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Boston's best: Brunch spots

The Paramount

As no-frills as they come in Beacon Hill, The Paramount has become a neighborhood favorite thanks to its simple, yet delicious food and its unique brunch system. Come in on a weekday or after 4:30pm on the weekend and The Paramount operates like any other sit-down restaurant. But stop by for brunch on Saturday or Sunday, and you’re in for something a little different. Wait in line, place your order, and then watch as your food is prepared right in front of you. By the time you’ve reached the register to pay, a table in the pleasantly snug dining room has somehow opened up. Try the Caprese-inspired Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Omelet ($8.50) or a Malted Belgian Waffle ($6) piled high with fresh fruit. Breakfast menu served from 7am-4:30pm Monday-Friday and 8am-4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Lunch service begins at 11am. 44 Charles Street, Beacon Hill, Boston (617-720-1152,



Masa serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm, but it’s really the special prix fixe Fiesta Brunch that gets our stomachs growling and keeps our wallets smiling. Served from 10am to 3pm on Saturdays and from 10am to 11am on Sunday, the Fiesta Brunch features two courses and unlimited coffee or tea for only $7.95. Those with a sweet tooth should not miss the dessert-like Caramelized Plantain Empanada, a first course option. Second course favorites include Santa Fe Eggs Benedict served with Green Chile Hollandaise Sauce and Southwest homefries or  Huevos Rancheros placed atop a crispy quesadilla and surrounded by spicy black beans.  Masa also serves a mean Bloody Mary ($7.50) made with pickled jalapenos or try the Bloody Masa ($7.50), mixed with tequila instead of vodka. The Latin Bellini ($8.50) with champagne and mango and guava puree is also a fitting accompaniment to Masa’s Southwestern-inspired cuisine.  Reservations accepted. 439 Tremont Street, South End, Boston (617-338-8884,


Neighborhood Restaurant and Bakery

A local gem for nearly 30 years, this family-owned restaurant is beloved for its huge portions of American breakfasts with a Portuguese twist served on the cheap. Plates heaped with french toast, omelets or pancakes are accompanied by your choice of linguica, home fries, toast or even fried bananas, all for under $8. Every entrée comes with fresh fruit or a bowl of cream of wheat, though we highly recommend you choose the latter. Sweet and creamy, Neighborhood’s cream of wheat has its own cult following, and once you’ve tried it, you’ll find yourself converted too. The vine-covered patio makes this spot a popular choice when the weather is warmer. The patio usually opens by Mother’s Day and closes sometime in October. Due to Neighborhood’s popularity, you can expect a long wait during peak brunch hours. Plan on arriving before 9am or after 2:30pm to avoid lines. Breakfast menu served 7am-4pm, Lunch served 11:30am-4pm every day of the week. 25 Bow Street, Union Square, Somerville (617-623-9710,


Deep Ellum

Known for its impressive selection of beers and its dedication to classic cocktails, Deep Ellum also makes a name for itself with its brunch menu, which is served every day of the week. Allston residents can’t get enough of the Breakfast Burrito ($7), which is stuffed with eggs, house made sausage, pepper jack cheese, onions, tomatoes,  and hot sauce and is rumored to be an affective hangover-helper. Other favorites include Duck Confit Hash ($10), Fries 4 Ways ($5) and Bloody Marys, for which Deep Ellum makes their own mix. Along with brunch items, starters and sandwiches from the dinner menu are also available. Brunch served 11am-4pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday. 477 Cambridge Street, Allston (617-787-2337,


Highland Kitchen

Highland Kitchen has a limited brunch window, but don’t let that deter you from trying its stomach-filling and heart-warming Southern cuisine. Choose from favorites like Shrimp and Grits ($10.95), Smoked Trout & Bacon Hash ($12.95), and Buttermilk Pancakes ($7.95) with fresh berries and bourbon maple syrup. Highland also offers a number of unique breakfast cocktails including Man’s Ruin ($7.50) made with rum, orange juice, orange bitters and ginger beer and Fiona ($8), a mix of tequila, Campari, orange juice, and lemon. If you’re in the mood for a mimosa, skip the $8 version (it’s served in a champagne glass) and go for the “Biggie” instead. For just $2 more, you’ll get a whole pint glass. Brunch served 11am-2:30pm on Sundays. Reservations can be made for parties of six or more. 150 Highland Avenue, Somerville (617-625-1131,


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By Badoo Sexy (not verified) on 4/03/2012 at 11:11 am
Every time one of these Boston brunch guides comes out, they overlook Toro on Washington Street, which is a huge oversight, considering how consistently great their brunch is. Also missing is any of the several great options in Inman Square: East Coast Grille, Tupelo, City Girl Cafe, and Ole. For week-day brunch with old-school charm, Charlie's Sandwich Shop on Columbus is hard to beat. Finally, Island Creek Oyster Bar opened recently and has a great brunch menu, service and ambiance.
By Anonymous (not verified) on 1/16/2011 at 11:46 am
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