8 Scrumptious Boston Brunches You Can't Miss
If you are in Boston, you won't want to miss out on the brunch! Boston is famous for its bars and pubs, so you will want to take advantage of rising later in the day to enjoy this luxurious meal.
Boston has a great range of places to enjoy brunch, from the luxury option to casual dining where you can take it easy. Beantown also has a range of local specialties, from fresh oysters to juicy burgers to the best omelets and melts.
Here at Daring Penguin, we have brought you eight of our favorite brunch-time eateries. Enjoy!
1. Henrietta's Table
If you like fresh, seasonal, ethical, and well-prepared food, Henrietta's is a great choice for you. Chef Peter Davis prides himself on sourcing the best local produce.
They offer a brunch buffet on Sundays that includes a grilled veggie and salad station, a raw bar with fresh oysters and jumbo shrimp, an omelet making station, a waffle station, and a choice of three hot entrees, besides much much more. The red flannel hash, a dish made up of shredded corn-beef hash, topped with a poached egg, and hollandaise sauce is a particular favorite. The Belgian waffles also come highly recommended.
As well as the Sunday brunch buffet, Henrietta's Table also offer a Saturday brunch with one, two, and three course options. Head to Henrietta's Table for fresh flavors and a menu for all diets.
Sunday Brunch is an all-you-can-eat buffet served from 12:00 noon until 3:00pm for $50 per person.
Saturday Brunch is a $35, 3-course, a la carte served every Saturday from 12:00 noon until 3:00pm. $9 Starters, $19 Entrees, and $10 desserts.
One Bennett Street,
Open 7 days a week
2. Kirkland Tap & Trotter
Kirkland Tap & Trotter is a cozy, informal, buzzing bar and restaurant that does a mean line in foods. The wood grill is the star of the show here, where you can watch meat, fish, and fresh veggies being cooked before your very eyes.
This is one of star chef Tony Maw's restaurants, and this place will not disappoint. On weekends, they unleash the brunch menu, which includes a mean array of entrees, including the delicious and highly recommended grass-fed cheeseburger. Other options are huevos rancheros, which can be made vegetarian, and a light mushroom and reggiano frittata. There is an impressive array of sides to share with the table, including grilled avocado and their home-made breakfast sausage.
If you are having a really lazy laid back day, or you need the hair of the dog, KT&T will not disappoint. The menu includes "Morning Cocktails, Brunch Wine, and Breakfast Beer." (source: http://kirklandtapandtrotter.com/?page_id=1197)
If you like quality ingredients, served up in relaxed surroundings, Kirkland Tap & Trotter certainly fits the bill.
Weekend Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
(open for coffee at 9:30am)
Midday Menu until 5:30pm
Tony Maws Chef/Proprietor
425 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143
3. The Painted Burro
If you have a large group to entertain for brunch and you like your food nice and spicy, this is the place for you!
The Painted Burro offer upscale, authentic Latin American cuisine, delicious cocktails, and Mexican beers. Indeed, this place has a craft Tequila menu with over a hundred options! The atmosphere is relaxed and fun, and like we said, they know how to handle a party.
They offer brunch from 12pm-3pm every Saturday and Sunday, and you will not be disappointed with the mouth-watering items on offer. The appetizers include their famous nachos, which come complete with pork charro beans, delicious guacamole, jalapeno and cabbage slaw, plus three cheeses. Mains involve eggs cooked in any Latino style they can dream up, perfect for brunch. One mouth-watering option is their twist on eggs benedict, with a smoked chili hollandaise and re-fried beans. Yum.
So, if you want to seriously stuff yourself with deep chili flavor and wash it all down with a refreshing, lovingly prepared cocktail, The Painted Burro is the Boston brunch choice for you.
Saturday and Sunday Brunch 10am-3pm
219 Elm Street,
Davis Sq., Somerville, MA
4. Island Creek Oyster Bar
How can we write about brunch in Boston without talking about oysters and sea food? Island Creek Oyster Bar is the place to head to, you will need to make a reservation as it fill up fast.
This is mainly due to the amazing raw bar that offers twelve kinds of oyster, as well as other shellfish. Don't worry if this seems daunting; the staff here are experts and will guide you through the types of oyster on offer.
After you've enjoyed sampling the raw seafood, there is a tempting range of main courses to peruse, including the highly recommended lobster roll, or fresh fish sandwich. Dishes to share with the table include crispy head-on shrimp and crispy oyster sliders.
They do a delicious range of specialty coffees, if you need that morning buzz. There is also an extensive menu of alcoholic drinks including sparkling wines, red and white wines, sherries, and cocktails.
This is one decadent experience that will really give you a taste of the best seafood New England has to offer.
