Food & Drink

10 New Boston Brunches You Need to Try Right Now

Published On 05/06/2015 Published On 05/06/2015
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Courtesy of Tamara Flanagan/ Bastille Kitchen
Courtesy of Marlo Marketing 
Courtey of Li Ward/ Davio's 
Elephant Walk
Erik Christensen/Thrillist
Courtesy of Olde Magoun’s Saloon 
Courtesy of Pier 6 
State Park
Courtesy of Mike Cortone of Stephanie’s Restaurant Group 
Courtesy of Taj Boston 
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1. Bastille Kitchen 49 Melcher St, Boston, MA 02210

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.

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2. Belly Wine Bar One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

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.

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3. Davio's 75 Arlington St, Boston, MA 02116

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.

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4. Elephant Walk 1415 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

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.

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5. No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits 37 Main St, Amesbury, MA 01913

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.

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6. Pier 6 Boston Waterfront 1 8th St, Charlestown, MA 02129

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.

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7. State Park One Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA 02139

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.

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8. Stephanie's On Newbury 190 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

Stephanie’s on Newbury delights Bostonians with its sophisticated American comfort food that peppers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus. The seafood-heavy options include highlights like New England clam chowder, lobster guacamole, with grilled corn, chopped tomato, and scallion, and Asian yellowfin tuna salad, with fresh field greens, wok-charred peppers, sesame green beans, shredded cucumber and pickled onions, tossed in lemon vinaigrette with wasabi aioli, sweet soy and crispy wontons. At brunch, both your sweet and savory cravings will both be filled many times over, with flaky cinnamon monkey bread drizzled with sticky icing, fluffy buttermilk griddled pancakes (available in blueberry, chocolate chip, banana, or red velvet), and zesty North African shakshuka flavored with garlic and served with crispy grilled bread for dipping. Stephanie’s interior is as indulgent as its fare; tufted orange leather banquettes dot the dining room, reflected in the mirrors that cover the walls and illuminated by the glass chandeliers above that resemble tens of white, blossoming flowers.

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9. Taj Boston 15 Arlington St, Boston, MA 02116

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.

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10. Olde Magoun's Saloon 518 Medford St, Somerville, MA 02145

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.