Great Brunches in Boston
Boston plays to win, especially when it comes to brunch. Here are some of the best places to kick off the weekend day, whether with pancakes, eggs, hash or beyond.
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Publico Street Bistro & Garden
Lower Mills Tavern
Located in the hip, recently transformed boutique hotel Studio Allston, Casa Cana is a Cuban-Caribbean-inspired boon for the region. Bright, bold and colorful décor sets the mood for a flavorful brunch menu, with dishes like huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos and chorizo hash and eggs. Rum cocktails, like the Hotel Nacional, composed of Havana Club, apricot, pineapple, lime and bubbly, go surprisingly well with brunch foods. If you have a big group, you can order pitchers of margaritas in flavors like blood orange, blackberry and jalapeno.
Not only does Lincoln Tavern serve a fantastic weekend brunch, it offers weekday brunch Monday through Thursday, too, meaning diners can join for breakfast pizzas, signature Lincoln sliders, Fruity Pebble pancakes and pulled pork-topped cheesy biscuits pretty much daily. And before you write off Fridays, think again. Fridays are when Lincoln serves its Brunch Test Kitchen, where it tries out menu items that may or may not make it onto the regular menu. The restaurant’s Brunch Punch, made with vodka, Aperol, pineapple, lime and Fresca, is a great alternative to the usual brunch beverages (though Lincoln’s West Broadway Bloody, with house-infused jalapeno vodka, house bloody Mary mix and a celery salt rim is hard to put down).
Citrus & Salt
Buttermilk & Bourbon
If perfectly cooked beignets dusted with powdered sugar, banana-cinnamon French toast or buttermilk biscuits topped with house-made sausage gravy is your idea of a perfect brunch, then Buttermilk & Bourbon is your kind of place. Chef Jason Santos, who also owns Citrus & Salt, Abby Lane and Back Bay Harry’s, firmly embraces a Southern sensibility, but with his own creative spin. Bananas Foster pancakes, deviled egg toast and bruleed grapefruit are fun departures from the standard brunch menu. A Hurricane or a Sazerac is a great start to brunch, while the frozen Bananas Foster, with rum, Bailey’s and Kahlua, is a delicious way to finish.
This snug little bistro in the South End is as authentically French as it gets, with owners who grew up in France, and a staff that seems imported straight from Paris, complete with accents. White-brick walls, tile and marble floors inside — plus a patio and a solarium strung with twinkling lights — make for an utterly charming atmosphere. Brunch showcases croques, crepes and a bacon-studded omelette, as well as steak or salmon tartares. If you didn’t know you were in Boston, you’d swear you were in a little bistro in the City of Lights.
With an outstanding location on Lovejoy Wharf, offering views of the Zakim Bridge, Alcove is a delightful place to linger over brunch, especially before heading to nearby TD Garden. Appetizers run the gamut, whether you fancy shrimp cocktail or blueberry coffee cake. Mains include the fried chicken sandwich with pancetta, a fried egg and jalapeno aioli, and poached eggs with pork belly, sweet potato and quinoa.