Blog :: 04-2018

Best Brunch Spots in Brookline, MA

The shortlist of best places to eat brunch in Brookline, Massachusetts

Brookline is a picturesque Boston suburb that offers the conveniences of city living—easy access to public transportation, rows of shops and restaurants, and a strong sense of neighborhood community. Whether you live in Brookline or want to visit for the day, it's a suburb that has its own attractions to enjoy.

One way to enjoy Brookline is going out with your family or friends to Sunday brunch. Here's a list of our top picks to have a Sunday well-spent and bring a week of content:

Grassona's Italian, 1704 Beacon Street, Brookline

Brookline locals were sad to see Fairsted Kitchen close at the end of 2017, but owner Steve Bowman quickly replaced it with Grassona's, a cozy restaurant that pays homage to your Italian grandmother's traditional red sauce. Although the menu has changed, customers will recognize traces of Fairsted within the space and on the cocktail menu—Bowman told Eater Boston that the process of switching from Fairsted to Grassona's is "more of a makeover than a remodel."

The Washington Square Tavern, 714 Washington Street, Brookline

Since 1999, The Washington Square Tavern has been the go-to place for quality craft beers alongside "high-class comfort food." Executive Chef Kevin Deschenes explained to Phantom Gourmet how many of the specialties are made in-house, such as a classic bratwurst or curry fries. It's a great spot in Brookline to meet your friends over drinks or enjoy a casual dinner or Sunday brunch. 

 

The Regal Beagle, 308 Harvard Street, Brookline

Named after the well-loved neighborhood bar from "Three's Company," the laidback bar and restaurant serves creative comfort food and cocktails with real, approachable customer service. A feature on The Regal Beagle published on The Wicked Local notes that the "welcoming and warm nature of the [restaurant's] staff developed naturally" over time and the small place allows the staff to really get to know customers.

La Voile Brookline, 1627 Beacon Street, Brookline

The original French brasserie on Newbury Street decided to branch out to Brookline in 2015. In an interview with Boston Magazine, the owner and staff saw an opportunity to serve an area where many of their regular clients live. La Voile, one of the most authentic French restaurants in the Boston area, offers traditional dishes like pan-seared duck breast, beef bourguignon and, of course, French onion soup. 

Barcelona Wine Bar, 1700 Beacon Street, Brookline

Although Barcelona Wine Bar part of a larger East Coast restaurant group with several locations, it's a reliable place to go for a more modern atmosphere and a fresh American take on tapas. Executive Chef Emilio Garcia, who has worked extensively within the Boston restaurant scene for a number of years, drives Barcelona's Brookline location's success with his team. 

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The Boston Globe Names the 2018 Top Spots to Live in Greater Boston

In April 2018, The Boston Globe shared the list of towns outside of Boston with a high percentage of appreciation since 2012

With data pulled by the Warren Group, a real estate tracking firm based, The Boston Globe pulled together the list of best towns to live in outside of Boston for single-family homes based on four different price-points. The article also included information on mentioned listing of each town's median condo price, as well as expert information about each area that may help incoming residents decide where to move within in the Boston area.

Here are the top spots for the first two price-point tiers for single-family homes in Greater Boston:

First Price-point Tier: $1M+

  • Cambridge: $1,310,000; +59% change since 2012
  • Winchester $1,085,000; +55% 
  • Brookline $1,850,000; +54%

Second Price-point Tier: $750K-$1M

  • Jamaica Plain: $850,000; +80% change since 2012
  • South Boston: $790,000; +78%
  • Needham: $962,500; +43%

Visit The Boston Globe for the full article. 

5 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in Boston

What to do on rainy days in Boston, Massachusetts

Although it can be nice staying inside on a rainy New England afternoon, the wet weather hardly spoils Boston's lively activities. The city and the Greater Boston area have a variety of local treasures worth exploring for everyone!

We've made a list of rainy day activities and suggested places to visit in Boston:

Get lost in an independent bookstore. There's nothing like finding a good book to curl up with and read on a rainy afternoon. The first step? Finding a new book or two. Grab a coffee-to-go and head to the local bookstore in your neighborhood. Trident Booksellers & Café in Back Bay has become a well-known Boston institute for book lovers. If you're looking for a large selection, the Brattle Book Shop is one of the oldest used booksellers in the country. 

Find a new cozy brunch spot. Rainy days in Boston present great opportunities to check out brunch places that you haven't been able to try because of the long lines that typically appear on sunnier days. The Paris Creperie's food truck makes its rounds through Boston, but their café in Brookline is well worth visiting with friends for fresh crepes and Nutella chocolate drinks. If you're looking for a healthier brunch option, head to Za, a restaurant that makes pizza and salad using seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients from local farms. Want more suggestions for brunch in Boston? Thrillist has you covered with the best brunches to try in Boston right now.

Hit the shops. Between Copley Place and The Prudential Center, you have plenty of stores to choose from to update your wardrobe. You'll find that there's a wide selection of luxury and contemporary brands available in Boston! If you're not in the mood to shop for clothes, you can always simply window shop or make your way to Barnes & Noble at the Prudential Center. 

Treat yourself to a spa day. If you know that your weekend plans may be rained out in advance, book a facial or massage in Boston! Take the opportunity to do some self-care and escape from stress for an hour or a half-day. We recommend Balans, the only all-organic spa in Boston, and Corbu at The Charles Hotel in the heart of Harvard Square. 

Check out the latest museum exhibits and explore Boston's smaller museums. Take advantage of living in Boston by exploring the incredible museums in the city! The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), the Museum of Science and the Harvard Museum of Natural History are some of the larger museums that are more likely to have active, rotating exhibits, but it's also worth visiting the smaller historical treasures Boston has to offer. Trinity Church, the Nichols House Museum, and the Paul Revere House are centrally located in Boston and are only a short walk away from downtown shops and restaurants.