Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Boston Magazine's Best Brunch in Boston for 2014: Puritan & Company


puritan and company review best boston brunch


Sunday brunch is a right of passage for any good weekend. Boston Magazine even wrote a piece on the top Boston brunch for 2014, knighting Puritan and Company in Cambridge. This past Sunday, we decided to pop in and see what all the fuss was about. 

puritan and company review best boston brunch

It's a short walk from Central Square T Station to Inman Square, where Puritan & Co resides. This time of year, there are countless colorful flowers popping up everywhere you look.

puritan and company review best boston brunch

Puritan & Company has the sleek & modern farm-to-table look that is so on trend in Boston and San Francisco at the moment. With  it's high ceilings, wooden tables and abundance of natural lighting, the venue is any blogger or photographer's dream.

puritan and company review best boston brunch

puritan and company review best boston brunch

puritan and company review best boston brunch

We started by splitting a pastry basket, which means we get to choose four delicious pastries from their unique menu:

  • boston creme donut
  • dolce de leche & coconut danish
  • bacon & gruyere pinwheels
  • streusel-ed zucchini bread
  • banana bread
  • blueberry-sour cream muffin
  • chocolate croissant
  • choco-hazlenut sourdough croissant
  • cinnamon monkey bread
  • lemon & lime croissant donut

Starting clockwise from the top left, we chose: dolce de leche & coconut danish, banana bread, bacon and gruyere pinwheels (came with 2), and last but certainly not least, the lemon & lime croissant donut.

Though I couldn't really taste its citrus flavor, I would have to say that the cronut was my favorite. Being my first croissant-donut, I was super excited to try it, and it turned out to meet my expectations. I would describe it as more similar to a donut, only with the flakey crisp you come to associate with croissants.

The rest of the pastries were good as well, but they came out so quickly we were a little stunned. We quickly realized that the pastries were all pre-made and sitting atop the counter next to us. The fact that they were sitting there uncovered all morning was a little unnerving, and we wished they had at least warmed the pastries before bringing them to our table. 

puritan and company review best boston brunch

We ordered what was supposed to be the Tequila Sunrise (left), and the Church (right). I was confused because my tequila seemed to be missing its sunrise! Generally it's served with a red grenadine for sweetness, but my drink had no red and no sweet flavoring.

puritan and company review best boston brunch

For my entree, I ordered the Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich, which came with bacon, scrambled eggs, and cheddar, with a side of potatoes and a salad. 

I liked how the biscuit had green onions in it, but it was extremely dry and crumbly. The flavors were great, but it was falling apart in my hands as I tried to eat it. 

The potatoes were delicious and spiced perfectly. However, the salad seemed to have no dressing (maybe some sparse olive oil), and I would have liked a little more flavor and sauce, especially with such a dry entree.

puritan and company review best boston brunch

See what I mean about a blogger's dream? The presentation was simple and clean, with tons of natural lighting. Absolutely loved this aspect of the venue! 

The entree you see to the right is the Duck and Green Onion Hash, with farm eggs and herbed-creme fraiche.

All in all, I enjoyed the unique menu, the prompt and friendly service, and the bright, spacious venue. 

Drawbacks included the fact that my drink wasn't made correctly, the pastries had been sitting out in the open & weren't warmed, and the entrees left us wanting more. 

We came to Puritan & Company because Boston Magazine named it the best Boston brunch of 2014. We had a good time here, but I wouldn't necessarily deem it the best I've had in Boston. 

Comment Challenge: Which pastry would you have chosen from the menu?

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32 comments

  1. Wow that meal looks amazing.

    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  2. The pastries def interested me the most from what you have chosen. The pastry that I would have chose would have been the lemon & lime croissant donut because I have never tried a cronut before.

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    1. Yeah, it was my first cronut too! They were super good :)

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  3. Omg, this post makes me sooo hungry! Everything looks so scrumptious! I would definitely devour the Duck and Onion Green Hash.

    xo, Pear

    http://www.vanitypear29.blogspot.com

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  4. gosh that food looks delicious! I'm a sucker for food posts!
    The pastries all sound wonderful but I am yearning for that bacon & gruyere pinwheel!!
    xo,
    nancy

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    1. Thanks Nancy! The pinwheel was really good & unique :)

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  5. Omg I get so hungry by looking at this post! :D

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  6. The food looks delicious, I would definitely order the chocolate croissant

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    1. Thanks Shalay :) I'm sure the chocolate croissant would be good too!

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  7. This place looks amazing and the food looks just delicious!!!
    Thanks for sharing :)
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  8. Those eggs look perfect!! Almost fake! So excited to be following along :)

    xo, K
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    1. Thanks BKC! I agree they looked too good to be true :)

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  9. Looks so yummy!! I have never actually been to a brunch and have always wondered what all the fuss is about. It's a must try someday!

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    1. Brunch is so fun! I definitely recommend it :)

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  10. Everything looks delicious!
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  11. Oh lovely photos...it looks so yummi...I wish I can try it ;-)

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  12. Amazing pictures, all looks very delicious!!!

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