Brunch is big business and Somerville is home to many of the area’s best spots to dine on favorite morning meals. I recently polled my Twitter followers to discover their favorite brunch places in Somerville. Here’s what they said …
3 Little Figs: I was really excited when someone mentioned 3 Little Figs (278 Highland Ave.) because it’s one of my favorite Somerville breakfast spots. I’m partial to the local Greek yogurt with fruit and housemade granola and I usually can’t resist one of the fresh-baked scones or muffins. The feta toast, spinach pie and egg sandwiches are also divine and pair well with the terrific coffee. In the warmer months, the Figs have tables and chairs outside so you can dine al fresco.
Ball Square Cafe: You’ll almost always find a line stretching down the block outside this popular eatery on weekend mornings. Ball Square Cafe (708 Broadway) was mentioned multiple times on Twitter as a favorite local brunch spot and with offerings like lobster eggs Benedict, pear and goat cheese French toast and omelets full of everything from artichoke hearts to eggplant, it’s easy to see why.
Buddy’s Truck Stop: Serving traditional diner fare out of a tiny storefront at 113 Washington St., Buddy’s Truck Stop isn’t fancy, but it is beloved. With heaping portions of corned beef hash, pancakes and other breakfast classics, you won’t go hungry here.
Highland Kitchen: There’s often a large crowd hovering outside Highland Kitchen (150 Highland Ave.) long before the doors open for brunch on Sunday mornings, but the wait is worth it. Highland offers hearty dishes like shrimp and grits, smoked trout and bacon hash and biscuits and gravy as well as some lighter fare like granola with fresh fruit and yogurt.
The Independent: This didn’t come up in the online poll, but I had to throw in one of my favorite Somerville brunch spots. When I dine at the Independent (70 Union Square) mid-day on the weekends, I like to order the quinoa patty, which comes topped with a perfectly poached egg and surrounded by greens dressed in a delectable lemon vinaigrette with a side of the grilled grapefruit. My husband Mike is partial to the Irish breakfast, with two eggs, grilled tomato, black and white pudding, Irish bacon, beans, homefries and toast.
Johnny D’s: Open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Johnny D’s (17 Holland St.) serves classic breakfast dishes as well as some special items, like sweet cheese blintzes and fried catfish and eggs. The Davis Square restaurant also has live music that starts at 9:45 a.m.
The Neighborhood: You may have to wait a bit for a table at the Neighborhood (25 Bow St.), but you can sip complimentary coffee while you do. This Union Square establishment is best known for its cream of wheat (sounds strange, but I know tons of people who swear by it!), but it also serves lots of classic breakfast dishes, many of which come with the Portuguese sausage linguica. (Pro tip: Use your YUM card for 10% off orders of $25 or more.)
Precinct: Located in the heart of Union Square, Precinct (70 Union Square) offers a variety of sweet and savory options for brunch. From buttermilk pancakes to a mini grilled cheese panini, there’s something to please everyone’s palate.
Renee’s Cafe: Dining at Renee’s (198 Holland St.) feels like eating a meal at a friend’s home. This Teele Square restaurant is small, unassuming and oh-so-good. With dishes like spinach and tomato eggs Benedict, omeletes with smoked salmon and perfectly cooked waffles topped with apples, cinnamon and walnuts, you’re sure to find something to love at Renee’s.
Trina’s Starlite Lounge: Unlike most restaurants, which serve brunch on the weekends, Trina’s (3 Beacon St.) whips up huevos rancheros, tofu or egg scrambles and fried chicken and buttermilk waffles on Mondays. This industry brunch is geared toward those who work at restaurants, but it’s open to all, so treat yourself the next time you play hooky.
True Bistro: I’ve long been a fan of True Bistro’s (1153 Broadway) upscale vegan food, but until recently I had only been to the Teele Square restaurant for dinner. I finally popped in for the weekend brunch and was just as impressed as I’ve been in the past. The waffle was one of the best I’ve ever had and was topped with fresh strawberries and pecans, incredible whipped cream and warm maple syrup. The tofu benedict had a nice lemony tang and the biscuit it rested on was divine. The service was terrific, as always, and I will definitely be back to try some of the tofu scrambles and seitan burgers.
There are a lot of other terrific brunch options in Somerville and I’d love to hear more of your favorites, so leave suggestions in the comments!