There’s something to be said about Sunday brunch with your girlfriends at your usual spot — for those who do it, it’s tradition.
But isn’t it fun to break tradition every once and awhile?
Just a car ride or train ride away from the world-class restaurants of Boston and Cambridge, other chefs and kitchens making their marks as weekend hot spots, serving up some of the best brunch fare around. From boozy specialty drinks and Insta-worthy interiors, to novel and globally inspired dishes, we recommend taking your next brunch adventure on the road.
On the North Shore
On the North Shore, Ledger Restaurant embraces its New England roots, serving modern and elevated cuisine in the 19th-century-built former Salem Savings Bank.
Ledger’s brunch means creative takes on classic dishes like the banana bread Foie-ster — grilled banana bread with rum caramel sauce and foie gras butter. French toast pancakes are a blend of two breakfast favorites, best served alongside a 22-ounce bloody mary and fresh-made daily doughnuts.
125 Washington St., Salem, Mass.
Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
East Meets West of Boston
Family-owned Newton restaurant Moldova serves up authentic Eastern European cuisine, specifically from the nation of Moldova, a former Soviet republic sandwiched between Romania and the Ukraine.
Moldova’s scratch-made brunch dishes offer a slight departure from typical American ones. Cottage cheese pancakes served with sour cream and blackcurrant jam called papanaşii, and the Platou Moldovenesc featuring grilled sausages called mititei or another choice of roasted meat, scrambled eggs, polenta, pickles and hash browns, are two yummy comfort food dishes.
344 Watertown St., Newton, Mass.
Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cape Cod or Bust
With two locations on Cape Cod, Añejo Mexican Bistro infuses coastal New England flavors in Mexican-inspired food.
Mouthwatering Mexican-American brunch specials include the eggs Benedict Anejo — house-made cornbread topped with braised pulled pork, poached eggs, chipotle hollandaise and potatoes — and continues with the avocado and Oaxaca cheese omelette with diced avocado, pico de gallo, picante crema, sliced jalapeño and cotija.
188 Main St., Falmouth, Mass.
599 Main St., Hyannis, Mass.
Sunday 10:30 a.m.
For those who crave a classy and elevated experience, The West End in Hyannis is a strong contender.
Brunch, served buffet-style, includes mimosas, homemade cinnamon buns and eggs Benedict. Diners also get to indulge in offerings from the prime rib carving station and the omelette bar.
A live jazz band sets the tone with entertainment and ambience.
20 Scudder Ave., Hyannis, Mass.
Sunday 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Just South of the NH Border
Scott and Kathy Plath’s second business venture Moonstones is a global-inspired restaurant serving clever cocktails, a raw bar and brunch every Sunday. (Their first restaurant, Cobblestones, opened in Lowell in 1994 and remains a culinary fixture.)
Moonstone’s create-your-own bloody mary bar is a standout, not to mention dishes like stuffed french toast, lobster eggs Benedict and the delightfully mini red velvet pancakes.
185 Chelmsford St., Chelmsford, Mass.
Sunday 10:15 a.m.–2:15 p.m.