Hearty Downtown Brunches to Start the Week
A week’s worth of on-the-go bagels and D&D donuts definitely paves the way for the one thing we all look forward to – Sunday brunch. There’s no other activity better during the weekend than climbing a sky-high stack of pancakes (extra warm Vermont maple syrup, if you please) or wading through the delightfully gloppy nature of a perfectly poached egg.
And Boston knows how to brunch hard, with a cup of piping hot coffee and rashers of thick cut bacon by their side. Here’s a quick look at a few of the most popular weekend meal places in the downtown area. There’s even a Monday meal we think is certain to start your week off right.
Townsman (120 Kingston Street): It’s only natural that when Esquire magazine releases its annual “Best New Restaurants in America” (which it did last week) and a Boston hot spot makes the cut, you might want to check it out. What better way to ease into a Sunday morning than at Townsman, Boston’s brasserie-inspired, New England restaurant on the Rose Kennedy Greenway? Chef-owner Matt Jennings prides himself on locally inspired dishes like Cinnamon Bun Grilled Cheese with Vermont cheddar and Sweet Corn Waffles with pickle-brined Fried Chicken. Start off with a selection of seasonal treats from the pastry team, and make sure your entrees are accompanied by one of their fantastic sides such as cheddar and chive biscuits, pickle plates, and Sparrow Arc Farm latkes. Don’t forget to wash it all down with a Bloody Mary made with molasses and chili brine or a Gin & Juice (laid back).
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse (75 Arlington Street): When an Italian tells you to manga, that’s a command worth heading. This is certainly the theme at Steve DiFillippo’s steakhouse, which just celebrated its 30th birthday. While a steak and eggs, is clearly a no-brainer, why not dive into a pile of Buttermilk Pancakes with bananas and drenched in Amaretto Caramel Sauce or a White Cheese Pizza topped with Bacon, Eggs and white truffle sauce. They also have antipasti for the right start to the meal, as well as their famous handmade pasta dishes. And yes, you can still get their Philly Cheese Steak Spring Rolls with spicy homemade Ketchup during brunch. You’re welcome.
jm Curley (21 Temple Place): With the start of the week staring you straight in the face, sometimes you just want to be comforted. The entire menu at this Downtown Crossing bar and eatery is all about comfort food. So why not hit that day head on with their newest addition of Cold Tea. This industry brunch goes from noon to 4 p.m. on Mondays and is all about drinks, innovative tea sandwiches (think Croque monsieur, buffalo chicken, and egg salad sliders), and things that might be able to assist in that hangover from one too many Sunday Bloodys like a big giant grass-fed burger. With a heaping plate of duck poutine and a pot of cold tea, suddenly your Mondays don’t seem so manic.