The Center Of It All

We love Brighton Center. During the holidays, all the tiny local shops are decorated so nicely, the streets strung with lights, everyone in a lovely mood. There are also so many tiny eateries that we can’t resist.

When we need something easy, we swing by Devlin’s. The casual atmosphere, simple menu of burgers, pasta, and sandwiches can feed anyone who happens to be with us. Their brunch is consistently good with a healthy variety of egg dishes paired with home fries. A little more upscale than some of the other Center options, we’re never disappointed by the quality service and hearty food.

Cafe Nation is the best spot in the area for everything from crepes to coffee. Their lighter fare is perfect for grabbing to go, and their free wifi is a constant draw for last-minute finals studying or checking your email one more time before you head out to find last minute holiday gifts. If you’re stumped on what to get a pal, you can always browse the local art on the walls. It’s for sale, you know.

If you’re in the mood for a family feel, you can stop into Esperia Grill, Brighton’s best answer for Mediterranean cravings. Formerly a pizza shop run by the same Greek owners, for several years now Esperia has been serving some of the best Greek salads, kabob, and mousaka in the area. Don’t forget the baklava. If you take some to your office party, you’re guaranteed to get everyone talking.

And down the block, Jasmine Bistro picks up where Esperia leaves off. Featuring a neat spread of Hungarian options, Jasmine also has some Middle Eastern options that often mirror the goodies at Esperia. Jasmine, like many of the cafes in Brighton Center, is family owned and operated, and their knowledge of the food and commitment to service is always apparent. This spot is particularly great for vegetarians and probably one of our favorite picks for a holiday meal. This slightly overlooked restaurant will treat you well and leave you feeling full.

Devlin’s Bistro [Official Site]
Cafe Nation [Official Site]
Esperia Grill [Official Site]
Jasmine Bistro [MenuPages]

[Photo: AlixanaEuphoria/Flickr]

The Center Of It All