Boston has a renowned restaurant scene, and for the American weekend phenomenon known as brunch, this city is best known for having no shortage of spots with outdoor seating and a mean eggs benedict. Of course, there’s more to breakfast—or is it lunch?—than eggs and toast. Some of our favorite establishments are boldly experimenting with the standard bill of fare. From Bloody Mary’s with a little extra something to live entertainment, these one-of-a-kind brunch spots are bringing an unforgettable touch to Sunday morning’s breakfast-lunch fusion.
Trident Booksellers & Cafe
When it comes to food, Trident Booksellers & Cafe is, without a doubt, one of the best places for breakfast, lunch, or brunch. Their menu is ambitious and eclectic, featuring everything from a sweet apple brie omelette to a smoky salmon scramble. The cafe’s dishes smartly blend elements of classic brunch specialties with a unique and progressive edge. Don’t miss the homemade corned beef hash or the potato chuckwagon (shredded potatoes cooked with cheddar cheese, eggs, and your choice of breakfast meat). Not only does Trident serve up impressive food, but patrons love to peruse their wide selection of novels and magazines while fueling up.Trident Booksellers & cafe 338 Newbury St Boston, MA 02115
West End Johnnie’s
West End Johnnie’s is right around the corner from the Boxer Boston, and is one of the liveliest brunch spots in the city. Start with an easy snack, like fresh fruit salad or fried oysters and sweet potato chips. Both breakfast, as well as lunch fans will be satisfied with West End Johnnie’s diverse specialties: steak and eggs with house-marinated steak tips and Johnny’s house burger with applewood smoked bacon and fontina cheese. What else sets Johnnie’s apart? It’s got to be the weekly edition of Reggae Brunch, where happy eaters can enjoy mid-morning feasts to the steel drums and island vibes of a live reggae band.West End Johnnie’s 138 Portland St Boston, MA 02114
Just a short walk from the Boxer Boston in the quaint and timeless neighborhood of Beacon Hill. Here, diners are a mix of locals and tourists, standing in line at the cafeteria-style joint for straightforward bacon and eggs, french toast, or pancakes with hot coffee for the quintessential American diner experience that brunch was born out of. Indulge with the malted Belgian waffles with fruit on top: a worthy prize for your wait in line.The Paramount 44 Charles St Boston, MA 02114