It's no secret I love Area Four. Living in the Kendall Square area, there's definitely no shortage of awesome eateries to choose from; however weekend mornings are a total exception. When all the engineers return home after work Friday night, things seem to shut down in the neighborhood for the following two days. With limited lunch options, and even fewer breakfast selections, I was elated to find that Area Four started serving up brunch last week, not only on Sunday but Saturday as well.
Homecooked pastries (courtesy of Katie), skillets stocked with hot messes and biscuits abound. Here are some of my favorites from last weekend's breakfast adventure.
The perfect way to start: a Basket of Katies Baked Goodies (Chocolate & Cranberry Scone, Cinnamon-coffee Cake & Cider-donut muffin).
The Hot Veg Mess - a skillet stocked with cheddar-cheesy home fries, smothered in mushrooms, baby spinach and caramelized onions topped with scallions, pickled banana pepper relish and two sunny side up eggs. If for nothing else, order this dish for the relish, the pickled banana pepper relish. So good!
The A4 Homemade Breakfast Sausage, more like a mini pork burger or a sausage patty on steroids, don't let yourself leave this place without trying a side.
Brioche French Toast with bananas foster compote, candied nuts with Chantilly Creme Fraiche. Don't speak, just look and admire. Fluffy, crunchy and overpoweringly sweet, who says dessert doesn't make a great breakfast?
There are also a few savory options for those who prefer lunch, like the the Arugula salad, topped with cremini mushrooms, shaved fennel, pecorino, peppered almonds and lemon vinaigrette. It definitely won't do your hangover any favors but you'll feel super skinny after eating it. But that may fade after you end up eating...
Mac n' Cheese topped with croissant crumbs. It was phenomenal, as was everything. Save me a seat! I'll probably make another appearance next week :)
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Michelle Zippelli is a Boston based hedonist who is committed to finding the best food that Boston has to offer. She has lived in Boston for 6 years and works in online marketing. Michelle loves meatballs, live music, exotic cheeses, Mexican food, spur of the moment dance parties, and all things pickled.
Jacki Morisi is a self-proclaimed bon vivant extraordinaire. A Boston native whose waking hours are exclusively focused on travel, music, food, and fare ... emphasis on food and fare. She's a firm believer that just because you're living on a young professional's budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste, and carries this mantra into each and every dining endeavor.