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Eater Boston Brunch Heatmap Archive

Old Brunch Heatmap entries, saved for posterity.

Cinnamon bun at Area Four Boston
Cinnamon bun at Area Four Boston
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

When we update our Heatmaps, we add and remove points to/from the existing map, so deleted points vanish forever. But just because a hot new spot is off the map doesn't mean it's not worth checking out, so we keep track of retired points right here.

Each restaurant (and its description from the last time it appeared on the map) is listed under the month when it ceased to appear on the Heatmap, retired to make way for newer spots.

Retired in February 2021

  • Avenue Kitchen & Bar: This Ball Square spot has become a neighborhood favorite since opening in June 2019, thanks in part to its excellent Detroit-style pizzas (a rarity in the Boston area). Brunch service began in fall 2019, and it includes those pizzas but also oyster shooters, bread pudding French toast, a variety of Benedicts, and more. [Menu]
  • Pazza on Porter: East Boston’s fairly new Italian restaurant Pazza on Porter started serving brunch in fall 2019, pleasing crowds with dishes such as lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry honey butter; a “bird’s nest” (breaded and soft-boiled eggs, fried and served in a parmesan cup with greens and smoked prosciutto); an Italian sub; and spaghetti carbonara. [Menu]
  • Pollo Club: A bit outside of the immediate Boston area, Waltham’s new fried chicken destination, Pollo Club, introduced brunch service at the start of 2020. There’s obviously chicken; it’s in the form of chicken and waffles, topped with crunchy honey brittle. But there’s also an acai bowl, avocado toast, and Greek yogurt and fruit parfait. The brunch cocktail menu includes a hot cocktail for these cold days, a vanilla toffee vodka-spiked espresso. [Menu]
  • Shy Bird: Calling all rotisserie chicken lovers: Shy Bird (sibling of Branch Line in Watertown) is open in Kendall Square. The all-day cafe serves breakfast and lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends, so all the bases are covered. Weekend brunch items include egg bowls with croutons and either mushrooms or rotisserie chicken; the snap pea salad that has been a winner at Branch Line since opening; a few sandwiches; eggs Benedicts; and more. [Menu]
  • Peregrine: Located in the lobby of the Whitney Hotel, this all-day spot from the team behind Somerville’s acclaimed Juliet draws inspiration from Sardinia, Sicily, and beyond and serves breakfast daily for the early risers, as well as weekend brunch. Breakfast leans on egg dishes (and this team really knows how to make an omelet, so try that), while brunch continues on the egg theme but also adds a variety of toasts and spreads, penne with bacon and beans, sandwiches (try the meatball sub), and more. [Menu]
  • The Emory: New Beacon Hill hangout the Emory started serving brunch in September 2019, keeping things simple with a fairly concise menu of dishes such as poutine with poached eggs; corned brisket hash; avocado toast; and biscuits and gravy. The burger, which is already proving popular at dinner, is also available at brunch, topped with garlic cheddar fondue, pickles, and onion jam. [Menu]
  • Woods Hill Pier 4: The Seaport District’s glitzy late 2019 arrival, Woods Hill Pier 4, is now serving a Sunday brunch menu that continues along the restaurant’s laser focus on seasonal, local, farm-to-table sourcing. Dishes include a lamb merguez shakshuka, cinnamon swirl French toast with maple syrup from Woods Hill’s sibling farm, and more. There’s also a lobster popover, a nod to Anthony’s Pier 4, the iconic restaurant that used to sit on the same site. [Menu]
  • Stillwater: Before chef Sarah Wade opened her own place, Stillwater, she built up quite a reputation for her comfort food — especially in the form of hearty brunches — at Lulu’s Allston. As of October 2019, brunch is up and running at Stillwater, filled with “sexy snacks” like pancake batter fried sausage patties and PB&J creme brulee, as well as larger entrees like smoked pork mac and cheese or the two-patty “hangover burger” with a side of tots. [Menu]
  • Rochambeau: Back Bay newcomer Rochambeau quickly found its groove with busy dinner services upon opening in early October 2019, and a couple weeks in, it added brunch to the mix as well. As of late October 2019, Rochambeau is serving seafood platters, glazed cinnamon skillet bread, lobster poutine, brioche French toast, and more on weekend mornings and afternoons in its sprawling two-story space at the Prudential Center. Those seeking a quicker, lighter snack will find the adjoining cafe open at 7 a.m. daily. [Menu]
  • Black Lamb: Black Lamb — the new American brasserie from the team behind Bar Mezzana and Shore Leave — debuted in mid-July 2019 in the South End and almost immediately added a seafood-filled weekend brunch service, coming in hot with dishes like roasted king crab, a lobster omelet, and baked oysters. [Menu]

Retired in February 2020

  • Brato Brewhouse & Kitchen: While it doesn’t specifically offer a brunch menu, Brighton’s new brewery Brato Brewhouse & Kitchen is open on weekend afternoons, and its regular menu is definitely brunch-friendly, albeit leaning in the lunch direction. You won’t find pancakes and French toast, but you will find house-made sausages served on brioche buns with a variety of toppings; soups and salads; grilled cheese flights; and plenty of coffee, kombucha, and, of course, beer. [Menu]

Retired in January 2020

  • Chickadee: As of late April 2019, Chickadee — which is well worth the trek to the far end of the Seaport District — has been serving brunch. Chef and co-owner John daSilva, Eater Boston’s 2018 chef of the year, draws inspiration from the Mediterranean and beyond. At brunch, that means there are dishes like a crispy chicken pita and black truffle cavatelli, but there’s also a Portuguese fried egg sandwich with housemade linguica and São Jorge cheese (part of daSilva’s family is Portuguese.) Plus: doughnuts, brioche French toast, smoked trout toast, and more. [Menu]
  • Colette: Colette, sibling to South End hot spot Frenchie, goes all in on weekend brunch, serving it almost all day. The brunch menu hits all the expected sweet and savory notes with a French-inspired twist, letting diners start the morning (or afternoon) off with dishes such as a croque monsieur baguette, a duck confit-stuffed waffle, a banana Nutella sandwich, or chocolate croissant pudding. [Menu]

Retired in December 2019

  • Trillium Brewing Company: In fall 2018, one of Boston’s most popular breweries, Trillium, opened its new flagship location on the border of Fort Point and the Seaport District — a massive outpost with a full restaurant. Brunch service began in late January 2019, and a couple dishes have close ties to beer or the beer-making process. The “Grain Out,” for example, features granola made with spent grains. Also on the menu: duck gravy poutine, meat and cheese trays, lobster toast, and lots more. There’s also Trillium’s custom blend of nitro cold brew coffee, made in collaboration with local roastery Barrington, which until recently had a cafe in Fort Point. [Menu]
  • The Westland: At the Westland, a fairly new addition near Symphony Hall, start with a “breakfast Negroni” (Campari, Carpano Antica, grapefruit juice, lemon, and honey), and then explore food options like bananas Foster French toast, a scrambled egg-topped pizza, or a cheesy, beefy brunch poutine. [Menu]

