Where in Boston to Order the Best Brunch for Takeout or Delivery
Make the most of your quarantine-weekend with the top morning-to-midday menus to-go.
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Behold a guide to restaurants across the city that dish out fabulous brunch menus, full of sweet and savory standouts that actually make it worthwhile to crawl out of bed—even if you’re only moving to the couch to dig in. Below, we’ve gathered up 10 current brunch favorites for the takeout and delivery era. In addition, we’ve also updated our more-comprehensive guide to the 20 best brunches in Boston, indicating whether they’ve reopened for takeout (good news; many have!) or remain closed. We’ll continue to refresh with new information, as available.
From eggy sandwiches on just-baked muffins, to fluffy pancakes with fresh fruit, and even greasy-good breakfast sausage and hash browns, here’s where to find the best brunch around Boston right now.
Note: Due to the uncertain nature of the present moment, as well as what it takes for full-service restaurants to pivot to takeout operations, these options are subject to change. This post will be updated. Please call a restaurant directly if you have questions about ordering. Additionally, the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association are both tracking self-reported takeout options with their own online portals. Looking for other takeout and delivery options? Check out all of Boston magazine’s dining guides for the pandemic. Last update: May 29, 2020.
Brassica Kitchen + Café
Status: Closed until mid-July for renovations.
Every day but Monday, this Jamaica Plain cafe serves up staples like the Tower Street breakfast sandwich, with a fried egg, veggie sausage, and pickled tomato on house-made sourdough; and signature fried chicken and brioche waffles. Call or order online to pick up between 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sundays. Delivery is available via Grubhub.
3710 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, 617-477-4519, brassicakitchen.com.
Citrus & Salt
Along with Tuesday through Saturday dinner takeout and app-enabled delivery, chef Jason Santos’ colorful, coastal-inspired cantina serves Sunday brunch each week from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Call or click to order curbside pickup of fun fare like chicken and waffle tacos; warm agave-glazed blue cornmeal biscuits; and even a soft-serve mimosa, prepared at home with a cup of house-made watermelon sorbet and a bottle of bubbly.
142 Berkeley St., Back Bay, Boston, 833-324-8787, citrusandsaltboston.com.
Cusser’s Roast Beef & Seafood
Walk up to this Back Bay takeout window on Saturday mornings to pick up pre-ordered packs of house-made bagels, doughnuts, and cinnamon buns, plus breakfast fare like asparagus-potato quiche, smoked salmon pate, and yogurt and granola parfait. Phone and web orders for curbside pickup in your car are also possible. Pre-order by Thursday at noon for Saturday pickup between 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
304 Stuart St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-917-5193, moonbarboston.com.
This South End wine bar serves le petit dejeuner to go every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring home dishes like eggs a la Provençal, poached in tomato ragu with Parmesan cheese and basil; a Croque Monsieur with ham or mushrooms; and French toast with berries. Along with coffee drinks and wines, there are also necessities to make your own bellini, bloody mary, and mimosas at home. Call to order.
560 Tremont St., South End, 857-233-5941, frenchieboston.com.
Open since the end of January, Southie’s brand-new juice and coffee bar is now doing takeout every Wednesday through Sunday. Along with café drinks and bottled juices, it serves up a fully vegan menu of avocado toast, açaí bowls with fresh fruit, bakery items, and more. Order online for curbside pickup or app delivery—and note: cash is not accepted at this time.
246 W. Broadway, South Boston, 617-420-4070, lulugreen.com.
Monica’s Pasta Shop
A hearty selection of Italian-style brunch dishes are available for takeout from this jewel of a North End market. Order up the likes of rustic grilled bruschetta topped with a two fried eggs and prosciutto; a smoked salmon and mascarpone pizzette; and crepes with chocolate-hazelnut spread and banana. Order online to pick up brunch at Monica’s Pasta Shop on Saturday or Sunday between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. One of the city’s favorite Italian subs, of course, is always on the menu.
141-143 Richmond St., North End Boston 617-227 0311, monicasboston.com.
Puritan & Co.
