Who doesn’t love brunch? Nobody, that’s who. There’s absolutely nothing better than waking up on a weekend and realizing that the only thing you have planned is eating a massive amount of bacon. While still drinking! So that you don't have to struggle too far from your bed, here are our top brunch picks for (almost) every Boston neighborhood:
The Breakfast ClubAddress and Info
A little off the beaten path down Western Ave, this popular John Hughes-themed diner serves dishes based on the eponymous movie. We like the Basket Case (two eggs any style with home fries/toast AND your choice of meat or French toast/pancakes) and the Bomblette. Factor in a million flavors of milkshake and a host of sweet seasonal specials (like this month’s pumpkin coffee cake French toast), and you should be all set. Plus, parking is always free on the surrounding streets.
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Bistro du MidiAddress and Info
When you’re looking to class things up but aren’t quite feeling the Taj, make reservations for Bistro du Midi’s shiny new brunch spot overlooking Boston Common. Not only do they offer a snazzy take on basic breakfast foods -- the salmon Benedict is house-cured with citrus tea and comes with caviar -- but their Bloody Mary is based on bouillabaisse and includes saffron-scented seafood broth, fresh anise, horseradish, and a jumbo prawn.
BONUS: Back Bay Harry’sAddress and Info
If you’re going for more fun than fancy, Back Bay Harry’s monthly Super Fan Brunch is a worthy way to wrap up the weekend. The themed brunches celebrate pop music icons from Beyoncé to Michael Jackson (with upscale menu items specially made to match). For $35, you get a glass of champagne, coffee, a huge shareable appetizer for the table, a main course, and dessert -- all while “Thriller” plays in the background and fully-costumed women at the next table sing along. (We left with confetti stars stuck to our sweaters, and we’re not sorry.)
The ParamountAddress and Info
The Paramount has been popular since the 1940s for a reason -- it’s consistently good. They’ve got breakfast basics down to an affordable (and delicious) science, serving breakfast/lunch until 4:30pm on weekends. 4:30! So you practically have all afternoon to drag yourself out of bed.
Grasshopper CafeAddress and Info
This cute little spot doesn’t offer a huge menu, but it doesn’t need to. Brunch includes all the bacon and eggs you can handle for $14, and you can always add more à la carte. It’s definitely a community space, so expect to see regulars and families crowding in on weekends.
Hei La MoonAddress and Info
It’s almost always packed during brunch hours, but if you can get there before the mid-morning rush, you can enjoy some of the city’s best dim sum. Food carts roll by frequently, and the service is prompt. Don’t expect to get much conversation in, though; it’s usually loud enough that hearing is difficult. Just stuff your face instead.
SausAddress and Info
We already told you about the glory that is Saus’s beer floats, but what we didn’t mention is the meals. Belgian brunch is just as delicious and full of waffles as it is in your dreams. Live a little and get your Liege with the works: bananas, ice cream, dark chocolate hazelnut sauce, and Biscoff cookie crumble.
DbarAddress and Info
Neighborhood hotspot Dbar has six -- yes, SIX -- different Bloody Mary variations, all of which claim to turn your hangover into an appetite faster than you can say “house-infused peppercorn tequila.” Pair one with the Drunk and Naked lobster omelet (champagne butter glaze with sweet corn, Gruyere, and home fries) or the Dorchester Brunch Grinder (homemade sausage patty, bacon, braised pork shoulder, cheddar, fried egg, and hollandaise on a croissant) for an unusual take on your usual Sunday dining.
Angela’s CaféAddress and Info
We love Angela’s because it’s one of the most authentic Mexican places in Boston (like, one of the only ones where a michelada is on the menu), and it’s supremely unpretentious. You can get steak and eggs for under $10, or spring for a more Mexican option like the Chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, or caramel pancakes. Plus, there’s always horchata or Jamaica to wash it all down.
Eastern StandardAddress and Info
Eastern Standard never fails us, and their brunch is no exception. A gorgeous setting for a sloooow Sunday, ES offers strong brunch standards, a full raw bar, and “hangover soup” (jalapeño-cilantro broth chicken, yesterday’s bread), plus a cocktail menu that extends way beyond the Bloody Mary. It’s a little on the fancy schmancy side but manages to avoid any aggressive chicness -- so you can roll in wearing last night’s best and still feel welcome.
Tres GatosAddress and Info
If Centre Street Cafe is been-there-done-that, go for Tres Gatos tapas and amazing chickpea pancakes (with chorizo, fennel chili whipped butter, and maple syrup). Since brunch is mostly about splitting and sharing anyway, tapas are a no-brainer.
PomodoroAddress and Info
This itty bitty North End restaurant has a loyal following in the area for its authentic Italian dishes like pane al forno (toast with date butter and rum glaze) and breakfast risotto with seasonal fruits and honey. Other more lunch-like items, such as panini and classic zuppa di pesce, also pepper the menu. Just go early if you want a seat -- it fills up quickly.