Retired in November 2019

  • Alcove: Alcove is located at Lovejoy Wharf (by an also fairly new Night Shift Brewing location), which means it benefits from stunning Zakim Bridge views. But it’s not just about the views at Alcove; the restaurant highlights New England “farm coast” cuisine, showcasing local produce, seafood, and meats with bits of Mediterranean inspiration. At brunch, that means dishes like a seafood tower, charcuterie and cheese plates, lobster with eggs, a cinnamon roll with brown butter and a vanilla glaze, and more. For those looking for a pre-TD Garden brunch not at a sports bar, this is the perfect alternative. [Menu]
  • Little Dipper: The team behind Tres Gatos, Casa Verde, and Centre Street Cafe shut down Centre Street last year and reopened it as Little Dipper, a space-themed diner. The brunch menu includes omelets, a burger, huevos rancheros, and more, and the kids’ll love eating under a hanging array of model rockets. [Menu]
  • Mida: Mida, one of the South End’s Italian gems, celebrated its second anniversary in late 2018 with the addition of Sunday brunch. Mirroring part of the dinner menu, there are some pasta options, but there’s also shakshuka, deep fried eggs Benedict, fried chicken sandwiches, prosciutto hash, and more, plus a few kid-friendly options, such as buttered noodles or pancakes. [Menu]
  • Whaling in Oklahoma: When Tremont 647 was open at 647 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End, it was long a brunch destination for the neighborhood, so it’s a relief that the new occupant of the space, Tim Maslow’s Whaling in Oklahoma, quickly added its own brunch service. At Whaling, chef team Maslow and Matt Hummel are serving food that falls between Japanese flavors and New England ingredients. Brunch service began in October 2018, and recent dishes have included biscuits and curry (with optional fried chicken); a fried egg sandwich with cheese and bacon; and a set menu with grilled monkfish, rice, pickles, and miso broth. [Menu]

Retired in September 2019

  • A&B Burgers: This North Shore export is part of Boston’s burgeoning West End restaurant scene, located steps from TD Garden. While burgers are the headliners, brunch offers plenty of other options, from chorizo seco mac and cheese to chicken and waffles. [Menu]
  • Mike & Patty’s at Hot Box at Bow Market: A previous version of the Brunch Heatmap mentioned pizza-and-roast-beef shop Hot Box as part of the larger venue Bow Market, a newish food and retail destination in Somerville’s Union Square that makes for a brunch spot with quite a few options. Hot Box is back on the map thanks to a transformation it implemented in February: On weekend mornings, it now becomes a version of its Bay Village sibling sandwich joint, Mike & Patty’s, serving an abbreviated menu of breakfast sandwiches. [Menu]
  • Nahita: Nahita draws inspiration from Japanese and Latin American cuisines, although its new Sunday brunch leans more heavily into the latter with dishes like huevos rancheros, a Mexican-inspired take on shakshuka, duck carnitas tacos, elote (street corn), and short rib empanadas. [Menu]
  • Night Shift Brewing: The new Night Shift Brewing location in Boston is a multi-purpose, family-friendly space that runs the gamut from taproom to cafe to full-service restaurant, and it’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. (There’s a strong coffee focus, too.) The breakfast menu includes dishes like a pork roll egg and cheese sandwich on brioche, an apple turnover, and granola parfait. Later brunchers will find the lunch menu in effect after 11 a.m. — potato chip-crusted chicken tenders with beer-infused dipping sauces, sandwiches and burgers, salads, and more. [Menu]

Retired in April 2019

  • Bootleg Special: Bootleg Special debuted in early 2018, adding to the increasingly large seafood boil scene spreading around the Boston area. While dinner is all about those spicy, messy bowls of seafood, the restaurant began serving brunch in May with an eye towards creating a “‘brunch social’ between friends,” as co-owner Stephen Chan told Eater at the time. There are dishes such as souffle pancakes, bananas Foster French toast, avocado toast, and a twist on chicken and waffles — chicken and pancakes. On the seafood side, there are three preparations of mussels with fries. [Menu]
  • Bow Market: Opt for a DIY brunch of sorts at Bow Market, which is almost entirely open now. (It debuted over the summer, but a few of the food vendors still have to open up.) Pick and choose from a number of counter-service food spots, and then bring your meal into Remnant Brewing to drink beer or coffee or Rebel Rebel to drink wine. (Note: For now, aside from during a few special events, alcoholic beverages must be kept within specific bar areas. You can only drink Remnant beer inside the brewery and out on its private patio, not in the main Bow Market courtyard, for example. Rebel Rebel has a few outside tables roped off as well, if you’re looking to brunch and drink al fresco.) There are tons of brunch-friendly food options, including empanadas and hot dogs at Buenas, pierogies at Jaju, bagels and lox at Hooked Fish Shop, bar pizza and roast beef sandwiches at Hot Box, and bibimbap at Perillas.
  • Burro Bar: Burro Bar’s South End sequel features a lively brunch full of tacos, chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, and more. Try it with a passion fruit mimosa or a horchata iced coffee. [Menu]
  • Cafe Landwer: Boston’s second location of Israeli chain Cafe Landwer has arrived in a flurry of shakshuka; this one is in the Cleveland Circle section of Brighton, while the first is in the Audubon Circle section of Fenway. While the aforementioned shakshuka is a popular choice — and it comes in three varieties — “Landwer’s famous breakfast” also hits a lot of morning notes with eggs; Greek yogurt with granola and honey; bread with jam and butter; and a few other components. There’s an extensive selection of coffee and tea beverages, too, not to mention juices and milkshakes. [Menu]
  • Casa Caña: At the Studio Allston hotel, new restaurant and rum bar Casa Caña is serving a taste of Havana. Since it’s in a hotel, the restaurant serves the obligatory bevy of US brunch staples — pancakes, French toast, Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict, and the like — but also gets into some Latin American cuisine like it does at dinnertime. There are buñuelos, for example, as well as a Cubano and chicharrones. To drink? Try a frozen daiquiri. [Menu]
  • Fat Baby: South Boston’s Fat Baby, which shares a couple owners with brunch expert Lincoln Tavern, began its own brunch service in May 2018 with a menu that touches on a lot of different countries — think tater tot poutine, sushi, rotating doughnut specials, a breakfast banh mi, a Thai omelet, and lots more. Pictured: brioche French toast with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Chex breading, bananas, ginger caramel sauce, and whipped cream. Cocktails include a boozy cold brew, a bacon-infused bourbon cocktail, and lots more. [Menu]
  • Sons of Boston: If you’re walking the Freedom Trail and suddenly feel the urge to brunch on a croissant-doughnut breakfast sandwich with a boozy milkshake, Sons of Bostonis your spot. The brunch menu is pretty concise, but its customizable omelet selection is vast, and there’s also a dish that fills deep-fried potato skins with corned beef hash, eggs, and cheese sauce. [Menu]
  • Southern Proper: Southern Proper opened its doors in Boston’s South End in March 2018, quickly adding brunch into the mix in April. Those who are already fans of the dinner service at the pine-scented homage to North Carolina will be happy to see the chicken and waffles on the brunch menu too (like spice? order it “hot” as opposed to “classic”), alongside plenty of morning-friendly treats, from “smothered and covered” hash browns to chocolate croissant bread pudding. Oh, and a “sticky bun for one.” And a “wafflewich” stuffed with coffee bacon, cheese eggs, and avocado. [Menu]
  • Talulla: Talulla is one of the loveliest high-end debuts of 2018, focusing on tasting menus that make for quite a celebratory night out. Brunch is a great entry point for those looking for a more casual taste of the restaurant, with options such as big sticky buns, fluke crudo, and lobster Benedict. [Menu]
  • Tuscan Kitchen: In the mood for pizza or pasta? How about a 48-ounce porterhouse for two? Oysters, ricotta pancakes, or salumi and cheeses? Tuscan Kitchen has it all (and more) at brunch, and there’s a bloody mary bar, too. [Menu]

