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Boston Makes the Brunch List

After reading this article...I thought:

1. Really? Tremont 647
2. What Would make my top Boston brunch spots


I really enjoy Masa, but where else would CH folks recommend?

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  1. I don't get to brunch that often, but when I do it's at Highland Kitchen, Craigie, the Gallows, Island Creek, or Abigail's.

      1. re: hotoynoodle

        Brunch is really not my thing, but when I do it, it's the Blue Room. Always very nice.

        1. East Coast Grill


          Grafton Street

          Plough and Star

          Highland Kitchen

          China Pearl

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          1. re: viperlush

            have only been to grafton at night, but the food is consistently horrible. is brunch somehow better?

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              I went a few months ago and it was horrible. Place was almost empty. will never go back.

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                I've never been there for dinner or lunch, but I have been pleased with brunch (I stick to breakfast items). What I like about it is you can make reservations, but even if you don't it doesn't get packed. So unlike Plough & Star, East Coast, Tupelo, Highland kitchen, Friendly Toast etc one doesn't have to wait in a line. I've twice eaten in a group of 9 adults and 2 infants/toddlers and we all got our food at the same time w/out an issue and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Their prices are reasonable and when you have guests in town it's a nice start to a walk around Harvard Square. I've enjoyed their Irish Breakfast, hash, and french toast. Is it a place that I go when its just the BF and I? No, but when I'm in a group it works out well.

                1. re: hotoynoodle

                  I've only ever been there for booze but at some point over the last several years it went from boring as all hell to at least something interesting to drink if I get dragged there. Maybe the food has done the same?

              2. Mistral. A wonderful combination of great food AND taking reservations.
                I love breakfast/brunch, but hate the typical 45-minute wait!

                Which other top places take reservations? Craigie?

                1. I too am a big Blue Room fan. Others we like are Highland Kitchen, Mistral, flora and East Coast Grill. A place I used to love was Claremont Cafe. Maybe it is nostalgia, but I just loved it.

                  1. i think you may have missed quite a few threads on this topic lately! might find more info on those. for us, it's East Coast Grill all the way, followed by East by Northeast, which does some very unusual and intriguing things (but you pay more for alot less food than at ECG).

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                    1. re: opinionatedchef

                      Wow, had no idea ExNE does brunch - you are totally right about the menu offerings - veddy interedsting...

                    2. Surprisingly, the best brunch I've had lately was at J's, the restaurant at Nashoba Winery in Bolton. Seared rare tuna, mussels with cold squid-ink pasta, truffled scrambled eggs with brie, pecan-wood smoked bacon, cajun pork loin, brioche french toast with maple butter... and that's only about half of what they had out.