Gather in the heart of Boston’s Seaport for a boozy brunch with friends or family. This bustling area of Boston doesn’t have as many brunch spots as you would think. but Gather – located at District Hall – has brunch covered. Gather has a minimalist, industrial design with floor-to-ceiling windows. Brunch starts at 10 a.m., and you should plan to be prompt; at 10:30 seats started to fill up and there were lots of big parties the day we visited.
As soon as I got to the table, I saw the little print out of their waffle options. You can order a waffle with a variety of different toppings and I love toppings so I was all about this feature. Some mornings I have no idea what I’m in the mood for, but asking for recommendations never fails. I asked Kat, one of the waitresses, about the most popular items. She immediately recommended the poutine. I have had poutine in Montreal once, and it was a little much for me. The overwhelming amount of gravy was off-putting, but I was having a brave day and decided to trust Kat.
Gather has a lengthy “morning buzz” menu. I am always happy when I see more than Bloody Marys and mimosas offered for brunch. I am thrilled to report that Gather offers 11 brunch-specific cocktails! I started with the coffee collision, and my boyfriend Richie ordered a blueberry lemonade. The coffee collusion was similar to an espresso martini. It went down smooth and paired well with the waffle we ordered to share, which we topped with caramel, whipped cream, and bacon. The blueberry lemonade had a strong blueberry presence and was not as tart as a traditional lemonade. It was refreshing and a good option if you’re a fan of blueberries. The waffle was served golden brown – not too flakey, doughy, or airy – and if I may brag, our topping selections were spot on. The bacon was crumbled on top and was nice and crispy, there could have been more whipped cream but I have a sweet tooth so I am sure someone else would complain if there was too much of it.
If you are hungover and need a cure, Gather’s waffle fries topped with pulled pork and cheddar jalapeño sauce are the answer. The pulled pork poutine was amazing. Waffle fries will always be superior to normal fries, and if I had to rate them I would say they come second to curly fries. There is something about how every crevice of the waffle fry has the opportunity to crisp. The pulled pork made this meal. The marinade was not overly sweet, and the reasonable amount of cheese did not mask the other flavors. When I’m back at Gather, this will be the first thing I order, it is perfect to share with the table or order as a dish for yourself.
The shakshuka and the old school breakfast sandwich were our picks for our main dishes. I will eat almost anything that has to do with sweet potatoes and was in the mood for something savory. I would highly recommend this traditional Middle Eastern dish. I loved the blend of feta, bell peppers, and onions to give this dish some amazing flavor. The shakshuka was extremely filling, and I barely finished half of it. But, excellent news: this dish reheated well on Monday for lunch! The old school breakfast sandwich was a BEC (bacon, egg, and cheese) served on a croissant. This sandwich was nothing out of the ordinary. For $14, I wish they upgraded the bacon to a thick-cut style, and I prefer smaller home fries vs. the potato wedges that were served beside the sandwich. Richie, however, had no complaints. The mix of onions and peppers elevated the potatoes and provided some color, but I still have mixed feelings about the price of this plate.
If you’re planning a group brunch, Gather should be on your list. There are multiple high-tops, plenty of drinks, and the high ceiling made for excellent acoustics, even when the restaurant was full. The service was on point despite the crowds. I would recommend a reservation, especially if you are with a group! If weather permits, take advantage of their outdoor seating. This day was surprisingly chilly, but there is a view of Boston Harbor from outside that we will have to come back for!
The Bitches say: four Champagne flutes
Gather is your best bet for a Boston Seaport brunch spot. Cure your hangover or continue the party with a friend, multiple friends, or family.
Gather serves brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.