Brunching on a Budget

Falling between breakfast and lunch and best enjoyed on a lazy Sunday morning, brunch is an essential part of any Bostonian’s diet, especially with the city’s many outstanding restaurants. Here are some of Boston’s best bargain brunch spots that will satisfy your hungry stomach without breaking your budget.

Refuge Cafe

155 Brighton Ave

This low-key cafe is perfect if you and your friends decide last minute to come together for brunch. Order at the counter for take out, or find a table to sit and enjoy your food. Here the menu ranges from a simple bagel and cream cheese to breakfast burritos stuffed with chili, home fries, eggs and more. Refuge also has plenty of vegan and vegetarian options such as the tofu bowl. During the summer, the sliding window store front is open to let in some fresh air, the perfect atmosphere for starting your day right.

Must try: Allston sunrise sandwich with fried eggs, melted swiss, avocado and spicy mayo

Trident Booksellers and Cafe

338 Newbury Street

Come with friends or enjoy the company of a nice book at this homey cafe located conveniently on Newbury Street. This cafe has a welcoming, homey atmosphere that only a bookstore can offer, with customers both browsing through shelves and flipping through pages while they wait for their meal. Situated among more pricey, upscale brunch destinations, Trident does not sacrifice quality or taste for a more reasonable price tag.

Must try: Apple brie omelette with apple tarts, creamy brie and served with sourdough toast.

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Image courtesy of BU Culture Shock

North Street Grille

229 North Street

Located in Boston’s historic North End, the North Street Grille serves brunch seven days a week! Their menu offers a seemingly endless selection of egg plates, French toasts, breakfast sandwiches, pancakes and more, all for a reasonable price. People who prefer savory over sweet might want to try building their own omelette, with prices starting at only $8. Brunchers with a sweet tooth will be unable to resist items such as the cinnamon roll French toast.

Must try: Chunky monkey pancakes with walnuts, chocolate chunks and bananas

Victoria’s Diner

1024 Massachusetts Ave

A classic hole-in-the-wall diner, Victoria’s is the place to go if you are looking for a no-frills brunch experience at bargain prices. Open 24 hours from Thursday to Sunday, this is one of the few places in the city where you can find good food around the clock. Serving the basics done right, you can’t really go wrong with ordering anything off the menu here.

Must try: Florentine eggs benedict with sautéed spinach and tomatoes

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Image courtesy of Yelp

The Beehive

541 Tremont Street

Offering a lively and upbeat atmosphere, along with an amazing brunch menu, The Beehive features live jazz music to go along with your meal. Unique hors d’oeuvres include the strawberry rhubarb coffee cake with honey butter and the sugar snap pea salad.

Must try: Egg shakshuka, poached eggs with North African-style tomato sauce, polenta with the option of adding Moroccan sausage

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