Here is a list of my favorite breakfast/brunch places in Boston. The dollar signs signify how expensive the restaurant is, one $ being the cheapest $$$$ being the most expensive.
- Tatte $
Tatte is a bakery with multiple Boston locations but the Beacon Hill location is closest to Back Bay. I like to order the Muesli Cup or the Shakshuka with a Hazelnut Almond Milk Latte. The Muesli includes Greek yogurt topped with pears, apples, blackberries, black sesame seeds, honey, and their famous muesli. The Shakshuka is eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, peppers, and onions. It is sprinkled with feta cheese and served with bread for dipping (see photo below). They also have a wide range of breakfast sandwiches and pastries which are all delicious. In a recent article titled “50 things to eat in Boston before you Die” Tatte’s Nut Box was rated #1!! So I highly recommend this place!!
- Masa $$
Masa is an upscale Southwestern restaurant in the South End that offers one of the best brunch deals in Boston. It is within walking distance from most of the conference hotels or a short cab/Uber ride. For $9.95 you can get coffee, blue and yellow corn bread with 3 different spreads (chipotle cranberry, honey molasses butter, and habanero apricot) along with 2 courses! For the first course you can choose from fresh fruit, plantain empanadas, or granola with milk. For the second course I recommend the Huevos Rancheros or the Santa Fe Style Eggs Benedict. See blog post for photos.
- The Thinking Cup $
The Thinking Cup is another cafe/bakery which has many breakfast sandwiches and pastries. They are located on Newbury St. right in Back Bay. They also have an amazing Hazelnut Almond Milk Latte. My favorite things to order are the quiche with side salad and a few macaroons to go. They have every flavor macaroon you could want and they wrap them up in very cute to go packages. In the same 50 things article they rated coffee at Thinking Cup #32 out of 50 things to eat in Boston.
- The Beehive $$
The Beehive is a great restaurant for brunch or dinner. It is located in the South End and serves New American Cuisine. They have live Jazz music for brunch on Saturdays and Sunday and also for dinner every night. The music is always good and the atmosphere is very fun. They do have an outdoor patio but there is no live music outside. I recommend sitting by the stage to enjoy the music.
- Trident Booksellers + Cafe $$
Trident is a bookstore/cafe on Newbury St which is in Back Bay. It is small and quaint but serves amazing breakfast. I recommend the Breakfast Skillet which is scrambled eggs sautéed with apple-sausage & mushrooms, topped with Asiago, served with toast or the Lemon Ricotta French Toast.
- Sonsie $$
Sonsie is another restaurant on Newbury St in Back Bay. It is nice because the whole front of the restaurant opens up when the weather is nice so you are basically sitting outside. Sonsie is good for any meal of the day and I have always loved what I have ordered. I like to sit near the front and order a glass of rose or latte and people watch.
- Flour $$
Flour is a bakery that is located on Clarendon St in Back Bay. Like Sonsie they are great for every meal of the day. They are known for their Sticky Buns or many breakfast sandwiches. I also really like to go here for a healthy lunch.
- Cafe Luna $$
Cafe Luna is a restaurant in Cambridge that always has a line out the door for brunch. They do take reservations or you can put your name in and wait to be seated. I recommend the lemon ricotta pancakes or the lobster benedict.
- Aquitaine $$$
Aquitaine is a French restaurant located in the South End. They have a pre-fixed brunch option for $11.95 that they offer all day Saturday and 9am-11am Sunday. This comes with a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice, bottomless coffee, cinnamon rolls, and a choice of four different main courses: Omelette Alsacienne, Parisian Crêpes, Omelette Basquaise, or Omelette a la Greque.
- Mike’s City Diner $
Mike’s is a Diner in the South End which was featured on Diners Drive-ins and Dives. It is a traditional Diner that serves hearty home style breakfast.