I dunno. Getting up earlyish, spending insane amounts on food that I can get for less at any other time of the day, and waiting in long lines for it - that’s what she wants for Mother’s Day. No one understands this, but we do what the mommas want…
My fiancé’s mum insisted on Sunday brunch at theirs every Sunday. And without fail it was Spam fritters and mushy peas. Gak. Mushy peas are bad enough, but Spam? Breaded, deep fried Spam no less? I loved my girl immensely, and proved it every damn Sunday morning by choking down that poxy.
@jerk_nugget One of my family’s regular places for buffet brunch was the Blue Room in Kendall Square.
It was reasonably priced and the food was always fantastic - until it wasn’t; the last couple of times we went, it was a bit disappointing, so we stopped going - last time was a few years ago.
I just looked it up and apparently they revamped it soon after we stopped going, so maybe we weren’t the only ones to notice it had lost its luster. https://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/2016/11/01/blue-room-brunch-cambridge/
Of course, right next to the Blue Room is the Friendly Toast, which serves breakfast all day, even late dinner hours, and the food is pretty great.
@DennisG2014 the friendly toast is excellent, but the wait was always too much for me. however this would have been about 8+ years ago, back when i actually left the house the day after drinking lol. it also was relatively new back then so perhaps the fanfare has died down enough to be reasonable. they’ve also opened a jewish deli type eatery called mammaleh’s right in there as well which i’ve been wanting to try (in addition to food, so many good sounding drinks!) but we no longer live in cambridgeport so it would be a bit of a hike.
our go-to’s back then included the trident cafe in back bay, or the s&s, redbones bbq, and the rosebud diner, all in somerville. had dinner at the latter two not that long ago and still delicious, but haven’t gone out for brunch in a hundred years it feels like.
@therealjrn Yes. We haven’t gone out for brunch in years. This morning we had something new to us.
Avocado toast with fried eggs on top. It was pretty darned good.
We had mashed avocados on crackers for lunch.
We have avocado trees. They’re five or six years old. Last year we had a bumper crop. One of the things I learned was that avocados don’t ripen on the tree, they don’t ripen until they’ve been taken off. So, since there’s just the two of us, we left them on the tree. This year one of the trees has one new fruit, the other is loaded. And there are still the avocados from last year.
Until the heat hit. Last year’s fruit had decided to drop. I found these under the trees in two day’s time last week. They are almost all ripe. Usually it takes at least a week once taken from the tree.
@therealjrn your ok and mister too ! that makes me very happy! jealous of your rain though has not rained at my house in 3 damn weeks. i have to spend a lot of time watering my garden and flowers and baskets and most of my grass is all crispy and shit. i will let the greens know your alright.
My Mom loves brunch and we finally found an excellent all you can eat brunch for $25. They nicely include alcohol for $10 more, so it makes sense for me & my tea totalling SO and my alcoholic sister and brother in law. We only do it for special occasions, and usually Mom demands that she pay for it, but I’m glad she doesn’t have to fork over a ton of cash anymore.
I just like the idea of breakfast after noon, which I generally do all the time anyway.
@RiotDemon I am in the same boat. Where I live, there is no brunch like this. I always just thought it was where people compromise getting together earlier than lunch but not wanting to get out of bed early enough for breakfast. I never realized it was a thing where eateries charge more. I really don’t think I have missed out on much though.
@RiotDemon@tnhillbillygal a lot of places will have a special brunch menu. it’s pretty much all breakfast foods though and then mimosas/bellinis or a bloody mary bar or what have you. some places will charge a flat fee which is why it can be really expensive. or they’re gouging people who are really desperate for breakfast foods because everywhere else is just serving lunch. even tho you could just go to ihop or whatever but that’s not ‘cool.’ (and no booze.) also, most places that do brunch do not serve breakfast otherwise, so some of the draw is to try your favorite hip dinner spot’s take on eggs and french toast or whatever.
some of the places really truly do have delicious brunches, but there is no food i’d wait in line for an hour for, esp while hungover. i’m going home and going to bed. i’m old now.
I like brunch when it’s not a big group. Can’t say I enjoyed $45 breakfast for 3 hours in a glorified bar. I guess I just like to keep my Sundays quiet and simple. If I can get a fried chicken sandwich at breakfast that’s all the brunch I need.
this poll assumes you have to go to a restaurant to have brunch. i make brunch at home for my partner and i probably every other weekend. alternatively, when we used to live closer to town, we would sometimes order brunch and have it delivered. the former for when the cook is sober, the latter for when she’s hungover.
when i was little, my friend’s gramma would make meatballs and gravy (italian american for red sauce) every sunday as well as doughboys, with coffee for the grownups and hot chocolate for the kids. it was always a treat to sleep over her house on saturday and be invited to join them on sunday. that’s a good brunch too.
going out to brunch is, IME, usually miserable. either it’s loud, crowded with screaming kids and really expensive for mediocre food (mothers day), or you’re hungover or still fucked up and your friends convinced you this is The Thing To Do but you’re standing in line in the sun sweating and your head is pounding and even when you’re finally seated you’re just looking at the menu like ‘i’m still not sure if food will make me feel better or worse, what if i throw up under the table.’
Brunch is a dumb word and concept. I like breakfast food and lunch food but not at the same meal. Breakfast food served at 11am is late breakfast. Breakfast-for-dinner is also a good option. Lunch food as your first meal is fine no matter what time you eat. Warmed over spaghetti or chocolate pie is delicious at 8am.
I like having breakfast-for-lunch, especially late on Sundays for reasons I’m not completely conscious of (I think it’s a combination of sleeping late, hang-over and cultural/nostalgic influences).
But there’s no meal I love more than a buffet brunch, even a mediocre one - although I’ve experienced some pretty awesome ones.
Over the years, I’ve even developed strategies for maximum enjoyment and bang for the buck…
E.g., first pass is sample-size servings of everything, then go back for more of what’s good.
Most importantly, with some exceptions (like the amazing banana-walnut pancakes one place makes), avoid anything bread-like - no bagels, no waffles, no pancakes (or just one of the yummy banana-walnut ones), no french toast, etc…
That stuff fills you up fast and interferes with the goal of having a little of everything and then more of the best stuff and ultimately consuming enough to, at minimum, justify the cost, but ideally to surpass it.
I treat buffet brunches as an athletic event - I prep by making sure to eat light the night before and nothing the day of; when I get to the venue, I put my game face on and do a walk-through of the full buffet, strategizing my plan of attack before grabbing a plate and getting down to business.
Today, I may just go to a place I know that makes some incredible huevos rancheros.