I was instantly delighted by Sound Bites, but it’s possible I would have been instantly delighted by going to any diner in a snowstorm.
There was a snowstorm during my first visit back to Boston since I became an LA resident. Do you know how hard it is to plan a trip several months in advance to coincide with a Boston snowstorm of any kind? There’s a reason this saying is so popular: If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. In any case, despite the icy, not ideal snow, I considered myself lucky. My friend suggested we walk to breakfast near her, knowing my pancake inclinations. It was roughly five degrees and sleeting at the time so I was pretty thrilled. This is weather you just can’t get in LA. I was instantly delighted by Sound Bites, but it’s possible I would have been instantly delighted by going to any diner in a snowstorm.
In terms of pancakes, Sound Bites offers: Plain ol’ Cakes, Whole Wheat Cakes, Pumpkin Cakes, Cornbread Cakes, Kara’s Corn Cakes, Specialty Cakes which include toppings like blueberry, banana, chocolate chip, and Great Combo Cakes. Overwhelmed with options, I finally settled on Chocolate Chip Strawberry Cakes. The pancakes were excellent. The only criticism I have is that the waitress mistakenly gave me a side, which was two cakes instead of the full order of three I asked for. Possibly she made this error because I ordered an entire other breakfast dish as well. In any case, the strawberry and chocolate chips were cooked into the batter instead of merely dumped on top, and they were fucking wonderful. Everyone should experience eating delicious pancakes surrounded by snow outside.
Just the Stacks – 8.5/10 Tasty Stacks
Overall Taste: Near snow-cake perfection.
Mouthfeel: Excellent consistency, this can be hard to achieve when mixing in more than one topping into the batter.
Size: Smaller than I wanted, I could have easily eaten the stack of three I was hoping for.
Price: $6.99 – $9.99
Location: 704 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144