The 10 Best Brunch Spots in Boston, Massachusetts

Crab Cake Benedict
Crab Cake Benedict | © Ashley Kane
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Freelance Writer31 January 2017

Nothing is better than a quality brunch on a weekend morning. These 10 Boston brunch spots won’t disappoint your taste buds. Just be prepared to make a reservation so that you can sleep in – otherwise, you’ll most likely have to wait in line. Whether it’s a classic eggs benedict, a Mediterranean breakfast gyro, or new fusion – the city has something for everyone.

The Friendly Toast

Restaurant, Diner, Family style, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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The Friendly Toast
The Friendly Toast | © Ted Eytan / Flickr

The Friendly Toast has two locations around Boston, one nearby in Cambridge and one in Back Bay. The restaurant’s third location is in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Breakfast lovers all around love stopping at the Friendly Toast at all times of day – it’s open late and is one of the few brunch places in Boston that serves breakfast all day, every day. Known for its quirky and eclectic interior design, the restaurant has classic breakfast items as well as some unique fare – all made with local ingredients. Try out the tofu scramble and the coconut cakes, and pair with a morning mimosa.

647 Tremont

Restaurant, American, Fusion, $$$
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Steamed Mussels | ©Evan Cooper
647 Tremont is a vibrant neighborhood restaurant in Boston’s South End. With creative American-global fusion entrées, this staple restaurant also has a pajama brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The staff wears colorful pajamas, and visitors are welcome to arrive in style as well. You can’t come here without trying their famous homemade pop tarts – with new flavors every day. Order one as an appetizer or for dessert, regardless of how full you are. Recommended entrées include “Eggs in Purgatory,” poached eggs in spicy tomato sauce with mozzarella and basil, and “The Spicy Slam,” housemade green chorizo with roasted garlic aioli and a fried egg on a potato bun.

Flour Bakery and Cafe

Bakery, Pastry Shop, Contemporary, Pastries, American, Vegetarian, $$$
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Flour Egg Sandwich
Flour Egg Sandwich | © Ashley Kane
Flour Bakery is a well-known Boston institution with five locations around the city. While Flour is known for its tasty baked sweets, like its infamous cinnamon sticky buns that sell out very quickly, there are also more savory options. Their renowned egg sandwich is bound to be better than any you’ve tried before (the secret is that the baked egg is made with cream). Served on a fresh roll, the sandwich features a baked egg, topped with dijonnaise, cheddar, arugula, and bacon or ham. It’s more than enough for one person, and it’s a perfect hangover remedy.

Worden Hall

Bar, Restaurant, Pub, Pub Grub, North American, American, $$$
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Crab Cake Benedict
Crab Cake Benedict | © Ashley Kane
Worden Hall, a South Boston tavern, is lively at night, with over 100 types of whiskey and cocktails, as well as 40 rotating beers on tap – but its brunch is worth stopping by for the next morning. There’s no shortage of brunch cocktails: try the Bourbon Bloody Mary with a meat straw or the Strawberry Bellini. For grub, try the incredible crab cake benedict, the grilled pork-belly-apple-cheddar croque, or the personal breakfast pizza.

North Street Grille

Restaurant, Contemporary, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Hungry patrons will almost always find a line outside of North Street Grille. The North End restaurant doesn’t take any brunch reservations, but you can call ahead and add your name to the waiting list on your walk over. If you’re craving something sweet, order the delicious cinnamon roll pancakes (made with full cinnamon buns) or the French toast sticks as an appetizer. Lobster lovers will rejoice at the amount of options available – lobster omelet or lobster benedict, anyone? Prepare yourself for large portions.

The Paramount

Restaurant, Cafe, American, $$$
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The Friendly Toast
The Friendly Toast | © Ted Eytan / Flickr
The Paramount restaurant has two locations – one on Charles Street in Beacon Hill and another in South Boston. The café is known for its unique way of serving customers: no one sits down before ordering, collecting, and paying for their food. Patrons stand in line and order, and once they receive their food, a table opens up. The restaurant’s extensive breakfast menu includes hearty omelets, Belgian waffles, and many types of French toast, including the delicious banana caramel dish. Although the line moves quickly, the food is worth the wait.

The Beehive

Restaurant, Bar, American, Moroccan, $$$
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Eggs shakshuka
Eggs shakshuka | © Anokarina / Flickr

Contemporary fare, live jazz music, and bohemian vibes put The Beehive at the top of Bostonian’s brunch destinations. Local art adorns the walls, and there is live music daily – though Sunday is the special jazz brunch. Enjoy the delicious eggs shakshuka (pictured below) or the poutine topped with short rib and poached eggs. Finish your meal off by ordering a cocktail and relax as you listen to jazz musicians. Reservations are highly recommended.

Committee

Restaurant, Greek, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
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Committee, Boston
Committee, Boston | Courtesy of Committee

This Seaport hot spot has a distinctive, fun brunch menu. Committee serves Mediterranean cuisine, perfect for those tired of the same old classic breakfast dishes. Try the grape leaf dolmades with rice, sumac, and smoked yogurt, and follow up with a breakfast gyro. Their unique cocktails include a spiked Nescafe frappe and The Fresh Prince of Beirut. The restaurant’s contemporary design features multiple comfy lounges and a gorgeous outdoor patio.

Theo's Cozy Corner Restaurant

Restaurant, Sandwich Shop, Mediterranean, American, $$$
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When Bostonians think of Theo’s, they think of authentic, cheap, no-frills breakfast food. Located in the North End, Theo’s Cozy Corner is, indeed, cozy and small. Be prepared to wait in line, but the family-run restaurant is always fast, with the food arriving quickly. This diner is not the spot for a boozy brunch (there is no alcohol) or big groups, but it is the place for classic egg sandwiches, enormous omelets, and delicious muffins. Their coffee is A-plus, too. Like all good diners, it’s cash only.

Coppersmith

Bar, Gastropub, North American, Pub Grub, $$$
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Tater tot nachos with fiery salsa, anyone? There’s an entire food truck located inside Coppersmith, a converted warehouse located in South Boston. Enjoy the chic industrial environment as you chow down New American cuisine like the brined and smoked wings, French toast with blueberry compote and orange maple syrup, and smoked brisket hash. On a summer day, eat outside on the patio or check out the roof deck.
Top Pick: Order a Bloody Mary at the full-out bloody mary bar, complete with bacon and jumbo shrimp.

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