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April 2016
COMMENTS (0)Lifestyle, South End

Brunch Your Way through Boston - South End | By Jeff Hamilton

With outstanding food and service to match, this Tremont Street stop is sure to become one of your new favorites for Sunday brunch! This modern french bistro is known for its traditional dishes taken up a notch with local ingredients and contemporary cooking techniques.

What to order: Our menu pick for brunch at Aquitaine is the Prix Fixe Brunch ($11.95) that includes bottomless french roast coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, a glazed cinnamon bun, and your choice from a selection of fluffy omelets.

Gaslight is a South End brunch seekers dream. It boasts a classic, vintage ambiance, featuring exposed wood beams and tiles, that will have you falling in love from the second you walk in the door. The service is spectacular but you can expect to wait a little while for your food during their busiest hours. We recommend making a reservation to ensure the best brunch experience. The food follows suit with its french brasserie inspired menu.

What to order: Our favorites include the Berkshire Pork Hache; confit pork with crispy potatoes, a green chilli sauce and fried eggs. Also try the Poached Eggs a la Zingara; poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce with paprika served on french bread. Neither dish will disappoint.

Barcelona is an award winning spanish style tapas bar. Located in the South End this restaurant aims to bring not only spanish style food but also some spanish culture and style to the historic location it inhabits. The interior is decorated with free form light fixtures and wood slat ceilings, emulating the aesthetic of Barcelona perfectly.

What to order: We recommend the Beef Tartare served with a runny quail egg in the center. Or if you are feeling more of a traditional spanish dish you can’t go wrong with the Paella Mariscos, a very traditional seafood paella with extraordinary flavors! Finally, for an interesting egg dish opt for the Pork Belly Hash, crispy pork belly topped with a poached egg!

Metropolis

584 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

Metropolis is part of The Aquitaine Group, and it prides itself on offering its diners fine dining hospitality and casual dining prices. The restaurant has an award winning brunch on sundays from 9am to 3pm featuring mediterranean inspired dishes from Executive Chef Seth Woods and Chef De Cuisine, Dolly Bourommavong.

What to order: Metropolis is famous for its Huevos Rancheros for a reason, they are to die for; featuring two farm fresh eggs, pork carnitas, a spicy black bean hash, tillamook cheddar, sour cream, salsa and tortillas. If you are in the mood for something on the lighter side we recommend the house-made toasted granola served with either the greek-style yogurt and honey or with whole milk and Costa Rican bananas.

The Beehive is a funky, artsy and unique eatery showcasing some of the best live music (especially jazz) Boston has to offer daily. They are serving up comfort food favorites with Middle Eastern and Eastern European influence. We suggest making a reservation if you are planning on having a full sit down meal as this spot is at the top of the must visit list for many.

What to Order: We recommend going with something slightly out of the ordinary for this quirky spot; Poutine Topped with Short Ribs Poached Eggs. The short ribs are out of this world and melt in your mouth and pair perfectly with the runny poached eggs and crispy potatoes in the poutine.

Stella is an Italian spot focusing on using ingredients from various italian regions and making them come alive using modern techniques while still staying true to the essence of the dish. They have a wide variety of gluten free and vegetarian options so everyone is sure to find something they’ll love! Their critically acclaimed brunch is in the sleek and minimalist white on white dining room every Sunday from 10am-3pm.

What to Order: If you are craving a decadent breakfast option we suggest you go with the Duck Omelet, filled with duck confit, goat cheese, mushrooms and spinach. This rich dish is a crowd pleaser. If you are leaning towards a lunch dish we recommend the Linguine Carbonara, with a poached egg, smoked bacon and parmesan cheese.


Honorable Mention:

Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe

429 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA

Once opened 24/7 for 32 years straight Charlies is a South End staple that is back and better than ever. With pictures covering the walls serving as a timeline of the businesses life, diners know that Charlie's is here for the long haul. The classic little diner is a cash only establishment that will be packed out the door for the duration of the time that they are open, but they have a quick table turnover time so you won't be waiting for too long! This authentic spot is filled with tourists and regulars alike but will be sure to satisfy your brunch needs.

What to order: Charlie's famous Turkey Hash and Eggs, served with two eggs and style and toast. Enough said.