Retired in October 2018

  • Citrus & Salt: New to the brunch scene as of late May 2018, Buttermilk & Bourbon sibling Citrus & Salt is serving up a blend of Mexico- and California-inspired cuisine with a side of beach vibes. At brunch, that includes fried chicken and waffle tacos; grilled street corn topped with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos crumbs; and huevos rancheros; not to mention soft serve mimosas and boozy Dole Whips. [Menu]
  • Cultivar (now closed): With Eater Boston’s 2017 chef of the year Mary Dumont at the helm, downtown hotspot Cultivar introduced a stunning brunch in November 2017. Daydreaming about a short stack of pancakes for brunch? Try a short stack of hash browns instead: At Cultivar, they’re amped up with apple butter, local cheddar, and horseradish, of course. The menu also includes everything from malted milk French toast torrejas with candied bacon ice cream to Maine lobster rolls. [Menu]
  • Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar: The swanky newish Fort Point location of Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar — the winner of Eater Boston’s 2017 restaurant design award — recently debuted a new patio (right on the water), plus brunch service. On the brunch menu: guava doughnut holes, dragon fruit smoothie bowls, a French toast torta stuffed with Nutella cream cheese, lobster cornbread, plenty of egg dishes, and more. [Menu]
  • Our Fathers: There are two options here, thanks to Our Fathers’ dual nature: Grab a deli sandwich to go in the takeout shop (a Reuben, a Rachel, or a chicken schnitzel sandwich, for example, not to mention a classic bagel and lox), or sit down for a full-service meal inside the restaurant: Challah French toast, shakshuka, a lamb burger, sweet boureka with jam, and lots more make up the brunch menu. (Some deli sandwiches are also available on the restaurant side.) [Takeout menu/Restaurant menu]
  • Parsnip: With the recent additions of executive chef James Salomone and pastry chefJustin Reynolds to the Parsnip team, now’s a good time to check out the Harvard Square restaurant, particularly the Sunday brunch service, which relaunched in April. Dishes include a black walnut sticky bun with smoked caramel; fried chicken and waffles; shakshuka; a pastry tower; and more. To drink? Brunch classics, such as bellinis and mimosas. [Menu]
  • Whole Heart Provisions: This Allston favorite for fast-casual, vegan-friendly food is now open in Cambridge as well, and during brunch hours, a few extra treats are available, including tofu scramble “huevos” rancheros, a beet pastrami Reuben, and seared avocado tacos. [Menu]

Retired in July 2018

  • The Automatic: For those who prefer the “lunch” side of brunch and can do without stacks of pancakes and French toast, ultra-fun Kendall Square hangout the Automatic started serving weekend lunch at the end of 2017. It’s packed with chili, fried chicken sandwiches, a half-portion of the iconic Cuban sandwich from now-defunct Cambridge mainstay Chez Henri, and more. Gotta have something with an egg on it? There’s one breakfast-y sandwich on the menu: chorizo, scrambled eggs, cheese, arugula, and burnt tomato aioli on a Portuguese roll. Booze options include a Peychaud’s spritz (menu description: “blah blah blah”), a do-it-yourself bloody mary bar, and more. Important spring/summer intel: The patio is open, and it’s dog-friendly. [Menu]
  • The Bacon Truck Cafe: Let’s cut to the chase: Brunch is synonymous with bacon. Or eggs or bloody marys or mimosas...ok, maybe not necessarily bacon. But you want bacon. You crave bacon. You chase the Bacon Truck around Boston. Chase no more: The truck now has a brick-and-mortar location hidden in a warehouse-filled section of Charlestown. Find it, and you can eat Nutella-covered bacon, fried bacon mac and cheese bites, a bacon and braised pork shoulder sandwich perfectly named the Pork & Mindy, and so many other bacon-y things. [Menu]
  • Highland Fried: Does it count as brunch if it’s the same menu available at all hours? Sure, we’ll allow it. Highland Fried — the reincarnation of East Coast Grill by the Highland Kitchen crew — opens at 11 a.m. several days a week, offering its usual assortment of fried chicken, barbecue, and Tiki during prime brunching hours. Your game plan: Grab a friend or two and split the whole bird, which comes with three sides and three biscuits, and share a scorpion bowl too. [Menu]
  • Tiger Mama: Tiger Mama has gone back and forth on the existence of brunch service over its lifespan, but as of January 2018, brunch is back on the table, and it’s a doozy. Crush your hangover with twists on sweet brunch classics — chocolate chip pancakes, for example, with Vietnamese coffee milk glaze and coffee butter, or perhaps some French toast made with coconut bread pudding and a white chocolate pistachio crumble. Or delve into dishes like Singapore street noodles, numbing mala mushrooms, Indian fried chicken, or crispy pork ribs. Cocktails such as a mai tai or a wasabi-spiked bloody mary make appearances in the rotating selection of brunch cocktails, too. [Menu]
  • Townsman (now closed): The Townsman brunch has always been a bit of an elusive beast, occurring only monthly in its early years. But starting on Sunday, May 4, brunch will finally happen on a weekly basis. Alas, the days of cake tables and cinnamon bun grilled cheese are in the past, but the new version of Townsman’s brunch features blues by Julie Rhodes and her band Voodoo Junior, a monthly featured brewery (it’s Springdale for May 2018) in partnership with Beer Advocate, and a Southern-inspired menu of chicken and waffles, a burger, and lots more. Plus, 1% of every brunch bill will be donated to the No Kid Hungry initiative from Share Our Strength. [Menu]
  • Zia Gianna: Looking for more of a cozy cafe setting for brunch, perhaps with a touch of Sicilian influence? Zia Gianna, which opened in Dorchester at the end of 2017, is an Italian bakery and cafe serving up sweets, espresso (including one topped with Nutella cream), salads, and sandwiches. Not every brunch needs to be filled with fried chicken and bloody marys — sometimes a slice of lemony “Nonna’s pie” will do the trick. [Menu]

Retired in May 2018, update 2

  • Strip-T’s (now closed): Talented culinary couple Peter and Mareena McKenzie took over the Strip-T’s kitchen earlier this year as chef and pastry chef respectively, and they’re making some magic happen in the brunch department, with dishes such as pickled smelt tartine, the aptly named “mother and daughter” sandwich with egg yolk-topped fried chicken, sourdough pancakes, and loads of doughnuts. [Menu] (Note: The restaurant was added in the earlier May 2018 update but announced later in the month that it would be closing and that the final brunch service had already occurred.)

