The farm-to-table philosophy has been so widely adopted in Boston’s brunch restaurants that digging up a breakfast that is both wholesome and delicious is a mission easily accomplished. Mostly devoted to classic American fare, Boston’s top choices for a delectable brunch boast creative interiors, ranging from luxurious to homey. Between familiar classics and exciting new additions, this is our guide to the best brunch spots in Massachusetts.
Ceia Kitchen and Bar
Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
Not only do Ceia‘s chefs source ingredients from local and trusted farmers, but the restaurant has arranged a series of partnerships with producers to reserve entire crops exclusively for the benefit of its kitchen. The quality of the produce is appreciated in every bite of Ceia’s exquisite dishes. The menu is largely inspired by Western European cuisines — come here to taste tantalizing crepes, a portion of cocotte foresterie (coddled eggs), a sumptuous frittata or the flavorful linguica (a Portuguese sausage) with scrambled eggs and potatoes. Brick walls, large windows and dark wood floors characterize the restaurant’s relaxing interiors.
Another restaurant to have jumped on the farm-to-table bandwagon, Farmstead Table is a delightful establishment designed to feel like a classic American country kitchen. All-white walls and quaint, acid green chairs make for an endearing setting. Chefs Chad and Sharon Burns create innovative cuisine blended with French-inspired cooking techniques. Options from the brunch menu include the fried Ipswich clams, the corn, chanterelle and cipolliniquiche and the exquisite heirloom tomato salad with burratini and pesto.
If your idea of a glorious brunch is a feast of oysters, Island Creek Oyster Bar is your brunch restaurant of choice in Boston. Island Creek cherishes deeply its direct and personal relationships with oyster growers and fishermen, which ensure that the diner is presented with the freshest, most flavorful oysters and seafood possible. The menu changes daily to reflect the availability of produce, but New England classics like steamed lobster or scrumptious seafood casserole are always at hand. In addition to oysters, a brunch at Island Creek can come with lobster rolls, a fried fish sandwich or some evergreen fish and chips.
The modern twist on the classic American brunch executed by the Oak Long Bar Kitchen‘s chefs is by all means delectable and well worth trying but, in all honesty, this restaurant’s best selling point is its outstanding interiors. The long bar topped with shiny copper dominates the scene, and invites the discerning imbiber to take a seat on its seductive dark leather chairs. Located in Boston’s upmarket Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, join Oak Long Bar Kitchen to brighten up your Sunday morning with a splash of luxury.
Established in Boston’s vibrant neighborhood of Inman Square back in 2011, Puritan & Company is the chef-driven Modern American restaurant that the area was missing. Here, chef Gilson gives traditional American fare a contemporary spin, with an emphasis on the regional cuisine of New England. Puritan & Company awaits customers every Sunday morning for its delicious brunch — summer squash and kale quiche, broccolini and cheddar scramble and the duck and green onion hash are some of the mains on the menu. On Mondays, Puritan & Company hosts a farmers’ market where you can buy the same fresh, locally sourced ingredients that the chef uses in his kitchen.
Boston’s restaurant The Beehive turns Sunday brunches into a fun, social occasion, as a live jazz band plays mood-setting music to complement the dining experience. The menu takes influences from global cuisines, and features exquisite dishes like the salmon tartare, the Malaysian-style chicken wings and the veg omelet with ratatouille. Lavishly decorated and flaunting eccentric art on the brick walls, The Beehive boasts a unique bohemian and decadent ambiance that have made this a popular restaurant among locals; remember to book in advance to ensure you get a table.
At The Salty Pig, you are invited to build your own delicious brunch from scratch. It works like this; start making your choice of charcuterie from the ‘salty pig parts’, a fine selection dominated by Italy’s best cold cuts. Then, choose from the variety of ‘stinky cheeses’ hailing from Italy, France and Spain, and finally, pick your preferred ’round out plate’. The Salty Pig is a recommended restaurant for anyone who happily entertains the idea of a European-style brunch founded on house-cured charcuterie and top quality cheeses.
No other place in Boston blends the joys of good books, good music and good food like Tres Gatos. A tapas bar, a music store and a bookshop all located in a charming wooden house, Tres Gatos’ very name (Spanish for ‘three cats’) symbolizes the establishment’s three-fold devotion for providing the best dining experience to its patrons. Have your next Boston brunch at Tres Gatos to savor traditional American brunch fare untraditionally served as tasty tapas, like the sausage pancakes, the cake doughnut or the breakfast bocadillo. Then, continue the day browsing the chock-full shelves of the bookshop and the record store at the back of the restaurant — you might just find that one gem you had been searching for for so long.