In the morning, you can find plenty of places in the North End for a coffee and muffin or pastry. But, if you want a more substantial breakfast, your options are more limited. We chose to get some breakfast at Cafe Pompei as it was one of the few places advertising a fuller breakfast. Their Specials sign outside advertised French toast, Crepes, Omelettes and more. I had never been here before so I was taking a chance.
It is a fairly good-sized place with two separate dining rooms and it appears there is a basement level as well. One thing that turned me off a bit was that the walls were dirty and stained. They obviously had not been cleaned in some time, though the tables and silverware seemed clean.
The breakfast menu had all of the usual items and they were very reasonably priced. We decided to try several different items, including the French Toast, Waffle, Bacon, Strawberry Crepe and Blueberry Pancakes.
The best of the meals was the Strawberry Crepe, a very thin crepe with plenty of fresh, sweet strawberries and a few piles of fresh whipped cream. This was on of their Specials and I would definitely recommend it. The Pancakes were another good choice, with plenty of blueberries in the pancakes. The French Toast consisted of pieces of a baguette on a plate with sliced strawberries and blueberries. The toast had a very nice flavor and the fruit was very fresh and sweet, as was all of the fruit that came with out meals. The Waffle, shaped with Mickey Mouses's head, was ok though nothing special. The bacon was crisp, just the way I like it though strangely enough it came out in a small bowl rather than on a plate.
Overall, it was a good breakfast. Service was also good.
280 Hanover St.
Phone: (617) 523-9438