Retired in May 2018

  • Anoush’ella: At Anoush'ella, brunch is meant to be shared, with dishes such as a mezze selection for two, a labne shakshuka, and sweet kenefe — crushed phyllo dough and anoush'ella cheese wrapped in m'anoush (the restaurant's signature flatbread) and topped with sesame seeds and orange blossom syrup. Brunch is served starting at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Check out the menu here.
  • Better Bagels: Better Bagels is now open in the Seaport District, and this pop-up-turned-restaurant can barely bake up bagels fast enough to keep up with crowds of hungry fans. So show up early for your best shot at bagel sandwiches piled high with toppings. Try the Jersey Shore, perhaps, which is topped with "exotic breakfast meat from NJ" (along with egg and cheese).Better Bagels opens at 7 a.m. daily and serves the same menu at all times; it's open until 5 p.m. or sell out. Check out the menu here.
  • Curds & Co. (and Cutty’s): A brand new Brookline cheese shop is celebrating its proximity to Cutty's, home of the iconic once-a-month fried chicken sandwich special, with "chicken and cheese Sundays." Keep an eye on the Curds & Co. Facebook page for updates, but the gist of it is that on Cutty's Super Cluckin' Sundays, Curds & Co. welcomes customers to bring their chicken sandwiches inside and enjoy a variety of cheese and wine tastings while eating."Chicken and cheese Sundays" take place once a month, when Cutty's is serving its fried chicken sandwich, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Eventide Fenway: Portland's Eventide Oyster Co. has finally opened its highly anticipated Boston sibling, a fast-casual version of the concept, and yes, the brown butter lobster roll has made the trip down south. It's not specifically a brunch spot, per se, as the menu's the same all day, but an 11 a.m. daily opening means that weekend brunch-seekers can certainly add those lobster rolls (and burgers, lobster, fried chicken sandwiches, and more) to their repertoires.The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. daily, serving the same menu at all times. Check out the menu here.
  • Milkweed: The Blarney Stone team is behind this pleasant new spot in Mission Hill, and breakfast stretches into the afternoon (1 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on weekends) with egg scrambles, omelets, French toast, shakshuka, and more.Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Check out the menu here.
  • Momi Nonmi: At this modern Japanese izakaya (with a hint of Hawaii), brunch is a time for rice, eggs, and more — not to mention elaborate bento boxes with nine miniature bowls of delicious things. Don't forget the sake, or perhaps the Bloody Mariko, which is made with shochu.Brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. Check out the menu here.
  • Moona: This Inman Square Eastern Mediterranean gem debuted in late 2016 and celebrated its first birthday with the addition of brunch in late 2017. The concise brunch menu includes everything from sweet potato poutine to shakshuka. Line up early; no brunch reservations are accepted.Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. Check out the menu here.
  • Yume Ga Arukara: Like its older sibling, Yume Wo Katare, Yume Ga Arukara focuses on a single dish — in this case, a beef-topped udon — and sharing dreams. Hours are limited but expanding (Friday and Saturday dinners were added in late October after a previously lunch-only schedule.) It's closed Sundays, but find this udon shop inside the Porter Exchange food court on Saturdays for a noodle-filled lunch. Don't forget to share your dreams with the other diners once you finish your dish.Open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch on Saturdays. There's only one thing on the menu: niku udon.

Retired in November 2017

  • Area Four Boston: Area Four's new South End location, which is inside the Troy apartment complex, makes use of its beautiful wood-fired oven for lots more than just pizza. (But of course, diners canget pizza at brunch — the carnivore, the florentine, and several others are available.) Also on the menu: a cinnamon bun with caramel bacon frosting; a Hong Kong-style rolled egg waffle with pistachio ice cream and blackberry sauce; corned beef hash; and more. Brunch cocktails include the bourbon, bacon & eggs (bacon fat-washed bourbon, lemon honey, egg white), the Donal! Wake the F up! (Glendalough Irish whiskey, demerrara coffee, chartreuse cream), and more. Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. View the menu here.
  • Buttermilk & Bourbon: Beignets, biscuits, bananas foster pancakes, and more: Buttermilk & Bourbon started serving Sunday brunch in July 2017, complete with a tarot card reader and pitchers of hurricanes. Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. View the menu here.
  • Craigie on Main: At the end of 2014, Craigie on Main shut down its longtime brunch service (with the exception of continuing to offer brunch on select holidays), shuttling the meal over to its younger sibling, The Kirkland Tap & Trotter. But brunch has returned to Craigie. The menu's always changing based on the local, seasonal ingredients that are available, but you may see dishes such as beef tongue and cheek hash with a slow-cooked egg, hollandaise, and rye toast; Anson Mills posole rojo with tripe, octopus, crema, and crispy tortilla; and, yes, the famous Craigie burger. Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. View a sample menu here.
  • Cunard Tavern: Two words: Elvis sandwich. New Eastie hot spot Cunard Tavern started serving brunch in July 2017 with the aforementioned sandwich (peanut butter, banana, and bacon on egg-dipped brioche and grilled), baked French toast casseroles, lobster and corn salad rolls, and more. And how about a chili verde bloody mary to drink? Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. View the menu here.
  • East Coast Grill (now closed): Want to spice things up? There's plenty of heat on the brunch menu at the newly reborn East Coast Grill, which reopened at the start of 2017, courtesy of the Highland Kitchen team. The new spot has had a facelift and a bit of a refresh, and brunch is bursting with bold flavors. How about a spicy scotch bonnet sausage and sweet plantain omelet? Peppers, onions, cheddar, and, of course, ECG's traditional Inner Beauty hot sauce. A few dinner plates make their way onto the brunch menu as well, including the smoked tofu dan dan noodles and waverider tacos (filled with tempura fish). As for beverages, the bloody mary bar of the old ECG is no more, but you can still get a bloody mary (optionally "hotter than hell") as well as beverages such as a boozy avocado-coffee shake, spiked Mexican hot chocolate, and more. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. View the menu here.
  • Frenchie: If wine, cheese, and charcuterie form your idea of the perfect brunch, head to Frenchie, a cozy new wine bar in the South End. Brunch dishes include a Nutella crêpe topped with caramelized bananas; pain perdu with brioche, spiced crème fraîche, and apple butter; duck confit hash with kohlrabi, cipollini onion, poached egg, and hollandaise; and more. There are also classic croque monsieurs and madames. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. View the menu here.
  • Little Donkey: When Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer opened their first Cambridge restaurant, Little Donkey, they were excited to "cook food without any rules," Oringer told Eater at the time. The duo is bound by somewhat narrower definitions at Toro (Spanish cuisine) and Coppa ("Italian-esque"), but Little Donkey lets them play with all of their favorite flavors and influences from around the world. As far as brunch is concerned, this means that dishes such as the Jersey Shore sandwich (Taylor ham, yellow cheese, sunny egg, avocado), toad in a hole (miso banana bread, sunny egg, habanero sausage, creamed spinach), and razor clam ceviche (charred citrus, yuzu kosho, shiso) all appear on a menu together, not to mention Nutella toast, chorizo tacos, and quiche. And it works. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays. View the menu here.
  • Pagu: At this relatively new Spain-meets-Japan restaurant near MIT, the brunch menu, which launched in July 2017, covers a lot of bases: Guchi's Midnight Ramen (in the afternoon!), braised pork belly bao, lobster rolls, tortilla espanola, a two-person portion of short ribs and eggs, and more. There's even the ubiquitous avocado toast, but here, diners can add boquerones or ikura to it. Brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays; the restaurant is closed on Sundays. View the menu here.
  • Publico Street Bistro: Snag a seat in one of the prettiest new outdoor dining spots in town, Publico's atrium, and eat dishes such as a bag of beignets with cinnamon sugar and mezcal sabayon; ceviche; pineapple salad with granola and Greek yogurt; a chopped cheese hashburger; mahi tacos; and more. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. View the menu here.
  • Ruckus: Nothing like a steaming bowl of spicy miso ramen to shake away the sleep on a lazy weekend afternoon. Ruckus' short menu of noodle and rice bowls is far from a French-toast-and-bloody-mary brunch, but it's certainly as satisfying. Try the black garlic mazemen with togarashi lamb, a marinated soft egg, chili threads, grilled nori, and sesame. Note: no booze. Ruckus serves the same menu throughout its operating hours. The doors open at noon on Saturdays and Sundays. View the menu here.
  • Les Sablons (now closed): This newbie from the Island Creek Oyster Bar team launched brunch on June 18, 2017 with dishes such as fennel tortellini with spring vegetables and lemon herb broth; English breakfast with fried eggs, black pudding, bacon, tomato, beans, mushrooms, potato; and scrambled eggs with sturgeon caviar, crispy potatoes, and toast. Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. View the menu here.
  • Waypoint: Whether you want to drop $195 on 50 grams of Royal Osetra caviar (and accompaniments) or keep things a little more moderately priced with small plates such as snails & grits, an egg sandwich, or a house veal Reuben, Michael Scelfo's Alden & Harlow follow-up jumped into the brunch game in late October 2016 and has been pleasing hungry crowds ever since. The brunch menu includes some dinner favorites (including a variety of wood-fired pizzas), along with some morning-only specials and hangover-busting cocktails. Try, for example, the Morning Attitude: house coffee liqueur, amaro, Spanish brandy, absinthe, maple, and lemon. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. View the menu here.

