Brunch in Boston’s South End

Filed in Food & Dining by on June 16, 2009 0 Comments
Gaslight Brasserie in the South End

Gaslight Brasserie in the South End

Sunday brunch is my favorite meal of the week, and there’s no better place in Boston than the South End to indulge in sweet, gooey French toast or a savory omelet stuffed with melted cheese. Pretty much any of the South End’s numerous restaurants serve an excellent brunch for less money than dinner, but here are a few of my faves.

1. Masa: Here the brunch menu includes Southwestern influences like chorizo, salsa ranchero, and mango butter paired with more brunch classics. Start off with a few brunch tapas (Masa is known for its mouth-watering tapas) like granola con leche and tropical fruit, then perhaps the Mexican omelet, all washed down with a Habanero watermelon margarita. ¡Muy delicioso!

2. Aquitane: It’s rare to find a restaurant that serves Saturday brunch. But Aquitane’s Saturday brunch is one of the best values in all of Boston! Between 10 and 11am, you can get a house-made cinnamon bun with an egg dish of your choice, potatoes, toast, a glass of fresh orange juice, and unlimited coffee for a mere $9.95. On Sundays, you can order ala carte with options like Ometlette Basquaise, brioche French toast, and salade Nicoise.

3. Gaslight Brasserie: Nestled deep in the South End (and far from any subway stops), Gaslight oozes French flair out of every corner. Choose from oysters and truffled scrambled egg tartine or more traditional brunch items like vanilla Frenh toast.  Gaslight also serves their cleverly named “hangover cocktails” like the  Gaslight Bloody Mary and Matin Martini. While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by the South End Open Market afterwards.

4. Beehive: When this cafe and jazz club opened in the Boston Center for the Arts a few years ago, it created a huge stir with its blend of Bohemian style and live music. An order of Poutine (gravy-smothered cheese frites) will probably cause a heart attack, but it’s worth it for this basket of gooey goodness. Perhaps balance it with the quiche du jour with healthy salad (“healthy salad” is actually what it says on the menu). The restaurant feels like it’s straight out of Moulin Rouge.

5. Tremont 647: No list of Boston brunch restaurants is complete without mentioning Tremont 647 and their legendary pajama brunches. The staff actually wears PJs as they serve delicious comfort food like house-made Pop Tarts and blue cheese frites.

Your turn! Where would you go for brunch? Any places I should try?

Flickr photo courtesy of kahala

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A contributing writer/blogger for, Susan Johnston lives and writes near Fenway Park. She loves exploring the city and has also contributed to The Boston Globe,, and many other places.

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