If you’re trying to eat well, brunch is pretty much out of the question, right? Well, maybe not.
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-morning meal you can feel good about eating, look no further than these actually healthy brunch options in Boston.
Whole Heart Provisions
Whole Heart Provisions in Allston has quickly become a staple of the vegan/vegetarian scene in Boston. Tucked into a snug 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. Thirsty? Wash it all down with the heavenly horchata.
With three Dig Inn locations already in Boston (Back Bay, Downtown Crossing, and Prudential Center), you’re never far from a healthy, hearty brunch. Fill up on the overnight oats, gluten-free quinoa waffle, or a slice of avocado or almond butter toast. Pair your brunch with Dig Inn’s refreshing Iced Ginger Mint Matcha or a hot matcha latte for a totally satisfying meal.
3 Little Figs
If you love good coffee and healthy, tasty eats, you need to get yourself to 3 Little Figs in Somerville. This cozy cafe serves healthy options like Greek yogurt with homemade granola and fruit or a brunch bowl with quinoa, veggies, and a poached farm egg. This means you’ll always be able to find something delicious without totally blowing all the hard work you put in at the gym. Looking for a little decadence? Try one of the Figs’ irresistible baked goods.
Tatte Bakery & Café
An upscale coffee and bakery, Tatte is consistently ranked at the very top among coffee shops year after year. And for good reason. Aside from the delicious Stumptown coffee, you’ll find no shortage of fresh treats baked from scratch, breakfast sandwiches, avocado toast, and their infamous muesli at Tatte’s 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.
Trident Booksellers and Cafe
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 — just don’t get the pages messy. The menu contains many of the brunch basics, plus surprises like a tofu scramble and the vegan cashew chili. And, obviously, check out the latest bestsellers on your way out.
We love getting our by CHLOE. fix any day of the week, but the vegan eatery really calls to us on Saturdays and Sundays. That’s when we pop into the Seaport and Fenway locations for tofu scrambles, quinoa hash browns, and pancakes topped with coconut whipped cream. The food here is almost too pretty to eat… almost.
Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant
This Southie hot spot is always hoppin’ on the weekend, so be sure to arrive early or expect to wait. It’s all for a good reason though; the food here is mouth-watering. Choose from weekday brunch or weekend brunch — they know brunchin’ isn’t just for Sunday. Our favorites include the yogurt parfait, Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, Salmon Quinoa Bowl, and Coconut Shrimp Salad. But, honestly, you really can’t go wrong here.
The Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery
Unlike many other Boston brunch spots, The Neighborhood opens at 7am, which is a good thing if you’re an early riser. You’ll probably want to head over to this popular Somerville spot early anyway because in-the-know locals line up before the sun rises for the big breakfast plates. Beat the line? Don’t miss the cream of wheat — sounds basic, but it’s practically sacred at this spot. And in a city with few outdoor dining options, The Neighborhood’s patio is the place to nosh on weekend mornings in the summer.
Boston’s only upscale vegan restaurant is the place to go for a delicious, healthy, plant-based brunch. It’s worth the trip to Somerville to try the sweet or savory crepes and waffles, or go big with the Tofu Benedict, served on a big, fluffy homemade biscuit. True Bistro even serves up vegan mac ‘n’ cheese, so veggie-lovers can indulge in their favorite comfort food without any guilt.
You’ll feel more like you’re in Paris than Somerville when you sit down to brunch at Juliet, and that’s half the charm. Juliet’s mostly French-inspired breakfasts are the perfect size to fuel you up for the day without weighing you down. From yogurt bowls to tasty toasts and egg dishes, there’s something for everyone at this sweet little eatery.
Ball Square Café
You probably wouldn’t come across this place unless you live in the Somerville 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 the ones. Here, you’ll find a fruit plate packed with berries, bananas, and grapes (the fancy fruit). The menu also has a number of gluten-free options, multi-grain waffles, and so much more.
A staple for the vegetarian crew, this Central Square diner has something for every type of eater. 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?
This Newbury Street favorite has made the must-visit list of restaurants to dine at year after year. And for very good reason. You can’t go wrong with any type of meal, but brunch is our favorite. The menu includes something for all people in your party — there’s yellowfin tuna crudo, a kale salad with a pickled pumpkin vinaigrette, avocado toast with mixed greens, spinach frittata, and more. Don’t take our word for it — go check it out for yourself. And know that Sonsie accepts reservations, which we highly recommend.
The weekend just got better with brunch at Tapestry. The menu isn’t too overwhelming, but you can bet it’s loaded with delicious options. Bring friends with you to brunch, order everything, and then you can steal bites from each other. But with dishes like red quinoa scrambled eggs, green shakshuka, caramelized pineapple and almond pancakes, and kale salad, you might be a little defensive of your dish. Make your way to Fenway on Saturdays and Sunday for a meal you won’t soon forget.
The Friendly Toast
The Friendly Toast certainly has its share of not-so-healthy brunch items, but it’s got plenty of options that aren’t a total splurge, too. The vegan breakfast burrito is our pick for a delectable savory breakfast, and we can’t get enough of the fluffy blueberry pancakes, which can be made gluten-free or vegan. No matter what you’re planning to order, be sure to get to the Cambridge or Back Bay locations early or you’ll run the risk of getting hangry.