Those of us that miss our Midwestern roots have long lamented here the lack of quality diners in our city. Grabbing a decent breakfast that isn’t a chef-inspired brunch can be tricky, and while we love to get our brunch on, we sometimes yearn for the cheap and easy fix. Thing is, we don’t always pick the obvious choice. Busy Bee (1046 Beacon St, (617) 566-8733) has been one of our favorite Brookline haunts for years, serving up simple eats for unbelievable prices.
This place is straight up old school. Red vinyl booths, snappy waitresses who appear to be transported from another time, and crazy cheap food. We like the authenticity - way better than an IHOP any day - and seriously, it seems like two people can get out of there for something like six bucks total. It’s the kind of place where you ought to tip what you paid for your meal. Eggs, bacon, and hash browns are sometimes the best part of the day. Stop into Busy Bee for “A Meal Or A Snack” as their neon sign advertises. No matter what time of day, no matter what you need, this just may be the best deal in our city.