Before chefs Will Gilson and Brian Mercury open Café Beatrice at the Lexington in East Cambridge, they are bringing brunch back to their Inman Square restaurant. Every Sunday, pick up pre-ordered treats like lemon-almond morning buns and strawberry-rhubarb pop-tarts; red flannel hash; bagels with lox; and bloody mary mix. Online pre-orders for weekend brunch go live on Wednesdays, and must be received by noon on Friday for Sunday pickup between 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
1166 Cambridge S., Inman Square, Cambridge, 617-615-6195, puritancambridge.com.
Sofra Bakery and Café
This beloved bakery on the Cambridge-Belmont line is open Wednesday through Sunday for phone orders, walk-ups, and pre-ordered pickups. Weekly menus are updated online on Tuesdays (with specials shared on Instagram throughout the week). Expect a world of sweet and savory treats from talented chef-owner Maura Kilpatrick—notions like chocolate-hazelnut baklava, spinach and cheese borek, and Red Dragon iced tea by the quart. There are also lunch and dinner options, as well as bulk provisions, like flour, salt, spices, and nuts.
1 Belmont St, Cambridge, 617-661-3161, sofrabakery.com.
Chef Dan Bazzinotti is firing up the grill at Eataly Boston to send smoky short ribs, rustic breakfast sandwiches, and more right to your door. Available for app delivery on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Terra’s takeout brunch menu includes Italian inflected dishes like herb-marinated, grilled prime short ribs with fried eggs and salsa verde; ricotta pancakes with fresh strawberries and a smoked maple syrup; and a breakfast sandwich with fried egg, cheddar cheese, and a choice of king oyster mushrooms, Terra sausage, or prosciutto cotto. Order online.
Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-807-7300, eataly.com.
Through a new window onto Somerville Ave.’s sidewalk, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday you can safely pick up Vinal’s signature English muffins—perfect vehicles for egg sandwiches and house-made spreads like honey butter and apple jam. Along with muffins by the four-pack, owner Sarah Murphy and crew are serving up sandwiches like Miss Maple, with a fried egg, bacon, and maple butter; as well as pastries like cookies, hermits, and slices of cake. Coffee and a bounty of bottled beverages are also available. Order online to pick up Friday-Sunday between 8:30 a.m. and noon.
222 Somerville Ave., Somerville, vinalbakery.com.
Whole Heart Provisions
The menu at this colorful, plant-based favorite stands out because every fresh ingredient adds enhanced texture to any salad bowl—or, for that matter, pile of pancakes. So Whole Heart’s takeout program, centered at its Central Square location, is provided in the form of build-your-own meal kits, letting you build two generous servings at home with the layered flavors they deserve. That includes the WH brunch-menu mainstay, “buttermilk” pancakes: The meal kit includes vegan-friendly batter, house-made fruit jam, pumpkin seed crumble, whipped maple butter, bananas, and plant-based sausage and hash browns on the side. Whole Heart’s takeout also features mezze platters; FoMu ice cream by the pint; baby foods from a local partner; and more healthy provisions. Order online by Friday at 8 p.m. for pre-scheduled pickup on Saturday between 3-6 p.m.
298 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge, 617-945-8991, wholeheartprovisions.com.
The 20 Places to Find the Best Brunch in Boston
You know ’em, you love ’em—and many of them are back in action. Here’s our recap of the best brunches in Boston, with details on the availability of takeout and delivery. Watch this space for more updates!
Status: Open Thursday through Sunday for takeout (but without brunch on the menu, for now).
Bright, Aperol-orange umbrellas draw us like a beacon to the sidewalk patio at chef Colin Lynch’s coastal Italian stunner, the perfect place to grab a seat, gobble a house-made strawberry pop-tart, and soak up some Sunrise in Friuli–a brunch cocktail of sparkling wine, amaro, and pineapple and raspberry juices. There’s heartier fare, too, like bucatini carbonara and a mortadella sandwich with muffaletta relish, to fuel you through a shopping spree at the nearby (seasonal) SoWa Open Market.
Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 360 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-530-1770, barmezzana.com.
Status: Currently closed.
