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Fort Point Mar 8, 2007 12:50 PM

Meeting my brother and family for Brunch on Sunday March 17. Appreciate suggestions in the area near Arlington. Their tastes do not run toward gourmet, but ours do, so somewhere in between would be good. Also would you need reservations? Thanks.

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  1. hiddenboston RE: Fort Point Mar 8, 2007 12:57 PM

    Maybe Christopher's in Porter Square? I know they do a Sunday brunch, though I haven't tried it yet (only been there for dinner).

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      bachslunch RE: hiddenboston Mar 8, 2007 03:09 PM

      I've found Christopher's very spotty, sometimes good, but sometimes awful, especially at brunch.

    2. pamalamb RE: Fort Point Mar 8, 2007 01:02 PM

      I've heard that Tryst in Arlington center does a nice brunch.

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        Harp00n RE: pamalamb Mar 8, 2007 02:50 PM

        We've eaten at Tryst several times in the past for dinner only and have always had an excellent experience, This past Sunday we went with an old friend for brunch and on our 1:30 arrival they were already out of Bloody Marys. No matter, the French 75's, the food and the excellent Jazz trio, which prompted some stylish dancing (no, not me!) made for a wonderful afternoon.

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          Joanie RE: Harp00n Mar 9, 2007 05:10 AM

          How can they be out of Bloody Marys? If you make them for real, you just need the vodka, tomato juice, horseradish, celery, whatever else? I assume it was a big ole mix they use?

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            Harp00n RE: Joanie Mar 9, 2007 02:25 PM

            My wife informs me that yes, they were out of mix. I was too busy groovin' on the Duke Ellington to hear that exchange. And yes, again, I'm surprised that they'd use a mix but the French 75's were killer.

      2. Chris VR RE: Fort Point Mar 8, 2007 02:21 PM

        Are you looking for Sunday, March 18? or Saturday, March 17? Not trying to be pedantic- Saturday brunches are harder to find.

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          Fort Point RE: Chris VR Mar 9, 2007 06:58 AM

          Sorry about that, meant the 18th. Must have been thinking about the parade which is on the 18th this year.

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            Foodjunkie08 RE: Fort Point Mar 14, 2007 04:15 PM

            I went to the Broadway Diner in Arlington last Sunday and I thought the food was excellent. I had the Strawberry Chocolate Chip pancakes and my friend had the Benedict Florentine, both were delicious. I highly recommend.

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          ameria RE: Fort Point Mar 14, 2007 07:45 PM

          I totally recommend Prose on Mass Ave in Arlington for Sunday brunch. The food is sort of philosphically Alice Waters-esque... wholesome ingredients cooked with a gourmet touch- not frou frou, just well informed. The atmosphere is homey. the service can be a bit slow, but it is a nice place to sit and socialize and you certainly won't feel rushed. Also Flora in Arlington used to do brunch... it would be worth giving them a call.

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            weathermasta RE: ameria Mar 15, 2007 09:59 AM

            Sadly, Prose no longer does Sunday brunch.

          2. hotoynoodle RE: Fort Point Mar 15, 2007 10:01 AM

            flora does brunch, and it's a very pretty space.

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              Allstonian RE: hotoynoodle Mar 17, 2007 02:33 PM

              I'm confused. I've had some really nice brunches at Flora, but it was years ago. So I just looked at their website, and while they do advertise an upcoming Easter brunch on their news page ("Floral Notes") it looks like otherwise they're only open for dinner these days.

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              sflory RE: Fort Point Mar 17, 2007 02:37 PM

              You could make the trek over to East Coast Grill in Cambridge...featuring a make your own bloody mary bar.

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                Cambridge7 RE: Fort Point Mar 19, 2007 10:29 AM

                I'd make the small trek to SoundBites in Somerville. It's the best non-gourmet breakfast/brunch food around. French toast with seasonal fruit is killer good. I've been trying to find a place in Arlington for years, and just can't find one that satisfies (without going "fancy-shmancy", which to me goes against the philosophy of brunch...I think brunch should be more home-madey). I have to make a vote against the Arlington Diner, by the way. It's not terrible, but definitely not a place to go premeditatively.

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