South End Buttery Brunch in Boston

Arriving in Boston for the first time, I was completely charmed by the city. The colonial architecture, beautiful brownstones, parks, the swan boats in the Boston Common, the sailboats on the Charles River—there were captivating sights and sounds on every corner.

Granted, it was Boston Marathon weekend, so the city was abuzz with elite runners from across the country—and the world—getting ready to run 26.2 on Patriot’s Day. Meanwhile, the rest of the city was getting ready for the huge all-day boozefest that accompanies the marathon.

Moreover, the weather was absolutely perfect, so the Boston Common was filled with attractive young people playing sports, reading in the sun, or coupling up on blankets. The whole experience was energizing and motivating.

Shortly after landing and checking in at the Park Plaza, we headed to the South End of Boston for brunch at South End Buttery, a corner bakery and café. As you arrive, you see plenty of couples with their pets sitting under the restaurant’s yellow awnings enjoying coffee and croissants from the bakery.

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The restaurant was bustling with a busy brunch crowd, despite the clock striking two in the afternoon. The hostess whisked us—my mother and me—downstairs to a comfy but slightly too cozy corner booth. The waitress was patient and kind, allowing us to wait about thirty minutes for my Aunt Debbie to arrive from the airport.

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As we waited, our coffee mugs and water glasses remained filled. We opted for some hand-cut garlic Parmesan fries, served with ketchup and truffle mayo (my fave). The fries were piping hot and very crispy—twice fried, I’m told—and sprinkled with Parmesan and parsley. They were very garlicy, which I personally love. These fries were absolutely delicious and nearly as good as those by District fry king Granville Moore’s.

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When Auntie Deb finally arrived, we put in three very different orders. One thing to note: The restaurant does not tolerate substitutions so I was stuck with home fries (a blessing in disguise) despite wanting a salad following the Parmesan fries. Tough cookies, says the chef.

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I selected the smoked salmon and eggs, which was organic cage-free eggs scrambled with chives alongside fresh smoked salmon, mixed greens and home fries. The plate was absolutely enormous—and there was no way I was finishing it. The eggs and salmon were healthy and fresh, leaving me guilt-free. The home fries were enormous chunks of crispy fried potatoes that were the perfect amount of fried and salty without being too much.

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Cindy Sue (my mother) selected the huevos rancheros, which wasn’t really huevos rancheros but rather eggs, black beans, a cheese quesadilla and home fries with sides of tomatillo sauce and sour cream. She enjoyed in nonetheless, combining the eggs, home fries and quesadilla into her own style of breakfast. Likewise, her dish was absolutely gigantic—too big for one person, that’s for sure. She says, “My scrambled eggs/huevos ranchero with freshly made salsa was very good but lacked pazzazz!”

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As she was brunching with the Bitches, Auntie Deb went wild by selecting the banana and chocolate chip pancakes, topped with banana slices and an enormous dollop of house-made whipped cream with a side of Vermont maple syrup. My mouth was drooling in utter jealousy. The pancakes were moist and fluffy on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside—pure pancake perfection. I have no idea how you make them that way—but kudos to the kitchen for doing so.

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Also on the table was a side of fruit, which possessed both necessary requirements: (1) freshness and (2) variety. The bowl was filled with grapefruit slices, strawberries, raspberries, bananas, grapes, kiwi and cantaloupe—and no honeydew, thank goodness!

Throughout the meal, our waitress was kind, friendly and helpful without being over-bearing—adding to the experience rather than taking away.

All in all, a lovely little Boston brunch for the Bitches.

The Bitches say: A+. Delicious, fresh food, crafted from quality ingredients, in large portions, at a pleasant cafe—can’t get much better than that. One of the better brunches I’ve had in ages. Too bad it’s in Boston, or else I’d be back more often.

Note from Becca: Modest Cori Sue doesn’t mention it in this post, but she was in Boston because she ran the Boston Marathon. She kicked major ass in what was the hottest Boston Marathon on record. Go Cori Sue!

South End Buttery
314 Shawnut Ave.
Boston, M.A.
(617) 482-1015
South End Buttery serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

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  • Jennifer says:

    Hi ladies! First, I absolutely love your blog and read it regularly – it’s fabulous! Since you gave it a rave review, I thought I should let you know that I was in Boston with friends for Memorial Day weekend and convinced the group to try South End Buttery for brunch. And you were right, it was delicious! I had the banana pancakes, as well…I was in heaven. So I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful recommendation. Keep up the great work!

    Jenn

    PS – On our second day, we brunched at Cafeteria Boston on Newbury Street, which didn’t have quite as good of service as South End Buttery, but the food was amazing. Try it next time you’re in Boston, and I suggest the breakfast pizza – ham, fontina, over-easy eggs, arugula, and truffle oil. YUM.

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