If the scent of a sizzling steak is what it takes to bait you out of bed on a weekend, be tempted by this beefy brunch menu (available only at Chops’ South End location). Besides the expected prime cuts, carnivores find a poutine-like hash of brisket, shank, and tongue covered in gravy and cheese curds; huevos rancheros with braised cheek and avocado mousse; and, yes, one hell of a burger. Add a Bloody Mary to the mix, then enjoy on the pleasant patio.
Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 1375 Washington St., Boston, 617-227-5011, bostonchops.com.
Status: Open daily for takeout (but without brunch on the menu, for now).
Wood-fired brunch pizzas abound here–pies covered in pork and kimchi with slow-cooked egg and cheddar; fennel sausage with pickled peppers and mozzarella; and bacon with onion, crème fraiche, and gruyere. Stellar hints of smokiness also accent the shakshuka, a skillet of baked eggs sitting in spicy tomato sauce, and a BBQ pork-butt Benedict on buttermilk biscuits. As for those brews? There’s plenty of craft beer on draft—like the Upland Peach, an eye-opening sour—plus some nice ciders.
Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 7 Moulton St., Charlestown, 617-337-5703, brewersfork.com.
Status: Open daily from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for takeout, with the brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays.
Its name nods to the moon, but this Cambridge café actually earned its neighborhood-hangout rep for morning fare: both weekday breakfast spreads and a super-popular, wide-ranging brunch menu on weekends. The latter’s lineup of includes signature omelets with fixings like grilled pear with gorgonzola; double-thick Belgian waffles with berry compote; and a “surf and turf” Benedict of lobster and steak. Though it moved to a larger location two years ago, crowds remain strong–so reservations are still recommended.
Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 612 Main St., Cambridge, 617-576-3400, cafeluna-centralsq.com.
Committee Ouzeri + Bar
Status: Currently closed.
Even when it’s not hosting monthly DJ appearances, there’s a buzzy scene at this hip Hellenic operation in the Seaport. Crowds come for the breakfast gyro (pita filled with grilled halloumi, loukaniko sausage, and more) and new “For the Table” feasts, including Greek-yogurt pancakes topped with honey and sour-cherry preserves. The patio is a fine perch for sharing Champagne trays with various garnishes, or a bottle from the all-natural, all-Greek list curated by Lauren Friel of Rebel Rebel, a super-buzzy wine bar.
Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 50 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-737-5051, committeeboston.com.
Status: Closed for good, unfortunately. But, sister Lone Star Taco Bar is moving in the week of June 8 and also serves brunch every day for takeout and patio dining.
Two words: kimchi dog. The frank is a bit of a legend at this Allston gastropub, well-known for its acclaimed craft brew list. Walk that spicy dog out to the hidden rear patio, or find a corner seat to recover from weekend misadventures by digging into hearty, hipster-beer-bar fare, including fried chicken with biscuits and Sriracha maple syrup, egg-topped avocado toast dusted with za’atar, and a braised pork-anchored “BBQ breakfast.”
Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 477 Cambridge St., Allston, 617-787-2337, deepellum-boston.com.
Status: Currently closed.
Come for the kitschy, colorful interior, covered in vintage bric-a-brac and parlaying a campy spin on a 1950s-suburban-kitchen aesthetic. Stay for the all-day breakfast grub, which seem like the work of a stoned Suzy Homemaker: Cinnamon-sugar pancakes with a cheesecake glaze; hot bowls of spicy buffalo-chicken dip; toasted, powder sugar-dusted doughnuts that are used to sandwich scrambled eggs and sausage. This quirky, New Hampshire-founded brand has local outposts in Back Bay, Kendall Square, and Burlington. Hours vary by location.
35 Stanhope St., Boston, 617-456-7849, additional locations, thefriendlytoast.com.
Status: Currently closed, but sister spots Sally’s Sandwiches and the Newton, Brighton, and South End locations of Blackbird Doughnuts are all open Wednesday-Sunday for pickup and delivery. Check out Sally’s for eggs and breakfast sandwiches, and Blackbird for vanilla-glazed brioche and more.
