The 15 Best Brunch Spots In Boston - 1. Lulu's Allston (Allston)
By Paula Beaton
First up, Lulu's Allston is a classic choice for brunching in Boston. You can brunch seven days a week here, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. Lulu's can get pretty busy, so we'd recommend joining the waitlist online before you get here.
This is the perfect place for a boozy brunch with friends. Here, you can enjoy classic brunch cocktails like mimosas and bloody marys, as well as imaginative libations like spiked iced coffees made with salted caramel or banana bourbon.
We know you're hungry, so dive into the Sausage McMuff, made with a sausage patty, American cheese, an egg, a griddled English muffin, and potatoes. The Short Rib Mac & Cheese is making our tummies rumble, too. There are lighter bites and shareable dishes on the menu too, like the Crispy Brussels with spicy maple syrup, Allston Jumbo Wings with a variety of sauces, and a delicious Esquites Dip made with roasted corn, cotija cheese, and crema.
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Maybe you’re a fan of the lunch at Lulu’s Allston, where you can dine on French toast and farmhouse omelettes. Or perhaps you frequent Silhouette Lounge, a popular dive bar with great local beers and free popcorn. Whatever your favorite spots may be, share them with us.
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Beer enthusiasts love Lulu’s for its extensive roster of draft brews, including popular pours from New England-based makers like Exhibit “A” and Zero Gravity. Ask an Allston resident, though, and you’ll find the bar and restaurant has a few other tricks up its sleeve—namely its killer brunch menu, complete with a four-dish-strong “Bennys” section.
Next time you’re in the neighborhood, try the Guac Benedict, finished with house-made guacamole (of course) and cherry-pepper relish.
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What it is: Lulu’s is a youthful city bar offering great food, a 50-line draft list, hip patio, and fresh growlers to-go. Situated among Boston’s more student-friendly neighborhoods, Lulu’s has become a popular brunch spot while cultivating a focus on New England’s best regional beers.
Why it’s great: The patio at Lulu’s first opened in Summer 2018 and has been crucial for service. They offer top-notch pub fare, from fried-chicken sandwiches to vegan salad bowls.
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There’s plenty of room behind this Allston beer bar—about 50 dining seats, plus colorful lounge furniture, cornhole, and a bocce court. Some of the perches are made from repurposed kegs, and the beer theme extends to a screen divider hanging above a standing bar area: It’s decorated with tap handles representing some of the 50 craft beverages Lulu’s has on draft inside.
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Where to eat outdoors when the weather is beautiful — or even when it’s not. The patio at Lulu’s in Allston, which, he notes, “always has an excellent beer list.” (He enjoyed an Oberon on a recent visit.)
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Available on the weekends, Lulu’s brunch menu features a lot of booze, draft cold brew, and hearty food options like breakfast totchos, a “meaty masterpiece” omelet, short rib mac and cheese, “white trash hash,” a variety of Benedicts, burgers (including the vegan Beyond Burger), and more. Currently offering takeout, delivery, outdoor dining, and limited indoor dining in the event of rain.
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One of the neighborhood’s favorite spots for brunch, this spot specializes in comfort food like loaded French toast, spiced tots, fried chicken, and steak bomb tacos. It also has a great bar scene—hello, 50 well-curated beers on draft—and a glorious backyard, complete with its own bar and bocce courts. 421 Cambridge St., Allston, 617-787-1117, lulusallston.com.
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In Allston, Lulu’s pairs its carefully curated, roughly 50-deep draft list with cheerful mid-century modern decor and crave-inducing comfort food.
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Try the Lulu’s burger ($13) with Vermont cheddar, secret sauce, lettuce, tomato, and onion, served on a brioche bun, or opt for the messy “not a first date burger” ($14) with butter, herbs, blue cheese, red onions, lemon scallion aioli, pecan wood smoked bacon, and arugula.
