Whether it’s a lavish buffet with a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar or a perfectly fluffy omelet served with crispy home fries, dining out for brunch might be the best thing you do all week. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots on the South Shore to enjoy this leisurely midday meal.By Kellie Speed | Photography by Kjeld Mahoney
Galley Kitchen & Bar
95 Front St., Scituate
Known for their over-the-top Bloody Marys, Galley Kitchen & Bar is a popular brunch spot on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11 a.m. Try the duck confit hash and fried egg, the addicting apple cider fritters, smoky pulled pork sliders or the ultimate indulgence – breakfast poutine, an enormous sampling of golden fries topped with duck confit smothered with gravy and finished off with Vermont cheddar curds and a farm-fresh egg.
17 New Driftway, Scituate
Burgers, beers, biscuits and barbecue are the name of the game at The Rivershed. Locals gather at this quirky, Southern-inspired restaurant that offers a
live country music brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. Menu favorites include everything from farmer’s omelet with home fries and breakfast burrito with rice and beans to poached eggs with brisket hash and open-faced chicken and waffles.
Scarlet Oak Tavern
1217 Main St., Hingham
Wood-burning fireplaces and wide-plank hardwood floors welcome guests at this cozy dining establishment. The brunch menu at Scarlet Oak Tavern boasts thick buttermilk French toast with rhubarb chutney, fluffy asparagus and goat cheese omelets with home fries, grilled steak and eggs and house-smoked salmon flatbread topped with two eggs, arugula, capers and thinly sliced red onion. The weekend food festivities get started on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. and run until 2:30 p.m.
517 Old Sandwich Road, Plymouth
Tucked in a quiet corner of The Pinehills in Plymouth, this upscale farmhouse-style restaurant offers a special brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests who visit the Rye Tavern can order a combination of both breakfast and lunch favorites. Warm up with a cup of creamy clam chowder that has a secret bottom layer of bacon-mashed potatoes and crunchy fried clams on top, before moving onto a crab omelet, an artfully plated eggs benedict or a grass-fed burger.
The Bistro & Wine Bar
35 Landmark Drive, Plymouth
Offered every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Bistro & Wine Bar at Mirbeau Inn & Spa takes the concept of brunch to a luxe level. Sure, you will find steak and eggs on the menu, but they take the form of a petit filet mignon with potatoes confit. Smoked salmon crepes are served with whipped dill cream cheese and the petite Belgian waffles come with a sweet caramelized banana compote and Chantilly cream.
The Tinker’s Son
707 Main St., Norwell
The Tinker’s Son gets the brunch party started a day ahead of many restaurants, kicking things off on Saturday (10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.) with an encore performance on Sunday (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.), complete with live Irish music. The pub has a convivial atmosphere and features an all-you-can-eat midday feast of all things Irish (think blood pudding, bangers and mash and one of the best shepherd’s pies on the South Shore made with braised lamb, beef short rib and ground beef), not to mention a fabulous build-your-own Bloody Mary bar with all the trimmings.
415 Whiting St., Hingham
If you’re a fan of craft brunch cocktails, you might want to check out The Quarry’s creative bloody Mary and mimosa cocktail menu and have their mixologist prepare a delicious adult beverage. Try an adult iced coffee made with Tito’s vodka and Bailey’s Irish cream or order up a pitcher of sangria to pair with some lobster sliders, buttermilk-fried chicken and waffles or the “Big Tom’s breakfast,” which comes with three eggs, skillet cornbread, crispy bacon, home fries and sausage. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. on Sundays.
The Tavern at Quarry Hills
100 Quarry Hills Drive, Quincy
Located high atop the Granite Links Golf Club with spectacular views of the Boston skyline, the Tavern at Quarry Hills serves up a specialty tavern brunch on Sundays beginning at 11 a.m. With Chef Michael Morway now managing The Tavern, guests can expect to see a few new menu items, such as lemon ricotta pancakes dressed with berries and local honey butter, Croque Madame, served on sourdough bread and topped with country ham, asiago, bechamel sauce, sunny eggs with a side of homefries, and a hearty steak and eggs comprised of sous-vide culotte steak au poivre with hollandaise, wild mushroom hash, poached eggs and pickled onion.
162 Front St., Scituate
Warm maple donuts, a burger with aged cheddar, crème brulee French toast and huevos rancheros made with braised chicken are just a few things you will find on the brunch menu at Restaurant ORO. Owners Robin and Jill King serve up a specialty menu on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that features fresh oysters on the half shell, Caesar salad and a chicken sandwich with crispy bacon and bibb lettuce. There’s live music every Sunday too.
Strawberry Fair Restaurant
14 Pond St., Norwell
There aren’t too many places on the South Shore where you can find brunch served up every day of the week, but the Strawberry Fair has been doing it for more than 40 years. Operating out of a rambling country farmhouse, the restaurant is decked out in red checkerboard fabrics and strawberry-themed decor. Daily “breakfast brunch” includes cornbread French toast, a Belgian-style waffle topped with fresh fruit and a skillet-sized “monster” pancake. The “lunch brunch” menu features everything from hot pastrami sandwiches to Guinness beef stew.
5 South Main
5 South Main St., Cohasset
This adorable little restaurant is known for its decadent menu offerings like raspberry chocolate truffle pancakes and build-your-own omelettes. One of 5 South Main‘s brunch specialties is French toast. Try it made with thick-sliced cinnamon bread or French bread piled high with toppings. The Southern Belle is enrobed with caramelized peaches and the Hippie Chick is topped with a medley of fresh fruit and nuts.
22 Main St., Plymouth
You can hear the live music before you open the doors at at this popular brunch spot in Plymouth. Breakfast staples at T-Bones Roadhouse include eggs served any style, Belgian waffles, every kind of griddle cake imaginable (try the banana pecan or chocolate coconut) and specialty dishes like country-fried chicken or steak served with eggs, biscuits, gravy and home fries. Come early (before 11:30 a.m.) for a cheaper (nearly half-price) menu.
42 Court St., Plymouth
The menu at this cozy gastropub located in Plymouth Center is constantly changing and there’s a focus on locally sourced organic ingredients, grass-fed beef and, of course, craft microbrews. Some of the deliciously creative dishes you’re likely to find offered at The Tasty include house-cured salmon belly bacon; duck leg confit tostada served with a scallion pancake; or seared blackened tuna a deviled egg yolk and served with a side order of duck fat potatoes.
Stars on Hingham Harbor
3 Otis St., Hingham
Located across the street from Hingham Harbor, this joint is hopping on the weekend. Guests at Stars on Hingham Harbor can grab a booth or belly up to the newly renovated bar and order off a massive list of breakfast favorites, like Oreo pancakes and a dish called “Pope’s Rodeo,” named for one of their most loyal customers, which consists of three egg omelette filled with sausage, onions, peppers, barbecue sauce, and aged cheddar, served with sweet potato home fries or bacon and cheddar tater tots and grilled cornbread.