Brunch isn’t just a NYC thing although we do it the best out of anyone. However, if you are in Boston, there are two great place to try. The first is Mike & Patty’s, a tiny (even by NYC standards) cafe and breakfast nook in Bay Village. You’ll be hard pressed to find a table (there is only one) but its mostly a takeout joint with some amazing food. Their speciality is the Fancy Sandwich (sorry, no picture). I went for the Croque Madame. I am always a sucker for Croque.
The next place is Island Creek Oyster Bar near the Boston University Campus. In a city where seafood reigns, this stylish and modern restaurant does amazing things with raw shellfish. I could have eaten a dozen or two.
Mike & Patty’s
12 Church St
Boston, MA 02116
Island Creek Oyster Bar
500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
Croque Madame at Mike & Patty’s
1/2 dozen Oysters at Island Creek Oyster Bar
Oyster at Island Creek Oyster Bar
Boston is known for their seafood. They make a mean clam chowder (much prefer it over the tomato-based manhattan clam chowder) and they invented Boston Cream Pie. I had the opportunity to visit both Legal Seafoods on the waterfront (the Massachusetts seafood empire) and The Parker House Hotel (the actual location where Boston Cream Pie was invented). While I enjoyed visiting both places, I found the seafood at The Daily Catch to be much more inventive and I wasn’t a big fan of the Boston Cream Pie, but that could be just me. However, for those who just want a simple seafood dinner of excellent quality, Legal is a good place to go.
Boston – Long Wharf
255 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
Omni Parker House Hotel
60 School Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Oysters from the Oyster Bar
Crab Cakes (these were some of the best I’ve ever had)
Lobby of the Parker House Hotel
You’ve probably had a version of these rolls at some point. They were invented here in the 1870′s and evidently the recipe was kept secret until Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked for the recipe in 1933. Tasty bread!
Decidedly not a fan of it, but here is The Boston Creme Pie at its birthplace in the Parker House Hotel
I spent about 30 hours in Boston this last weekend and I ate a lot of food. The seafood at Legal Seafood was good, but my last meal in Boston was at The Daily Catch in Brookline and it was out of this world! Like Legal, they have a few locations spread around town, but theirs are much smaller and you get a much more personal approach to dining. In addition to sampling some really amazing food, I also had a fun time chatting with with their head chef, Kevin Addis.
The Daily Catch
441 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02446
Heirloom Tomato Salad with roasted beets and pistachio
Black Pasta Aglio Oglio – Squid Ink Pasta