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A three-day weekend means three days of brunch bites, like Cajun tots topped with stout-braised short ribs, poached eggs, and hollandaise; a vegan Buddha bowl; omelets; and more.
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Lulu’s Allston is making a special spearmint cranberry lime tequila mojito for the day, if you want to party with a few rounds of patio bocce.
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Welcome to spring, Boston. Finally. Patio season is in full effect, with temperatures reaching 80 degrees this week. Some fresh al fresco options include 24 seats at Michael Scelfo’s Alden & Harlow; and outdoor dining at Jason Cheek’s new Southern Proper, which officially begins tonight.
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Owned by Olivia Culpo's family and featuring "Chopped" champion Sarah Wade in the kitchen, Lulu's is already a must-try destination in Allston. Now the popular eatery has a newly renovated patio area, complete with a bocce court.
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Can't decide between celebrating the Derby or Cinco de Mayo? Why not both! LuLu's Allston, which is owned by Olivia Culpo's family, will serve up spearmint-cranberry tequila mojitos for the festivities, and will also be showing the race live on their televisions. Make sure to check out the local hotspots patio too, which just opened for the season.
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Two “holidays” converge on May 5 this year, one involves juleps, the other margaritas. Lulu’s Allston has created a bit of a portmanteau to celebrate what people seem to be calling Cinco De Derby. Their spearmint cranberry lime tequila mojito has cranberry juice...
Check out this great video interview, where we invite Boston Universities Taste Buds food blog into our kitchen and show them some tasty recipes by Chef Sarah Wade! Chef Wade puts her donut making skills on display, along with Shortrib Mac and Cheese and Mama's Fried Chicken breast.
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It is best to describe Lulu's as creative, fun, comfort food. When the partners opened lulu's last june, they wanted to create a neighborhood spot with high-quality food and beer.
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Maitland: Lulu’s is one of the neighborhood’s best spots for brunch. Me and one of my sous chefs at Audubon are always talking about Lulu’s White Trash Hash, which is made with braised short rib, tater tots, poached eggs, and hollandaise. I have to change the subject because it’s making me hungry.
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Shiny and with an open concept, Lulu’s still has that new restaurant smell and is a welcome addition to the Allston ‘hood. The menu is vast with pub influenced bites, plates and sandwiches and a slight accent of gluttonous offerings to boot. Two burgers appear on the menu (three if you count a black bean one a burger; I don’t), one very normal, one very much a knife and fork sounding job. Of course I had to have both the Lulu’s Burger ($12) and the fittingly named Bad Ass Burger ($15)
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Joshua Culpo, 29, Co-Owner at Lulu's Allston. Culpo has the bar scene in his blood. As a tyke, he'd saunter behind the bar of the Pittsfield pub his family owned to fix himself a soda. Now he's serving thirsty Allston crowds an alternative to the dive scene that characterizes that student-heavy neighborhood. Lulu's craft brews, ciders and creative comfort-food menu has made it an after-work hit for young professionals, saving them a trip downtown. Culpo keeps his first enterprise running smoothly, thanks to managerial experience gleaned from his uncle's popular Parish Cafe and during a brief pass through the corporate finance world. Now he's investing in the future, with another project on the horizon soon. Side Dishes: Culpo is cousin to Olivia Culpo, the former Miss Universe and a current celeb-blog fixture thanks to her relationship with Nick Jonas.
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ALLSTON – How about FRITOS® Chili Pie? Beer and Bacon Pancakes? At Lulu’s in Allston, comfort food is getting crazy and hungry customers are eating it up. Brand new to Boston’s biggest hipster neighborhood, Lulu’s has quickly become a local favorite for their fifty craft beers on draft, dozens of creative flavor-packed dishes and a large, laid back, sun-soaked dining room. The sunniest part of Lulu’s, by far, is the personality of Executive Chef Sarah Wade. Sarah grew up in Oklahoma, and worked in Texas, North Carolina, and Connecticut before coming to Boston.
