Sorella's: Breakfast is served

Let's Eat by Kitty Kaufman

Some of the best meals I've had are right in the neighborhood. It doesn't matter what neighborhood because there's always a place around the corner or down the street. The owners are invariably behind the counter or in the kitchen and the regulars are so predictable that servers don't even drop menus on their table.

If you live in Jamaica Plain and like taking breakfast in someone else's kitchen, Sorella's is your place. They specialize in breakfast with a five-page menu listing more than 50 omelets, 20 pancake and waffle varieties and 10 flavors of French toast. They've got homemade muffins and scones, croissant sandwiches and crepes, plus bacon, ham, sausage and hash. Purists will find oatmeal, fresh fruit, carrot juice, polenta, tofu stir-fry and egg white specials. Egg sybarites can have them with steak or corned beef hash or go all out with eggs Rockefeller.

Ellie Elias and Toni Elias opened the aptly named Sorella's (Italian for sister) in 1983. Niece Mickey Velasquez works right along with them from breakfast at 6:30 am. through closing at 2 pm. All three remarked on how JP has changed over the years with regulars that now include artists and professionals.

Yes, there is lunch. Find sandwiches of every shape: BLTs, meatball, tuna, chicken in many incarnations and vegetarian wraps. Salads include Greek, Caesar, garden, spinach, and Sorella's very own with romaine, basil, chickpeas, avocado, feta, sprouts and sun-dried tomatoes. To go along with the hot lunches that include steak tips, chili con carne and vegetarian chili, there is garlic bread, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers plus beer and wine. Being partial to family businesses and impressed by those that succeed, it's great to find this group serving up seven days a week. Cash only.

© October 6, 2004 and February 23, 2005 for The City Shopper
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