Black Seed on Tremont Street (near the Park Street T) and Bruegger's Bagels (they also sell breakfast sandwiches) on School Street.
Neither of these places has table-service, but give you options. Unlike New York City, we don't have an abundance of "coffee shops".
The Paramount is the best place around beacon hill. You walk up and order and wait. Someone in your party should sit down to hold a table while the others order.
On weekends it gets busy so plan b is needed. If the line is near the door I never wait.
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