Retired in August 2017

  • City Tap House: This Philly import serves up a gigantic craft beer list alongside hearty comfort food. For brunch, that includes dishes such as chicken & waffles (honey-thyme butter, molasses syrup, red pepper jam); prime rib French dip (horseradish, au jus, fries); blueberry pancakes (honey-thyme butter, blueberry-star anise compote, Pennsylvania maple syrup); and more. There are also a few wood-fired pizzas, including the hangover pizza, which is topped with country sausage gravy, cheddar, fried egg, caramelized onions, and breakfast potatoes. Also: beermosas. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. View the menu here.
  • Row 34: After offering a casual counter-service Sunday brunch for most of 2016, Fort Point hot spot Row 34 has transitioned to a full-service brunch. The compact menu leans more on the lunch side; this isn't the place to find stacks of waffles and French toast, although there are buckwheat pancakes with blueberry compote and mascarpone. Come here for seafood-focused dishes, such as lobster & grits; smoked bluefish pâté on a nori bagel with togarashi cream cheese; and avocado toast with smoked salmon and poached eggs. And the famous lobster rolls make an appearance, too — choose Ethel's creamy lobster roll or the warm buttered lobster roll. Both come with chips and slaw. Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. View the menu here.

Retired in July 2017

  • Self Portrait Bistro (now closed): T.W. Food has recently been reincarnated as a French bistro, Self Portrait. Sunday brunch features a three-course prix fixe menu for $35 per person, with dishes such as foie gras and pig jowl rillettes with kaffir lime and ginger jelly, beef tongue hash with fried eggs, and pear and apple sorbet with poached fruits. In addition to tea, coffee, and juice, there are standard brunch cocktails: bloody mary, mimosa, and kir royale. There's live music, too; Self Portrait dubs it "world music brunch" and promises everything from bossa to afro-jazz to gypsy swing. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. View the menu here.
  • SRV: SRV launched brunch service in late January 2017 and also introduced a new pastry chef — Meghan Thompson, an alum of Townsman and Steel & Rye — promising that her talent with sweets would appear not only on the dessert menu but on the brunch menu as well. At brunch, diners can try assorted pastries. Also on the menu, which mostly features small plates: soft scrambled eggs with speck, chive, and monstasio; polenta with poached egg, asparagus, and parmigiano-reggiano; broccoli with horseradish, salsa bianca, and breadcrumbs; and more. Wake up too late for brunch? Grab cicchetti — Italian snacks — in the bar area between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. View the menu here.

Retired in June 2017

  • En Boca (now closed): Located in the former Sandrine's Bistro space, this Harvard Square newcomer serves up Mediterranean small plates for dinner, but brunch is a little more entree-oriented, featuring hefty weekend morning fare such as za'atar spiced fried chicken with sumac French toast and sorghum syrup; halloumi grilled cheese with olive tapenade, tomato, urfa pepper, and chips; and buttermilk biscuits with lamb gravy and potato hash. Also on the menu: shakshuka with poached egg and sumac flat bread; a lamb burger with cucumber-dill yogurt and piquillo pepper; and more. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. View the menu here.
  • Tiger Mama: Tiger Mama's Tiffani Faison is putting her own spin on dim sum brunch, serving a rotating array of dishes inspired by Thai, Vietnamese, and Malaysian cuisine. The dishes (as well as cocktails and Vietnamese coffee) are circulated around the room on carts, so diners can choose whatever looks good. The menu varies, but you may see dishes such as Thai fried chicken, chili crab toast, sweet sesame pancakes, Singapore street noodles, and lots more. Dim sum brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Retired in March 2017

  • A&B Burgers: This Beverly burger-focused restaurant is now offering a brunch menu that ranges from sticky buns to steak & eggs. Other options include shrimp & grits, chicken & waffles, and biscuits & gravy. And, of course, all of the burgers are available, such as The Hangover Burger — bacon, fried egg, and American cheese. Served Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. View the menu here.
  • Article 24: Keep an eye on this new restaurant’s event calendar for EDM-themed brunches (and other themes). The brunch menu plays around with a variety of boozy options, from Coughlin’s Law #2 (Miller High Life and orange juice) to a Moscow Mule made with a spicy house-made ginger beer. Food options include cornflake-crusted French toast, boozy pancakes (Irish cream and coffee liqueur in the batter, plus whiskey syrup), and a breakfast burger. Served on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. View the menu here.
  • Bar Mezzana: Who says brunch has to be full of pancakes and waffles? At this new crudo-and-pasta heaven in the South End, the brunch menu includes a variety of fancy crostini; prosciutto di parma (alone, with fruit, or with mozzarella); a few pasta dishes, including the lobster paccheri, a standout from the dinner menu; a dry-aged cheeseburger; and more. Served on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. View the menu here.
  • Brassica Kitchen + Cafe: Now that the Whisk team has settled into its permanent spot, Brassica, in the former Fazenda space, Sunday brunch service has launched with dishes such as chicken & waffles with hot sauce and syrup; egg in a hole with bacon and home fries; banana bread French toast with banana flambé; and more. Brunch-friendly cocktails include Mick the Miller (drip-brewed Punt e Mes, grapefruit juice, tarragon, salt) and Bloody Meeri (vodka, beet kvass, and trumpet Worcestershire). Served on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. View the menu here.
  • Deadhorse Hill: Ribelle and Strip-T’s alums Jared Forman and Sean Woods recently decamped to Worcester to open Deadhorse Hill, a cafe by day and restaurant by night. Weekend brunch was recently added to the roster. For the classiest hangover cure ever, grab a friend or two and go all out with the “baller brunch steak and eggs” ($110) — a “huge” bone-in rib eye, duck egg scramble, and an entire loaf of bread. Or keep it a little simpler with the Japanese breakfast (rice bowl, pickles, sashimi), shrimp & grits, or chicken thighs and waffles, served with honey and hot sauce. Served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. View the menu here.
  • Mamaleh’s: Oy vey, what a selection. Recently opened in Kendall Square, Mamaleh’s has everything you need for a Jewish feast. Can’t decide? Get the “Jewish pupu platter,” a sampling of chopped liver, schmaltz on toast, knishes, pickles, and kreplach. A breakfast menu (bagel sandwiches, baked goods, and more) is served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily (except for Mondays), and the full menu kicks in at 11 a.m. View the breakfast menu and the full menu.
  • Porto: Keep it light with brunch at Trade’s new Back Bay sibling, Porto. There are a couple raw seafood options; salads, such as tomato salad with peach, almond, and yogurt; a chilled corn soup; and other small plates. Larger entrees include a lobster roll with anchovy butter, preserved lemon aioli, capers, and shallots. Served on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning at 11:30 a.m. View the menu here.
  • Saltie Girl: If you can snag a seat in this tiny new spot during brunch hours, you’ll find the regular all-day menu, which showcases seafood in a variety of forms — fried lobster & waffles, a lobster roll, snow crab toast, loads of imported tins of seafood, and more. There are also a couple of brunch-specific dishes: Eggs & Eggs (scrambled eggs, caviar, brioche) and a bagel Benedict (avocado, poached egg, bearnaise; either smoked salmon, paddlefish caviar, or lobster; and bacon). Served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. View the menu here.
  • Tapestry: Tapestry’s more casual half, Expo Kitchen, offers up a compact, egg-filled brunch menu with dishes like a ham and cheese sandwich served on a kouign-amann pastry; deviled eggs with uni and sorrel; olive and shishito pizza with an optional egg; and more. Oysters are available by the half-dozen or dozen as well. Served on weekends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. View the menu here.
  • The Townshend: At The Townshend’s newly launched brunch, you can go light with a marinated beet salad topped with cured salmon, for example, or really start the day off strong with cornbread French toast (lemon-thyme whipped cream, macerated fruit) or the “B.E.S.T.” sandwich (bacon, egg, spinach, tomato, hollandaise). Obviously you should also order a side of carrot cake fritters. Served Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. View the menu here.

