By The HOWL Street Team | Photos by Nancy Ho
Agreat weekend just isn’t complete without brunch. From under-the-radar and overlooked joints to a jaunt at the vineyard, here’s the lowdown on our favorite picks for late breakfast.
The bourbon caramel glazed doughnut and scrambled egg flatbread is brunch-ready comfort food cranked up to 11. But there’s something about the decadent spread at this restaurant’s make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, coupled with great table service and creative menu offerings from the raw bar to Brazilian steak and eggs that makes us feel like we’re on vacation — even though we’re in a former Ground Round in Chelmsford (cue up the Twilight Zone theme). The boozy brunch cocktails are excellent. Shout out to the whiskey, Baileys, and espresso over ice.
185 Chelmsford St., Chelmsford | 978-256-7777 | moonstones110.com
The Red Raven
Hearty food with a mouth-watering take on the sweeter side of things. The French toast topped with homemade Nagog Farm apple butter and caramel sauce is so fluffy and delicious, ordering it should be mandatory. Their perfectly poached garden-style eggs benedict, Tuscan white beans, and house banger sausage round out the welcoming country-house experience. A great escape to simpler times.
3 Nagog Park, Acton | 978-274-2231 | redravenacton.com
Glenview Restaurant & Pub
North meets south every Sunday at this local haunt, where the newer brunch spread is so large and glorious it will help shake off your precaffeine hangover daze. Slide into one of the cushy red booths and get ready for an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord that offers the works from western-style scrambled eggs, peel-and-eat shrimp steamed in beer, ginger and oranges, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, an omelet station, a meat carving station, and a jacked-up dessert station. The best part — it’s hands down the best deal you’ll find anywhere, at around $20 per person.
248 Princeton St., Chelmsford | 978-251-3591 | glenviewpubandgrill.com
NoLo Bistro & Bar
Big flavor and warm hospitality are the norm at Stonehedge, an off-the-beaten path Tyngsboro inn and day spa. The property recently came under the ownership of some Brits who are making smart updates, and the amazing staff do a fantastic job of making you and your pals feel like the most important people in the room. The food is the icing on the cake. Grab a seat in the sunny atrium and dig into a Belgium waffle station with all the fixins’, savory grilled meats, seasonal vegies, fluffy omelets made-to-order, perfectly crisp bacon, bottomless coffee and much more all for around $25 per person. Mimosas, a Peach Bellini, Kir Royale and classic Bloody Mary are all $6 from the cocktail cart.
150 Pawtucket Blvd., Tyngsboro | 978-649-4400 | stonehedgeinnandspa.com
Downtown’s newest restaurant and pub will steal your brunch-lovin’ heart with live music and a spacious outdoor patio perfect for lounging in warm weather. But the jewel in this joint’s brunch crown is Chef Jay Downs’ creative spin on eggs benedict. Grilled Portuguese sweet rolls are the base for homemade hash, grilled salmon, and even a spicy grilled ribeye served with a habanero hollandaise. There are plenty of vegetarian options too. But we have to say — one bite of the Bananas Foster French Toast and you may never want to leave.
19 Merrimack St., Lowell | 617-615-7492 | dudleysoflowell.com
Nashoba Valley Winery
Focusing on fresh, local ingredients, the rustic chic Nashoba Valley Wintery offers tasty dishes like chicken marsala slow cooked in homemade wine, freshly baked breads straight out of the oven, and, if you’re a lover of all things porcine, don’t miss the incredible crispy smoked bacon. While you reach food nirvana, savor the seasonal cocktails made from the property’s own fruit orchards as you soak up the country scenery from the dining room’s big windows. A perfect reminder of what “easy like Sunday morning” is supposed to mean.
100 Wattaquadock Hill Road, Nashoba | 978-779-9816 | nashobawinery.com