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The Best Brunches in Boston Right Now

Updated On 02/07/2018 at 04:57PM EST
Island Creek Oyster Bar

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Kenmore Square

The best brunch to pretend it’s summer
They offer one of the best selections of oysters in the city and the opportunity to chase them with a couple of lobster rolls. The seasonal cocktails are bracing, the service is on point, and the brioche French toast and giant homemade biscuits easily fulfill your carbs quota.

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Myers + Chang

South End

American twists on Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese classics
This is the spot to overindulge on both drinks and dim sum. Fried egg banh mis with sweet soy bacon, stuffed baos, and tea-smoked ribs are all worth loading up on. Bonus: No need to worry about sleeping in -- Myers + Chang has one of the latest brunches in the city (running until 3:45pm), so it's good for those winter mornings when you can’t bear to leave the comfort of bed until noon.

Tremont 647 & Sister Sorel

South End

Attending brunch in your pjs is encouraged
It’s simple, really: It’s a pajamas brunch, which means flannel is not just accepted but encouraged. Add to that Stoli-spiked mimosas, a fried chicken eggs Benedict, and their famous Golden Girls French toast sticks, and you have a real reason to leave the comforts of your overheated home.

Puritan & Company

Puritan and Company

Cambridge

New England brunch done perfectly
Puritan and Company has everything you’d expect from a seasonal New England brunch: crispy fish sandwich, sourdough griddle cakes, potato and leek quiche, and one of the best croissants in the city. Most tempting of all, the pick-and-choose pastry basket means you don’t have to choose between the cider donut and cinnamon bun.

Kirkland Tap & Trotter

Somerville

A welcoming, woodsy space serving huge platters of brunch fare
Corned beef hash, grilled pork belly with eggs, brioche French toast, and a classic Irish coffee? They all do a chilled body good. And yes, there is an brunch time cheeseburger, as well as several cold-weather friendly “brunch beers.”

Bistro du Midi Boston

Bistro du Midi

Back Bay

A marriage of French and New England cooking that works beautifully
The French do everything better, including surviving winter. So don your most European daywear and lean into a classic Francophile menu of charcuterie, croque monsieurs, lemon ricotta pancakes with lavender creme anglaise, and a niçoise salad. You might want to spring for a Champagne cocktail, but on the other hand, the bouillabaisse Bloody Mary with seared prawn is pretty damn epique. And you have to love the class of a waiter who takes your order down in a leather Moleskine.

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The Gallows

South End

Possibly the best brunch poutine in all of Boston
Someone at the table has to order the Sunrise Poutine, which includes scrambled eggs, fries, cheese curds, chicken gravy, and Canadian bacon. If you’re feeling guilty, add in the kale and Brussels sprout salad (then snag a bite of someone else’s hangover burger). But the coziest dish has to be the bourbon apple French toast, which you’ll immediately want to replicate at home during the next snow day.

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Waypoint

Harvard Square

If you want to ball out on brunch, you have the option
If Waypoint’s smoked whitefish pizza doesn’t sustain you until spring, the brown butter pancakes might. Or hell, you could just commit to playing Kardashian for a day and come for mimosas and the caviar service, which runs for $195. In other words, there is no way to get it wrong at this seafood-centric spread, which also includes tremendous raw bar choices (the smoked and salted peel-and-eat shrimp is one star here) and a sweet tooth-satisfying (and enormous) raisin and walnut cinnamon roll.

Trina's Starlite Lounge

Somerville

They do a White Russian made with chocolate Nesquik
And there's also hot chocolate French toast with whipped cream and marshmallows. The towering piece of sweet corn bread piled high with a heaping scoop of melting butter is what dreams (and diabetes) are made of, and that's before you even attacked the fried chicken and waffles with hot pepper syrup. There's ample reason to get yourself to Somerville on a snowy Monday for their service-industry focused brunch.

Area Four

Area Four

Cambridge

Obsessively crafted pizza in an industrial-chic restaurant and cafe
Brunch cocktails, high-quality coffee, and monstrous sticky buns? That's reason enough to don the Bean Boots -- and that's before you even begin implementing plates like the appropriately named Hot Mess, a skillet packed with home fries, bacon, breakfast sausage, Cheddar, scallions, and caramelized onions, all topped off with a couple of farm eggs and banana pepper relish. Bonus: Those farm eggs can also be used to breakfast-ify the pizza of your choosing.

Andy Ryan

Boston Chops

South End

Your go-to for meat piled on top of meat
Sometimes getting through a brisk morning requires a lot of meat, and here you’ll find a perfect curing combo in the form of a brisket, shank, and tongue hash poutine. The South End steakhouse embraces brunch as a paleo affair,  which means braised beef cheek huevos rancheros and a hefty serving of steak and eggs. For lighter -- or at least less beefy -- fare, try the fried chicken and a lobster Benedict, which pairs perfectly with the Prime Raw Bloody (that would be a Bloody Mary enhanced by a raw oyster and jumbo cocktail shrimp).

Katie Noble

Oak & Rowan

Fort Point

Split the rib-eye if you're celebrating something
Champagne can chase away the deepest of wintertime blues. Three different offerings by the glass, including the Veuve Clicquot rosé, pave the way for duck confit croque madame, butter-poached lobster, and pork belly tartine, all of which exceed the hype. Then there’s the rib-eye for two, accompanied by crispy poached eggs, caviar hollandaise, and hash brown potatoes (arguably the most decadent brunch dish in town).

Lion's Tail

South End

What you really need to know about Lion’s Tail weekend brunch is that it encourages you to wear pajamas -- in other words, you should don your most forgiving bottoms and dive into the bourbon butter French toast, pork belly Benedict, corn cake arepa, and a fried chicken waffle sandwich. And because it’s Lion’s Tail, cocktails are pretty much mandated (any Hemingway fan knows that daytime daiquiris are quite overdue for a comeback).

Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant

Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

South Boston

The best part of brunch actually happens before brunch
Yes, Lincoln serves brunch on both Saturday and Sunday, but what makes this place special is the prelude: The Friday Brunch Test Kitchen (10am-3pm) is where chefs experiment with a new brunch menu every week and then offer up a few favorites over the next two days. Past winners have included Nutella s’mores pancakes, wake and bake tater tots, breakfast fried rice, and the insane Cinnamon Toast Crunch boozy milkshake (Fireball whiskey, RumChata, vanilla ice cream, and cereal). You can brunch there during your lunch hour and then commit to nesting during the weekend.

L'Espalier

Back Bay

Perhaps pricey, but perfect French cuisine usually is
Have you been squirreling away your money all winter? Then splurge on a three-course prix fixe brunch that’s a study in chichi excess: caviar omelette, lobster bisque, roasted duck breast, and a grilled beef sirloin croque madame, plus a warm honey caramel sticky bun with salted butter ice cream for dessert. If money is no object, go ahead and splurge on caviar service, cheese flights, and a Champagne cocktail or two.

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