From classic bagels and lox to smoked and cured trout rillettes, Boston is a hotbed of smoked seafood activity. In honor of Breakfast Week, here are some breakfast and brunch options around town.Read More
Where to Eat Smoked Seafood for Breakfast in Boston
From classic bagels and lox to smoked and cured trout rillettes, Boston is a hotbed of smoked seafood activity.
Bagelsaurus' hot smoked sandwich features smoked salmon from Boston Smoked Fish Co., and it comes topped with cream cheese, pickled cabbage, red onion, and fresh dill.
2. Bar Boulud, Boston
Whether it's breakfast or brunch, Bar Boulud offers smoked salmon. At breakfast (6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. daily), it's served with dill cream cheese, capers, red onions, parsley, and avocado on a toasted bagel. On the weekend brunch menu (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.), it's served with scrambled eggs and toasted brioche. Go on Sunday for a side of live jazz.
3. Beat Brasserie
Formerly known as the Beat Hotel, this Beehive sibling offers four types of eggs Benedict at brunch, including one with smoked salmon. The salmon can also be added to Beat's zucchini, leek, and potato latkes.
Bergamot's younger sibling launched Sunday brunch a few months back, and the menu includes smoked rainbow trout rillette with deviled egg, capers, lemon, and johnnycakes.
5. Brasserie Jo
Brasserie Jo offers a few smoked salmon options. At breakfast and brunch, it's accompanied by poached eggs and hollandaise. At breakfast, diners can also get smoked salmon with a bagel, while at brunch, there's an appetizer that pairs it with crispy potatoes and horseradish cream.
6. Café Fleuri
Cafe Fleuri's salmon goes through a five-day process, starting with two days of salting, then two days covered with onions, ground apples, and maple syrup, then a low-temperature drying. Finally, it's cold-smoked over apple and maple wood for six hours. It's available on the breakfast menu as well as at Sunday brunch.
At this South End brasserie, diners can brunch on house-smoked salmon, served with a hard-cooked egg, capers, red onion, and citrus creme fraiche.
8. Island Creek Oyster Bar
Island Creek's Sunday brunch kicks off at 10:30 a.m. — the perfect time of day for a seeded bagel topped with smoked mackerel pate and horseradish creme fraiche.
For brunch, try the smoked salmon with whipped burrata cream and persimmons or with cucumber salad.
For those who love smoked salmon topped with a classic hollandaise sauce, Metropolis serves a smoked salmon eggs Benedict at brunch. It comes with smoky homefries.
Mistral's classy brunch, which includes essentials like orange creamsicle doughnuts and warm cinnamon buns, offers smoked salmon on its own as a side, on top of a thin-crust pizza with creme fraiche whipped potatoes and scallions, and in a Benedict dish with roasted asparagus and maltese sauce.
12. Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions
"We take our bagels and lox seriously here and are huge fans of this classic," says owner Joshua Smith. "Piled high with everything — red onion, tomato, capers, and house-whipped chive cream cheese." The fish comes from Acme Smoked Fish Co. in Brooklyn.
13. Pier6 Boston
Pier 6's weekend brunch (11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday) includes smoked salmon Benedict with hollandaise, homefries, and a Stone & Skillet English muffin.
14. Post 390
During Sunday brunch (10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), Post 390 serves smoked salmon and chive rillettes on a grilled baguette with dill and pickled red onion.
15. Precinct Kitchen & Bar
Located inside the Loews Hotel, Precinct kicks off breakfast at 7 a.m. with plenty of classics, including a toasted bagel and lox with red onion and capers.
16. River Bar
Brunch is served 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and there's smoked bluefish hash with poached eggs.
17. Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar
During brunch on Saturday and Sunday, Rosebud offers a smoked salmon omelette, featuring brown sugar smoked salmon, goat cheese, sour cream, and chives.
18. S&S Restaurant
There are loads of lox and smoked whitefish options at this old-school deli in Inman Square.
19. State Park
State Park makes char lox in-house and serves it with a house-made everything bagel, whipped cream cheese, and fixings. When its sister restaurant, Mamaleh's, opens in the spring, there will be lots of cured and smoked fish options.
20. Steel & Rye
There's plenty of smoke to be found on Steel & Rye's compact brunch menu, including a couple of seafood options. The potato pancake comes topped with smoked salmon, lettuce, and caper creme fraiche, and there's also a smoked bluefish pate with red onion and red cress.
21. Tap Trailhouse
Tap Trailhouse's bagel n’ blues features "cognac-kissed" smoked bluefish pate with tomato and red onion, served on a toasted bagel.
22. The Haven
This Jamaica Plain Scottish restaurant wins the award for best-named menu item with its Lox Ness Monster bagel — Scottish cured salmon, Finnan haddie spread (smoked haddock), and pickled accompaniments, served on an Exodus bagel. There are also smoked fish cakes made from Finnan haddie and potato, topped with poached eggs, cherry pepper hollandaise, and arugula. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays.
23. The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
For weekend brunch, try the house-smoked and cured trout rillettes, served with an everything bagel, garden pickles, and salmon roe.
24. The Merchant Kitchen & Drinks
The Merchant serves smoked trout two ways at brunch — with asparagus, poached egg, and pancetta, for one, or with eggs Benedict, as an optional topping.
Townsman's brunch only pops up once a month, but when it does, keep an eye out for the Jamaican jerk bagel with smoked fish pate and pickled vegetables.
26. Worden Hall
Worden Hall serves a bagel with house-smoked salmon at brunch. It comes with herbed cream cheese, tomato, and greens.
27. Zaftigs Delicatessen
Choose a bagel (egg, cinnamon, marble, and more) and choose smoked fish (Nova, whitefish salad or filet, house-made gravlax, cold-baked salmon). It comes topped with cream cheese, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, capers, and onion. Get it anytime — Zaftigs' breakfast menu is served all day.