Two weekends ago, I joined seven other bloggers from Boston Brunchers for a late afternoon brunch at B Street in Newton. I don’t venture out to Newton much (or ever, really) so it was nice to check out a spot farther from home than my normal stomping ground. B Street is a cozy bistro space, with modern decor but a very comfortable feel. Booths line one wall, and tables the other, with a nice bar towards the back of the space. Shortly after we arrived, the proprietor Elli came out and greeted us with a nice warm welcome – and the servers brought us two cocktails! What a way to start brunch.
Throughout the afternoon, we were treated to several “tastings” which were actually pretty generous servings, and then we were each allowed to order an entree. By the time our entrees arrived, I could barely stuff another bite into my mouth – but the food was so good I did anyway!
I hadn’t heard of B Street prior to our visit, so I didn’t have much by way of expectations. However, I would definitely say I was surprised at the quality of food that was served to us – I guess I was expecting good stuff, but not GREAT stuff. The food here is definitely simple and approachable, but really soul-satisfyingly good. Nearly every bite I had was really quite delicious – with some major standouts that I would certainly return for.
Housemade Rose Sangria with Absolut Citron and Triple Sec, infused with plums, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and oranges. This drink was totally YUM – nice and light and fruity and refreshing.
B Street Bloody Mary with Absolut Vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire, lemon juice, Tabasco, salt and pepper. This was a simple, standard Bloody Mary, but I still liked it. There was nothing unusual or surprising about it, but it was good nonetheless.
Spinach and Feta Pie with spinach and feta layered between sheets of filo dough. As far as spinach and feta pies go, this was pretty good. Definitely not the most exciting dish of the morning, but the filo dough was nice and crispy, and it wasn’t oily or greasy at all, which is certainly a plus.
Breakfast Flatbread with roasted garlic, mozzarella, roasted potatoes, fries eggs and bacon. This was easily my favorite dish of the whole meal – it’s a wonderful combination of flavors, and hits just the right savory notes. Really wonderful.
Steak and Scrambled Egg Quesadilla with grilled hangar steak, cheddar cheese and pico de gallo. I’ve never even imagined a breakfast quesadilla before (though I don’t know why!), but this was really good. I love eggs pretty much any way I can get them, including wrapped up in a tortilla with generous chunks of steak! Another simple, delicious offering.
French Toast made with thick sliced challah bread, caramelized apples and maple syrup. Clearly, I enjoyed this – I forgot to snap a photo until I was nearly finished! This was a very basic preparation of french toast, but perfectly cooked and surprisingly tasty.
Salmon and Scrambled Eggs with smoked Norwegian salmon, fresh chives, and eggs with toast. I’d never had salmon and eggs before, but it tastes just like it sounds – simple, yummy and comforting. I didn’t even try the toast, but the eggs and salmon alone were great. The eggs were very soft scrambled, which I loved.
Hangover Burger – a 10oz chargrilled burger with Vermont cheddar, bacon and a fried egg. This was a darn good burger. I love when a burger is served on an English muffin, because it gives it a bit of a breakfast/brunch flair – and I also love when the accompanying potatoes are home fries! These ones were perfectly cooked, and had I not been STUFFED from all the food, I would have devoured this entire thing.
Blueberry Crostata with vanilla bean ice cream. Probably my least favorite dessert, but only because the other two were so great! The crust was nice and flaky, with lots of blueberry filling.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with vanilla bean ice cream. Clearly my favorite, because strawberry rhubarb is my dream flavor combination. There was a great balance of fruit filling and crunchy crisp topping – and it was all warm and toasty to contrast with the cold ice cream. So. Good.
S’mores Baked Alaska with graham cracker crust, marshmallow meringue, chocolate ice cream and chocolate ganache. This was really tasty! I’ve only ever had a Baked Alaska once before, one that I made myself, so it was nice to try another – and I definitely liked it. There’s something really fun about eating a fluffy meringue with a crumbly crust and a cold ice cream interior all in one bite.
Disclaimer: This brunch was provided to me free of cost. As usual, all opinions expressed here are my own.