After indulging in so much sugar during our cupcake tour we asked the hotel concierge for light lunch suggestions. The concierge suggested Stephanie’s on Newbury Street which was thankfully walking distance. I love a walkable city, my hometown unfortunately is not. We made the scenic walk to Stephanie’s with me stopping for pictures at every block. We went for a table on the large patio allowing me to continue taking in the city and to people watch. I did not get a chance to venture inside so I cannot speak for the set up in the restaurant.
I ordered the Pressed Italian Panini. This sandwich had my name all over it. Foccacia bread, provolone cheese, capicola, salami and basil pesto. It was toasted perfectly on a panini grill and unlike a lot of Italian sandwiches it was not too greasy. I am going to try to make my own version of this on my panini maker at home. It was that good! My sister decided to be healthier than me and ordered the Pecan Crusted Warm Goat Cheese Salad. The goat cheese made for a nice presentation and my sis said it was as good as it looked.
On Sunday, we went for a late brunch because it was the weekend and that is what you do on the weekend, especially in a new city. We backtracked to South End Buttery where the cupcake tour began. Before the tour, I peaked inside to grab some water and saw some great croissants at their bakery, so I figured it was a good choice for brunch. Interestingly, South End Buttery is essentially three establishments. First the bakery, which we were acquainted with on the tour. Then on the other side, there was a store that sold pre-made food similar to Eatzi’s in Dallas or some larger Whole Foods. Not to be out done, South End Bakery also includes a full size restaurant in the back and the basement, which is where the brunch is served.
We made our way down a steep stair case to a set of tables in the basement. First up, mimosas! I had a tad bit of sticker shock at the $11 mimosas! In Houston that gets you bottomless mimosas. I had to remind myself that I am on the East Coast, where highway robbery occurs everywhere. Well I can tell you I enjoyed every bit of that eleven dollar mimosa. Before ordering entrees, we enjoyed the Lemon Ricotta Fritters. In my mind, ricotta is savory so I was reluctant to try the fritters, but they were really good. They reminded me of donuts, with a softer inside because of the ricotta.
For my main course, I ordered the Buttery Breakfast which included eggs, pancakes and bacon. I am not a fan of eggs so I passed those over to my sister. She ordered the brioche french toast, which I debated getting before going with my selection. I tried it and it was pretty good too! The presentation of the Buttery Breakfast was just okay, but that is only half the battle. All of the food was excellent as far as taste. The pancakes were not the perfect circular ones like the Aunt Jemima box, but that meant that they were “homemade” and I like that. They were also not too sweet and that is essential when you soak everything in syrup like I do. Oh and they topped everything off with Vermont maple syrup! I assumed this was the real deal considering the proximity to Vermont. Overall, I loved this place. Stephanie’s was good, but South End Buttery was probably my favorite food place in Boston. I should probably write the owner and encourage him to build a location out this way