Brunch Spot in Boston's Back Bay

Feb 21st, 2010, 06:33 AM
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Brunch Spot in Boston's Back Bay

My boyfriend and I will be in Boston the first weekend in March, and we are looking for a good brunch spot near our hotel in the Back Bay. We are staying at the Lenox and would prefer a casual brunch with all the standard favorites (pancakes, french toast, eggs, mimosas, etc.). If at all possible, I'd also like to find a restaurant that takes reservations to avoid a long wait. We would also be willing to travel to another neighborhood, if needed.

We're planning dinners at Il Panino and Fugaku based on recommendations from a friend, but I'd love to hear thoughts on those, as well.

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Feb 21st, 2010, 09:10 AM
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Your hotel is a very nice one and is likely to do a good brunch.

We are not ordinarily brunchers but have met friends at Brasserie Jo on Huntington Avenue before concerts at Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall and had perfectly nice brunchish food there.
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Feb 21st, 2010, 11:55 AM
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Brasserie Jo offers a good brunch. We ate there just last month.

Sel de la Terre also offers a reasonable brunch (@ the Pru), and takes reservation.

Parish cafe gets good reviews, but I don't know if they take reservation.

Slightly farther is Bistro du Midi, which I really want to try but haven't gotten the chance yet.
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Feb 21st, 2010, 12:09 PM
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Stephanie's on Newbury would be a short walk from the Lenox.
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Feb 21st, 2010, 12:12 PM
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For brunch you can also try Sonsie on Newbury Street and also Stephanies on Newbury. Both have fairly traditional brunch items and both take reservations. Neither is over-to-top expensive, as some brunches can be. You can make reservations through
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Feb 21st, 2010, 12:43 PM
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I like Sonsie as well. Eastern Standard in Kenmore Sq is another option.

I'm curious about your other restaurant choices. Il Panino would not be high on my list of North End restaurants.
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Feb 21st, 2010, 02:20 PM
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You're going to love The Lenox! I stay there about once a month. Wonderful as it is, their breakfast really can't compare to the amazing brunch/breakfast at STEPHANIE'S on Newbury Street. Stephanie's is only a few blocks away from the hotel. Take Exeter Street toward Newbury, then turn right on Newbury, and Stephanie's is on the right-hand corner. Have fun!
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Feb 21st, 2010, 02:59 PM
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When I go to Boston the one place I just have to go is Regina's for pizza. It is in the North End. A word of caution, wear washable clothes.
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Feb 21st, 2010, 07:07 PM
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Thanks to everyone for the wonderful suggestions! After looking through all of the menus, we have made a reservation at Stephanie's. Now I just have to decide what to choose on the menu - it all looks delicious.

Wyatt92 - Il Panino was recommended to us by a friend who used to live in Boston. If you have another suggestion for Italian, I'd love to hear it! My boyfriend is Italian and of course thinks it's hard to beat his family's home cooking. I'd love to find something that lives up to his expectations.
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Feb 21st, 2010, 07:46 PM
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Our favorite spot, by far, for brunch is Abe & Louie's.
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Feb 22nd, 2010, 04:20 AM
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I live in the North End. I like Monica's (the Vinoteca or the Trattoria) for Italian. They make their own pasta.

Il Panino is OK - part of the Frank DiPasquale empire.

For brunch, I like Sel De La Terre the best. The waterfront location does a prix fixe with a mimosa or bloody mary included but the Back Bay Location (in the Mandarin Oriental) is really close to the Lenox Hotel - practically next door.
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Feb 22nd, 2010, 06:43 AM
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In the North End, I'd choose Prezza, Tresca, Lucca or Mamma Maria. Regina for pizza for sure. Or Neptune Oyster for fab lobster rolls (or oysters!). I haven't been to Monica's but it does get great reviews.
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Feb 22nd, 2010, 08:28 AM
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Love the Lenox!
Langham Boston has a wonderful brunch at Café Fleuri.
Neptune's for oysters is another great call.
Boston is such a great city..have fun!
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