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October 28 - November 4, 1999

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Bunker Hill, 90210

by Justine Kerr

The owners of 02129 know you're thinking of another zip code when you see their name. The resemblance is not coincidental. Once you get past its awkward placement in a strip mall, squished between a Citizens Bank and a Blockbuster Video, 02129 has a very LA feel to it. Someone has paid careful attention to the décor -- iron-and-rattan chairs surround tables in the carpeted dining room; fresh wildflowers decorate the tables. The menu is printed in slightly space-age type.

On Saturday mornings 02129 is filled with Charlestown hipsters, and everyone seems to have ordered the fruit salad with yogurt ($3.95) to start. It's a decent mix of seasonal fruits and is generously proportioned. The "real Irish oatmeal" tastes like candy, sweetened with brown sugar, maple syrup, and raisins ($2.75). Omelets are big and fluffy and come the way you like them, three fillings for $5.95 or five fillings for $7.95. They're served up just so (crispy outside, soft center) with perfectly seasoned hash browns -- no ketchup needed.

02129 is located at 9 Austin Street, in Charlestown. It's open for breakfast daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (617) 242-6838.

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