Boston's Ultimate Brunch Spots
by melanie lieberman
Buttermilk pancakes at Vanderbilt Grace
Bintliff’s Ogunquit Restaurant
The corned beef hash and crème brûlée French toast are menu favorites at this family-operated restaurant. There’s something for nearly everyone— and if there isn’t, Chef Norm will gladly modify a dish for you. Sip the bold Bintliff’s BLT Mary with bacon-infused vodka, garnished with a cherry tomato and heart of romaine.
335 Main St., Ogunquit, ME, 207- 646-3111.
Susan’s Guests love the honest neighborhood vibe at this cozy restaurant almost as much as the savory spicy Thai scramble and the Pennsylvania Dutch cakes with Jarlsberg cheese. The line down the block remains a tribute to the fresh ingredients and quality, homemade dishes at this eatery, now in its 20th season.
10 India St., Nantucket, 508- 325-0308.
While the popular bananas Foster stuffed French toast and crab cake Benedict aren’t going anywhere, the updated brunch menu at The Lenox’s City Table has innovative new dishes, such as the flatbread breakfast pizza. Pair your meal with a signature Champagne cocktail, such as the Ruby, where the traditional mimosa gets overhauled with Pom and ginger syrup.
65 Exeter St., 617-933-4800.
Met Back Bay
Met Back Bay takes a playful approach to Sunday brunch dishes, like the signature porkstuffed hash brown, which comes smothered in a jalapeño hollandaise. Try it with the restaurant’s number one brunch cocktail, a Met Crabby Mary, or split a pitcher of sangria on the patio. Also check out Met on Main in Nantucket, now open for breakfast.
279 Dartmouth St., 617-267- 0451; 38 Main St., Nantucket, 508-325-5111.
Take in the panoramic view of Newbury Street during a weekend morning brunch at this popular eatery. Menu favorites get a seasonal twist, such as a puffed pancake with strawberries and lemon crème fraîche. For a savory option, go with the frittata with cauliflower and spicy sausage. 327 Newbury St., 617-351-2500.
A leisurely Sunday afternoon is best spent with a three-inch-thick brioche French toast on the patio at Stella. The grilled burger with caramelized onions, cheddar, and applewood-smoked bacon is another favorite for a robust morning meal. Seasonal ingredients always make their way into Stella’s classic dishes, which highlight produce from local farms.
1525 Washington St., 617-247- 7747.
Straight Wharf Restaurant
Grab a patio seat at Straight Wharf for a view of the harbor to start your day. Enjoy classics such as Portuguese sweet bread French toast with island goat butter, or try a new addition such as the coffee cake with islandpicked sour cherries. Homemade bagels and liege waffles are also back this season.
6 Harbor Sq., Nantucket, 508-228-4499.
Towne Stove & Spirits
Culinary director Lydia Shire and executive chef Mario Capone have refreshed Towne’s brunch menu with bold flavors such as house-made rum-smoked salmon. Kick-start your day with the protein-packed deep-fried poached egg on minute skirt steak. For a lighter bite, try the lemon chiffon pancakes with whipped maple butter.
900 Boylston St., 617-247- 0400.
This landmark luxury hotel offers unforgettable brunch on its garden terrace. Enjoy the lush grounds while sampling executive chef Jonathan Cartwright’s housemade marmalades with a fresh-baked muffin. Buttermilk pancakes with blueberry compote and maple syrup are another perfect indulgence.
41 Mary St., Newport, RI, 401-846- 6200.