Once upon a time, the Boston brunch landscape was as bleak as the Bambino-cursed Red Sox. Thankfully times have changed on both fronts (right, Mookie?), and many Hub restaurants are going full throttle with their “whenever you wake up” weekend feasts. From retooled favorites, to new brunches on the block, here are 10 irresistible reasons to roll out of bed.
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What you’re getting: Bacon pecan caramel French toast, glazed cinnamon-sugar mini croissants, Belgian waffles, and pork belly croque madame
Enjoy Parisian bistro flavors without leaving the Hub at Bastille Kitchen’s newly launched Sunday brunch. The bacon pecan caramel French toast is as indulgent as it sounds, as are the glazed cinnamon-sugar mini croissants. Bastille is also crisping up authentic Belgian waffles crowned with fresh fruit, Chantilly, and Vermont maple syrup for good measure. However, the must-have munchie is the pork belly croque madame made memorable by bacon jam and Gruyere.
What you’re getting: Beignets, The Hunter board, Frittata For One, and chicken-fried steak
People cried real tears when The Blue Room ended its epic brunch, but sister/neighbor Belly now carries the torch with its Big Easy-style Sunday Funday. Beignets and NOLA chicory coffee set the classic tone, while The Hunter board trends funky with Biellese speck and pork belly rillette. The French Quarter comes alive in the Frittata For One (savory shallot confit, Gruyere), and the chicken-fried steak comes Deep South-style with sausage gravy and biscuits.
What you’re getting: Warm apple zeppole, any spring roll, spaghetti carbonara, and petite ribeye
Davio’s fans rejoice as the Arlington St mainstay offers Sunday brunch for the first time... EVER (about time, right?)! The Northern Italian spread hits all the right notes with confections like warm apple zeppole with Calvados caramel sauce, and the five impressive spring rolls (e.g. chicken parm) suitable for sharing. The spaghettini carbonara is the real deal, made properly with eggs, pancetta, and Parmigiano. Or you can really celebrate your morning with the petite ribeye alongside poached eggs, and potatoes and covered with truffle hollandaise.
What you’re getting: Crispy Cambodian spring rolls, Oeufs Brouilles au Kapik Khing, and Pain Perdu au Sirop d’Erable au Cidre
Elephant Walk takes you on a trip around the world with its recently debuted all-weekend multicultural mashup brunch. Every meal at Elephant walk begins with its signature crispy Cambodian spring rolls. Mandatory. If you seek savory, Oeufs Brouilles au Kapik Khing is a cage-free scramble mixed with slow-cooked/ Khmer-spiced PT Farm pork belly. On the flipside, the Pain Perdu is all about the sweet with brioche French toast covered in Wood’s Cider Mills cinnamon cider maple syrup.
What you’re getting: No. 8 Bacon, corn bread, duck confit hash, and No. 8 gin & tonic
Amesbury’s newest hot spot, No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits, is 100 percent worth the short drive for its Saturday/Sunday brunch. You need several orders of the peppery No. 8 bacon for the table, in addition to the corn bread baked in an iron skillet. For the very hungry, duck confit hash is a belly-buster with two poached eggs and potatoes topped with sriracha hollandaise. To keep things easy like Sunday morning, sip the No. 8 gin & tonic (Brockmans, grapefruit-lavender bitters, Prosecco).
What you’re getting: Dying Paddy, The Cure sandwich, and Jameson Soaked French toast
Olde Magoun’s Saloon knows exactly what you need on Saturdays and Sundays: a hearty brunch overflowing with rib-sticking grub and potent hangover helpers. It has Bloody Marys galore, inventive hair-of-the-dog sippers, and many spiked coffee drinks. Once you’re semi-functional, slam The Cure sandwich for all of its bacon, egg, cheese, and roasted jalapeno glory. Or combine your Irish faves in Jameson Soaked French toast smothered in Magner’s glazed apples and Baileys whipped cream.
What you’re getting: Dirty Texan, wings, and The Maine Omelet
There’s nothing better than brunching by the ocean, and Pier 6 has both a stellar panorama and line-up of fare. First you need a Dirty Texan made with Tito’s and revved up via pepperoncini juice, and bleu cheese olives. Then ease into your day with sweet and sticky wings, followed by your main course, The Maine Omelet. This homage to “Vacationland” is loaded with lobster and spinach, and dashed with hollandaise. The brunch is available on Saturdays AND Sundays, but it doesn't take reservations (walk-in only).
What you’re getting: Pitcher of Fernet & Cola, Everything scone, coffee cake muffins, and Urban Lumberjack
State Park breaks down brunch into 3.5 perfectly simple categories: Hangry Menu, Eggs, Not Eggs, and Sides. The Hangry is full of richness thanks to the Everything scone and coffee cake muffin. The Urban Lumberjack (pork chop pancakes, two eggs) anchors the Eggs options. Add a side of foie gras to anything (umm, everything!) for only $12. Then there’s the supreme drink options : pitchers of Fernet & Cola, Pimm’s Cup, and/or Tom Collins.
