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Brunch in Arlington

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. 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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    1. re: hiddenboston

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

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

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      1. re: pamalamb

        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.

        1. re: Harp00n

          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?

          1. re: Joanie

            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. 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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        1. re: Chris VR

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

          1. re: Fort Point

            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.

        2. 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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          1. re: ameria

            Sadly, Prose no longer does Sunday brunch.

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

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            1. re: hotoynoodle

              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.

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

              1. 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.