GaslightAddress and Info
There are million great brunch spots in the South End but Gaslight takes the cake for its prix-fixe fare and antique-y ambiance. It’s the kind of place that’s cute and French enough to convince your girlfriend you really tried, but also affordable and tasty enough to justify throwing on a blazer on a Sunday at 11am.
Outlook Kitchen and BarAddress and Info
This new restaurant at the Envoy brings a strong brunch game that runs the gamut from sweet to savory and light to hearty: their self-professed signatures include 10-grain pancakes, Lobster Bene, egg-topped oatmeal, and a BLT twist with egg.
Local 149Address and Info
It made our best date restaurants feature and it holds true for brunch, too. Even if you don’t live there, the Lobster MacMuffin, chicken and waffles, or biscuits and gravy are well worth the trip.
Park Restaurant & BarAddress and Info
You’ve got so many options in Harvard Square, but Park’s bacon Bloody Mary and chilaquiles with roasted ancho salsa, chorizo, and queso make it an excellent brunch decision. Not to mention the fact that there's never a line.
Area FourAddress and Info
Sure, you can’t get famous for your breakfast pizzas without making awesome breakfast pizzas but this hot spot for trendy Cantabs and MIT students alike also serves tasty brunch specials like the Hot Mess (two sunny-side up local farm eggs, home fries, bacon, breakfast sausage, caramelized onions, cheddar, scallions & pickled banana pepper relish) and a Messy Ranchero with roasted pineapple salsa.
Puritan and CompanyAddress and Info
The variety of pastries alone is staggering: Boston cream donuts, griddled cardamom pound cake, smoked mushroom pinwheels, hazelnut & milk scones, orange monkey bread, orange hibiscus donuts... we could go on. The entree menu’s a little leaner but equally as delicious; just don’t miss the Berkshire pork hash and the sourdough griddle cakes with preserves, honey butter, and pecans.
Veggie GalaxyAddress and Info
A massive retro-vibed, crowd-pleaser with a cool staff, Veggie Galaxy offers all sorts of food for all sorts of people. And meat-eaters will hardly even notice that it’s vegetarian.
3 Little FigsAddress and Info
This tiny Mediterranean-influenced café is easy to miss if you don’t know where to look. Just a short walk from Porter, it’s perfect for those days when you’d prefer sandwiches and small bites to a sprawling brunch feast. They bake all their pastries from scratch, showcase a rotating selection of coffees from various specialty roasters, and on weekends (when the place is also laptop-free, so it’s easier to get a table) serve fresh breakfast pies with local pork sausage, egg, potato, Vermont cheddar, and sun-dried tomatoes.
Five Horses TavernAddress and Info
The food at this stand-out brunch spot smack in the middle of Davis falls somewhere between Continental, Southern, and Mediterranean, and includes interesting touches like three different kinds of balsamic vinegar Bellinis.
Neighborhood RestaurantAddress and Info
In addition to the solid brunch lineup, NR is inexpensive and serves plenty of extras -- OJ, coffee, cream of wheat, fruit salad, and often ice cream are all included for no extra cost. It's pretty ridiculous. Expect to wait.
Harry’s All-AmericanAddress and Info
Anything you order at Harry’s is $8 or less. Most breakfast options, plus coffee, will run you a fiver. What more could you want?
Final note: if you’re in the service industry, then you probably already know about these, but it’s still worth mentioning the top-notch Monday brunches at Ames Street Deli and JM Curley.
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1. The Breakfast Club270 Western Ave, Boston
2. Bistro du Midi272 Boylston St, Boston
3. Back Bay Harry's142 Berkeley St, Boston
4. The Paramount44 Charles St, Boston
5. Grasshopper Cafe229 Bunker Hill St, Charlestown
6. Hei La Moon88 Beach St, Boston
7. Saus33 Union St, Boston
8. dbar1236 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester
9. Angela's Café131 Lexington St, East Boston
10. Eastern Standard528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
11. Tres Gatos470 Centre St, Jamaica Plain
12. Pomodoro319 Hanover St, Boston
13. Gaslight Brasserie du Coin560 Harrison Ave, Boston
14. Outlook Kitchen and Bar70 Sleeper Street, Boston
15. Local 149149 P St, South Boston
16. Park Restaurant & Bar59 Jfk St, Boston
17. Area Four500 Technology Sq, Cambridge
18. Puritan & Company1166 Cambridge St, Cambridge
19. Veggie Galaxy450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
20. 3 Little Figs278 Highland Ave, Somerville
21. Five Horses Tavern400 Highland Ave, Somerville
22. The Neighborhood Restaurant25 Bow Street, Somerville
23. Harry's All-American Breakfast1420 Centre St, Roslindale
This small corner diner serves a old-fashioned breakfasts that their restaurant go-ers live for. Be sure to get there early for breakfast. It's limited seating and you don't want to have to wait to eat any of their delicous breakfast items.
