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Brunch Places In & Around Boston


This year, I have developed an almost unhealthy addiction to brunch.  What a special meal:  halfway between breakfast and lunch, food that includes the best of both, and delicious brunch-themed drinks.  Whoever invented brunch has my undying gratitude.

It has been my goal to try as many brunch places my last semester here.  The following are some of the places I have tried and love.  They are in and around Boston, and some are pretty close to BC, which makes getting there very easy.

Zaftigs Delicatessen

335 Harvard St. in Brookline, right by Coolidge Corner

I’m going to start off with Zaftigs because it is my absolute favorite.  It is extremely popular with the local crowd, especially since it serves breakfast ALL DAY.  Make sure to get there on the earlier side, in order to beat the weekend crowds.  Its location makes it key as well: just a short walk from the Coolidge Corner stop on the T line.

Things I recommend: Eggs Benedict or the Banana Stuffed French Toast

Max Brenner

745 Boylston St. in Boston, right by Copley Square

If you’re looking for more of a sweet & savory brunch, look no further than Max Brenner.  The chain is known for creating a chocolate culture, and their menu definitely reflects that.  But if you don’t have a sweet tooth, don’t worry!  There are plenty of hearty brunch dishes that will fill you up.

Things I recommend: Royal Berry Pancakes or Cande’s Killer Breakfast Skillet (and make sure to order a chocolate-y drink!)

Johnny’s Luncheonette

30 Langley Road, right in Newton Centre

Everyone on campus has heard of Johnny’s, so I just had to include it.  Johnny’s also serves breakfast all day, and there is a TON to choose from.  Since it’s located in Newton Centre, getting there requires a car (or an ambitious walk), but it’s totally worth it!

Things I recommend: The Wolfie or Eggs Chestnut Hill


1960 Beacon St., in Cleveland Circle

I bet that you didn’t expect to see Cityside on this list.  Or you didn’t even know that Cityside serves food.  If you want brunch and you’re feeling lazy (but not lazy enough to just go to Lower), head down to Cleveland Circle for brunch on Saturday or Sunday!  Fast, yummy, and easy.

Things I recommend: Pancakes or the Breakfast Burrito

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