SEARCHING FOR A SUNDAY BRUNCH on THE NORTH SHORE!!
I moved to Newton 5 years ago and although its not that far of a hike, life and its schedules take ova and I am unable to seem to catch up with my friends and their new little ones as much as I would like.. I am looking for a good brunch place with decent prices that is slightly family oriented and takes large parties.. all I want for my birthday is for us to be in the same room for a few small hours and be able to catch up with each other and enjoy the company as well... Does anyone have any suggestions?? I am looking for the 24th which ELIMINATES SALEM MA, which would have been a perfect meeting point but they are having the Cancer Walk for North Shore Medical Center that day and Salem is going to be SLAMMED... is there anywhere in Peabody, Saugus, Lynnfield, Danvers, Swampscott?? ANY of those cites would be ideal... this is all I want for my birthday is to be able to enjoy my friends and their loved ones!! PLEASE HELP!! I am running out of time!!
Red Rock Bistro does brunch in Swampscott with a wonderful view, but I haven't been in years so I don't know what the food is like these days. I do recall it as being reasonably family friendly.
I know this OP's time has past, but wanted to update the thread for future searches.In Marblehead, Five Corners Kitchen has reopened/expanded and we had a really excellent brunch there yesterday,We went for a pre-Ft. Sewall brunch and, as surprising as it is to say it, it is even more delightful to report that we both had the best traditional brunch we've had in a long time. We quickly remembered that the chef/owner, Barry Edelman, is an Aquitaine alum(the fries, oh the fries!)but certainly on our brunch dishes, Barry seems to have bettered his old alma mater.
The Eggs Benedict we had were pristine works of art. On one, 2 versions were combined for an egg bedding of spinach, tomato, mushroooms and house- cured Canadian bacon (on an Enflish muffin of course); for the other the bedding was duck confit and gruyere (yep, like that memorable Aquitaine brunch panini). The hollandaise on both was light , lemony and luscious (as light as all that butter can be, that is.)
The home fries were miles above any i've ever had, the result ( we were told by Nick, the talented Sous) of bacon fat, butter, cumin, smoked paprika, persillade..... And we had those fantastic fries as a sub for one of our home fries. Man oh man, if you are a major potato hound, ya' gotta try these. The beet and watercress salad was generous and perfectly balanced in flavors and composition. Had a really interesting Blueberry Basil Citrus Vodka drink.A bit on the sweet side for me (I added a lot of lime) but very refreshing and enjoyable. And My Love enjoyed his non vodka version of the same. In addition to 4 or 5 trad French desserts, the Cambr School of Culinary Arts- trained pastry chef keeps about 6 gelati flavors on the list; I was particularly impressed by the Anise.
Particularly given the generous portions and the wonderful execution, we felt prices were reasonable- $9 salad, $12 Eggs Ben., $6 gelati. The room is all white and windows, w/ brown everything else. Clean, open, bright. Our service was friendly and professional. Really couldn't have asked for more. We were lucky to get there near the end of brunch service (10am-3pm sundays)so it wasn't so loud, but with the sold out crowds they seem to get at dinner, i bet it can get pretty cacaphonous in there (no curtains, soft ceiling or rugs).
So we are really psyched with the new and improved Five Corners Kitchen and look forward to returning often. Hope some of youall will try it soon.