Enjoy Provencal-style cuisine at Bistro du Midi, including delectably melty grilled cheeses, seasonal oysters, duck, and lamb.
Stop drooling and check out this Back Bay gem, because any spot that has Fried Chicken Mondays is a spot worth checking out.
Get to this Beacon Hill breakfast favorite early or prepare to wait in an obscenely long line. Fans queue up down the street and through the space, wrapping around the open kitchen, where they watch as cooks whip up luscious treats like buttermilk pancakes (fresh fruit, chocolate chips, and apple cinnamon are available), caramel & banana french toast, and malted Belgian waffles on a large griddle. Customizable omelets and breakfast sandwiches are on the menu, too, as are fresh salads and sandwiches later in the day for lunch and dinner. After placing your order, you'll pay at the counter and either sit at one of the coveted in-house tables, or take your order to-go and eat in the Public Garden just a couple of blocks away.
A community space with a small menu and great brunch deals.
The best Dim Sum in Boston. But be sure to get there early as it is always crowded and noisy at lunchtime.
Come to Saus to get the best of all things Belgian -- that means you're chomping down on pommes frites (with over 13 different sauce/saus options) and Liége waffle sundaes.
Restaurant-by-day and nightclub-by-the-end-of-the-night dbar rocks new age American cuisine, dance music, and solid cocktails.
Angela's Cafe has authentic Poblana cuisine for you to enjoy, like their tacos al pastor, tilapia with creamy chipotle sauce and avocado, or classic steak with onion and cilantro.
This big, classy, gourmet American joint specializes in good, strong cocktails and classic fare like salmon and oysters.
Fresh off celebrating their two-year birthday, the folks at JP's popular tapas/wine bar/book & record shop are celebrating that age where you ask annoying questions you couldn't possibly understand the answers to, with a lineup of classic-meets-creative libations that are heavy on the cordials/exotic infusions, boast literature- & music-themed muses, and can be consumed either at the bar or whilst excitedly perusing the store's collection of Whitesnake box sets.
Come for the authentic Italian dishes like Pane Al Forno (toast with date butter and rum glaze) and breakfast risotto with seasonal fruits and honey. Brunch items like panini and classic Zuppa Di Pesce also pepper the menu
Parisian brasserie complete with cafe tables, communal booths, and an eclectic bar. Extensive wine list with over 20 French wines by the glass, and an impressive menu chock full o' Parisian delicacies.
Be sure to try the 10-grain pancakes, Lobster Bene, egg-topped oatmeal, and a BLT twist with egg.
The Local 149 puts the emphasis on "Local," offering a cozy and welcoming atmosphere for folks to pick from more than 20 brews on tap and eat delicious and fresh bar grub in South Boston.
Unfussy American fare & creative cocktails star at this eatery & bar in a living room-like setting.
Area Four keeps its seats filled with its famously crispy, wood-fired crust. Beginning with a starter that’s more than 10 years old, the dough is fermented for 30 hours or more, then topped with hand-pulled mozzarella. That is, if you want mozzarella: Area Four’s signature mozzarella tops most of its pies, but there are a couple other options -- including its ridiculously tasty clams & bacon pizza -- that opt out of mozzarella for a finish of nutty pecorino. Though it's known for dinner, Area Four serves traditional morning fare like breakfast sandwiches and pastries, plus a stellar breakfast pizza with cheddar cheese, potato, eggs, and bacon.
Puritan & Co. plates modern American grub with emphasis on a classic New England style, in an attractive, well-lit location that used to be home to the historic Puritan Cake Company.
Vegetarians, behold: this is the meatless diner you've only dreamed about. With all the decor of a classic American diner, Veggie Galaxy offers an all-day menu that takes vegetarianism to new heights. Expect tofu omelets, BBQ jackfruit sandwiches, and black bean veggie burgers in lieu of their meat-centric counterparts. In true diner fashion, desserts like lemon meringue pie and chocolate strawberry cheesecake are displayed in a rotating glass case.
This cozy cafe tucked away just off Davis Square draws in locals with its espresso, homemade pastries, and breakfast faves like lox on toast, egg and feta sandwich, and the best spinach pie this side of the Charles River.
Because the only curses that matter are the ones hatefully screamed at Nick Swisher whenever he's on deck at Fenway, the dude behind Five Horses Tavern is opening his bar in the jinxed space that formerly housed Sagra, Sauce, and 400 Highland, hoping that 116 brews, a full bourbon bar, and an eclectic lineup of globally inspired fare will help him succeed where others have failed.
TNR is inexpensive and serves plenty of extras -- OJ, coffee, cream of wheat, fruit salad, and often ice cream are all included for no extra cost.