Saturday and Sunday
500 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
5. Myers and Chang
We couldn't do a Boston brunch special without having a dim sum option, and this is dim sum with a difference. The proprietors of Myers and Chang want to bring a pan-Asian vibe to the people of Boston, offering more than just the usual sweet and sour that people are used to. They also aim to serve the food in a laid back, independent environment, where you can relax and share dishes.
This is a great place to opt for if your group includes vegetarians, or even vegans. People who have to eat a gluten-free diet are also well catered for with a clearly marked menu, and an option for every section of their weekend menu.
The dim-sum menu includes cold options, with choices like fresh oysters, papaya slaw, and fresh spring rolls with a spicy peanut sauce. There are crispy options that include fried tofu with sriracha, and salt and pepper calamari. Then the Bao section of steamed buns has fillings including braised pork belly and Asian beef. There are also a range of tempting veggie sides, as well as dumplings and more.
There is a reasonable beer, wine, and cocktail menu, and again, the staff are happy to make you welcome and talk you through the menu. Like most Asian restaurants, this is a place where you can happily share dishes between your table, making it a great place to come if you are in a large group.
1145 Washington St South End,
Boston, MA 02118
6. The Gallows
The Gallows have a simple mission statement, they want you to be relaxed, chilled out, and feel at home. They certainly achieve this with their home cooked food, and friendly and efficient service. Their decor is kooky, including a giant Ouija board, and a Tyrannosaurus Rex head!
This Edgar Allan Poe-themed gastropub has become popular for its burgers, and poutine. There is one example of each on their Saturday and Sunday brunch menu. The sunny-side burger comes with an oozing sunny-side up egg, and crispy bacon. The sunny-side poutine comes with fried eggs, Canadian bacon, and curds. There are many other delicious mains available, with several vegetarian options.
Other menu choices for brunch include a selection of sharing boards, including one with cheese, one with meat, and one with fish. The Longshoreman features beautifully fried oysters, which have become the talk of Boston.
The Gallows is a gastropub, and the range of brunch cocktails on their menu reflects this, they serve four variations of Bloody Mary to pick you up. There is also a range of beer cocktails, and other mixed drinks, to give you the pep you need on a weekend morning.
We take reservations of 6 or more via phone only. Only completed parties that are physically in the restaurant will be added to the wait list.
We DO NOT take reservations for brunch. No amount of crying or begging will change this policy.
1395 Washington St.
7. Deep Ellum
This gastropub located in the college district of Boston has been going since 2007. The name Deep Ellum refers to an area of Dallas known for its blues music, food, hospitality, and great eating and drinking.
Deep Ellum serve brunch every day, with extended hours on weekends, so you can kick back and enjoy a long and luxurious meal. Their menu includes dishes such as a delectable smoked salmon sandwich, house-cured, and comes with a caper cream cheese. There are more interesting options on offer, such as a fried cauliflower sandwich served with provolone cheese. It is worth bearing in mind however that some of these dishes are only available on weekdays. However, don't be put off by the small menu, everything is cooked to be fresh and delicious. There sausages come highly recommended, with spicy wurst being a favorite.
This place has received great critical acclaim and is very popular, so do expect to line-up if you turn up for weekend brunch. If you are lucky enough to visit in sunny weather, there is also a great deck area where you can eat and drink al fresco.
Monday - Friday
Brunch 11am- 4pm
Saturday - Sunday
Brunch 10am- 4pm
*OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK*
DEEP ELLUM DOES NOT ACCEPT RESERVATIONS.
ALL SEATING IS FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED.
*CLOSED EVERY JULY 4TH*
477 Cambridge St,
Allston, MA 02134
8. Trina's Starlite Lounge
Trina's Starlite Lounge has a distinctive style all its own. It masquerades as a dive-bar, complete with 1950s glassware, lamps, and pin-ups. However, it actually serves delicious home-made food paired with a carefully crafted cocktail list and an excellent beer and wine selection.
They serve brunch on Sundays—and Mondays for all of you in the service industry who've been slaving away all weekend. This all combines to make Trina's a unique destination. It is welcoming, original, and above all—the food is tasty!
Popular items include their breakfast empanadas, Trina's biscuits with breakfast gravy, and the breakfast burger. The burger comes with a variety of extras, including the intriguing chocolate covered bacon. There are plenty of good vegetarian options to be enjoyed here: the veggie breakfast slam served with two eggs or a tofu scramble, veggie sausage, and a hash brown will definitely hit that brunch spot.
The drinks menu includes the usual brunch favorites, sparkling mimosas and spicy Bloody Marys. However, if you want something a bit different, check out their white russian served with chocolate Quick milkshake. There are also fresh juices and milkshakes on the menu. This is one fun brunch!
No Reservations but come on in...
3 Beacon Street,
Somerville MA 02143
617 576 0006
Enjoy your stay in Boston. We hope this list of amazing brunch possibilities has whetted your appetite and paved the way to finding brunch heaven! As you can see, Boston cuisine is diverse, tasty, and original.
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