Hair of the Dog: Recover (and feast) at these brunch spots on New Year's Day

The morning after a night of excessive, debauched revelry, brunch is less of a trendy breakfast/lunch straddling meal than a biological imperative. Come January 1, 2012 we're going to need Bloody Marys and we're going to need you to keep em' coming. That, plus something greasy and carb-based (plus cheese. And bacon. Lot's and lot's of bacon) to soak up the champagne/whiskey/tequila/whatever the hell we end up pouring down our throats once the clock strikes midnight and all inhibitions are lost to 2011. In that spirit, we've rounded up just a few joints around town that we know are serving up brunch New Year's Day. Now we just have to decide between a BBQ-Pork breakfast plate at Deep Ellum or BACON WAFFLES at Forum. 


EAST COAST GRILL | 1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge | If you've stopped by the ECG for brunch before, you know their spicy, Mexican-style brunch is just the thing to help you shake off that hangover. Today's three-course menu has hearty options like shrimp n' smoked andouille gumbo with jalapeno cornbread crackers, tidewater crab cake benedict with fried green tomatos and Smithfield ham, and more | 11 am-3 pm | $30 | 617.491.6568 or

RUSSELL HOUSE TAVERN | 14 JFK St, Cambridge | If you've been to Russell House during morning hours before you know they make a mean brunch. Dishes include their E.B.L.T. on a toasty croissant, hickory smoked pork loin Sammie with sharp cheedar cheese and maple ginger aioli, melted cheese with tomatos, bacon, and a griddled brioche (cheeeeeeese), a full raw bar, and more | open until 1 am | a la carte or a special three-course menu for $49 | 617.500.3055 or

CRAIGIE ON MAIN | 835 Main St, Cambridge | Prix fixe three-course New Year's Day brunch menu includes dishes like chicken fried pork terrine with a farm-fresh fried egg, fresh herb and two-cheese quiche with a black truffle salad, coriander and cashew granola, their signature "Craigie on Main" donut and more. As a special New Year's treat, two tables will have their meals comped...sort of makes chancing the steep brunch bill a bit more palatable, no? | 11 am-2 pm | $50 | 617.497.5511 or


FORUM | 755 Boylston St, Boston | Their deep fried bananas with chocolate and mint should help you sponge up some of last night's booze. Other tasty options include bacon or chicken waffles (!), buckwheat pancakes with berry Preserves and crème Chantilly, a special hangover burger with sausage and a fried egg, classic eggs benny, and more | 10 am-4 pm | Meals typically run $10-$15 | 857.991.1831 or

OM RESTAURANT & LOUNGE | 92 Winthrop St, Cambridge | Om is offering extended brunch hours today for those of us who aren't going to be crawling out of bed til sometime around nightfall. The menu includes their own version of a hangover burger, shirred eggs with pork sausage and grits, a kerala scramble with smoked salmon and green chilies, stuffed French toast, and vanilla waffles. Plus, dessert...if you can find room | 10 am-6 pm | Meals typically run $10-$17 | 617.576.2800 or

THE FRIENDLY TOAST | 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge | Ok, so this joint will probably be a mad-house (it always is, and we have a feeling the New Year's day crowd is even more intense than usual) but it'll be worth the wait. Our reader's pick for Best Brunch in our 2011 best poll has got all the staples: French toast (and drunkard's French toast if you want the extra kick) their signature king cakes, eggs any way you could possibly want em, and much more. Brunch on. | 8 am-10 pm | a la carte | 617.621.1200 or

THE FIREPLACE | 1634 Beacon St, Brookline | These guys have a special "New Year's Day Pajama Brunch" (don't even have to get dressed...we like that) with menu options like a "Treat Yourself Tower" with tiers of fresh shellfish ($60), steak and eggs with hash browns and seven-grain toast, lobster and truffles eggs bendict, pan seared foie gras over johnnycakes and a stewed apple and cranberry compote, and more. Uh, yum. | 11 am-4 pm | a la carte | 617.975.1900 or

TORO | 1704 Washington St, Boston | Prefer small bites? Toro is open for brunch today with small plates like foie gras with pear and bacon chutney, and dates filled with maracona almonds and blue cheese, wrapped in serrano ham. They've got full meals too, including  ‘huevos con asparagus' with potatos and sourdough toast,  huevos rancheros with black beans, hominy, and cotija cheese, corned beef tongue hash, and more | 10:30 am-2:30 pm | a la carte | 617.536.4300 or

TRYST | 689 Mass Ave, Arlington | Tryst has some classic brunch options with a twist including eggs benedict (with housemade breakfast sausage and griddled English muffins), French toast (on Portuguese sweet bread with cinnamon cider apples), and a breakfast pizza with housemade sausage, herbed goat cheee and caramelized onions | 11 am-2:30 pm | a la carte | 781.641.2227 or

THE BLUE ROOM | 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge | Planning on working up an appetite NYE? They've an all-you-can-eat buffet with a ton of different options including buttermilk pancakes, smoked salmon with crème fraiche, brioche buns, eggs any style, housemade granola, pumpkin breadmarble poundcake, roasted Vermont pork loin, cheese pumpkin soup, and much more. Plus, sweets and desserts including cheesecake, brownies, cinnamon rolls, pecan pie, and chocolate chip-pecan scones. You won't leave here hungry....but they might have to roll you out the door | 11 am-2:30 pm | a la carte | 617.494.9034 or

DEEP ELLUM | 477 Cambridge St, Allston | They don't have a special New Year's brunch menu but their regular brunch is good enough for us. Sure-fire hangover helpers include killet fries smothered in gravy, their BBQ-pork breakfast plate. buttermilk bisquits and gravy, or the Deep Ellum breakfast burrito stuffed with scrambled eggs, pepper jack, green onions, tomatos, hot sauce, and housemade sausage. Plus, you know they can whip you up a mean morning-after cocktail | 11 am-4 pm | Meals typically run $8-$14 | 617.787.BEER or


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