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2017 BEST Brunch, Cape Cod

Hangar B Eatery


A top-notch brunch spot—on a tarmac? It’s long been a reality in Cape Cod, where chef Brian Erskine turns out fluffy lemon-ricotta pancakes and hearty red-flannel hash from a kitchen at the Chatham Municipal Airport. Summer weekends find the place… read more»

2017 BEST Brunch, West


Newton Centre

The toasted meringue rests, like a stormy cumulus cloud, atop the thick piece of buttery brioche, daring you to break into it and let the molten chocolate ganache underneath flow freely. This is Comedor’s s’mores French toast, and it’s brought… read more»

2017 BEST Brunch, North

The Paddle Inn


The team behind Trina’s Starlite Lounge injected some much-needed energy into Newburyport with a beach-inspired, rum-fueled hangout that fits the bill from day to late night. Brunch here means strong and spicy bloody marys (with or without bacon), doughnut holes,… read more»

2017 BEST Brunch, Martha's Vineyard

State Road

West Tisbury

State Road’s no-reservations brunch is a hot ticket, so go early or expect to be patient. From the fish and chips made with Vineyard flounder to granola topped with island honey, the menu is the definition of farm-to-table, with seating… read more»

2017 BEST Brunch, Nantucket

The Proprietors Bar & Table


Hollandaise-drizzled eggs Benny and bloodies are always a welcome weekend indulgence, but there are times—especially on vacation—when we want more from our morning meal. Thankfully, the Proprietors’ adventurous brunch menu rises to the challenge. Here, chef/co-owner Michael LaScola’s lobster-and-mushroom pancakes… read more»

2017 BEST Brunch, South

Little Carmen’s


When you need fortification before hitting Hingham’s Derby Street Shoppes, slip into Little Carmen’s. The wee strip-mall café in Norwell serves a knock-out medley of American and Mexican dishes, from chilaquiles topped with slow-roasted pork to chili rellenos wrapped in… read more»

2017 BEST Brunch



Joshua Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri’s airy, French-inspired all-day café is at its finest on weekend mornings, when they kick their daily breakfast offerings up a few notches. Rustically elegant, the herb-flecked Gruyère omelet and straight-out-of-a-picnic-basket-in-Paris ham-and-radish-butter sandwich are best when… read more»

2016 BEST Brunch, Cape Cod

Daily Paper


Find everything from lobster Benedict to big-as-your-face pancakes at this cheery diner, which also serves an excellent lunch. (Beware the enormous Daily Paper burger, topped with onion rings.) Service is beyond cheerful—our waitress handled an unwieldy party of 10 with… read more»

2016 BEST Brunch, Martha's Vineyard

Behind the Bookstore


Known as the island’s top destination for coffee, brunch at this Secret Garden-meets-French-café oasis just off Edgartown’s tony main drag remains perpetually underrated. Studded with avocado, the fried egg BLT is a hearty eye-opener. And the shakshuka, spicy and served… read more»

2016 BEST Brunch

Brewer’s Fork


Moody’s-sourced Jersey pork roll dripping with spicy ketchup and melted American cheese, vintage ’80s cartoons projected over the bar, and a crisp Centennial-hopped pilsner cooling in your palm: Welcome to bleary-eyed bliss. At this hair-of-the-dog miracle worker in Charlestown, toast… read more»