OpenTable says Mass. has three of the very best brunch eating places in America


The time-honored tradition of brunch may have had a success during the pandemic, but lunch is starting to resurface as more restaurants have come out of hibernation and family and friends gather again over French toast and mimosas.

On Monday, OpenTable released its 2021 list of the 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America, and three Massachusetts locations made the cut: The Aviary Restaurant & Bar, Buttermilk & Bourbon, and Ledger Restaurant & Bar.

The Aviary Restaurant & Bar in Swansea serves its highly rated brunch on Sundays. The sweet and savory dishes include a BLT omelette, huevos rancheros, and the nutty pananacakes with toasted almonds and whipped cream.

Bostoner Buttermilk & Bourbon, a Mediterranean restaurant in the heart of the Back Bay, offers a weekend brunch with New Orleans dishes: lobster etouffée pies, peel-and-eat prawns, low country scrambled eggs, and fried fritters. There’s also a blackened Bloody Mary for slow sipping, as well as a mimosa with a soft serve that combines sorbet and prosecco.

In Salem, the Ledger Restaurant & Bar is open for Sunday brunch, where guests can find thick slices of French toast, pastrami hash, and chicken and waffles.

Other New England restaurants to make the list were the Bistro at LaBelle Winery Amherst in Amherst, NH, and the Simon Pearce Restaurant in Quechee, Vt.

To calculate the 100 best brunch restaurants, OpenTable examined the diner ratings published between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. Qualified restaurants that met a minimum rating were rated and organized according to the number of tags for which “brunch” was specified as a special feature.

Check out the full list of the 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America.

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