Some people say you can’t have the best of both worlds, but these people must never have encountered brunch. What could possibly be better than breakfast and lunch foods available at the same time, and in some cases, on the same plate? The meal is growing in popularity, so here’s a list of places to find the best brunch in Boston.
Alden and Harlow
Having launched their Sunday brunch this spring, chef and owner Michael Scelfo presents guests with a delectable menu featuring local, seasonal ingredients with a touch of adventure. A&H is known for its interesting twists on dishes and ingredients, bringing a whole new approach to New England cuisine. When in for brunch, don’t miss their kale toasts with fried eggs, kimchi, fried avocado and anchovy, or their pig’s blood scrapple. Crumpets with jam and cream and their Convert beverage are also must-haves.
Tried and true, Mistral, of the Columbus Restaurant Group and one of Boston’s oldest restaurants, serves a stellar Sunday brunch in its beautiful location on Columbus Street. Big and bright, the service is fine-tuned to every detail, from complimentary coffee cake muffins to start, to individual pots of freshly brewed coffee poured tableside. Their cinnamon bun is a perfect dish to share for the table and any of their egg dishes are cooked to perfection. Try their squash blossom and whipped ricotta omelet as well as their confit of duck and root vegetable hash.
Kirkland Tap and Trotter
Over on the boarder of Somerville and Cambridge, chef Tony Maws brings brunch to the table at his second spot. Serving up a more casual side than sister restaurant Craigie on Maine, brunch at Kirkland Tap and Trotter does not mess around. Nose to tail is the focus, but vegetarians can have a delectable meal as well, as their grilled wild mushroom scramble is full of meaty fungi, and the KT&T hot dog is served with a runny poached egg so beautifully executed it oozes at the slightest touch. Take in any of the above alongside a hefty Bloody Mary and your Sunday will never be the same again.
Puritan and Company
Over in Inman, chef Will Gilson has also jumped on the brunch bandwagon. With his family farm connections at The Herb Lyceum, Puritan and Co is a mecca of New England charm with vintage farm pieces decorating the space. Start with an assortment of their baked goods to share and a cold brew, then tuck into something more savory like their breakfast sandwich with bacon on a biscuit or the duck and green onion hash with farm fresh eggs and herbed crème fraîche; the whole menu pairs gorgeously with a mimosa or two.
Located on Washington Street in the South End, the team at the Gallows offers certain brunch items on Saturday but the Full Monty is on Sunday. From thick cut French toast renditions that change almost on a monthly basis to special burgers and, dare we say it, doughnuts, the Gallows is perfect for that rough Saturday night recovery regimen. Fill up on treats here and then head to SoWa to enjoy the last of the seasonal market flavors.
Casual diner by day, restaurant by night, Paramount is a Beacon Hill institution. Head here for eggs and bacon or something more adventurous like their daily special French toast. Order in line and don’t try saving a seat; somehow by the time your order is ready, so too will be a table at which you can enjoy your meal. It just works out that way.
The Painted Burro
Nobody does brunch in Boston quite like The Painted Burro. It is a full-on Mexican feast, from horchata iced coffee to authentic huevos rancheros. No one will judge if you somehow end up with a margarita, and a trip here is not complete without experiencing their El Montanero, also known as the Superbeasto. A sound suggestion is to order this dish for the table to share; it’s less intimidating that way.
Just around the corner from The Gallows is chef Chris Coombs’ steakhouse. Weekend brunch gets boozy but with all the right accoutrements: brisket, shank, and grilled tongue hash is a must-order for the table and their croque monsieur and madame are hefty, delicious dishes that’ll set you right.
Sam’s at Louis
With beautiful open views of the harbor, Sam’s at Louis in the Seaport is a great spot to enjoy a traditional Sunday brunch with items like their sesame bagel with smoked trout, crabby eggs benedict, or pig in a blanket. Go for something a little more unusual with their “gypsy” eggs (pan-seared polenta, spicy tomato sauce, kale, prosciutto, and scrambled eggs) or their vegan tofu scramble. Get a shopping spree in after your meal at Louis’ retail space just underneath and you have yourself a Sunday fun day.
If you are looking for a smaller setting, reserve a spot at Coppa for their Sunday Brunch in the South End. Enjoy small plates perfect for sharing. Specifically for brunch, order their hangover ‘Za with bacon, sausage, prosciutto, farm fresh eggs, and mozzarella; their scrambled eggs with peekytoe crab, and almond-banana pancake with maple-bourbon butter are also wonderful options. If you are lucky, you may be able to snag a table outside for one of these last, dwindling sunny weekends…