Brunching Out

Since returning to Tufts a mere two weeks ago, (even though it feels like two months) I have once again re-discovered my appreciation for brunch. I do not know what it is about the Medford air, but brunch just seems infinitely more appealing and enticing when living in a dorm room. And despite the Carm “brunch” that opens at 11 am on Saturday, it never really delivers. So with all of that in mind, here are my favorite brunch places, most of which are within *walking distance* of campus:

1.) Soundbites

Only a short walk past 574 Boston Ave., Soundbites is a classic, homey, comforting brunch joint with a monster of a menu. Omelettes galore, gluten-free french toast, and a whole section of the menu dedicated to everything eggs benedict, Soundbites always delivers with whatever I’m in the mood for. They also serve lunch and dinner, which I have attended, and I can attest to saying that the two other meal times are equally as satisfying as breakfast. My personal favorite is the lamb kebab mediterranean platter served with rice, hummus, and middle-eastern salad. #Yum.

2.) Ball Square Café

Take five steps to the left of Soundbites, and you will arrive at what can be considered my favorite brunch place near Tufts. My friends know how much I love this place. Last Wednesday, the 14th (aka my birthday), I was promptly woken up at 7 a.m. and dragged on a “birthday jog” to Ball Square for breakfast.  I ordered an omelette with feta cheese and spinach at 7:30 and, by 7:45, I was knee deep in what seemed like a 5-egg omelette bursting with warm feta, sautéed spinach, and deliciousness. I wasn’t even able to finish the whole thing, which almost never happens to me. Nonetheless, I drank about 3 cups of hazelnut and almond coffee (all of which is self served), ate about 3/4 of my omelette, tasted some french toast from a friend on my right, and downed a scoop of fresh steel cut oats from a friend on my left. What a birthday breakfast!

3.) Danish Pastry House

I know that most of you have probably ventured down to DPH at some point, but for those who have not, it is a classic. Their crêpes are always consistent, their pastries are perfectly sweet, and their drinks are full of flavor. For me, DPH’s best quality is its affordability; I know that a trip up and over the hill won’t break the bank.

4.) Tamper

Across the street from DPH lies Tamper, a more upscale version of a coffee house. The avocado toast is great: it’s filled with roasted pumpkin seeds, avocado mixed with feta, and even a fried egg if desired. The lattes are warm and comforting, but do come at a price. Keep this between us, but I definitely snuck into Carm right after a stop at Tamper because I wasn’t completely full.

5.) Stephanie’s on Newbury

After only a short T-ride away to Newbury street, you can find yourself at Stephanie’s, a classic upscale brunch place. Due to the high price point, it’s not the best place to go with a group of friends, but it’s perfect for parents weekend or whenever your family member comes into town. My mom could talk about the Bloody Mary clip board bar for hours. This clipboard is basically a checklist you can use to customize your Bloody Mary. The only problem is that seats fill up fast, so of course I’ll be calling sometime in the next week to book a reservation for when my parents come to visit in October for Parents Weekend.

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