Davis Square brunches for $5 or less
Most of the Jumbos I know have some serious Dewick and Carm loyalty, but sometimes you just need to take a break from the dining halls and look at a menu with some new ingredients and combinations. Luckily, Davis Square has quite a variety of cheap eats, all with different vibes and food options. Here are a few picks to try for a weekend brunch, all for $5.00 and under!
Ok, so you’ve at least heard of “Diesel” if you haven’t been there yourself. It has a huge selection of coffees and teas and creative flavor combinations, and the drink menu changes seasonally. Plus, right now the café is supporting relief efforts for Sandy through a “Coffee and Charity” drink card program! In addition to its drinks, Diesel has a delicious food menu. For $4.30, you can get some gourmet oatmeal with your choice of dried cranberries, walnuts, or steamed milk—the perfect sustenance for a café study session. 257 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144, (617) 629-8717, http://www.diesel-cafe.com
M3 is a lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch spot that is a little off the beaten path in Davis Square. In addition to its tin ceiling and chalkboard walls and tables, M3 is known for its eclectic, Southern-style food combinations (think catfish and eggs, venison blueberry sausage, and lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes). For $5, you can get their yogurt parfait, complete with fresh berries, granola, vanilla, and honey. Bonus: it’s served in a mason jar! 382 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144, (617) 718-6666, http://www.imwithmeat.com
Is there anything more inviting than that adorable “crêpe man” on the window? The restaurant has an overwhelming number of crêpe combinations: sweet and savory, as well as an impressive assortment of teas, coffee, and pastries. Simply the smell of the place makes you want to stay longer. For only $4.77, I highly recommend the dark Belgian chocolate crêpe. 51 Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144, (617) 623-0661
Don’t let this place’s name fool you. In addition to a fro-yo + toppings bar, i-Yo Café has a DIY waffle bar. The infinite number of topping combinations lets you get creative—from chocolate sprinkles to mochi to M&Ms to raspberries. But for weekend brunch, I highly recommend topping your waffle with blueberries, granola, and yogurt chips—and perhaps a touch of fro-yo on the side (The yogurt is priced by the ounce, so approximately 10 oz will be $5.). To complement your waffle, make sure to check out their coffee and tea assortment. (P.S. They have free Wi-Fi). 234 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144, (617) 764-5295, http://www.iyocafe.com