When you feel like death, find a spot under the massive Ouija board wall at this South End favorite, and recuperate with hair-of-the-dog elixirs: The Witching Hour, gin with blood orange and a splash of bubbles, may help. So will the brunch-time comfort food, including fried chicken with pancakes and black pepper-maple butter; scrambled egg-filled tacos dressed with cumin sour cream and pickled red cabbage; and a breakfast sandwich of fried egg, sausage, and buffalo sauce on an everything bagel-style doughnut from sibling operation, Blackbird Doughnuts.
Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 1395 Washington St., Boston, 617-425-0200, thegallowsboston.com.
Status: Currently closed.
This venerable, decades-spanning stalwart in Harvard Square remains a white tablecloth establishment in a trending-casual industry. it’s an especially excellent brunch choice for entertaining the in-laws with charcuterie spreads featuring chicken liver pâté; asparagus and nettle quiche, dressed with red wine vinaigrette; or raw New England oysters jazzed with juniper mignonette. Don’t relegate Harvest to special occasions, though. It’s fine, but not fussy–and you may even catch the occasional doughnut pop-up from pastry chef Josh Livsey.
Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 44 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-868-2255, harvestcambridge.com.
Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant
Status: Open daily for takeout (but without brunch on the menu, for now).
We’re well-fed guinea pigs whenever we swing by the “Brunch Test Kitchen” at this South Boston spot, a special Friday service (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) when they out creative culinary ideas: say, Fruity Pebbles-topped pancakes with cereal milk anglaise, or bananas stuffed with jerk spice-rubbed pork. Successful experiments may graduate to the weekend lineup, already replete with wood-fired pizzas, an indulgent platter of short rib poutine with truffle fries, and a jalapeño-infused Bloody Mary.
Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 425 W Broadway, South Boston, 617-765-8636, lincolnsouthboston.com.
Status: Just getting back to business with dinnertime meal kit pickups on May 29. Stay tuned for updates.
In its previous life as Centre Street Café, this intimate lil’ joint on Jamaica Plain’s restaurant-packed Centre Street earned brunch lines out the door. But in its new, space diner-themed incarnation, it serves much of its menu—including the entire breakfast lineup—all day. So even if you can’t rocket over during delineated brunch hours, you might still score favorites like the Major Tom, an egg-and-cheese breakfast sandwich with aioli and avocado, or the Mulder burger topped with tangy Area 51 sauce.
Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 669 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-9217, littledipperjp.com.
Status: Open Wednesday-Sunday from noon-6 p.m. for takeout lunch, coffee, and pre-ordered set suppers for two.
The Cambridge restaurant’s inventive explorations of classic New England cuisine don’t take time off on weekends. Head to the rear patio and partake in a lobster popover (one of our favorite funky spins on regional seafood); a fried clam and bacon sandwich with piccalilli aioli; or sweet corn and almond porridge with a poached egg and roasted rainbow carrots. Simpler breakfast fare is available from the daily café menu, too.
Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 660 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-945-2576, loyalninecambridge.com.
Status: Currently closed, but sister spot Cafe du Pays has debuted the new Vincent’s Grocery nearby, which has offered some Mamaleh’s sandwiches to-go. Stay tuned for updates.
It’s been said a million times, but here’s a million-and-one: This is not your bubbie’s Jewish deli. Kendall Square’s modern spin on the genre offers a chocolate-tahini bagel sandwich with bananas and toasted walnuts, alongside build-your-own fish platters for pairing cold-smoked salmon with choice of schmear. Pro-tip: take a slice of cinnamon babka to go; you’ll want to nosh it on your walk (or Uber) home.
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge, 617-958-3354, mamalehs.com.
Mike’s City Diner
Status: Reopening June 6 for daily takeout and app delivery.
Chef-owner Jay Hajj turned his not-so-greasy spoon in the South End into a city institution, thanks to appearances on Guy Fieri-hosted Food Network shows, his own comfort-food cookbook, and a legacy of serving large portions for little tabs. The recently-renovated, 1920s-inspired diner slings massive meals like the “Emergency Room” (eggs, grits, linguiça, and more), steak and cheese omelets, and breakfast burritos from morning-to-midday, every day of the week. (You can also buy the branded mugs as a souvenir.)
