Survey Says: Somerville’s Best Brunch Spots

Brunch is big business and Somerville is home to many of the area’s best spots to dine on favorite morning meals. I polled my Twitter and Facebook followers to discover their favorite brunch places in Somerville. Here’s what they said–along with a few of my go-to spots.

3 Little Figs Breakfast

3 Little Figs: This tiny neighborhood gem serves delicious scones, muffins and other baked goods alongside local Greek yogurt with housemade granola, spinach pie and a variety of toasts. Don’t miss the top-notch coffee and al fresco dining in the warmer months at 3 Little Figs (278 Highland Ave.).

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 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.

Brass Union: The beautifully renovated Brass Union (70 Union Square) serves unique brunch dishes like mushroom toast, omelets featuring chorizo and Brussels sprouts and eggs Benedict with a cod cake. Adult beverages on offer include the Salty Burro–tequila, salt/ancho blend and house grapefruit soda.

The Burren: Located in the heart of Davis Square, The Burren (247 Elm St.) is open for brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays. The restaurant offers a full Irish breakfast in addition to classics like eggs Benedict and French toast. Dine from noon-3 p.m. and enjoy Beatles tunes with your meal.

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Daddy Jones Bar: Savor a Greek spin on morning favorites at Daddy Jones Bar (525 Medford St.) during Sunday brunch. Pair the stuffed phyllo with egg and cheese, lamb tips and eggs or the herring breakfast with one of Daddy Jones’ brunch cocktails like the Breakfast Sangria. And if you don’t make it to Daddy Jones in the morning, swing by on Sunday night for brinner (brunch for dinner).

East End Grille: East Somerville’s brunch scene just expanded with East End Grille’s (118 Broadway) addition of a Sunday morning meal. Start your day with the ultimate home fries (available vegetarian or with meat) or with one of East End Grille’s scrambles, salads or sandwiches.

Five Horses Tavern: The brunch menu at Five Horses Tavern (400 Highland Ave.) ranges from the healthy Treehugger (warmed cinnamon-walnut red quinoa with agave nectar, pears, apples and figs) to the aptly named Heart Surgeon (beef and pork belly hash, two eggs, crispy onions, toast). Pair your meal, served on both Saturdays and Sundays, with one of Five Horses special Bloody Marys or bellinis.

Foundry on Elm: Fill your plate on Sundays at Foundry on Elm (255 Elm St.) during the restaurant’s brunch buffet. For $20 you can dine on eggs Benedict, housemade pastries, artisan sausage and bacon, fresh fruit and more.

Highland Kitchen: There’s often a 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 alongside live country and bluegrass music.

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The Independent: The Independent (70 Union Square) is one of my go-to Somerville spots for brunch, dinner or a beer. The casual atmosphere makes it the perfect place to dig into a big meal like the full Irish breakfast or a lighter dish like the quinoa patty and poached egg, which I like to pair with the grilled grapefruit.

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.

Kelly’s Diner: Situated in a classic dining car, Kelly’s (674 Broadway) serves up a classic breakfast menu to match its setting. Whether you dine on thick slices of challah bread French toast, grilled bagels or a four-egg omelet, you’ll leave Kelly’s feeling satisfied.

Kirkland Tap & Trotter: This eatery on the Cambridge-Somerville line from acclaimed chef Tony Maws opens at 9 a.m. on the weekends for coffee and pastries before rolling out its full brunch menu at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy unique twists on brunch classics, like the KT&T hot dog hash alongside traditional offerings like the All American Breakfast.

La Brasa: Head to East Somerville to enjoy a casual counter-service brunch on Sundays at La Brasa’s Market (124 Broadway). The menu features a hearty breakfast sandwich, tacos de carnitas and toast with cream cheese and toppings.

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 (or pick up a pre-brunch snack across the street at Union Square Donuts). This Union Square establishment is well 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.


Olde Magoun’s Saloon: This popular pub offers an impressive selection of both sweet and savory options, as well as a long list of Bloody Mary variations, for brunch on the weekends. With dishes like Jameson soaked French toast, a Benedict Arnold Burger and three takes on mac and cheese, Olde Magoun’s Saloon (518 Medford St.) has something for everyone.

The Painted Burro: Known for its diverse selection of margaritas and mezcals, The Painted Burro (219 Elm St.) also serves up a mean brunch. Try the huevos rancheros, chilaquiles or morning taco plate for a Mexican spin on the morning meal. Don’t miss The Painted Burro’s brunch drink offerings like the Hair of the Dog and the Bloody Maria. And for extra fun, dine at The Painted Burro on the first Sunday or the month when you can play Loteria (Mexican bingo).

Renee’s Cafe: This Teele Square restaurant might be small and unassuming, but it packs a punch. With dishes like spinach and tomato eggs Benedict, omelets with smoked salmon and perfectly cooked waffles topped with apples, cinnamon and walnuts, you’re sure to find something to love at Renee’s (198 Holland St.).

Rosebud: The newly renovated Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar (381 Summer St.) from the owners of The Painted Burro and Posto puts a southern spin on brunch. Sample the Texas brisket hash, the Benedict with hickory ham and greens or the biscuits and gravy, then finish the meal with one of Rosebud’s signature pies.

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Sound Bites: The other half of the Ball Square breakfast battle, Sound Bites (704 Broadway) has lots of loyal fans who wait in line each weekend for hearty brunches. The list of omelet, eggs Benedict and pancake options is a mile long, so no matter how often you dine at Sound Bites, you can order something completely different and delicious.

Trina’s Starlite Lounge: Trina’s (3 Beacon St.) has long been famous for its Monday brunch featuring goodies like huevos rancheros, tofu or egg scrambles and fried chicken and buttermilk. And now Trina’s is serving up the good stuff on Sundays too!

True Bistro: This upscale vegan restaurant is one of my favorite spots to go out for a nice dinner, but True Bistro (1153 Broadway) also serves an impressive brunch. From the perfectly cooked waffles and unique Benedict to the tofu scrambles and seitan burgers, True Bistro’s brunch is sure to satisfy vegetarians and carnivores alike.

Tu y Yo: If you’re looking for something a bit different for brunch, head to Tu y Yo (858 Broadway) for fried plantains, empanadas, tostados, enchiladas, tamales and more. Pair the unique, flavorful dishes with Mexican-style coffee or Oaxacan hot chocolate.

What are your favorite places to get brunch in Somerville? Leave your suggestions in the comments!

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