to eat in. The
turkey sandwich ($3.50) is fresh and simple enough for a fourth-grade lunch
box; those with a more lenient approach to cholesterol will enjoy the grilled
Reuben ($4.25), especially the pastrami version. And even those who don't
consider food therapeutic might succumb to the $4.25 cheese steak's ability to
cure hangovers. The version here gets its edge from a distinctly Philly trick:
cooking the cheese into the meat, rather than laying it on top.
Also not to be missed are the chili ($1.95) and the occasionally offered
cream of tomato soup ($1.50), both of which go well with the grilled American
cheese sandwich ($2.65). But beware -- if it's raining out, both are usually
long gone by 12:45 p.m.
Though some customers might find its frenetic pace more stressful than
work, Park Square's pleasant predictability inspires loyalty from its patrons.
In fact, if you're there early enough for breakfast, you'll notice that most of
the customers don't need to order -- their regular is served up right
The Park Square Café, located in the Park Square Building at 33
St. James Street, in Boston, is open Monday through Friday from
5:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (617) 451-3868.
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