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Seven Rainy-Day Brunch Sanctuaries

S'mores pancakes from Sugar.
S’mores pancakes from Sugar.

This weekend’s forecast looks gloomy and wet—which means it’s the perfect chance to pull on your Wellies and curl up with a cup of coffee at a cozy brunch spot. Here are our favorite places to do just that. What are yours?

Nothing warms the soul on a clammy, drizzly day quite like flaky biscuits soaked in gravy with a side of waffles, if you please.

The Paramount
You can stay in bed until 4 p.m. and still roll in for brunch (they stop serving at 4:30).

Russell House Tavern
Something about the decor at Russell House (slightly weathered, a little bit worn) reminds us of being stranded aboard a ship on a choppy sea, with nothing but potent Bloody Marys and crispy poached eggs to keep us alive. Or Nutella-stuffed French toast.

A piping hot bowl of Taiwanese calamari soup on a chilly fall day? Yes please. Although Shangri-La calls its brunch dim sum, the portions are enormous (perfect for bringing home and grazing on throughout the drizzly afternoon, preferably while watching Netflix).

Get here early to snag a seat by the window, and linger over a bacon, egg, and haloumi sandwich washed back with a mug of bracing Turkish coffee.

Sugar Baking Co.
This Roslindale neighborhood hangout is so unpretentious and friendly. Straggle on in with wet hair and sweats, and order the lemon ricotta pancakes.

T.W. Food
This cozy, cocoon-like dining room is the ideal Sunday sanctuary. A foie gras omelette, a little bit of jazz in the background, older professors in tweed suits sipping tea, a porter mixed with espresso … it’s like wrapping yourself in a warm afghan.

Seven Rainy-Day Brunch Sanctuaries