They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I am not sure who they are, but they are right. For me, few things come close to a perfectly cooked egg or a piece of toast slathered in butter. I am a glutton for breakfast treats (current addiction being the lemon curd danish at Crema Café in Harvard square…it’s divine), I am addicted to cereal, and I would wear maple syrup as perfume if it wasn’t so sticky.
I could wax poetic on all ways that breakfast is culinary heaven, but instead I shall recount some early morning excursions I’ve been on lately so that you might go off and have your own adventures amidst Boston’s best pancakes, homefries, and the like.
Puritan & Company: Brunch here literally blew my mind. Everything was phenomenal, and we tried the majority of things on the menu. Highlights were definitely the flawless over easy eggs that topped most of the dishes, the sourdough griddle cakes, and the deconstructed yogurt and fruit parfait. They even have a central breakfast treat table to display the assorted homemade pastries too. I want to wake up in their dining room every Sunday morning. Creepy? Maybe. Delicious? Definitely.
Boston Brunchers at Brio: I got really lucky and had the chance to attend a brunch at Brio in Chestnut Hill with the Boston Brunchers, a fantastical group of bloggers in Boston that get free brunches about town and then tell the rest of the world about them. We got a complimentary stint at SoulCycle (which nearly killed me) and we were rewarded with brunch. There was stuffed French toast, eggs benedict, sweet potato hash and huge bowls of fresh fruit. The place is lovely and the service was friendly. Great spot for an easy morning meal.
Bagelasaurus: This micro bagel shop lives inside Cutty’s (which is fantastic itself). On Friday and Saturday mornings Mary Ting Hyatt is making bagels the old school way: from scratch and rolled by hand. You have to get there practically right at 8am when they open to ensure you can get them before they run out, and even then you’ll likely be waiting in line. But they are worth getting up early for. They are unlike any other bagel around…the outside has that ideal crispness that gives way to an airy, chewy interior. And it doesn’t even require toasting, just a good slathering of schmear. (Edible Boston put Hyatt on the cover of their Winter 2014 edition, and the article is worth the read and littered with ridiculously pretty pictures).
OTHER PLACES OF NOTE: Keltic Krust in Newton (go for the breakfast sandwiches on traditional Irish brown bread); Mul’s Diner in South Boston (epic greasy spoon, cash only, a classic breakfast); Ohlin’s Bakery in Belmont (unreal donuts but not for the faint of heart, these are industrial sized pillows of sugar and joy).
Now accepting any and all breakfast/brunch recommendations.