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2016 BEST Brunch, Martha's Vineyard

Behind the Bookstore

Edgartown

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

Charlestown

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»

2016 BEST Brunch, Nantucket

Millie’s

Nantucket

The best Sunday brunches are long, lazy, and maybe a little bit hazy. Millie’s excels at this combo, with an expansive lawn dotted with picnic tables and cornhole boards, a Mexi-local menu, and happy people milling about clutching Mason jars… read more»

2016 BEST Brunch, Cape Cod

Daily Paper

Hyannis

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»

2015 BEST Brunch, Cape Cod

Añejo

Falmouth

There’s finally authentic Mexican on the Upper Cape thanks to this bustling spot in Falmouth Center, which skips the gimmicks and gloppy cheese in favor of fresh, local seafood and a creative Sunday brunch menu with a twist—and a kick…. read more»

2015 BEST Brunch, Martha's Vineyard

Art Cliff Diner

Vineyard Haven

This small diner’s sharp take on breakfast basics keeps the crowds coming: cod cakes topped with poached local farm eggs and hollandaise; fluffy “drunken sailor” pancakes with real rum raisins; and specials like crushed Frosted Flakes French toast. Night owls… read more»

2015 BEST Brunch, Nantucket

Boarding House

Nantucket

For more than two decades, Angela and Seth Raynor have provided prime people-watching on their outdoor patio. The brunch is top-notch, too, with Sunday-morning saviors like chicken and waffles, lump-crab-stuffed avocado, grilled banana bread, and, naturally, a bacon bloody mary. read more»

2015 BEST Brunch

Tres Gatos

Jamaica Plain

The brunch at this record shop/tapas bar caters to savory seekers—and hangover chasers. Here the “put an egg on it” philosophy reigns supreme, evidenced by dinner-menu staples like the lamb bocadillo, which gets the morning-after huevos treatment come brunch. While… read more»

2015 BEST Brunch, Kids

The Kirkland Tap and Trotter

Somerville

This mellow gastropub goes beyond carnival fare with nourishing plates like house-made spaghetti with meat sauce, or fish and chips, all accompanied by fresh, organic veggies. The space is so big that yowling tots won’t raise brows, and servers happily… read more»

2014 BEST Brunch, North
Photograph by Michael Piazza

Ceia Kitchen + Bar

Newburyport

Rye crêpes with ricotta, smoked salmon, and fiddleheads. House-made linguiça with eggs. Portuguese sweet-bread French toast with strawberries and streusel. This Newburyport hot spot turns out pumped-up versions of brunch favorites with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients (which… read more»