Food & Drink

5 new Boston brunches, including one with homemade donuts

Published On 04/03/2014 Published On 04/03/2014
Ward 8
Chris Haynes, CBH Communications
The MET
The Blue Room
Erik Christensen
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1. Ward 8 90 N Washington St, Boston, MA 02114 (North End)

Ward 8 brings classic cocktails (via bar manager Mike Wyatt of Eastern Standard) and delicious eats like a Lobster Roll with black truffle mayo to the North End.

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2. Petit Robert Bistro South End 480 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118 (South End)

Helmed by Chef Stefano Quaresima, the South End incarnation of PRB has your favorites, like Coq au vin and Moules frites aux trois facons. Be a little adventurous and try out their brunch -- treats like Nutella crepes and Croque Monsieurs can't hurt!

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3. MET Back Bay 279 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

MET Back Bay is a classy space sporting crown molding and banquettes, but with down-to-earth DIY bars, like the American Ham and Cheese Bar, Crafty Marys bar at brunch (Bloody Marys), and a heavenly burger bar that we highly recommend. You can opt for beef, salmon, turkey, or falafel base, and then add either regional American treatments, or venture outside the States with a Japanese option (including wasabi mayo), or a Greek varietal (hummus). A favorite? The Paris burger, made with brie, a fried egg, caramelized onions, and truffle mayo.

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4. The Blue Room One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Kendall Square)

Warm your hands by the Blue Room's fire pit as you nosh on delicious bites like Roasted Pork Belly with yucca and scallions, and sip on cocktails like the Fernet Sling, made with Fernet Branca, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, lemon, and soda.

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5. Saloon 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144 (Davis)

Slinging bourbon below Foundry on Elm, this ode to the under-represented pre-Prohibition era throws things back with Tiffany chandeliers and hand-carved mahogany overhangs. Stuff your face with beer-battered pickled peppers packed w/ Boursin, and maple-braised pork belly w/ baked beans, before drinking said face off thanks to 16 taps, 120+ brown-booze varieties, and a slew of "bespoke" whiskey cocktails.

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