If you’re trying to eat well, brunch is pretty much out of the question. Right?
Sure, we all love a greasy, diner-style brunch. And from time to time you can totally treat yo self to a cheat meal, brunch edition. But what if you’re looking for a delicious mid-afternoon meal you can feel good about eating, look no further than these 8 actually healthy brunch options in Boston.
A staple for the vegetarian crew, this Central Square diner can offer something for everyone. Gluten-free friendly, vegan-friendly, and just friendly in general, Veggie Galaxy starts your morning the right way with treats like a coconut milk-based frappe or an omelet packed with Brussels sprouts, sun-dried tomato pesto, goat cheese, and a side of sweet potato hash. Who said healthy fare had to be boring?
An upscale coffee and bakery, Tatte is consistently ranked at the very top amongst coffee shops year after year. And for good reason. Aside from the fresh Stumptown coffee, you’ll find no shortage of fresh treats baked from scratch, breakfast sandwiches, avocado toast, and their infamous muesli at its many Boston-area locations. What’s muesli? Just a magical combination of whipped Greek yogurt, pumpkin seeds, granola, and fresh berries. You’ll never think of muesli the same way again, and never want to get it from anywhere else.
Tucked below ground-level between Central and Harvard Square, lives what looks like a traditional diner. But don’t knock it before you try it! Their basics are legit and don’t forget that there are endless veggie-packed omelets on the menu. It’s also a lesser-known spot than the nearby Friendly Toast (also great), so it’s your best bet if you want to go during normal brunching hours or with a bigger group without waiting in a really long line.
Insider tip: go here on a weekday morning or before 9:00 A.M. on the weekend, or you’ll find yourself with a lot of time to kill. Another tip: dinner is just as good as their breakfast, but that’s a topic for another time. The Paramount is a Beacon Hill (and now South Boston) favorite, and their breakfast is a no-frills “order at the counter” situation. Their small menu covers all the basics and you’ll find a few healthy options like the veggie omelets and yogurt parfait.
You probably wouldn’t come across this place unless you live in the area, but it’s definitely worth a trip. The best thing about Ball Square Café? They don’t give you a fruit plate full of mostly honeydew. You know those ones. Here you can find a fruit plate packed with berries, bananas, grapes (the fancy fruit), as well as a number of gluten-free options, multi-grain waffles, and so much more.
Unlike many other Boston brunch spots, The Neighborhood opens at 7 a.m., which is a good thing if you’re an early riser. You’ll probably want to head over to this Somerville staple early anyway because locals in-the-know line up before the sun rises for the big breakfast plates. Don’t miss the cream of wheat—sounds basic, but it’s practically sacred at The Neighborhood. And in a city with few outdoor dining options, The Neighborhood’s patio is the place to nosh on weekend mornings in the summer.
For more than 30 years, Trident on Newbury Street has been providing Bostonians with fuel for their bodies and minds. There aren’t many places you can dine on great food surrounded by great books, but Trident is one of them. The menu contains many of the brunch basics plus surprises like a tofu scramble and the vegan cashew chili. Check out the latest bestsellers on your way out.
Newly opened in Allston, Whole Heart Provisions has quickly become a staple of the vegan/vegetarian scene in Boston. Tucked into a cozy storefront, Whole Heart serves up “Huevos” Rancheros made with tofu plus pancakes that you can top with vegan ice cream from nearby FoMu for Sunday brunch. Wash it all down with the heavenly horchata.
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