The dreaded brunch thread
I am not a brunch person, but I will be finding myself between East Cambridge and Inman Square on Saturday at 11am.
Have come up with:
ASS Bar (except not for the filet-o-fish)
Petsi's for scones/tart/cinnamon roll
Where should I eat? What's open? Brunch/early lunch/late breakfast options are all welcome.
TNJ, get to the Neighborhood Restaurant early some weekend - sit out under the arbor in the courtyard and get more food for $10 than you'll know what to deal with. Make sure to option at least one cream of wheat for the table, instead of fresh fruit. Not saying it's super-gourmet, but I'd like to think this could change your ideas on brunch.
Thanks for avoiding that fish. :)
Sleeping on the floor of the B-Side - that sounds like a story...
For your Saturday brunch, I am going to want to pull you uptown a little to Union Square for the Neighborhood Restaurant or Sherman Cafe - it's surprisingly close to Inman. Farmer's Market is starting there too, if it hasn't already.
As good as Punjabi Dhaba is at dinner, the items I absolutely crave are the egg dishes from their "light food" menu. My personal favorite is the anda burji, "beaten eggs cooked with onion, ginger, green chilli, tomatoes, coriander leaves, green peas and spices." The punjabi omelet sandwich is quite good as well. I believe they open at 11.
Toscanini's (somewhat) new "breakfast at the big table" at the Main St. branch. Atmosphere is very casual but the food is all prepared with a lot of care and quite delicious. Wonderful fruit salad (even in winter), terrific homemade sausage, fancy breakfast sandwiches, cornmeal crusted pancakes etc. Plus some of Cambridge's best coffee and then ice cream for dessert. Open Sat and Sun at 10 am.
Eclectic assortment you've offered there... Petsi's is great, but it's a bit low on atmosphere. I love the brunch at B-side but atmosphere-wise, inevitably I feel like I've been there sleeping on the floor all night and awoken to breakfast accidentally...
Avoid S&S... despite the long lines the food is ho-hum and the service brusque.