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The Best Boston Brunch Spots for Every Mood

With the overwhelming amount of restaurants in Boston, it can be quite difficult to make a decision for brunch plans. Do you want an aesthetically pleasing location? Do you want comfort food? Do you want a certain type of breakfast food that only a particular place serves? 

Let’s be honest here, brunch is about more than just the food; it’s an experience. There’s something about eating delicious breakfast foods in the middle of the day that differentiates it from everything else. Even though you could get similar foods at each brunch spot, they all have different vibes. Here are some solid brunch spots in Boston to fit your specific mood.

The Friendly Toast

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With two Boston locations (Back Bay and Cambridge), The Friendly Toast is definitely a solid brunch option. This is the place to go if you want delicious food and a feel-good environment. My go-to here is ‘The Monster Breakfast,’ which includes your choice of pancakes or French toast, two eggs, home fries, and a breakfast meat. This dish is great, but you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. They have hefty portion sizes, which is always a plus in my book. They have a retro vibe with 80s décor, and it really sets the scene for a great casual brunch atmosphere. 

The Breakfast Club

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Located in Allston, The Breakfast Club is the place to go for some great comfort food. It’s a diner with a retro environment filled with movie posters from the 80s. With a full-on diner-style, the food is made right in front of you. My go-to here is ‘The Basket Case,’ which includes two eggs, home fries, toast, a breakfast meat, and your choice of pancakes or French toast. They also have great smoothies and milkshakes. The environment is very casual and is the perfect place to go to with some friends if you’re in the mood for delicious comfort food.

Trident Booksellers and Café

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Located on Newbury Street, Trident is THE brunch spot if you plan on having a full-on study session after a delicious brunch. Half bookstore and half café, this is a great spot for some book shopping while you wait for your friends to meet you (if you’re an early bird like me). My go-to here is the eggs benedict with avocado and turkey bacon with a side of home fries. I also like to get the ‘Green Monster’ if I’m in the mood for a smoothie. The environment is very casual and is the type of place that you could stay in all day if you want a good study spot. They also happen to serve breakfast all day AND night if you want breakfast for dinner. Trident also hosts a ton of fun events like trivia, game nights, book club, poetry readings, etc. Trident is just a solid brunch spot and the perfect place to go to if you want to meet new people.


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This up and coming brunch chain has multiple locations all throughout Boston. While I haven’t tried any of their breakfast options, the chicken salad sandwich is definitely a good option. Though it could be deemed basic, this is definitely the place to go if you want an aesthetically pleasing brunch location to post about on your Instagram story.

Stephanie’s on Newbury

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As the name implies, this restaurant is located on Newbury Street. This is a great brunch spot if you plan to make a whole day of it and go shopping along Newbury Street and Back Bay. My go-to here is the shakshuka, which is incredibly delicious. The cinnamon monkey bread here is also a good option for dessert. This place honestly has it all: great location, delicious food, good music, good for people-watching, great aesthetics, outdoor seating. You can not go wrong with Stephanie’s. 


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Located in Copley, Brownstone is a solid option for brunch. I may be a bit biased, given that it’s my favorite brunch restaurant, but it is for good reason. My go-to here is the ‘Brownstone Special Combo,’ which includes two eggs, home fries, toast, your choice of breakfast meat, and either pancakes or French toast (which I add strawberries and bananas to). I’m also very particular about my coffee and their cold brew is a 10/10. To put it simply, out of all the different brunch restaurants I’ve tried in Boston, Brownstone hands down has the best breakfast. Aside from food, it checks all the other boxes: good location, aesthetically pleasing, good for people-watching, great ambiance. You cannot go wrong with choosing Brownstone for your next Sunday brunch.

Veggie Galaxy

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Located in Cambridge, Veggie Galaxy is a great vegan/vegetarian-friendly option for brunch. My go-to here is the avocado benedict which comes with a side of home fries. This restaurant is diner-style and has an eclectic/retro vibe to it. They have delicious food and it’s surprisingly affordable compared to most other brunch spots. This is definitely a good spot to go to for comfort food and is perfect if you want to be accommodating to your vegan and vegetarian friends. 

Choose your next Sunday brunch location wisely!


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Clarissa is a senior majoring in Journalism at Boston University's College of Communication. Besides writing, Clarissa loves Srabble, astrology, and satire. ?
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