For those of you who were able to attend COM Open House in April, I shared during the COM Ambassador introductions that my favorite place on campus for Sunday brunch is Warren Towers dining. When I lived in east campus my freshman and sophomore years my friends and I went to brunch at Warren every single week. Now that we live at different ends of campus, we haven’t been able to all convene for Sunday brunch at Warren yet this semester. However, we’ve explored some off-campus spots a few times this past month.
Here is a list of my favorite brunch spots in and around Boston:
5. Crispy Crepes Cafe
This place defined my freshman year. Located on Park Drive in South Campus, this is the go-to place for… take a guess… crepes. I would always order a Nutella and banana crepe, but recently I tried a savory crepe for the first time– the Santa Fe. Crispy Crepes Cafe is awesome because it’s cheap, no-frills and has a packed menus of everything from crepes to standard breakfast to Middle Eastern delicacies like falafel and shawarma.
4. Trident Booksellers & Cafe
You can wander through aisles of books and salivate over the pages of cookbooks as you wait for a table at this popular Newbury Street eatery. They serve what they call “perpetual breakfast,” which has a lot of options to equally satisfy meat-eaters and vegetarians. My favorite thing to order is a specialty tea because it comes in your own mini tea pot.
A few weekends ago I dragged my friends out of bed for my birthday brunch (only I would host a bday brunch) at @Union on Harvard Ave. in Allston. @Union is always super busy because it’s good food for on-the-cheap. They always serve seasonal coffee drinks and they allow for refills on regular cups of coffee. The last time I was there I ordered a soy cappuccino and Caprese eggs benedict, which was meatless, with traditional Hollandaise sauce, fresh mozzarella and tomato slices. SO GOOD.
2. The Regal Beagle
My family and I discovered this hole-in-the-wall on Harvard St. in Brookline during their recent visit to Boston. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS PLACE IS AMAZING. Their brunch menu is small, but offers a great variety of creative dishes and twists on classics like a veggie burger topped with a fried jalapeno, pico de gallo and queso fresco. It’s cozy and they play hootenanny music, Mumford and Sons and Bob Dylan.
1. Allston Diner
This tiny place on Cambridge St. in Allston doesn’t allow parties bigger than four, so it’s great for an intimate group. There’s tons of options for vegans and vegetarians. I recently ordered chicken and waffles. It was straight up heaven.