Spork Rating: 4
- Neighborhood: Ball Square, Somerville
- Cuisine: American Diner
- Price: Cheap Eats. Entrees $10–$15
- Hours: Monday–Sunday 6:30am–3:00pm
- Reservations: No
- Recommended For Dining With: Infants, toddlers, kids
The Ball Square Café is a classic diner-style restaurant, complete with serve-yourself coffee. A great little spot for a casual breakfast or lunch with young kids, this kid-friendly Somerville restaurant sits at the heart of a bustling group of breakfast spots in Ball Square. Famous in the area for its rivalry with next door neighbor Sound Bites (and it was even featured on the Travel Channel), Ball Square Café feels friendly and welcoming to its guests. Staff are exceptionally helpful and courteous, and many locals express a loyalty to the “BSQ” over the many other breakfast spots in the area.
Fantastic. The friendly staff and a welcoming local crowd is used to seeing babies and young children at this kid-friendly Somerville restaurant. Despite its small space, Ball Square Cafe features a large number of high chairs (we’ve counted at least five, plus two booster seats that buckle securely to the chairs). The lack of a changing table keeps this restaurant from earning a 5-spork rating, but they do have a large enough restroom to change a diaper in a pinch.
The glossy menu at this kid-friendly Somerville restaurant features many great takes on traditional breakfast and lunch fare. The French toast comes piled high with berries and crispy bacon that crumbles in your mouth. Mix up your usual breakfast sides and opt for grilled mashed potatoes instead of home fries – they’re crisped on the grill for a crunchy outside and a creamy, pillowy inside; the perfect accompaniment to a runny egg or two. The lunch menu is smaller than breakfast, but does include quite a few tempting sandwich options.
Some favorites from the breakfast menu, include:
- Tri-berry French Toast – Thick pieces of eggy French toast topped with a mountain of fresh berries. $12.95
- Our Favorite – A traditional breakfast plate with two eggs, home fries or grilled mashed potatoes, and toast or an English muffin. To make it heartier, add a side of bacon, sausage, or corned beef hash. $7.50
- Chocolate Chip & Coconut pancakes – Sweet enough even without the optional real maple syrup, rich coconut flavor combines with chocolate chips to make a truly decadent breakfast. $8.95
Ball Square Cafe does not have a kid-specific menu, but between an excellent set of side options (breakfast meats, toast, eggs, potatoes, etc.), and the reasonable prices of the main entrees, there are plenty of options for little ones.
- Powderhouse Square park is just a few blocks down; a bright open space for kids to get those wiggles out.
- Davis Square
- Tufts University
- Minuteman Trail
- Somerville Theater
- High chairs
- T accessible
- T accessible – a longish walk from the Davis Square T stop, or hop on the 89 bus from Davis; it goes straight past the café.
- Parking – street parking, which can be a bit difficult to find. Give yourself a little extra time to find a spot on weekends and holidays.