Last Saturday, craving a brunch to satisfy my simplistic needs (anything with syrup and mimosas) I took a trip bringing me to one of Allston’s finest eats. I’ve been meaning to get to this well talked about bar and restaurant for some time but the moment wasn’t right. Usually when I think of Allston I reflect to my college years and think of a swarm of hipsters and people who claim to be “anti-hipster” but appear as such, with a mix of grunge and I tried not to blend. Now that I’m older, and don’t care, I noticed Allston is home to a lot of delicious food gems. This one in particular being Deep Ellum, which has a hipster vibe. Cool.
Busy as a bee in work Deep Ellum was packed, but not crowded for brunch. With indoor seating, a bar, and a patio in the back guest have options on where they would like to sip and dine. Word of advice: If you’d like to sit on the patio, GET THERE EARLY. No reservations here. Not only does the patio fill up but it can be a 25-35 minute wait to eat in the shade.
Since opening on January 4th, 2007, Deep Ellum has been wowing the city. Nominated for Best Beer Bar, Best Outdoor Drinks, Best Al Fresco Dining on the Boston A List, and getting 4 out of 5 stars on Yelp (those critics are TOUGH) this small yet popular restaurant deserved more recognition from Potbelly (wink).
The name, Deep Ellum, comes from an area of Dallas, TX known for great music, good food, and an “enticing nightlife since the early 1900’s”. Owners Aaron Sanders and Max Toste are bringing this vibe to Allston.
Brunch on Saturday and Sunday is from 10am to 4PM. Yes! 4PM!!! If that doesn’t scream “amazing” I don’t know what does. Then again it’s my favorite meal. PERIOD.
Since I had a simple craving I decided on the Fall River French Toast and the Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy. A mimosa accompanied my meal and comforted me while I waited. My friend ordered some bacon, which I had to steal.
Menu options are definitely priced within reason. I like the option of having “Starters” before your meal. I already have my fantasy brunch prepared consisting of two starters (poutine and a charcuterie plate). The rest of the menu is split between Sandwiches and Breakfast. Starters are between $3 and $16, Sandwiches are between $5 and $10, and Breakfast is between $7 and $10 with sides at $4. Not bad at all. Most cocktails and cold drinks are an even $10 while beer varies between $6 and $9. Not your cup of liquor? There’s a full stocked bar with lots of whiskey’s to try.
The bacon was good, just wish I had more. My French toast which consisted of Portuguese Sweet Bread, Spices, Powdered Sugar and Maple Syrup satisfied my craving. The thickness of the bread and the texture not only looked mouth watering but tasted sweet and gave a good chew. My biscuits were another hit. Thick and drenched in gravy these buttermilk delights were tasty. Shame I was too full to finish them.
With street parking and bus service in the area Deep Ellum is not hard to find. Very welcoming environment and helpful staff, I can see why people this place is successful 7 Days a week!
Don’t intend to go on July 4th however, the restaurant is Always closed.
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