Competition for the Blue Star in Rozzie Square
I've long wanted to try that tiny breakfast joint next to the Village Bookshop on South Street (one guess from the photo what its street number is) - if for no other reason than I could say I've eaten in every single one of Roslindale's breakfast places (yeah, all five of them, not including the McDonald's on American Legion or the Burger King on Washington). But it was always closed. Finally, sometime over the past, oh, two or three months, it re-opened under new ownership.
Derna's is about about as no frills an eatery as you'll find anywhere. No fancy disco brunch here - not even any whole-wheat toast here. The food is basically exactly what you'd make at home if you weren't too tired (while I was there, a woman sidled up to the counter and when the owner asked if she wanted coffee, she sighed: "Yes, PLEASE!"). You get white toast and you like it (well, or French); you get your choice of eggs and breakfast meats and that's about it. Oh, and home fries. This is not food that will make you ooh and ah, but again, if you've had a long night, well, it's food.
You sit on stools around a U-shaped counter straight out of the 1960s (right down to the boomerangs imprinted on the Formica) - there are no tables. The short-order cook is also the short-order server and short-order cashier, but he cooks things up quickly. Plus, regulars know they can refill their coffee themselves at the Bunn-o-matic - and go behind the counter for an old Herald to read (while I was there, everybody who came in was by themselves, myself included).
It's open every day at 5 a.m. So next time you head over to the Blue Star and it's full and you're just looking for the basics, walk over to Derna's.