by josiebean87 - 27 Reviews - 5 List
A list of my personal, top 5 favorite places to get brunch; Because let's face it, I don't wake up early enough for breakfast and sometimes I just forget to have dinner...why not induldge in what I like to think of as the best meal of the day :d
Updated: July 27, 2010
Let me just start by saying: HOLY WOW, this damn dip is the best I've ever tasted. And yes, I do eat a lot of dip. But I choose this restaurant specifically for brunch because I do believe you can come in and be satisfied off of anything off their entire list. The dip will fill you up alone, since it has just about every seafood swimming in it's rich, but not overly rich, creamy goodness. They also have great, large sized salads if you're looking for something less heavy (nothing on their menu is really very heavy though). If you're serious about seafood, you can't go wrong with the dishes here. Plus, for the brunch/lunch hour they have seriously fantastic prices!
Sure, this place is pricey but it's Newbury St. so what do you expect?! The food it so definitely worth it, and drinks always fit the bill no matter how early you decide to have your meal/brunch. Yum. The reason why I prefer this place for brunch/lunch rather than dinner is not only because it's cheaper, but it offers the same spectacular dishes as dinner and outdoor seating is extremely popular in the summertime/warmer days, primarily because it offers some of the best people watching - so that's another reason Stephanie's is definitely a daytime restaurant in my book. It's also great for just about any type of group - bonding time with girlfriends, a romantic but fun brunch setting, a fancier family meal (though I've seen small children here I don't really see it fitting), and business meetings. So really, whoever you are, if you appreciate a good meal in a great, laid back but plush setting, I definitely recommend trying Stephanie's out!
One of the best hidden gems ever, located in my very own hometown of Malden. Definitely has some top-notch sushi that rivals the best of Boston/other big cities, and class to match. Inside the restaurant is so impressively chic, you would never know from the location. They also have live music and a full bar that are booming at night. However, the best bang for your buck is during lunch. They have the same entres as dinner sold in the same size portions, but for about half the price! Seriously, such a delicious steal and soooo beyond worth the price. Always satisfied with my meals here, and the ambience that comes with dining here. Come check it out!
I love me some Boloco! To be honest, I could have it for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner - and I think I've done each of those meal options before. I mostly love that everything is certified humane and all the options - from classic to unique - are really delicious. My favorite is the Mediterranean (I prefer it in a bowl though) and the Bangkok Thai is also delicious. Also, their smoothies are suuuper tasty. I prefer the standard fruity ones (any fruit flavor is good, I've had most and never not liked one), but a big hit seems to be the Nutella shake (perfect for those with a sweet tooth). The prices are good and the portions always make you satisfied and not feeling weighed down by the grease of fast food. Lastly, for all your haters who like to trash talk the lack of Mexican influence in these burritos, the company addresses themselves that they are only 18% Mexican and never claimed to be authentic (they used to be "The Wrap" so technically they still are just glorified, and most importantly delicious, wraps).
Before you run at the thought of all you can eat, buffet sushi - give Minado a chance and I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised! The first time I went here for a heavy brunch (that's just how I roll sometimes), I was expecting a small, crowded, average buffet in a shady location. Instead, we went in and found cute tables with paper screen walls and a much larger selection of food than most of the buffet places I frequent. And honestly, the all you can eat sushi is actually good! Imagine that, huh? It's obviously not even close to the best or even comes close to the top 10, however for an all-you-can-eat buffet their selection is really great and extensive, seeing as they offer traditional rolls, maki rools, and sashimi, plus all the sauces too (even though I never use them, they had spicy mustard, spicy mayo, wasabi, and pickled ginger). The rest of the buffet was a fusion of everything (salads, tempura, mixed vegies & meats, etc.) the works! For dessert they have cakes, jello, a few different flavors of soft serve ice cream (the green tea frozen yogurt was my favorite, but you can't really get that wrong), and fruits. Probably the only buffet I look forward to coming back to. Plus it's right across from the Natick mall, so after a full day's worth of shopping you can get a nice, full stomach in as well for a cheapo price :)