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Sep 8, 2013 07:09 AM

A really good high quality brunch?

What so you recommend to a foodie that is on the hunt for an excellent brunch?

My test for a quality restaurant brunch is - freshly baked bread.

Lately we tried the weekend brunch at "Abe and Louis" in back bay.
it wasn't too bad but I don't appreciate it when I am served sliced bread from a supermarket. Good service and nicely made eggs are good qualities, but not enough...

so... any great ideas??

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  1. Craigie on Main. I believe their bread is from Iggy's.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Crazy Egg

      My local supermarket sells Iggy's. Just sayin'.

      1. re: CapeCodGuy

        Yes, I understand. I am saying that Cragie has a great brunch. And giving full disclosure that their breads may be from Iggy's and not house made. However, IMO Iggy's bread is not like regular supermarket sliced bread. Certainly beats any S&S or Shaw's by a long shot.

        1. re: Crazy Egg

          I think ccguy's point was more that just because it's not baked in-house doesn't mean it's inferior bread.

          Perhaps Mistral's brunch meets the OP's standards. Never been but I hear they at least bake their own cinnamon rolls.

    2. I wouldn't think of refer to myself as a foodie, so I wouldn't know what to recommend to one, however in terms of hugh quality brunches, Mistral has the best I have had in these parts (a different league than Abe & Louie's).

      They definitely make their incredible cinnamon buns from scratch. I have no idea about the other breads, but we haven't had anything that wasn't excellent at their brunch.

      Good service and nicely made eggs - check.

      1. I *think* Henrietta's Table does their own bread, but you might want to call ahead to confirm. And maybe the buffet set-up is a deal-breaker?

        1. I think that "Eastern Standard" makes their own bread. Don't know about "the Blue Room" or "East Coast Grill", but their brunches are popular among the "foodies" here.

          Why are we using superfluous quotation marks?

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          1. re: justbeingpolite

            esk does not make its own bread.

            blue room is a buffet and it always feels chaotic for brunch.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              ESK does make their own bread ( and as much as I like them at night, I don't think their brunch is anything to write home about.

              Truly great bread though is tough to find at most restaurants except for super high end imo, many of which are not going to do Brunch. But if you're looking for quality baked goods, we've had good brunches recently at both Island Creek and Craigie. ICOB had a great assortment of pastry-breads (scones, muffins, fruited cornbread, etc.) Craigie has a great house baked donut.

              1. re: Klunco

                ah, sorry, i see, but only since opening icob.

                the rolls at esk still suck.

                1. re: hotoynoodle

                  Agreed, although I like them better than the sliced bread they've been serving.

          2. I had a great experience at Mistral and regularly recommend it for brunch in the city. Their muffins are to die for!

            Gaslight and Hamersley's Bistro, both in the South End, are also excellent. You can't go wrong with any of those three.

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            1. re: TheGirlWhoAteBoston

              Given the outstanding quality of the dinner bread basket at Hamersley's, it's hard to imagine that the sourdough listed on the brunch menu wouldn't be top-notch.