What you’re getting: Cinnamon monkey bread, skillet breakfast, and Lobster salad roll
Stephanie’s on Newbury just renovated and re-launched, and brunch is better than ever... which might be hard to imagine. Upon arrival, immediately order the Build Your Own Delicious Bloody Mary, and the cinnamon monkey bread drizzled with icing. Then go for the skillet breakfast, a hearty meal piled high with applewood smoked bacon, maple sausage, home fries, eggs, and cheddar. Find buttery perfection in the lobster salad roll, fresh Maine lobster meat on a toasted roll.
What you’re getting: Depends on the rotating menu
The popular Rooftop Sunday Brunch is back for the season at Taj Boston, and the treats are as sweet as the view. The menu changes weekly, but you’ll likely encounter a vast selection of made-to-order omelets and waffles, chilled seafood, artisan cheeses, Mediterranean charcuterie, fresh pastas, a raw bar, and a roasted ribeye carving station. In the decadence department, the brunch features an artistic dessert buffet for your morning sugar overload. And dessert fantasies. There are four seatings every Sunday, secure your spots here.
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1. Bastille Kitchen49 Melcher St, Boston
2. Belly Wine BarOne Kendall Square, Cambridge
3. Davio's75 Arlington St, Boston
4. Elephant Walk1415 Washington St, Boston
5. No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits37 Main St, Amesbury
6. Pier 6 Boston Waterfront1 8th St, Charlestown
7. State ParkOne Kendall Sq, Cambridge
8. Stephanie's On Newbury190 Newbury St, Boston
9. Taj Boston15 Arlington St, Boston
10. Olde Magoun's Saloon518 Medford St, Somerville
Fancy eats like Frisée Aux Lardons, Vanilla Butter-Poached Lobster, and Beef Short Rib Wellington are complemented by a deftly assembled wine list at Bastille Kitchen.
Tucked inside the lower level of a 19th-century mill sporting wood-beamed ceilings and porcelain-tiled floors, Kendall Square's Belly Wine Bar is a gorgeous, Italian-inspired gem with a small but expertly curated wine list and a food menu that's as comforting as the space itself. Belly offers seasonally inspired plates including charcuterie, duck confit legs, and roasted chicken with polenta. Best of all, in colder months you can order s'mores for dessert and roast your marshmallows over an outdoor fire as snow falls gently onto the twinkle-lit patio. It's as romantic as it sounds.
No school like the old school a Davio's steakhouse. Italian with a few twists, you're guaranteed to leave full of straight-off-the-grill classics, as well as pastas that will have you fantasizing about the Italian countryside. That said, they can roll with the punches, offering some gluten free fare for the pasta intolerant.
Mixing classic French with Cambodian, the chefs at The Elephant Walk have something to offer everyone (even the vegans and celiacs among you). Located in the South End, with seemingly endless restaurant options, The Elephant Walk stands out for it's eclectic mix of the familiar and the flavorful. They even offer cooking classes for those with culinary inclinations.
No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits is all about the old meeting the new. It's ambiance combines 19th century mill fixtures with a modern industrial look. Burgers are served alongside octopus tempura. Trendy, city cocktails have made their way to the suburbs and are served in seats evocative of antique carriages. And there's a wine keg.
If you're looking for a restaurant with panoramic views of Boston Harbor, Pier 6 in Charlestown is for you. The three-floor restaurant focuses on New England fare and features a raw bar, a private dining room, and a roof deck.
Good jukebox, good pinball, good live music, very good fried chicken: an evening at this subterranean spot is kind of a bonding-time classic. And seriously, the Nashville-style, hot sauce, and honey fried chicken is amazing. State Park's menu changes often, but the comfort food vibe (and the fried chicken) is always present.
Stephanie's is where you want to start or end your day on the busy Newbury St. Or take a break in the middle. Have a drink outside and people watch or seek refuge by the fire with some down-and-dirty mac and cheese. It'll be the classiest chicken fried steak you've ever had.
Much like its accommodations, the Taj Hotel chain doesn't skimp on luxury when it comes to food. Its Boston location offers quality American fare that can match any of the Hub's fine-dining spots, including a decadent brunch which features charcuterie, fresh pastas, a raw bar, and a roasted ribeye carving station.
Olde Magoun's is a great spot to sit down and enjoy some hearty Irish and American pub fare in a friendly atmosphere. They will accommodate a liquid diet as well -- their draft list (full of craft beer) and craft spirits list (full of small batch bourbon) won't disappoint.