Retired in September 2016

  • Blackmoor Bar and Kitchen: Now open in Charlestown, Blackmoor serves a small brunch menu that hits all the necessary points: several Benedicts, steak and eggs, boozy French toast, shrimp and grits, and more. To drink, there's nitro cold-brew coffee from Barismo, root beer on draft, and plenty of brunch-friendly cocktails, including spiked hot and iced coffees, a shandy, and more. Served on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. View the menu here.
  • The Hopewell Bar & Kitchen: At this fairly new, casual Allston spot, you can play arcade games and shuffleboard at brunch. The menu includes a trio of flavored bacon, a hollandaise-topped breakfast pizza, pancakes with Grand Marnier butter, a doughnut waffle, and lots more. The boozy brunch beverage selection includes a few types of bloody marys and mimosas, along with The S'more (vodka, chocolate liqueur, cocoa, toasted marshmallow, graham cracker rim), a bourbon sweet tea, and more. Served weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. View the menu here.
  • Southern Kin Cookhouse: Kick off your Assembly Row shopping trip with a hearty Southern-inspired brunch at this new Somerville spot. Try the fried chicken with waffles or eggs, or go the sweet route with griddle cakes (topped with banana compote, pecans, peanut butter topping, and bourbon-maple syrup) or the malted buttermilk waffle (topped with berries, vanilla chantilly, and bourbon-maple syrup). Served on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. View the menu here.
  • Strip by Strega: This swanky steakhouse knows what you really want for brunch: DIY bloody marys and mimosas. On the food side, there are pastries to share (cinnamon buns, madeleines, and more), eggs in a variety of forms (omelettes, frittatas, etc.), and other options, including a pork chop parmesan and an egg-topped burger. For the high-rollers, there's a $57 dry-aged ribeye with two sunny-side-up eggs. Served Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. View the menu here.
  • Thunder Road: This new Somerville music venue launched its "pop icon" brunch on July 31 with a menu full of music puns. Menu sections include "Eggs Bennie & the Jets" (five variations on eggs Benedict); "Barbara Streisandwiches," such as the Caprese Little Thing Called Love; "Ring My Belgian" waffles, including the Under My Nutella, Ella, Ella; and more. Cocktails include the fairly self-explanatory Sunday Bloody Sunday, Mojito Mo' Problem, Mimosay My Name, and plenty of other options. Served on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. View the menu here.

Retired in August 2016

  • Banyan Bar & Refuge: Here's what you're eating: beignets with garam masala sugar and apple butter; grilled, smoked pork belly with sweet potato hoisin and peanuts; bacon and egg ramen; and mochi waffles. Currently taking place on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Banyan's brunch will also expand to Saturdays soon.
  • Capo: The new South Boston restaurant from the crew behind Lincoln Tavern and Loco Taqueria started serving brunch in April, taking place on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. The Italian menu includes panini, pizza, and pasta dishes, as well as a variety of baked and poached egg options and a couple other breakfast-friendly dishes, like lemon ricotta pancakes. Try a carafe of an aperol spritz, bellini, or mimosa.
  • Committee: Launched in early April, Committee's brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. There's a big, shareable portion of shakshuka, meant for two or three diners; sweet and savory Greek breakfast pies; spanakopita grilled cheese; a burger; and lots more. To drink, there are spiked Nescafe frappes and champagne trays (which include juices and garnishes).
  • La Motta's Italian Specialties (now closed): La Motta's, the newest addition to the Aquitaine/Gaslight/etc. family, launched brunch in March, taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Get there before 11 a.m. for a $9.95 prix fixe special that includes an entree, "hot sugar bombs" (doughnut holes), juice, and unlimited coffee. The brunch menu has a variety of egg dishes and custom omelets, as well as sweet options like bruleed pinapple with blueberries and sweet cream; banana French toast; and ricotta fritters. Brunch-friendly cocktails include The Morning Peck (Venezuelan coffee, rum, orange liqueur, espresso) and a white peach bellini.
  • L'Espalier (now closed): The upscale Back Bay restaurant has recently launched a three-course, $65 brunch prix fixe on weekends, available from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu changes regularly, but sample dishes include lobster bisque, roasted duck breast, and caramel sticky buns. Various add-ons are available, including caviar, tea cocktails, tea flights, and cheese flights.
  • Liquid Art House (now closed): Offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Liquid Art House's new brunch features dishes like a burger with dijonnaise, preserved tomato, cheddar, bacon, and a fried egg; brioche French toast with sorghum honey and raspberry sugar; and a soft-poached egg bao. And there are bloody marys, of course.
  • Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake (now closed): Poe's Kitchen has been around for quite some time, but it hasn't done a real brunch service — until now. Available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the new Southwestern-inspired menu includes dishes like bacon, egg, and avocado toast; huevos rancheros; and a brunch burger topped with queso fresco, fried egg, and braised pork belly.
  • Row 34: On Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Row 34 is now serving a counter-service menu — order at the bar, take a number, find a table, and wait for your food to be brought out to the table. While it's not explicitly being labeled "brunch," the menu satisfies both breakfast and lunch cravings with options like andouille and sweet potato hash with a poached egg; banana pancakes with fluffernutter butter and maple syrup; lobster rolls; and clam chowder.
  • Season to Taste: When The Table at Season to Taste opened recently, it meant the end of Season to Taste's Sunday brunch. But brunch has returned — chef Rembs Layman is back. (The dinner team, including Top Chef alum Carl Dooley, are off on Sundays.) Served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with no reservations, brunch is a two-course prix fixe ($25/person) with two or three choices per course. Add on dessert for $3. While the menu varies, a recent sample menu included dishes like cinnamon-chocolate pancakes with grilled chorizo and chipotle jam; smoky pork enchiladas with ranchero scrambled eggs and paprika potatoes; and a grilled shrimp salad with cooling sauce, salted cucumber, and crispy tortillas.
  • Sixth Gear Cask & Kitchen: This new Southie spot is now serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays with dishes like s'mores French toast, a chicken & waffle sandwich, and a Portuguese breakfast burger (chorizo and beef, over-easy egg, bacon, cheddar, sweet bread, sweet fingerling potatoes, and maple soy). Get a big mimosa for the table, or spike your coffee with a variety of boozy options.

Retired in May 2016

  • Worden Hall: Served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Worden Hall's new brunch includes a couple of the restaurant's signature deep-dish pies (margherita or soppressata and garlic sausage) along with dishes like orange vanilla beignets, a grilled bacon apple cheddar croque, a bagel with lox, and lots more. There are drinks, of course, including a couple types of bloody marys, bellinis, and mimosas.

