Working too hard, need a great Saturday lunch
Thanks for all the great suggestions. We had been to many before (and agree they are great). We decided to try Pops. What a wonderful lunch we had in their garden room. The place is lovely with a New Orleans feel to it. That feel was continued through the Bloody Marys, which were terrifically spiced and contained okra and a "hot" string bean. I had scrambled eggs with avocado and smoked salmon. It was served molded and stacked - round eggs on the bottom, layer of avocado and topped with the salmon. A gustatory and visual delight. My husband had a tasty and expertly prepared potato and garlic omelette. We got sides of chorizo patties (a bit greasy), and corn muffins.
I think they are off to an impressive start. The staff seems very eager to please and working very hard to provide a good time. They succeeded well.
Reef Cafe for Lebanese -- try the dishes with their amazing garlic paste. Very inexpensive, but first-rate no less.
New Shanghai or Shanghai Gate for classic dou jiang (soy bean milk) and you tiao (fried crullers) along with little dishes of Shanghainese appetizers, I like the shen1 jian1 bao1/pan fried dumplings.
Volle Nolle for sandwiches (I like them all) or oatmeal with grilled bananas, candied walnuts and blackcurrants.
A lot of lunch options on Saturday become brunch. Some thoughts:
Pops -- new, great looking, reasonably priced New American/Eclectic place in the South End with a lunch-y brunch menu.
Bristol -- lobby restaurant of the Four Seasons with a great lunch menu, not too exorbitant.
Cafe at the Taj (fka the old Ritz) -- still doing the traditional New England brunch menu, with a lot of lunch items. Actually pretty fairly priced.
Sel de la Terre -- waterfront Country French, a lunch-tilting brunch menu, very nice.
Beacon Hill Bistro -- a good lunch on Saturday, more American than its French dinner menu, good prices for Beacon Hill.
La Brace -- Italian chop house in the North End, fine grilled steaks, chops, and fish, excellent pastas and seafood, mid-priced.