Daily, 6 a.m.-3 p.m. 1714 Washington St., Boston, 617-267-9393, mikescitydiner.com.
Myers + Chang
Status: Open Wednesday through Sunday for takeout (but without brunch on the menu, for now).
Indecisive? Spread yourself thin with this Asian icon’s dim sum brunch menu. It offers a smattering of bites, from cold (papaya slaw), to crispy (ginger-sesame waffle sundaes), to savory (lemongrass chicken wings)–plus wonderfully spongy bao, potsticker-style dumplings, and bowls of noodles. Restaurateur Joanne Chang’s Flour empire offers plenty of lovely morning pastries, but this is her spot where you can build a more substantive brunch-time meal.
Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 1145 Washington St., Boston, 617-542-5200, myersandchang.com.
Status: Open daily for takeout.
When you think of exciting, attention-grabbing brunch dishes, cream of wheat is probably not the first thing to come to mind. But the rich, warm bowls offered at this 1983-founded, family-owned Somerville stalwart are famous for a reason. Don’t believe us? You will. But besides, the daytime-only operation offers plenty of other reasons to head over–from fabulous, fluffy pancakes to some Portuguese-American seafood specialties. The place is friendly, low on frills, and full of neighborhood-legend charm.
Daily, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., 25 Bow St., Somerville, 617-623-9710, theneighborhoodrestaurant.com.
Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar
Status: Open Wednesday through Saturday for takeout (but without brunch on the menu, for now).
A historic diner car in the middle of Davis Square is home to crave-worthy comfort food of the Americana-eats variety–and a star-studded brunch menu that earns its stripes. Standouts include hush puppies with pineapple and chili chutney, home-made monkey bread with a brown butter glaze, and an indulgent “Country Croque Madame” that douses hickory ham with gooey gruyère, smoked gouda, and béchamel. You’ll want a boozy brunch drink to wash it down–like the Kentucky Iced Coffee, bourbon with amaretto, cold-brew coffee and maple syrup.
Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 381 Summer St., Somerville, 617-629-9500, rosebudkitchen.com.
Status: Open for takeout and curbside pickup Thursday through Saturday from 4-8 p.m. and for Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Chef Tiffani Faison’s Southeast Asian-inspired restaurant in the Fenway greets the day with a roar during weekend brunch service. The place covers the classics, like Singapore-style street noodles and pad gra prow (spicy Thai basil chicken with a fried duck egg). But there are also playful ideas like a banh mi burger: grilled pork patties with wok-roasted onions, fish sauce-tomato jam, and American cheese. Thirsty? Wake up to the “Good Morning, Vietnam!” cocktail of rum, amaro, coffee, condensed milk, and pineapple. And don’t miss pastry chef Dee Steffen Chinn’s fun weekly specials rolling by on the dim sum-style cart.
Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 1363 Boylston St., Boston, 617-425-6262, tigermamaboston.com.
Trina’s Starlite Lounge
Status: Open Thursday-Sunday for takeout, with the brunch menu only Sundays from 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Restaurant industry workers spend their weekends pulling long hours to keep us well-fed–but they deserve a brunch break, too. Hence Trina’s Monday brunch service, a long-popular pick for folks in the service sphere. Office workers shouldn’t worry; they can still swing by on Sunday for the awesome array, which includes pickle-brined fried chicken on biscuits with American cheese; French toast covered in candied pecans; a terrific taco salad; and booze like the Adirondack, a cocktail of butter-infused bourbon with maple syrup and chocolate-covered bacon.
Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Mondays, noon-4 p.m., 3 Beacon St., Somerville, 617-576-0006, trinastarlitelounge.com.
Status: Currently closed.
At chef Michael Scelfo’s coastal-cuisine operation near Harvard Square, the brunch menu covers an ocean’s worth of seafood: caviar comes with a dollop of buttermilk yogurt on plankton corn blini; clams top a signature pizza; fried oysters accompany poached egg on an okonomiyaki waffle. Don’t worry, landlubbers–you won’t be left out, thanks to creative doughnut baskets and other non-aquatic options.
Sundays, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 1030 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-864-2300, waypointharvard.com.