Where to Eat Weekday Brunch Around Boston
At some point in time, someone, somewhere, decided that brunch should be banished to the weekend. But a meal so special—sweet or savory? morning or afternoon? scrambled or fried?—shouldn’t be limited to just one or two days, so we sought out the best places around Boston that serve up brunch for the Monday-Friday crowd.
The Breakfast Club
Okay, so it’s really extended breakfast every day at this vintage ’80s-themed Allston diner. But its classic, good-greasy plates certainly hit the brunch spot. The expansive menu has everything from pumpkin pecan pancakes, to bacon and biscuits, to eggs Benedict Florentine. Or, go for Bailey’s French Toast, with almond challah bread, Baileys Irish Cream, and caramel drizzle.
Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-2 p.m., the Breakfast Club, 270 Western Ave., Allston, 617-783-1212, thebreakfastclubboston.com.
The Back Bay pub is serving up brunch every single day of the week, with dishes like pulled pork eggs Benedict, duck sweet potato hash, and drinks like the Island Espresso martini, with espresso vodka, coconut rum, and coffee beans. If the weekday lull really has you down, opt for the F.C.C.F.T, a stacked plate of fried chicken, French toast, bacon, and maple syrup.
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Brownstone, 111 Dartmouth St., Boston, 617-867-4142, brownstoneboston.com.
One of Boston’s best brunch and patio spots offers brunch daily, with options like Fall River French toast with Portuguese sweet bread, a breakfast burrito with house-made chorizo, and a kielbasa and egg sandwich, which layers horseradish aioli and Vermont cheddar between a split English muffin.
Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Deep Ellum, 477 Cambridge St., Allston, 617-787-2337, deepellum-boston.com.
Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant
This South Boston spot recently opened its doors for brunch on Fridays with its Test Kitchen brunch series. (Regular brunch continues on Saturday and Sunday.) If you’re itching to start your weekend with some pilot brunch plates, you’re in for dishes like Fruity Pebble pancakes with cereal milk anglaise, or huevos rancheros pizza, with chorizo, black beans, spicy ranchero sauce, queso fresco, and tomatoes. The Test Kitchen brunch menu changes weekly.
Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Lincoln Tavern, 425 W. Broadway, South Boston, 617-765-8636, lincolnsouthboston.com.
Lone Star Taco Bar
Brunch is big in the Deep Ellum family: Its sister taqueria, with locations next door and in Cambridge, has daily breakfast-y lunch options like Moronga, a Mexican blood sausage, served with poblano grits, radish slaw, and a fried egg, and signature jalapeño corncakes with maple syrup. Wash it all down with a breakfast margarita: Tequila, elderflower liquor, lime, and grapefruit juice.
Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Lone Star Taco Bar, 479 Cambridge St., Allston, 617-782-8226, 635 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 857-285-6179, lonestar-boston.com.
If you’re in Allston, you have more than your fair share of weekday brunch options. And no one’s complaining. At Lulu’s, there are such hangover cures as the “white trash” hash, a plate of tater tots topped with poached eggs and short ribs; cinnamon roll mini waffles with strawberries, and a number of signature omelette and pancake dishes. Just make sure you get there early; seats fill up fast.
Mondays, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Lulu’s Allston, 421 Cambridge St., Allston, 617-787-1117, lulusallston.com.
Tracy Chang offers Saturday brunch at Pagu, but the chef-owner doesn’t want her industry friends who work every weekend to miss out on the fun. The brunch menu returns every Monday afternoon with dishes like a wafflato topped with chicken katsu and mushroom gravy; tamari-honey-glazed short rib and eggs for two; and a Spanish mimosa with Axta vermouth, orange cordial, and Cava. There’s also Gracenote espresso to be had, house-made pastries, and dinnertime favorites like Guchi’s Midnight Ramen, and the cedar campfire black cod.
Mondays, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 310 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-945-9290, gopagu.com.
Trina’s Starlite Lounge
The Somerville restaurant has a legendary industry brunch every Monday afternoon, with entrees like maple bourbon steak and eggs, sloppy Joe eggs, and a section of the menu devoted to brunch sandwiches and breakfast burgers. Fight off the Monday drag with a Starlite bloody Mary, a White Russian with chocolate Quick, or the Adirondack, made with butter-infused bourbon and maple syrup—and a Miller High Life beer back.
Mondays, noon-4 p.m., Trina’s Starlite Lounge, 3 Beacon St., Somerville, 617-576-0006, trinastarlitelounge.com.
Breakfast at this vegan- and vegetarian-friendly Cambridge spot runs all day, and all week. Kick the Monday blues with a Prospect Street omelette, with smoked tofu, Swiss, and spinach; or go Benedict with the eggs Florissa, which comes with tomato, spinach, and red pepper sauce on a black pepper biscuit. Whatever you decide on—even if it’s just a side of tempeh bacon—you can eat easy knowing your brunch is healthy and always available.
Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Fridays, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., 450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-497-1513, veggiegalaxy.com.
Again, all day breakfast means everyday brunch. At this Brookline staple, that means a daily quiche and mixed greens, a pastrami scramble with swiss cheese, poached eggs with smoked salmon and potato pancakes, and much more.
Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., and Thursday through Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Zaftigs, 335 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-975-0075, zaftigs.com.