Food & Drink

5 new Boston brunches, including one with homemade donuts

Published On 04/03/2014 Published On 04/03/2014

Boston Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day, but it’s sooo early… and that doesn’t work well on the weekends (especially if you’ve been taking advantage of the new late-night T service). So drag yourself out of bed when it’s convenient, and check out one of these restorative new weekend brunches:

Ward 8

Ward 8, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-3pm: Executive Chef Kenny Schweizer invites you to Ward 8’s new weekend brunch, where you'll start off with the The Brass Monkey, aka that funky monkey, aka The Poor Man’s Mimosa -- a mix of Colt 45 and freshly squeezed orange juice (brilliant). After you wake up again, dive into the Lobster Crepes (scrambled eggs, chives, three cheese béchamel, mixed greens) or the Breakfast Burger (Portuguese sweet roll, applewood bacon, cheddar, fried egg, hollandaise, tater tots, mixed greens). Maybe you should go both days.

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Petit Robert Bistro, Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-4pm: New chef Stefano Quaresima has wasted no time in establishing the "Petit Breakfast Brunch Menu", serving up classics like Crepe Jambon Fromage ou Nutella (crepe with ham & cheese or Nutella... not both), Omelette Lyonaisse (tomato, bacon, onion), Croque Monsieurs (grilled cheese and ham), and Croque Madames (same, but topped with fried egg). Don’t fret, PRB faves like Coq au vin and Moules frites aux trois facons are there to comfort you as well, mon ami.


MET Back Bay, Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-3:30pm: In addition to their ever-popular American Ham and Cheese Bar, MET Back Bay ups the ante with a new brunch menu packed with Nutella Stuffed French Toast (with caramelized bananas and salted caramel sauce), Breakfast Carbonara (double smoked bacon, Parmesan cheese, topped with poached egg), or "The Cure" (pork belly, fried egg, kimchi, Thai chilis, cilantro, and Sriracha mayo on a griddled bun). Bonus: design your own Bloody Mary from the Crafty Marys menu… more than 13,000 combinations (including a slider kebab!). Good luck figuring it out.

The Blue Room

The Blue Room, this Sunday, 11am-2:30pm: The Cookbook Brunch series is an ongoing monthly-themed "tip of the toque" to iconic/classic cookbooks. First up is The Silver Spoon (1955) with selections such as Uova in Cocette ai Porri (braised leeks and nutmeg with a soft-cooked egg on top) and Arrosto con il Rosmarino (pork shoulder with rosemary, braised with onions and garlic). The fan-favorite brunch buffet will also be available. $27/person includes all items and coffee/tea. Wear loose-fitting pants.

Erik Christensen

Saloon, Sundays, 11am-2:30pm: Sink into a comfy leather booth and enjoy Saloon’s recently launched brunch menu, which includes goodness like house-made donuts (with spicy and salty chocolate sauce), the breakfast BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, cheddar, and fried egg on brioche), or the Braised Meat Hash (beef or pork, diced potatoes, caramelized onions). The Gentleman’s Buck (bourbon, orange juice, lime, bitters, ginger beer) will put you back on track.

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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.