This tiny Brazilian coffee shop is a prime brunch spot for a number of reasons: 1) it serves up a fantastic omelet 2) the açaí bowls are way more delicious than anything with "açaí" in the name has any right to be, and 3) you can’t get those yucca home fries with that green sauce anywhere else. Add in a solid cappuccino and a short wait, and it’s an obvious choice.
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STRIP is so popular at night, you’d expect lines for brunch. Not so. People just haven’t discovered that it’s open on Sundays yet. So for now, expect to get seated immediately. Sure, it’s not exactly a sweatpants-friendly establishment, but if you can stand to put on a jacket at 11am you’ll be well-rewarded. The moment you’re seated you’ll get a warm pastry basket and an impressive cocktail menu (try the tepache), and after that you can chow down on anything from an omelet to brioche French toast to a $50 steak.
Committee has a gorgeous patio and a breezy interior, making it a great place to hit over the summer. The brunch is relatively new and one of the best around, with fun drinks and Mediterranean-style fare that’s filling without being super greasy. It’s the sort of place that should satisfy everyone, from the vegetarian to the gastronomical passport-stamper, to the guy who always gets a burger. Must-orders: bougatsa (a sweet breakfast pastry), tyropita (the cheesy version), Greek yogurt pancakes, baklava oatmeal, shakshouka, and the breakfast gyro.
We’re loving Lulu’s lately, and it’s not just for the beer. This place makes good food without taking it too seriously, and it isn't so crowded in the afternoon that you’ll have to wait longer than a few minutes. It also offers killer donut holes with every brunch, along with spiked coffee, and “man-mosas” (mimosas + orange vodka). You’ll have fun just reading the menu. Examples: breakfast cereal shots, s’mores pancakes, tater tots with braised short ribs, and Hair of the Dog pancakes with Pilsner-bacon batter and Bloody Mary butter. If you’re adventurous, you kind of can’t go wrong.
Doretta’s Sunday brunch is still pretty under the radar, but it probably won’t stay that way. The “Santorini Sunday” series has build-your-own mimosa pitchers, shellfish towers, and great main dishes, plus a rotating fashion show (which is so in the background, you might not even notice it). It’s a tad on the pricey side, but the meal won’t disappoint, and the open-air atmosphere is refreshing after a long night. Everything is delicious, but you need to at least consider the brunch pizza with lamb meatballs, and the Greek yogurt with fresh house-made granola.
Despite praise in practically every Boston brunch article, most Bostonians still don’t seem to know about the $9.95 prix-fixe brunch fiesta at this Southwestern staple. How that’s possible, we have no idea, but make sure to get a margarita -- or a tequila flight if it’s that kind of morning -- with all the money you’re saving. If you’re looking for more options, the full brunch (with cool menu items like cornflake-crusted brioche stuffed with caramelized bananas and served with jalapeño-scented Bully Boy American whiskey maple syrup) is also very affordable for the area.
Coppersmith has a parking lot and it’s open all weekend, so it’s winning before you even go inside -- which you don’t even have to do thanks to the outdoor patio. It’s absolutely giant and laid out almost cafeteria-style, with a huge food truck in the corner where the kitchen staff cooks up your meal while you watch from the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. The food is hipster-approved (read: tropical gazpacho with mango and cilantro oil; drinks with orchid garnishes) but the atmosphere is also chill enough that you can watch the game while digging into some decidedly un-photogenic but oh-so-delicious Southern-style biscuits and gravy.
Though this place is packed at night, it's not always the case for Sunday brunch. Stop by and experience some handcrafted German and Eastern European food -- as authentic as you'll find in Somerville -- or hang out on the Biergarten when the weather's warm (it's first-come, first-served). Whatever you do, make sure you get the sausage, or cart several pounds of giant kielbasa home with you if that's your thing. It's yours until it runs out. Everything on the menu is great, but we're partial to the Pfannkuchen, a traditional German pancake with apples and bacon cooked in a cast-iron pan.
