Everybody loves brunch. If you say that you don’t, you’re either lying or have never had the pleasure of ordering an omelette and cocktail in the same breath. Brunch is the best of all worlds. Check out these great spots to kick back with a mimosa and some awesome late-morning comestibles.
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1. Moonstones, Chelmsford
With a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar and plenty of classy comfort food, Moonstones is a great place for brunch. Try the bourbon caramel glazed doughnut or the breakfast flatbreads. If you feel like staying for dinner (and you might), this spot also offers a great tapas menu. Reservations are recommended for brunch on the weekends.
2. Boulevard Diner, Worchester
This place has been around since the 1930s, and serves tasty grub 24/7. This is a great spot for brunch with less than five people (the seating can't accommodate large parties), and makes for a cozy place to grab some simple classic brunch sandwiches and incredible bacon.
3. Annie's Clark Brunch, Worcester
Just a quick jaunt from Clark University, this local favorite offers tasty brunch specials at extremely reasonable prices. Try their spicy hash for a surprisingly hot twist on a classic, or grab a fried muffin for a decadent way to satisfy your mid-morning sweet tooth.
4. Chocolate Springs Cafe, Lenox
If you prefer your brunch with a serious side of sweetness, this is your new favorite spot. As you might have guessed from the name, Chocolate Springs Cafe specializes in desserty morning offerings. Their tea menu is pretty serious, and their brandied cherry chocolate mousse cake is unreal.
5. True Bistro, Somerville
This place is a great all-vegan brunch spot. The dishes are thoughtfully prepared with incredibly fresh and flavorful ingredients, and everything is just as tasty (if not tastier) as the items you might find on a more traditional brunch menu. Try the folded crepes with blueberries, lemon, demerara sugar, lavender ice cream and lemongrass for a creative pancake alternative.
6. Six Depot Roastery and Cafe, West Stockbridge
Great brunch fare in a cool and relaxed environment. The space is clean and modern without being sterile, and the food is perfect for a late morning get-together. There's a small gallery showcasing local art, and the shop is popular with cyclists cruising in off the nearby bike trail. Try a simple bowl of their delicious, creamy yogurt and granola for a lighter brunch that will definitely hit the spot.
7. Haven Cafe & Bakery, Lenox
The food is fresh and creative, and each meal comes with a light salad and piece of bread. The atmosphere is cozy and comfortable, so you'll feel at home as soon as you sit down. Try the curry chicken salad for a savory treat, and don't forget to check out their gluten-free options.
8. Martin's Restaurant, Great Barrington
Large portions of tasty grub, cheap prices, and friendly service. You can't ask for more than that. This place can get packed on weekends or holidays, so make sure you get there early if you want a table. Definitely try the buffalo chicken club.
9. Ocean House Restaurant, Dennis Port
This gorgeous restaurant is the perfect place for a classy brunch on the water. This place is perfect for a sunny summer morning outing, or even romantic sunset dinner. Try the seafood bruschetta and lobster ravioli. You can thank us later.
10. Table Six, Lenox
Another upscale brunch pick, this lovely spot features beautiful views of the Berkshires and
11. Sherwood Shoppe, Sherwood Forest, Becket
This place is a great, old-fashioned general store that serves up tasty and classic brunch fare. The deli sandwiches are delicious, but the omelets are the stars at this joint. Try the homemade biscuits with homemade sausage gravy too!
12. Masa, Boston
Masa is known for creative dishes that offer a twist on the expected. The space fills up quickly, so if you're planning on brunching around 10 a.m., be prepared for a bit of a wait. Once you sit down, try the Mexican omelet with plantains and chorizo. You won't be sorry.
13. Lulu's, Allston
This spot knocks brunch out of the park. All the staples are done perfectly, and there are some interesting interpretations of standard menu options. Three words: breakfast cereal shots. There isn't usually a wait, but if you go for brunch on a Sunday, you might have to hang out for a few minutes before a table opens up.
14. Aquitaine, Boston
This place is a brunch staple in the city. The atmosphere is romantic without being stuffy, and the service is very attentive. Don't miss the steak frites and salmon benedict. If you're in the mood for something sweet, try the crispy chocolate bread pudding.