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OpenTable says Massachusetts has three of the best brunch restaurants in America

Including a popular Back Bay restaurant.

Buttermilk beignets at Buttermilk & Bourbon
Buttermilk beignets at Buttermilk & Bourbon. Buttermilk & Bourbon

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The time-honored tradition of brunch may have taken a hit during the pandemic, but the mid-day meal is starting to reappear as more restaurants have come out of hibernation, and as family and friends are beginning to gather again over French toast and mimosas.

On Monday, OpenTable released its 2021 list of the 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America, and three Massachusetts spots made the cut: The Aviary Restaurant & Bar, Buttermilk & Bourbon, and Ledger Restaurant & Bar.

The Aviary Restaurant & Bar, located in Swansea, serves its highly rated brunch on Sundays. Sweet and savory dishes include a BLT omelet, huevos rancheros, and The Nutty Pananacakes topped with toasted almonds and whipped cream.

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Boston’s Buttermilk & Bourbon, a Southern restaurant in the heart of the Back Bay, offers a weekend brunch with New Orleans-centric fare: crawfish étouffée hand pies, peel-and-eat shrimp, Low Country scramble, and fried beignets. There’s a blackened Bloody Mary for slow sipping, too, as well as a soft serve mimosa that marries sorbet and prosecco.

In Salem, Ledger Restaurant & Bar is open for Sunday brunch, where diners can find thick slices of French toast, pastrami hash, and chicken and waffles.

Other New England restaurants to appear on the list included The Bistro at LaBelle Winery Amherst in Amherst, N.H., and Simon Pearce Restaurant in Quechee, Vt.

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In order to calculate the top 100 brunch restaurants, OpenTable looked at diner reviews published between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. Qualifying restaurants that met a minimum rating were then scored and organized according to the number of tags for which “brunch” was indicated as a special feature.

Check out the complete list of 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America.

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