There’s no better way to start a weekend in Beantown than with breakfast food and a bloody mary. Finding the best Boston brunch spot for you and your friends (your brunch bunch, if you will), can seem overwhelming, because there are so many amazing restaurants in the city. But there’s more than one weekend in the year. Enterprising brunch bunches can pinball all around the restaurants of Boston, eating all of the omelets and drinking all of the cocktails their hearts desire.
Here are a few of the best Boston brunch destinations.
When you’re going on a trip, sometimes the best thing to do is to follow your stomach. In recent years, food tourism has become more and more popular.
The Beehive, nestled in the Boston Center for the Arts complex, is an art space as well as an eatery. The decor is decidedly Bohemian, with exposed stone, painted murals and multicolored curtains draped everywhere. The Beehive is a famous Boston hotspot for live music, having been featured in the New York Times, Boston Magazine, and DownBeat Magazine. You can join the other bees for food and drink at the live music brunch, which is held every Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. While you enjoy the entertainment, dine on their unique brunch options, like the homemade Belgian waffles, their short rib poutine, grilled chorizo hash and eggs shakshuka, which are poached eggs served with a North African-style sauce and polenta.
Ashmont Grill is a local restaurant with a friendly atmosphere and incredibly delicious food (I might also mention that it’s very reasonably priced). If you’re headed to the Grill for any meal, though, make it brunch. Ashmont Grill serves brunch Saturday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and its specialty is the bloody mary. You and your brunch bunch can choose from a glut of different bloody mary recipes and mixes, as well as a bevy of other morning cocktails. In terms of food, try the train wreck omelet, the fried egg BLT or the hangover helper burger if you had maybe a little too much fun last night.
Clink is a restaurant in the Liberty Hotel, which used to be a prison. At this AAA Three Diamond Rated restaurant you can still see bars from original jail cells and exposed brick walls. But you can also see stylish lighting, an open kitchen and butcher block tables. You and your friends can gorge yourselves on shrimp and grits, crab cake Benedict and waffle cheesecake sundae. The best part about this brunch is Clink’s self-service bloody mary bar, where you can craft your own cocktail out of over 20 different ingredients. So long, prison hooch! We drink breakfast cocktails now!
Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant is all about brunch. While most restaurants only serve brunch on the weekends, Lincoln serves up the best Boston brunch every day of the week. However, it’s not always the same menu. At the weekday brunch, you can chow down on short rib poutine, a pork carnitas breakfast burrito and even an oyster and shrimp raw bar. On the weekend, indulge your sweet tooth with food like Fruity Pebbles pancakes and dark chocolate waffles. Every Friday, however, is the Brunch Test Kitchen. The Brunch Test Kitchen is a rotating, ever-changing menu consisting of all the new brunch ideas the Lincoln staff have ever dreamed up. A recent menu included rum raisin pancakes, truffle mac and cheese, chorizo potato pizza and carnival corn dog fritters.
Rated the best neighborhood bar (three times) by the Improper Bostonian and as having the best weekday brunch by Boston Magazine, Trina’s Starlite Lounge is truly a diamond in the rough. People from miles around come to visit this charming watering hole, home of the original service industry brunch served every Monday from noon-4 p.m. If you can’t make Monday, drop by on Sunday for the 11 a.m.-3 p.m. brunch instead. At these brunches, you can taste PB&J French toast, Trina’s biscuits and gravy, and the “Good Ol’ Breakfast Sandy,” a delicious breakfast sandwich. For brunchy cocktails, try the Adirondack (butter-infused bourbon and maple syrup) and the Somerville Speedball (an espresso martini with salted caramel).
Don’t be frightened; The Gallows is a loud, cheery and welcoming bar and restaurant in Boston’s South End. Their normal brunch is served Saturday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., but if you missed that you can stop by on Monday for brinner. Brinner is what The Gallows calls its brunch dinner, which is served on Monday nights after 4 p.m. Whether you’re there for brunch or, er, brinner, you can indulge in a Scotch egg, sunrise poutine, fried chicken and pancakes or a hangover recovery burger. Be careful, though: The cocktails can get a little catty, especially the Gretchen Wieners and the Queen Bee.
If you’re looking for comfort food (what could be better to eat at brunch?) head on over to Buttermilk & Bourbon. Buttermilk & Bourbon’s menu is based on the American South, with a focus on the food and culture of New Orleans. At its brunch, which runs on Sundays from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., you can try buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, fresh beignets, oyster po’boys and bananas Foster pancakes. For cocktails, just go ahead and order a whole pitcher of the delicious B&B Hurricane.
Despite its name, Puritan & Company has a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. It’s been honored many times as having one of the best breakfasts and brunches in Boston, and it’s easy to see why. Puritan & Company serves farm-to-table, traditional New England foods as well as modern American cuisine. At its brunch, which runs on Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., you can get your hands on a chocolate pretzel croissant, crispy fish sandwiches, sourdough griddle cakes and more. There’s also a variety of brunch cocktails, like rose sangria, the Hitchin’ Post, bloody marys and mimosas.
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