Retired in April 2016

  • BISq: Served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, BISq's brunch features a petite menu of options like morcilla and fried eggs, root vegetable hash, and a selection of charcuterie and pickles. On the beverage side, try a sherry cobbler or a glass of Renardat-Fâche Cerdon du Bugey, the "best wine ever."
  • Blackstrap BBQ: This six-year-old Winthrop barbecue joint, opened by a couple of East Coast Grill alums, recently launched Sunday brunch with dishes like bacon cornbread pudding, chicken & waffles, and a bloody mary bar. There's live acoustic music on the last Sunday of each month.
  • The Backroom at Moody's Delicatessen: The Backroom launched brunch service at the end of December 2015, and it's full of dishes like chicken & waffles, duck confit hash, and a croque madame flatbread. Here's the menu.
  • Centre Street Cafe (now closed): Served from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, Centre Street Cafe's brunch includes an ever-changing selection of doughnuts, a fried egg sandwich, biscuits & gravy, meatball parmesan, and lots of other filling options.
  • JM Curley: This popular Downtown Crossing spot has been around for a few years now, but it has just recently launched a Monday industry brunch, dubbed "Cold Tea Mondays," from noon to 4 p.m. Here's a look at the menu, which focuses on booze, creative tea sandwiches, and hangover helpers (hello, duck poutine).
  • Lone Star Taco Bar: This new sibling to Deep Ellum and the original Lone Star in Allston serves brunch every single day, starting at 11 a.m., including huevos rancheros, breakfast tacos, moronga, and more. Here's the menu. The ultra-cheap and delicious jalapeno corn cakes will make you weep tears of joy.
  • Loyal Nine: Loyal Nine's cafe has been a nice option for a light brunch since opening, but now the restaurant is also serving a full Sunday brunch in the main dining room from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. How about a lobster popover with a poached egg, smoked pork fat, and hollandaise, accompanied by a bloody mary pitcher or a tiki drink?
  • Townsman (now closed): It happens only once a month — the last Saturday of every month — from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and that's probably for the best, because you're going to want to eat a whole table full of pastries. The "Cake Table" is an all-you-can-eat dessert extravaganza priced at $20/couple, and that's just a piece of Townsman brunch. Here's the full menu, which includes cinnamon bun grilled cheese; chicken and waffles; a bologna pony; and more.

Retired in February 2016

  • Audubon Boston: Audubon has been serving brunch since opening, but in the past few months, the team has really kicked things up a few notches with a new menu that includes gut-busting dishes like the Angels on Horseback — two eggs over-easy with sausage, fried oysters, horseradish cream, and arugula on a black pepper brioche bun, with potatoes on the side. More importantly, diners can customize their bloody marys with a wide range of add-ins, including entire other cocktails. How about a bone crusher bloody mary to start the day? Plus, there's live Motown and funk, courtesy of the Mockingbirds.
  • The Frogmore: This Jamaica Plain spot features lowcountry cuisine from the Fairsted Kitchen team. Check out hearty brunch options like the Southern Benny, shrimp and grits, and country fried pork chops on Texas toast. On the cocktail side, you'll find a few different bloody mary and mimosa options and more — or try a non-alcoholic drink, like the Hot Days, Warm Nights, a combination of strawberry shrub, lemon, and mint tea. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Retired in December 2015

  • Bastille Kitchen: Served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, Bastille Kitchen's brunch includes dishes like cinnamon-and-sugar mini croissants with citrus-lavender glaze; a duck confit omelet with truffle marrow butter; and a pork belly croque madame with bacon jam, gruyere, a fried egg, and potatoes. Here's the full menu.

Retired in November 2015

  • Bee's Knees Supply Company (now closed): Have a light brunch and pick up some specialty grocery items at the same time at the new Allston location of Bee's Knees Supply Company. The menu includes five types of grilled cheese sandwiches and other deli sandwiches, fruit juices and smoothies, various types of coffee and espresso, and more. Opens at 7 a.m. during the week and 8 a.m. on weekends.
  • Comedor: Comedor's brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. The restaurant features a blend of American and Chilean influences, and brunch continues in that vein, but in "dim sum-style," with large trays passed through the dining room. Diners might see dishes like fried chicken bagels with pimento cheese and pickles, s'mores French toast with chocolate ganache and toasted merengue, sopaipillas with spicy pebre, and crab johnnycakes with chili cheese butter and honey.
  • Davio's: The recently launched Davio's brunch takes place on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring a tableside bloody mary cart, warm apple zeppole, lobster bisque, six types of spring rolls, pasta, and more.
  • Taco Party: What happens when a vegan taco truck and a vegan bakery, neither with a permanent space to call its own, combine forces to open a brick-and-mortar location? The result is Taco Party, an adorable quick-service restaurant featuring baked goods by Sabertooth Vegan Bakery. The new Ball Square spot opens up at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday to fulfill your vegan taco-and-doughnut dreams.

Retired in October 2015

  • Cluckit (now closed): Offered from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, Cluckit's new brunch features calamari in a piri-lime sauce and honey glaze; grilled wings; Portuguese-style cassava fries; French toast in a piri-orange marmalade with molasses-grilled bananas; and more.
  • Red Lentil: Newly reopened after a short closure for a revamp, Red Lentil offers vegan and vegetarian brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The menu includes omelettes, tofu scrambles, vegan pancakes and waffles, soups and salads, and more.

Retired in September 2015

  • Belly (now closed): The Blue Room discontinued its longtime popular brunch earlier this year, but its sister and neighbor Belly has picked up the slack with the debut of its own brunch service, featuring options like charcuterie boards, beef tongue tartine, brioche French toast, and charred octopus salad.

Retired in August 2015

  • Brewer's Fork: Served from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sundays, Brewer's Fork's brunch includes small plates like goat cheese tartine, a salad of "(actually) ripe and seasonal fruit," and chia seed and yogurt parfait; sandwiches, including foie gras and strawberry on buttered and toasted brioche, a wood-fired burger with a fried egg and spicy mayo, and a CBLT (with candied bacon); and "eggy" dishes, including bourbon brown sugar French toast with bananas and maple, eggs Benedict with smoked ham and hollandaise, and flank steak with eggs and home fries. Of course, a few pizzas are available as well, including the "Jersey-style" Moody's pork roll, with cheddar and spicy ketchup.
  • Somerville Brewing Company: Now serving brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, Somerville Brewing Company's Boynton Yards brewhouse is mixing up some "beertails" for the occasion, like a Belgian spicy bloody mary with a candied bacon rim and a blood orange hefeweizen and guava mimosa. (Try a sampler flight if you want to taste both of those and more.) On the food side, there's French toast casserole, Belgian waffles, and more.
  • State Park: In April, State Park debuted a booze-filled brunch on both Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The food menu is divided into four parts: the perfectly named "Hangry Menu" (cinnamon roll, bruleed grapefruit, latkes, cookies), "Eggs" (foie gras toad in the hole, asparagus and morel scramble, urban lumberjack), "Not Eggs" (blintzes, crab on toast, fried chicken), and sides. Check out the full menu here.

