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Mar 11, 2008 10:38 AM

Saturday Brunch in the city?

Staying at the Onyx Hotel for the weekend. Looking for a great brunch place on Saturday morning. Average prices/Above average food with cocktails. Would be willing to take a taxi somewhere but don't mind walking distance. Good exercise after a big brunch! Thanks.

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  1. I'm really not a brunch person, but I can tell you that you're right near the North End, so if you feel like Italian - I would head there if I were you. Otherwise, you're right in the middle of Faneuil Hall with no notable restaurants to speak of.

    1. Not lots of places for brunch on Saturday.

      If you like dim sum, Chinatown is within walking distance. Lots of posts about dim sum on this board.

      Two places that do a good Saturday brunch are in the South End. Aquitaine and Union (same ownership) both offer a Saturday brunch for $9.95 (price goes up on Sunday). From your hotel, take the MBTA Orange Line from North Station to Back Bay and it's a short walk from there.

      Union Bar and Grille
      1357 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118

      569 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118

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      1. re: BBHound

        Yes, the South End is probably your best bet, though it's not walking distance at all. There are lots of brunch places in the neighborhood and nearly all that do Sunday brunch also do Saturday.

        Aquitaine and Union are two of my favorites. Masa is also a good option, and their Saturday prix fixe brunch is VERY cheap (I want to say $10). Another great spot is Metropolis, but the space is small and fills up quickly.

          1. re: saltyair

            I third it. They take reservations too via opentable. If there are more than three of you, then request one of the (4?) booths in your reservation. They're the best. Also a french-fries for home-fries substitution can be good too. Last time I went I got about four little potato pieces and the person with the french fries got a mountain.

            1. re: jonship

              Thanks for your suggestions. I checked out there menu and it looks excellent for Brunch. Anything else to check out while in the South End? We were looking to walk around and sighsee after or before brunch?

              Also, As for Italian, gini, we are having dinner in the pm in the North End at Lucca. I know there have been mixed reviews on this board but we are going to try it.

              1. re: Nanay

                About couple of blocks from Union is South End Formaggio... it's a fantastic little cheese shop/grocer

                There's also lots of cool little shops in that area (Garage Sale, Lekker, Motley Home, other names are escaping me). As far as sightseeing, there isn't much, but it's a great little neighborhood to go for a stroll... brick sidewalks, friendly people, lots of dog walkers.

                1. re: Nanay

                  Aunt Sadie's on Union Park is a fun shop.