Favorite Boston Brunch

Missing my favorite brunch spots big time right now. Luckily some of them are still available for delivery. And nice to add to your to-do list when things start to reopen! 

Boston

  • The Paramount $$: great breakfast and brunch spot with a very extensive menu. Everyone is bound to find something! Beware: the inside is extremely small and narrow and they stick to an order in the line and find a seat as they become available.
    • My pick: veggie omelette (broccoli, tomato, mushrooms, spinach, mozzarella cheese) with side of avocado with caramel and banana french toast to share
    •  Some gf, df options but everything appears to be made on the same griddle. Would definitely call to ask prior to eating if you have severe allergies.
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    •  44 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114
    • No reservations 
  • The Buttery $$: Great burgers for brunch (I’ve had the beet burger before and it was a beeatiful thing), and divine avocado toast. I usually end up topping it with an egg. Amazing amazing bread as the vehicle for said toast. Great brunch spot for sit-down as well.
    • My pick: avocado toast, burgers, wild mushroom omelette
    • Allergens: DF, GF, vegetarian / vegan options
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    • 314 Shawmut St, Boston MA
    • Reservations
  • Metropolis $$: Local Mediterranean café with a great brunch menu.
    • My picks: fire roasted eggplant and feta tartine, rope grown mussels in coconut ginger broth, pan roasted natural chicken, rainbow trout, seared local mushrooms with thyme and sea salt, creamed spaghetti squash
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    • 584 Tremont St, Boston MA
    • Reservations
  • Toro $$$: Spanish tapas from a james beard award winning chef
    • My pick aceitunas, escalivada ctalana V, gambas al ajillo, pulpo Gallego, ensalada de achicoria, setas y huevos, asado de huesos, paella valenciana or verduras and honestly ANYTHING. The food is just unreal.
    • Some DF, GF options
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    • 1704 Washington St Boston MA
    • Reservations for lunch/brunch but first-come for dinner.
  • Trident Booksellers $$: Breakfast/brunch/lunch. this is one of my favorite brunch spots in Boston. The menu is absolutely massive and there’s something for everyone.
    • My pick: I usually build my own omelette and get a fresh juice or the Mediterranean quinoa breakfast bowl (spinach, quinoa, feta, tomatoes, chickpaeas, two sunny eggs). The popeye bowl is also a favorite (spinach, portabella, chickpeas, broccoli, microgreens tossed with sesame dressing, walnut pesto.
    •  DF, VF, vegan options
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    •   338 Newbury St, Boston MA  
    • Delivery via GrubHub
  • Tatte: café / fast casual – $$
    • you’ll see this ALL over Boston. The subway tile walls, artfully tiled floors, pastries galore, and a line out the door. Definitely a “hot spot” Instagram-worthy café.
    • my pick: oat milk latte, shakshuka, stone fruit galette, Jerusalem bagel, and avocado tartine.
    • Allergen friendly: vegan, GF, DF 
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    • Multiple locations througout Boston: Cambridge, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Backbay, South End
  • Citrus and Salt $$$: beachy, coastal vibe reminisent of the Baja coast, large variety of playful cocktails & raw bar options. Also great brunch options!
    • My pick: blackened maki tacos with cabbage slaw, pico de Gallo, dijon aioli
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    • 142 Berkeley St., Boston, MA
    • Reservation
  • Frenchie Wine Bistro $$$: modern French using locally sourced and sustainable produce with an impressive wine list. So impressive in fact, there’s a sign in the restaurant that says “in vino veritas” (in wine we trust.)
    • My pick: mushroom buckwheat crepe – mushrooms, kale, cipollini onions, parmigianno cheese with salad
    •  DF/GF/vegan options
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    •  560 Tremont St, Boston, MA
    • Reservations
  • Beehive $$: Hip spot for creative New American fare, cocktails, daily live music, jazz brunch & patio dining.
    • My pick: Vegan grain bowl with farro, quinoa, grilled market vegetables and Swiss chard
    • Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free items noted on the menu 
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    • 541 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
  • Met Back Bay $$: Snazzy local chain known for gourmet burgers & weekend brunch.
    • My pick: green goddess salad, white bean toast
    • Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free items noted on the menu 
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    • 279 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116
    • Reservations
  • Milkweed $$: great breakfast and brunch options in a cute little cafe ambiance
    • My pick: Vegetarian egg scramble: kale, broccoli rabe, garlic, scallions, fresh mozzarella, pesto
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    • 1508 tremont street, boston, ma, 02120

Cambridge

  • Café Luna $$: one of my favorite breakfast spots! Breakfast every day, and they also do delivery and take out. In the summer, they open the windows so it’s a huge open concept.
    • My pick: roasted vegetable omelet – roasted broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, squash and onions with feta cheese with a fruit cup 
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    •   612 Main St, Cambridge MA
  • Bluestone Lane Café $$: health focused and progressive brunch / lunch with really cute interior. They also sell union square donuts inside!
    •  My pick: vegetarian big brekkie (two poached eggs, halloumi, avocado smash, baby kale, baked mushrooms and roasted tomatoes served with toast), and banana bread
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    •  27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA, 02138
  • Henrietta’s Table $$$: “Fresh from the farm and honest to goodness home cooking” is the tagline. great brunch options, too! Winner of best brunch 2019!
    • My pick: local field greens with lemon herb vinaigrette, ora king salmon with organic pea tip and pumpkin seed pesto, 
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    •  1 bennett st, Cambridge, MA, 02139
    • Reservations
  • Mamaleh’s $$: modern era Jewish Delicatessan with items like pastrami sandwich, pickle plates, matzah ball soup, and milkshakes. Love heading here for brunch on the weekends. Also home to AMAZING ice cream sandwiches stored in their to-go freezer.
    • My pick: lox sandwich with house cured lox, knish, shakshuka, ice cream sandwich from the freezer to bring home
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    • 1 Kendall Sq, Building 300, Cambridge, MA, 02139
    • Reservations
  • Alden & Harlow $$$: Thoughtfully sourced, honest American food in a subterranean, modern and comfortable space. Bold and flavor-forward food that honors tradition of place in itis quality. I have so much respect for the chef, who also owns Waypoint and Longfellow Bar. They also have really inventive and creative brunch options. 
    • My pick: Pickled corn pancakes with roasted cherry syrup, vanilla and black pepper cream cheese
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    •  40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA, 02138
    • Reservations
  • Collette Wine Bistro $$$: French bistro with fresh and local ingredients (sister restaurant of Frenchie wine bistro). Also serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch!
    • My pick: smoked salmon tartine: sourdough, baby spinach, shaved carrot, apple and raspberry vinegar creme fraiche, served with sautéed potatoes
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    • 1924 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
    • Reservations

Somerville

  • Juliet $$: great spot for brunch or dinner! They also have both a prix fixe dinner menu with a theme that rotates seasonally as well as an a la carte menu. Ingredients are locally sourced and inventively crafted into dishes. They even have a “pay what you can” option on their reservation list if this type of eating is typically out of your budget. And they’re available on the app Food for All! They sell a fresh vegetable pasta dish for $5 on the app.
    • Brunch picks: roasted mushrooms omelette, chocolate tahini toast, petite breakfast
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    • 257 Washington St, Somerville, MA, 02143 
    • Reservations 
  • 3 little figs $$: cute little café brunch spot with great smoothies
    •  My pick: the village (roasted sweet potatoes, arugua, goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, honey, olie oil on 7 grain)
    •  Gf, df, vegan options
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    •    278 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA, 02143

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