As you may have noticed given the wide array of booksignings, festivals, and marches over the past several days, it’s Pride Week in Boston! Although programming started last Friday, the main events are happening on Saturday. The parade (our favorite part!) starts on Tremont & Clarendon at noon and ends up at City Hall Plaza, where a festival will run until 8:00. So where should hungry Pride-ers eat? We suspect that the thing to do is to grab brunch in the South End beforehand and dinner in the general vicinity of City Hall afterwards. Below, our best bets.
•Let’s get one thing straight (no pun intended): There is little we love more than brunch in the South End. Unfortunately, so does every other Boston resident. Combine the South End’s normal brunch insanity with the hundreds in the area for Pride, and you’ve got a recipe for some very long waits. Your best bet is to head off the beaten path of Tremont Street. Why not take this opportunity to try the brunch at Harrison Ave’s Rocca? Chef Tom Fosnot’s take on Ligurian fare provides a perfect start to a long day of marching and celebrating.
•Partied a little hard at Friday’s events at Club Pure and La Maquina? You need the all-purpose hangover cure: chicken and waffles from Bob’s Southern Bistro. Mmm. Greasy. Mmm. Starchy.
•Can’t get into either Rocca or Bob’s? Grab an apple turnover and coffee to go from Francesca’s Espresso Bar.
•Let’s face it. Aside from the massive food court lining the halls of Quincy Market, dining options in the City Hall area are pretty limited. If you don’t want to venture too far from the festival, head to Wagamama for a quick dinner of ramen and gyoza. It’s very kid-friendly, which is a big bonus for those attending Pride with their families.
•Rather than attempting to dine right at the site of Pride, we’d make the short walk to the North End. After a day of walking and celebrating, some carbs sound like pure rejuvenation. Run to The Daily Catch for their awesome black pasta, made with squid ink.