South End Buttery

This weekend, I went on a spontaneous trip to Boston to visit Jill.  Knowing I would want to experience all of Beantown’s best eats, she made a reservation for Saturday morning brunch at South End Buttery, a restaurant that has won awards year after year.  We had absolutely gorgeous Spring weather all weekend so we decided to walk several miles from Jill’s apartment in Allston to the restaurant in Boston’s South End.

The restaurant materialized in the middle of a residential neighborhood in all it’s Saturday morning glory.  Plenty of people had stepped out of their nearby townhomes to eat outside with their dogs right next to the young clientele who were picking up pastries post-jog from the front take-out area.  We noted the promising activity moving in and out of the restaurant as we headed inside and downstairs where we could sit down and eat leisurely.

Jill heard good things about the bakery basket so we ordered one to share.  It arrived brimming with that day’s muffin (snickerdoodle), scone (blueberry), and breakfast bread (banana spice walnut).  All of the pastries were delicious but tasted even better when topped with the homemade strawberry jam that was chock full of whole strawberries.  Next up, Jill had the buttery breakfast, which came with two eggs, two pancakes, and sausage.  I’m not one who craves pancakes for breakfast.  I usually have one bite of someone else’s and that’s enough, but I could have eaten all of Jill’s pancakes with fresh berries right off her plate.  They were thin enough that you wouldn’t mistake them for cake, which is perfect to me because I like light but not overly fluffy pancakes.  I ordered the eggs benedict that included a few manchego shavings and a homemade biscuit.  I loved the swap of Canadian bacon for shaved, deli-style ham and of course enjoyed the perfectly poached eggs that were just the right size for the biscuit.

Everything in our carb-heavy meal was super fresh.  Usually you have to pay a premium for all this homemade product, but the most expensive entree comes in at $15 (and neither of our dishes was that expensive).  Why can’t all restaurants offer such quality, fresh meals for that price?!