Twelve of our favorite brunch spots in Boston
Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The zinc bar and weathered-subway-tile walls are as authentic as the French fare that attracts neighborhood residents and suburbanite foodies. France's answer to the American corner bar and grill, the brasserie is all about inexpensive, well-executed standards like croque-monsieurs ($9.75), vanilla French toast stuffed with fromage blanc and maple syrup ($9), and caramelized banana crepes with almond cream ($8). We love the stiff drinks like the hangover cure that is the Ramos Gin Fizz ($8). You can also take advantage of the $9.95 brunch prix fixe (available all day on Saturday and from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. on Sundays). It includes a glass of juice, Peet's coffee or tea, Julia Child's spiced shortbread with raspberry jam, and a choice of vanilla French toast with Vermont maple syrup and blueberry compote, an omelette Lyonnaisse with Gruyere cheese, potatoes, and caramelized onions, or soft baked eggs with roasted red peppers, onions, and fennel.
560 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-422-0224 , gaslight560.com
Photo by Heath Robbins.