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Boston's 12 Hottest Brunches, February 2013

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Presenting Eater Boston's updated Brunch Heatmap: your go-to reference for the hottest brunches in town at this precise moment in time. Some of these places are new to Boston, some just new to the brunch scene, but all twelve are brand new to this updated map, and each offers something more interesting than the same old French toast.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Painted Burro

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219 Elm St.
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 776-0005
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For tortas and tacos, plus some Mexican spins on American brunch fare--like chipotle chocolate chip pancakes--head here. Coming soon: a li'l sib called Burro Bar. Sundays, 10AM to 2PM. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
382 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 776-8100
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This Southern-style brunch menu is divided into categories such as "Vittles" and "Fixins" (aww...) with dishes like Scotch eggs and pulled pork shoulder hash, plus "Standards" like shrimp & grits. Saturday and Sunday, 10AM to 4PM. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

3. Chez Henri

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1 Shepard St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 354-8980
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After nearly two decades in business, this French and Cuban-influenced (Fruban?) restaurant has finally introduced a weekend brunch. Served only on Sundays, the menu includes escargot, a Cuban Sandwich, duck confit hash and Breakfast Bourbon, a cocktail made with Bulleit, blood orange and mint. Sundays, 10AM to 2PM. [Photo: Official Site]

4. The Sinclair

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52 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
This Harvard Square music venue/restaurant just added a weekend brunch. The menu has a New Orleans bent, with dishes like crab benedict with creole hollandaise and tasso ham ($14) and a Bloody Mary with smoked pork belly. Saturday and Sunday, 11AM to 3PM. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

5. John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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33 Dunster St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 868-3585
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After a complete renovation a few months ago, John Harvard's introduced a new weekend brunch. The menu is pretty classic brunch fare, with dishes like chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, and thick-cut French toast, plus mimosas, micheladas, and Bloody Marys. And lots of beer of course Saturdays and Sundays, 11Am to 3PM. [Photo: John Harvard's/ Official Site]

6. Hops n Scotch

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1306 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 232-8808
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You can choose from 80 craft beers (30 of which are on tap) to go with you your order of Hangover Hash, or the Ranch Hand Breakfast Sandwich at this Brookline bar from the owner of Coolidge Corner Wine & Spirits. Saturday and Sunday, 11AM to 2PM. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

7. Tres Gatos

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470 Centre St.
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 477-4851
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Boston's only tapas bar/book/music store recently introduced weekend brunch. The menu combines traditional tapas with American breakfast, for dishes like chickpea pancakes with maple syrup, figs, and Marcona almonds or eggs benedict with smoked duck breast and an orange hollandaise. Saturday and Sunday, 10AM to 2PM. [Photo: Aaron Bouvier]

8. Estelle's

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782 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 427-0200
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Chef Eric Gburski serves a serious Southern brunch at this hot new South End restaurant, with dishes like chicken fried steak with sausage gravy, deviled eggs with smoked chicken liver, and watermelon salad. The drink menu is limited to the three brunch classics: Screwdrivers, "South End Screwdrivers" and Bloody "Estelles." Saturday and Sunday, 11AM to 3PM. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

9. OAK Long Bar + Kitchen

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138 St. James Ave
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 585-7222
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Farm to table fare from the new, modernized version of the old Oak Room. The menu includes Lobster Eggs Benedict, a "Croque Madame" burger, plus a selection of flatbreads and pastries. Sunday, 10AM to 2PM. [Photo: Thrillist]

10. Tip Tap Room

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138 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114
(857) 263-7614
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The "Tipsy Brunch" served every Sunday lives up to its title, with dishes like eggs benedict with beer cheese hollandaise, Belgian beer waffles with beer butter, and steak and eggs with whiskey sauce over french toast. Sunday, 11:30AM to 3PM. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

11. 75 On Liberty Wharf

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220 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 227-0754
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Brunch with a view. Selections include steak and eggs, Belgian waffles, eggs benedict and more. There's also a Bloody Mary bar for the DIY types, and live jazz on Sundays. 11:30AM to 4PM on Saturday, 10:30AM to 4PM on Sunday.

12. Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

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425 West Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127
(617) 765-8636
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If you can't decide between the more traditional egg dishes and the wood-fired pizzas at this hit newcomer, just go for the Breakfast Pizza, topped with eggs, bacon, hash browns, and Tabasco. And for Bloody Mary fans, there are four different options, ranging from the classic to versions with tequila and Guinness. Saturday and Sunday, 11AM to 3PM. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

1. The Painted Burro

219 Elm St., Somerville, MA 02144
For tortas and tacos, plus some Mexican spins on American brunch fare--like chipotle chocolate chip pancakes--head here. Coming soon: a li'l sib called Burro Bar. Sundays, 10AM to 2PM. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
219 Elm St.
Somerville, MA 02144

2. M3

382 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02144
This Southern-style brunch menu is divided into categories such as "Vittles" and "Fixins" (aww...) with dishes like Scotch eggs and pulled pork shoulder hash, plus "Standards" like shrimp & grits. Saturday and Sunday, 10AM to 4PM. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
382 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144

3. Chez Henri

1 Shepard St, Cambridge, MA 02138
After nearly two decades in business, this French and Cuban-influenced (Fruban?) restaurant has finally introduced a weekend brunch. Served only on Sundays, the menu includes escargot, a Cuban Sandwich, duck confit hash and Breakfast Bourbon, a cocktail made with Bulleit, blood orange and mint. Sundays, 10AM to 2PM. [Photo: Official Site]
1 Shepard St
Cambridge, MA 02138

4. The Sinclair

52 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
This Harvard Square music venue/restaurant just added a weekend brunch. The menu has a New Orleans bent, with dishes like crab benedict with creole hollandaise and tasso ham ($14) and a Bloody Mary with smoked pork belly. Saturday and Sunday, 11AM to 3PM. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
52 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

33 Dunster St., Cambridge, MA 02138
After a complete renovation a few months ago, John Harvard's introduced a new weekend brunch. The menu is pretty classic brunch fare, with dishes like chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, and thick-cut French toast, plus mimosas, micheladas, and Bloody Marys. And lots of beer of course Saturdays and Sundays, 11Am to 3PM. [Photo: John Harvard's/ Official Site]
33 Dunster St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

6. Hops n Scotch

1306 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446
You can choose from 80 craft beers (30 of which are on tap) to go with you your order of Hangover Hash, or the Ranch Hand Breakfast Sandwich at this Brookline bar from the owner of Coolidge Corner Wine & Spirits. Saturday and Sunday, 11AM to 2PM. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
1306 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA 02446

7. Tres Gatos

470 Centre St., Boston, MA 02130
Boston's only tapas bar/book/music store recently introduced weekend brunch. The menu combines traditional tapas with American breakfast, for dishes like chickpea pancakes with maple syrup, figs, and Marcona almonds or eggs benedict with smoked duck breast and an orange hollandaise. Saturday and Sunday, 10AM to 2PM. [Photo: Aaron Bouvier]
470 Centre St.
Boston, MA 02130

8. Estelle's

782 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118
Chef Eric Gburski serves a serious Southern brunch at this hot new South End restaurant, with dishes like chicken fried steak with sausage gravy, deviled eggs with smoked chicken liver, and watermelon salad. The drink menu is limited to the three brunch classics: Screwdrivers, "South End Screwdrivers" and Bloody "Estelles." Saturday and Sunday, 11AM to 3PM. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
782 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118

9. OAK Long Bar + Kitchen

138 St. James Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Farm to table fare from the new, modernized version of the old Oak Room. The menu includes Lobster Eggs Benedict, a "Croque Madame" burger, plus a selection of flatbreads and pastries. Sunday, 10AM to 2PM. [Photo: Thrillist]
138 St. James Ave
Boston, MA 02116

10. Tip Tap Room

138 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114
The "Tipsy Brunch" served every Sunday lives up to its title, with dishes like eggs benedict with beer cheese hollandaise, Belgian beer waffles with beer butter, and steak and eggs with whiskey sauce over french toast. Sunday, 11:30AM to 3PM. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
138 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114

11. 75 On Liberty Wharf

220 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
Brunch with a view. Selections include steak and eggs, Belgian waffles, eggs benedict and more. There's also a Bloody Mary bar for the DIY types, and live jazz on Sundays. 11:30AM to 4PM on Saturday, 10:30AM to 4PM on Sunday.
220 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

12. Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

425 West Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127
If you can't decide between the more traditional egg dishes and the wood-fired pizzas at this hit newcomer, just go for the Breakfast Pizza, topped with eggs, bacon, hash browns, and Tabasco. And for Bloody Mary fans, there are four different options, ranging from the classic to versions with tequila and Guinness. Saturday and Sunday, 11AM to 3PM. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
425 West Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127

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