Breakfast/Brunch in Boston, MA
A revered institution near Inman Square, S&S Restaurant is a Cambridge tradition for a delicious -- and some might say surprisingly classy -- brunch. Start with a strawberry mimosa and move on to croissant French toast, Eggs Florentine, or even Filet Mignon. Omelets, quiche, eggs, bagels and other deli classics also grace the menu. Okay, so the wait staff can be a little…variable, but brunch is not meant to be a rushed meal! Tradition hangs in the air. It’s a place you can take mom -- or even grandma and know you’ll all get the meal you want. Try the lox.
So you had rockin’ at Johnny D’s last night. The band was excellent, the drinks strong and the atmosphere electric. Are you sure you want to go back to the scene of the, er, crime? And for brunch the next morning? Yes, you do. A bloody mary or mimosa will soothe that hangover nicely, and the jazz band will calm your beating head. Go for a brunch combo with some of Boston’s best pancakes and a big omelet, or maybe one of the rotating breakfast specials (you never know what you‘ll find in pancakes or waffles!). If all that sounds too much, even the oatmeal is legendary. Make sure you get a bottomless coffee to go with it.
For southern transplants, Highland Kitchen is the place to be on the weekends for some traditional breakfast fare done right. Yes, even north of the Mason-Dixon line, you can find hushpuppies, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, blackened catfish po-boys and pulled pork sandwiches. You can also find beignets -- and organic granola and tofu scramble. It is still Boston, after all. If you aren’t a Somerville resident, Highland Kitchen can feel out of the way, but it is oh so worth it, as is the wait. Park out back and have a Bloody Mary at the bar while you wait for your table.
A French restaurant may sound too snooty, too high-brow, but that’s not what you’ll find at Aquitaine in the South End, especially when you come for brunch. What you will find is excellent brunch fare with a French twist -- and a prix fixe brunch option that cannot be beat. For $9.95 you get warm house-made cinnamon buns, your choice of one of six delish egg dishes, toast, potatoes, juice, and bottomless coffee. Of course you can add a cocktail to your meal, or apple wood smoked bacon or chorizo. All in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere that will leave you planning your return before the plates are cleared.
Barely a glance at the menu and you’ll know this brunch experience will be different. It’s morning comfort food with a bit of a Celtic twist. The sides alone are enough to make you want to ration your calories for the month just to come here! Brioche toasts and house smoked bacon? Check. Scotch eggs? Check. There are also American classics such as fried chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits. The Last Meal (including crispy pork belly) is decadent and he Sunrise Poutine (scrambled eggs, fries, gravy, cheese curds, Canadian bacon) will knock your socks off. It really doesn’t matter that the lighting is rather low -- that just means you fan focus on your taste buds going crazy without any visual distraction!