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To Brunch or Not to Brunch: Best Brunch Spots Near Boston

Nothing beats kicking off your day with a delicious brunch, full of options to fulfill your sweet or savory cravings. Our complete guide to all things brunch in Boston will make getting out of bed on a weekend worthwhile. Deliciously loaded french toast, delectable scrambled eggs, and exquisitely flaky pastries are among your rewards. Are you hungry yet? Wait until you learn about the greatest brunch spots in and around Boston.

1. Buttermilk & Bourbon

Buttermilk & Bourbon, located across the street from the Common Ave. Mall serves as a tribute to New Orleans. Brunch delicacies like crawfish étouffée hand pies, low country scramble, or house special buttermilk fried chicken with cheddar-bourbon waffles will make it feel like Mardi Gras in your mouth. With an order of beignets to round out your meal, your stomach will thank you; make the beignets chocolate to leave your stomach extra satisfied. The staff is friendly and extremely helpful, going out of its way to ensure that you have a truly authentic Southern dining experience. This Brunch Spot’s dining area features a colorful fireplace, red banquettes, and neon signs to create a Southern-inspired ambiance that will whisk you away to another part of the country.

2. Cósmica

With Mexican-inspired morning foods like chilaquiles verde, egg quesadillas, and breakfast tacos, this South End eatery will have you drooling for more and is unique compared to other brunch spots. In an ideal world, we’d brunch every day, but if all we can get is huevos rancheros and strawberry mezcalita just on weekends, we’ll take it. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up: try a boozy-slushee, a house margarita, or cocktails prepared with smoked pineapple and mezcal at the 30-seat bar. To invigorate guests with a new approach to brunch, Cósmica created a stylish communal room with hanging plants and exposed brick walls. The staff are exceedingly attentive, and the ambiance is lively and dynamic, which is especially important during times like these. Customers will be able to enjoy their wonderful meals outside when patios open in the summer, making the brunch experience even more delightful. To add a fun touch, they offer a hidden taco that can be ordered using a password found on the Cósmica Instagram. Make a beeline for Cósmica as soon as possible to get your hands on some wonderful food while pretending to be on the beach.

3. Ball Square Cafe

Located in Somerville, Ball Square Cafe is guaranteed to never disappoint you. Their renowned stuffed french toast, as well as a variety of other creative breakfast options including caramelized banana and walnut waffles, fluffy chocolate chip pancakes, and mouth-watering savory breakfast plates, are enticing. Guests are greeted by courteous staff and relaxing Jazz music in a bright and open eating room while enjoying an exceptional brunch. For those of you who can’t live without coffee (like me), there’s a Coffee Bar where you can personalize your drink with the quantity of milk/sugar you want, as well as a range of delectable flavored syrups. Come into one of the best brunch spots near Boston for a delicious meal at a more traditional location!

4. Henrietta’s Table

If you want to celebrate a special occasion with brunch, Henrietta’s Table in Cambridge is the place to go! With such a vast selection and high quality of absolutely everything, you’ll be left wondering why you don’t go to brunch more frequently. The dishes are hearty and executed to a high standard, and the farm-to-table environment is warm and friendly, making you feel right at home. A bounty of options awaits you at the buffet from classic waffles or pancakes to eggs, oysters, bagels, patés, and a broad choice of desserts to fill your plate to the brim. The restaurant’s wide range of options makes it extremely accommodating to dietary restrictions, with the added benefit of providing something for everyone in the family, even the pickiest of young children. The cheerful and hardworking staff that greets you contributes to the fun-loving atmosphere where you may unwind while savoring mouthwatering food. Run, don’t walk, to one of the most fantastic brunch spots; Henrietta’s Table!

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5. Sonsie

Sonsie already has a leg up on the competition with other brunch spots due to its location on Newbury Street, which puts it in close proximity to a plethora of stores. Apart from the fact that you can enjoy walking around and shopping after you eat, the food and drinks at Sonsie are impeccable. The avocado toast or the chorizo sausage breakfast sandwich are just a few of the plethora of options to choose from to fuel yourself for the day. If you have a sweet tooth when coming in, make sure to try the Bananas Foster French Toast complete with a caramel rum sauce. Share a pitcher of sangria with your table to spice up Sunday morning brunch or, if you’re not into sharing, treat yourself to an Aperol spritz! The ambiance is welcoming, with a choice of sitting options, one of which is located at the glass façade, giving you a front-row seat to the bustling Newbury Street, ideal for people-watching. Stop by Sonsie the next time you’re craving brunch and want to shop afterwards!

6. Tres Gatos

Tres Gatos in Jamaica Plain is the place to go if you’re searching for something a little different from other brunch spots. Your taste buds will be delighted and your stomach will be pleasantly stuffed with a tapas-based cuisine; plates like patatas bravas and chorizo pancakes are beautifully presented and taste even better. Make sure to try a signature brunch cocktail like the Meow-mosa, which combines cava and fresh orange juice. Quite possibly the most special part about Tres Gatos, besides the unique and fascinating menu, would be the fabulous environment replete with amazing music, lovely service, and a one-of-a-kind book and music store in the back. After your great meal, make your way to the back to pick up a new book or browse their record and CD collection. Tres Gatos is one of those brunch spots that is a very rare find, so be sure to check it out ASAP. 

Is your stomach grumbling like ours right now? We hope that this list of Boston’s best brunch spots has piqued your interest and made you want to rush to any of these places right away!

Olivia Plotkin

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