Boston What's better than brunch? How about eating brunch outside on a perfect Summer day as you enjoy the fact that it isn't August yet and you aren't sweating through all of your clothing? Why yes, that IS better. Here are five great spots in Boston to enjoy brunch in the great outdoors, this weekend and beyond.
The Sinclair has a killer deck and an equally killer brunch to go with it, starting at 11am (or whenever you should happen to wake up). An absolute must is the Bacon Bloody Mary with Fire Puncher vodka, roasted tomato, and house pickles... oh, and a bacon kebab on top. Food-wise, they nail both the sweet and savory ends of the spectrum (spicy eggs Benedict, baked french toast), but why not go for everything at once with the Waffle Burger: grass-fed beef on a buttermilk waffle bun appointed with shallot jam, applewood bacon, cheddar, a fried egg, and maple syrup, served with greens or tots. So, tots!
Stephi's on Tremont
Kick your useless belt to the curb on the well-shaded patio at Stephanie Sokolove’s Tremont outpost with her comfort-food-gone-mad creations and build-your-own Bloody Mary options (complete with clipboard). From 10am-3pm, chow down on the salty pretzel-crusted crab cake Benedict doused in whole grain mustard hollandaise. Or maybe try the stick-to-your-ribs meatloaf hash swimming in gravy and topped with fried eggs. Better yet, head way South for the arepa con chorizo, possibly the world's greatest breakfast.
Dorchester’s Ashmont Grill serves up a serious brunch bonanza on their oasis-like patio every weekend from 10am until 3pm, giving you a nice safety net after a rough night. To stay on-theme, maybe get the Train Wreck Omelet: hand-cut fries drenched with jack cheese, pickled jalapeños, smoked bacon, and sour cream. Oh, and don't miss the apple cider doughnuts. Those count as a serving of fruit, right?
The Living Room
Every Saturday, Sunday, AND Monday (11am-3pm), Chef Edlbauer escorts you to your happy place with belly-busting fare and crafty cocktails. Enjoy people watching and tourist snarking at Columbus Park from the ample patio and treat yourself to chicken and waffles (self-explanatory), Buffalo chicken dumplings (also pretty clear), and a hefty order of loaded huevos rancheros served on a mod-style lunch tray... take THAT cafeteria lady.
The Seaport District’s latest hotspot recently launched their new patio space and you’re invited for Sunday brunch beginning at 10am. Every Sunday. Start the recovery process with a corned beef & sweet potato hash Benedict with panko-coated eggs. Oh, and you'll probably need some breakfast tacos. And some churros with poached pears and vanilla maple sauce, because it's never too early for dessert. It's also never too early for beer, and their standout lineup includes goodies like Notch Session Pils, Wormtown Be Hoppy IPA, and Rising Tide Daymark.
Rocking out in Harvard Square, the music promo dudes at The Bowery overhauled the former Phatt Boys into a 500-plus capacity, industrial-aesthetic'd concert venue/ rustic bar & kitchen/ casual-cool rooftop with occasional rooftop movie nights.
With her tourist-filled Newbury spot already safely established, the better half of celebrity personal injury lawyer James Sokolove is happily running a smaller, hipper, more succinctly named 78-seat edifice in the old Garden of Eden space. The patio is a great place to hit up for a brunch filled with Stephi's comfort-food-gone-mad creations and build-your-own Bloody Mary options.
This neighborhood grill joint boasts a sweet patio and fresh takes on American classics.
Unless your living room has an 150-gallon aquarium overlooking a martini bar and serves buffalo chicken dumplings, chicken satay, and wood-grilled steak tips, you should leave it and come to this one.
Inside of District Hall is Gather, modern American fare that ranges from small bites like duck fat-fried chicken wings to full-force plates like lamb osso bucco or veal shank and sage gnocchi. Beautiful views of the ICA and harbor round out a very worthwhile experience.