Poe's Kitchen

384 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 617 859 8555 Visit Website

jm Curley

21 Temple Place, , MA 02111 (617) 338-5333 Visit Website


One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 617 494 0968 Visit Website

Liquid Art House

100 Arlington St, Boston, MA 02116 (617) 457-8130 Visit Website


120 Kingston Street, Boston, MA 02111 (617) 993-0750 Visit Website

STRIP by Strega

64 Arlington Street, , MA 02116 (617) 456-5300 Visit Website

Brassica Kitchen + Cafe

3710 Washington Street, , MA 02130 (617) 477-4519 Visit Website


782 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118 (857) 250-2999

The Frogmore

365 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 (857) 203-9462

Thunder Road

379 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143 (617) 776-7623

Worden Hall

22 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127 (617) 752-4206 Visit Website

Mamaleh's Delicatessen

One Kendall Square, Building 300, Cambridge, MA 02139 Visit Website

En Boca

8 Holyoke St., Cambridge, MA 02138


Ring Road, , MA 02199 (617) 536-1234 Visit Website

Les Sablons

2 Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 268-6800 Visit Website

Tuscan Kitchen Seaport

62 Seaport Blvd., Boston, MA 02210 Visit Website

Better Bagels

83a Seaport Boulevard, , MA 02210 (857) 317-4147

Strip-T's Restaurant

93 School Street, , MA 02472 (617) 923-4330 Visit Website


75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116 617 357 4810 Visit Website

Bastille Kitchen

49 Melcher Street, , MA 02210 (617) 556-8000 Visit Website

Centre Street Cafe

669 Centre St, #A, Boston, MA 02130 (617) 524-9217 Visit Website

Blackstrap BBQ

47A Woodside Ave, Winthrop, MA 02152 (617) 207-1783 Visit Website

Lone Star Taco Bar (Cambridge)

635 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02141 Visit Website

Red Lentil

600 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472 (617) 972-9189 Visit Website


1810 Ocean Avenue, , CA 90401 (310) 394-5550 Visit Website

Article 24

458 Western Avenue, , MA 02135 (617) 254-2424 Visit Website

Southern Kin Cookhouse

500 Assembly Row, , MA 02145 (617) 764-5966 Visit Website


310 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02139 (617) 945-9290 Visit Website

The Hopewell Bar & Kitchen

1277 Commonwealth Ave., Allston, MA 02134 617-208-8925 Visit Website

The Automatic

50 Hampshire Street, , MA 02139 (617) 714-5226 Visit Website

A&B Burgers

115 Beverly Street, , MA 02114 (857) 449-2251 Visit Website


243 Hampshire Street, , MA 02139 (617) 945-7448 Visit Website


560 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118 (857) 233-5941 Visit Website

Publico Street Bistro & Garden

11 Dorchester Street, , MA 02127 (617) 622-5700 Visit Website

Cunard Tavern

24 Orleans Street, , MA 02128 (617) 567-7609 Visit Website


Court Street, , MA 02108 (617) 979-8203 Visit Website


35 West Newton Street, , MA 02118 (857) 265-3195 Visit Website

Remnant Brewing

2 Bow Market Way, , MA 02143 (617) 764-0641 Visit Website

Yume Ga Arukara

1815 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02140 Visit Website

Zia Gianna

1739 Dorchester Avenue, , MA 02124 (617) 436-2368 Visit Website

Highland Fried

1271 Cambridge Street, , MA 02139 (617) 714-4662 Visit Website

A&B Burgers (Boston)

101 Beverly St., Boston, MA 02114 Visit Website

Craigie On Main

853 Main Street, , MA 02139 (617) 497-5511 Visit Website

State Park

15 Hampshire Street, , MA 02139 (617) 848-4355 Visit Website


105 Union Street, , MA 02459 (857) 404-0260 Visit Website

Loyal Nine

660 Cambridge Street, , MA 02141 (617) 945-2576 Visit Website

Bee's Knees Supply Company

12 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA 02210 (617) 292-2337

The Backroom

468 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453 (781) 216-8732

Tiger Mama

1363 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215 (617) 425-6262 Visit Website


91 Winthrop St., Cambridge, MA 02138 617-714-3206 Visit Website


569 Columbus Avenue, , MA 02118 (617) 536-9500 Visit Website

Night Shift Brewing

87 Santilli Hwy, Everett, MA 02149 (617) 294-4233 Visit Website

deadhorse hill

281 Main Street, , MA 01608 (774) 420-7107 Visit Website

Sixth Gear Cask & Kitchen

81 L St, Boston, MA 02127 (617) 765-8836

Area Four Boston

264 East Berkeley Street, , MA 02118 (857) 317-4805 Visit Website

Somerville Brewing Company - Slumbrew

15 Ward Street, , MA 02143 (800) 428-1150 Visit Website

City Tap House

10 Boston Wharf Rd, Boston, MA 02210 (617) 904-2748 Visit Website

Eventide Fenway

1321 Boylston Street, , MA 02215 (617) 545-1060 Visit Website

Momi Nonmi

1128 Cambridge Street, , MA 02139 (617) 945-7328 Visit Website

Brato Brewhouse & Kitchen

190 North Beacon Street, , MA 02135 (617) 903-3766 Visit Website

Curds & Co.

288 Washington St. , Brookline, MA 02445 (617) 879-0565 Visit Website


1508 Tremont Street, , MA 02120 (617) 516-8913 Visit Website

The Westland

10 Westland Avenue, , MA 02115 (617) 208-6292 Visit Website

Hot Box

1 Bow Market Way, , MA 02143 (617) 284-9600 Visit Website

Fat Baby

118 Dorchester Street, , MA 02127 (617) 766-3450 Visit Website

Casa Caña

1234 Soldiers Field Road, , MA 02135 (617) 415-5402 Visit Website

Night Shift Brewing (Lovejoy Wharf)

1 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston, MA 02114 (617) 456-7687 Visit Website

Brewer's Fork

7 Moulton Street, , MA 02129 (617) 337-5703 Visit Website


50 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02110 Visit Website


1071 Cambridge Street, , MA 02139 (617) 714-3693 Visit Website

The Townshend

1250 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169 (617) 481-9694

La Motta's Italian Specialties

1357 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118 Visit Website

Blackmoor Bar and Kitchen

1 Chelsea Street, , MA 02129 (617) 580-8166 Visit Website


69 Kilmarnock Street, , MA 02215 (617) 421-4470 Visit Website

Southern Proper

600 Harrison Avenue, , MA 02118 (857) 233-2421 Visit Website

Citrus & Salt

142 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116 Visit Website

Whole Heart Provisions (Central Square)

298 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139 Visit Website

Rebel Rebel

1 Bow Market Way, , MA 02143 (617) 721-7773 Visit Website


774 Boylston Street, , MA 02199 (617) 262-3023 Visit Website

East Coast Grill

1271 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-714-4662 Visit Website

Row 34

314 Main Street, , MA 02142 (617) 819-1120 Visit Website

Season to Taste

1678 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 871-9468 Visit Website

Trillium Brewing Company

50 Thomson Place, , MA 02210 (857) 449-0083 Visit Website

Banyan Bar & Refuge

492 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 (617) 556-4211

Taco Party

711 Broadway, , MA 02144 (617) 764-0683 Visit Website

Saltie Girl

279 Dartmouth Street, , MA 02116 (617) 267-0691 Visit Website

Little Donkey

505 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02139 (617) 945-1008 Visit Website

Ruckus Noodles

5 Tyler St., Boston, MA 02111

Bar Mezzana

360 Harrison Avenue, , MA 02118 (617) 530-1770 Visit Website


1030 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02138 (617) 864-2300 Visit Website

Buttermilk & Bourbon (Back Bay)

160 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116 (617) 266-1122 Visit Website

Self Portrait

377 Walden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 864-4745 Visit Website

Audubon Boston

838 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215 (617) 421-1910 Visit Website

Our Fathers

197 North Harvard Street, , MA 02134 (617) 303-0101 Visit Website

Bow Market

1 Bow Market Way, , MA 02143 Visit Website

Bootleg Special

400 Tremont Street, , MA 02116 (617) 451-1800 Visit Website

Hooked Fish Shop at Bow Market

337-341 Somerville Ave., Somerville, MA 02143 Visit Website

Burro Bar (South End)

1357 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118 (617) 776-0005 Visit Website


377 Walden Street, , MA 02138 (617) 714-5584 Visit Website

The Bacon Truck Cafe

50 Terminal St., Charlestown, MA 02129 Visit Website

Sons of Boston

19 Union Street, , MA 02108 (857) 317-3815 Visit Website