Masa’s Southwestern twist to brunch adds a kick and loads of flavor to your morning — in my opinion, it has THE best brunch in Boston. The Spicy Bloody Masa — a Bloody Mary made with tequila instead of vodka — and the prix-fixe menu are a great way to kick off the day. Try the Santa Fe-style Eggs Benedict and dream about it for days to come… 439 Tremont Street, Boston; (617) 338-8884
Known for its great cocktails, raw bar, and charcuterie, Eastern Standard serves up a broad range of brunch foods from oysters to brioche French toast and everything else in between. Sip a drink and people-watch on the massive Kenmore Square patio while waiting to eat the best meal of the day. 528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston; (617) 532-9100
Venture out of downtown Boston to suburban Dorchester (by car or on the MBTA Red Line). You won’t regret it once you try dbar’s “Drunk and Naked” lobster omelet which contains lobster, champagne, butter, corn, and gruyere cheese. If that isn’t enough to convince you, check out the menu for its long and unconventional list of brunch drinks that includes a roasted garlic Bloody Mary and a mimosa martini. 1236 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester; (617) 265-4490
Add a French twist to brunch with Gaslight’s croque-monsieur or truffled egg tartin — with a side of pain au chocolat and a cafe au lait, but of course. 560 Harrison Avenue, Boston; (617) 422-0224
Not technically brunch, but served at the same time, Myers + Chang offers a weekend dim sum with a menu that changes slightly each week. Order and share loads of little bites like sweet potato fritters with sriracha aioli, Asian pickles, and crispy spring rolls. 1145 Washington Street, Boston; (617) 542-5200
Looking for a place to sleep pre-brunch? Stay at the Colonnade Hotel and squeeze out those last bits of summer at the rooftop pool.
–-Meghan Malloy of TravelEatLove.com
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