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1. Bom Cafe1093 Cambridge St, Cambridge
2. Strip By Strega64 Arlington St, Boston
3. Committee50 Northern Avenue, Boston
4. Lulu's Allston421 Cambridge St, Boston
5. Doretta Taverna79 Park Plz, Boston
6. Masa439 Tremont St, Boston
7. Coppersmith40 W 3rd St, Boston
8. Bronwyn255 Washington St, Somerville
In the heart of Cambridge, Bom Cafe is a small, lively daytime cafe that serves a mix of Brazilian and American food in a counter-serve, coffee shop space. The menu -- which includes breakfast and lunch offerings -- is short and sweet, featuring omelettes, yuca home fries, smoothies, and Cuban sandwiches. The acai bowls, topped with granola and fresh fruit, are a stand-out, as are the airy cheesy bread bites. If you're looking for more traditional Brazilian food, head down the street to the full-service Mucqueca, which is owned by the same owners.
The fact that this steakhouse is located in Boston's boogie Back Bay should tell you most everything you need to know. This popular spot is the prime dinner location if you're ready to splurge on a three-course meal consisting of gnocchi, lobster bisque and a prime porterhouse alongside a martini (and if you want to impress dates or colleagues). If you're not, dropping by for eggs benedict and a mimosa at brunch won't set you back nearly as far (and it won't be as crowded, either).
Committee is a Mediterranan spot located on the waterfront in Boston's Seaport District. It's a shiny, sleek, modern take on your typical Greek deli or butchershop: both the lunch and dinner menus offer traditional Greek staples (chicken and lamb gyros, grilled haloumi, souvlaki) and house specialties (the Committee Club, a turkey sandwich on kalamata olive loaf). The brunch menu is what really sets it apart from alternative Greek options, however. To give your regular brunch group a break from mimosas and poached eggs, order a Santorini soda and a breakfast gyro here instead.
Led by Oklahoma native and Executive Chef Sarah Wade, Lulu's Allston brings the sass of the South to New England with brunch, lunch and dinner menus full of sass and comfort foods from Wade's neck of the woods such as shortrib mac and cheese, fried chicken and bacon deviled eggs (aptly named "Bae"). Aside from snarky food names, this spot is also known for its chef donut holes, which are served all day, and its endless rotating selection of craft beer from across the country.
James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schlow is behind this high-end Greek restaurant in Back Bay. An homage to his wife's heritage, Doretta Taverna features Mediterranean specialities like spicy Aegean seafood stew, 15-hour lamb shoulder, and grilled octopus. The space is polished with plenty of tables and cozy banquettes.
Don't be intimidated by the white linen-draped tables -- Masa in the South End is an approachable and casual restaurant. The Southwestern menu is divided into first courses like roasted scallops and barbecue duck with sweet corn cream and main courses that include smoked chicken enchiladas and tuna steaks with yellow mole. The extensive tequila selection is best sampled through one of the flights, and if you're more of a cocktail person, try the watermelon margarita. Masa's weekend brunch is a must, whether you're going for the two-course prix-fixe deal or the full à la carte shebang.
Set in a former copper foundry, this massive South Boston restaurant space features an 88-seat dining room, a 75-seat bar area, a WiFi-equipped coffeeshop, two food trucks, a seasonal patio and accompanying floating bar, and a roof deck with an Airstream bar. So yeah, the Coppersmith has a lot to offer. The food menu is pretty classic American, and the beer menu largely emphasizes New England craft brews.
This cozy Union Square restaurant serves up modern twists on traditional and authentic German fare (borscht, massive bretzels, every wurst imaginable). And, in true German fashion, Bronwyn offers dozens of beers (by the liter, boot or bucket) from all over central Europe and New England. Owner Tim Wiechmann was aiming to imitate the atmosphere of a European dive or hostel with this location, and he totally nailed it with its nearly medeival look (dark, heavy wooden tables, worn-leather bar stools, rustic red and blue walls).