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Affordable Sunday Brunch

Cind Jun 3, 2008 12:41 PM

Hello Hounds!

Toronto Hound here visiting Boston again! Everyone was so helpful during my last visit, so I need your assistance again!

I will be in Boston for the weekend and need a recommendation for an affordable place to eat brunch on Sunday. Now here is the kicker.....The people I am traveling with would really love for it to be located on Newbury Street (or vicinity) and be able to eat outdoors on a patio.

Is this possible?

Thanks in advance!

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    BBHound RE: Cind Jun 3, 2008 01:02 PM

    Let me guess - I'll bet they want to park in front of the restaurant as well.

    It is possible, but not likely. Instead, try the South End, 4-5 short blocks south of Newbury St. with lots of great brunch possibilities and outdoor seating. Hamersley's now has a patio and is offering brunch. Pops does a great job and has a patio. And many places have open front windows.

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      kweesee RE: BBHound Jun 3, 2008 07:41 PM

      I'm not sure what cind meant by affordable (price range?) but I dont think hamersley's is in the affordable category.

      If your friends want to stay on Newbury then you're not gonna get much positive response from boston chowhounders. However, Newbury has much more patio seating restaurants than the south end.

      I've had Pops for lunch but not brunch - but I really didnt enjoy my lunch there.

      1. re: kweesee
        lobst RE: kweesee Jun 5, 2008 01:35 AM

        I've had the Hamersley's brunch and it is not too pricey at all. A little sparse, though, both in selection and on the plate.

        I would recommend brunch at Pops. We've been twice and enjoyed it both times. Don't know if that patio/greenhouse area in the back has windows that open--but even in winter it has an outdoorsy feeling.

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          twentyoystahs RE: lobst Jun 5, 2008 06:53 AM

          Pops has outdoor seating right on Tremont St too. We always enjoy our meals there.
          Directly across the street is Beehive, which I believe has just started serving brunch and has outdoor tables too. Can't comment on the food as I still haven't been.

      2. re: BBHound
        mrsx RE: BBHound Jun 4, 2008 06:20 AM

        To that "South End," Union Bar and Grille has a $9.95 fixed price brunch option for "early risers" (10-11am) on Sundays... I'm spacing out about patios right now but I think they have some outdoor seating?


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          twentyoystahs RE: mrsx Jun 5, 2008 06:57 AM

          No outdoor seating at Union, but the $9.95 prix fixe is a great deal. Includes your choice of juice, coffee, coffee cake, as well as an entree.

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        Blumie RE: Cind Jun 4, 2008 09:26 AM

        Starbuck's on Newbury: right on Newbury, outdoor seating, coffee and a muffin for $5.

        1. phelana RE: Cind Jun 4, 2008 09:40 AM

          I hosted a b day Sunday Brunch at Aquitaine and had folks from Holland, the Caribbean and various points in the US. EVERYONE loved it. Great prices and super wait staff. PHENOMENAL French Toast.

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            kweesee RE: phelana Jun 4, 2008 06:03 PM

            I went to aquitaine for brunch 2 weekends ago. nonen of us liked it. it was busy (as always) and the service was slow. the chestnut hill one is much better

            1. re: kweesee
              lobst RE: kweesee Jun 5, 2008 01:32 AM

              I like it on Saturday, not on Sunday. Sunday's a scene and you have to have reservations. Saturday has the specials. And always those Bloody Marys.

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                phelana RE: lobst Jun 5, 2008 03:44 AM

                We had reservations for 10 on a Sunday in May. Our server was efficient and earned his 25% tip well. I would love to go on Sat. What a deal.

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            mwk RE: Cind Jun 5, 2008 06:47 AM

            Personally, I think you need to make a choice between the location and the food. If they insist on being on Newbury St., don't expect a fantastic meal.

            I believe that Stephanie's has a patio and serves brunch.

            You could also just wander down Newbury St. on that morning and pick a place that looks nice for you all. Just don't expect the food to be memorable and you should be fine.

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              mkel34 RE: mwk Jun 5, 2008 07:17 AM

              Did anyone mention Tremont 647? Don't they have a little patio/windows that open onto tremont st.

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                heathermb RE: mkel34 Jun 5, 2008 07:34 AM

                They do, and I love their brunch.

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