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With dishes like IPA cheese soup and Hair of the Dog pancakes made with Narragansett pilsner, bacon drippings, and a bloody mary butter, it’s obvious chef Sarah Wade has a way with hangover cures. But since introducing brunch service back in July, Wade’s most successful morning-after tonic has been her rich hash made with poached eggs, hollandaise, a crispy bed of tater tots, and short ribs that have been braised for five hours. “This dish first came about at another restaurant I was working at.
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Since opening in early June, executive chef Sarah Wade has drummed up plenty of excitement in the Allston area for her Southern-inspired menu at Lulu's Allston. Starting this weekend, the Oklahoma native will launch her first brunch service with mainstays like Lulu's short rib mac and cheese, wild game chili, and black bean burger with Thai red curry. Alongside those favorites though will be egg-heavy hangover cures like the White Trash Hash with tater tots and short rib hash; Hair of the Dog Pancakes with pilsner and bacon batter pancakes topped with Bloody Mary butter; and a breakfast sandwich with fried eggs, linguiça, and local cheddar piled on top of Texas toast.
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Last month we offered up a Cheat Sheet to Lulu's Allston, an overview of everything you need to know (and eat, and drink) at the quirky comfort food newcomer. (Check it out here.) But there's already a new reason to head back: This weekend the spot kicks off Saturday and Sunday brunch hours from 10:30 AM-3:30 PM. The menu offers some cute, clever little twists that we'd expect from the kind of place that serves a wild game Frito chili pie, among other gourmet junk foods.
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The Gist: Yet another new notch in the expanding belt of buzz-worthy Allston destinations, this neighborhood restaurant comes from a vet in casual food and drink spots: Peter Culpo, who also runs the Parish Cafe locations in the Back Bay and South End, The Hill Tavern in Beacon Hill, and Woody's Grill & Tap in Fenway. Lulu's is a nod to the nickname of his eldest daughter, Aurora. (Many locals know his other Rhode Island-born daughter Olivia as the previous Miss Universe.)
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Restaurateur Peter Culpo (The Hill Tavern, Woody's Grill & Tap, Parish Café) looks to dominate another neighborhood with his spacious/industrial new American eatery in Allston. Chef Sarah Wade focuses on from-scratch comfort food while 50-ish craft beers also await your consumption. And the brews are often incorporated into the gastronomy. Fill your belly with Smokin' Blonde Beer Cheese Soup (smoked Gouda, IPA, ripped baguette), mussels steamed in saison with local linguica, and stout-braised short rib mac and cheese.
You're probably not going to be drinking cocktails at Lulu's anyway, since they've got a pretty extensive beer program, with some 50 drafts, conveniently broken down on the menu in categories such as ales, hop focused brews, lagers, ciders, Belgian style and wheat brews, and Oh you Fancy, where you'll find the aforementioned St. Bernadus and the like, as well as fun surprises like the Revival Saison, a Belgian farmhouse style brew from Providence.
Allston-ians (and anyone else, really) looking for a new beer bar doing upscale comfort food by way of Oklahoma (think: bison and wild boar chili with local cheddar on a bed of Fritos) may now get excited. Because come Monday, Lulu's will be throwing open the doors for full access to their non-repeating 50-draft beers at the ready (an another 50 varieties in can and bottle). "We're IPA guys," Managing Partner Justin Dalton-Ameen says. "So the hops are well represented."
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421 CAMBRIDGE ST, ALLSTON, MA 02134
Monday - Thursday 11:30AM - 11:00PM
(Kitchen close at 10:30PM)
Friday 11:30 - 12:00AM
(Kitchen close at 11:30)
Saturday 10:00AM - 12:00AM
(Kitchen close at 11:30)
Sunday 10:00AM - 11:00PM
(Kitchen close at 10:30)
Now offering brunch 7 days a week until 3pm!