Hideaway for a hangover
On the Cheap by Suzanne Kammlott
Sam's Luncheonette may be the best hideaway eatery in Cambridge. Established
in 1937 by Sam Scimone, this breadbox-size diner hasn't been gussied up a bit
since then. It's slightly cramped and wholly cozy, with a buzz of customers
huddled at the counter, friendly waitresses, a charming, wisecracking cook, and
those fabulous thick-rimmed coffee cups. The menu reads "Power Breakfast
Specials," but we're looking at piled-high hangover food here: toast, home
fries, eggs. These fortifying eye openers are zipped up with tantalizing
sausages: Greek, Italian, linguiça, kielbasa, and chicken sausage.
The sausage has arrived thanks to Rocco DeFabritiis, the current owner, who
took Sam's over more than a year ago. A native of Sperlonga, Italy -- and
previously owner of Rocco's Place on Pearl Street -- he has a natural affinity
for combining spices. "Use only the best," he says, "and fresh, and lots of
Power Breakfast Specials start at $4.50; coffee is 75 cents.
Sam's Luncheonette, located at 7 Landsdowne Street, in Cambridge,
is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday
from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed Sunday. Call (617) 491-9550.
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