June 3, 2006
The staff at the North Street Grille does their best to make sure all of the patrons are served quickly, yet with a smile. The small dining area and counter space is often packed with customers for the small waitstaff to care for, yet they do so without much ado. Whether you come in monthly, everyday, or once in a great while the waitpeople always make you feel like you're one of their best customers with the attention they give.
Aside from the service, the main reason to go to the North Street Grille is their phenomenal food. Brunch favorites include the stuffed french toast (they have a peanut butter and jelly version which cannot be beat) and the chocolate chip pancakes. Also very good are their omelets which come with fillings like salmon, asparagus, and aged cheddar cheese. You can't find these ingredients in just any breakfast dive, and that is what sets the North Street Grille apart from the many.
Lunch dishes include everything from salads to sandwiches to veggie burgers. Again the menu focuses on traditional comfort food, but with ingredients you don't see on every menu to set your Grille experience apart from the rest. Their entire menu is also available to go—which is great for when the dining room cannot hold another person, but you are craving something specific from their menu.
The North Street Grille has modern yet tasteful decor which helps to further enhance your dining experience. The pleasant mint green walls, bamboo centerpieces, and art on the walls from local artists are all nice changes from traditionally dingy diner decor. The booths and counter spaces are also all very clean and polished feeling. The full-service bar behind the counter may make the patrons forget that this establishment is only open for breakfast and lunch, but it is perfect for morning cocktails like bellinis and mojitos.
Prices at the North Street Grille are kept low—most entrees are under $10 and most drinks are about $5-$7 (cheap in Boston for a cocktail). This makes it even easier for locals to dine here regularly which is why this restaurant is one of Boston's hidden gems.
From journal Boston: Adventures in the North End