For more than 30 years, the Super Hunger Brunch (Saturday, Jan. 30, and Sunday, Jan. 31) has given Bostonians (another) great excuse to get out of their fleecy pajamas and brave the frigid morning for brunch. The food, of course, is awesome. And special menus make us feel special. But most importantly,the proceeds from each prix fixe menu at 20-plus area restaurants benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank.
We took a sneak peak at some of the SHB menus and picked five dishes that made us super hungry for the weekend. It was tough.
At Washington Square's TheFireplace, Chef Jim Solomon makes his rendition of poutine — a hearty dish featuring a crisped cornmeal Johnnycake and "old school" tater tots with cheese curds, smoked kale and two fried eggs, slick with luscious duck fat gravy. (Saturday. $25. 1634 Beacon St., Brookline. www.fireplacerest.com.)
Most folks hang at Brownstone of a weekend late morning in search of that morning-after eye opener. So it’s good news their prix fixe includes your choice of Bloody Mary or Mimosa. Essentials aside, Chef Kelly Snogles concocted a special taste bud teasing blood orange panna cotta topped with candied ginger laced yogurt and toasted almonds. (Saturday. $25. 111 Dartmouth St., Boston. www.brownstoneboston.com.)
Rialto in Cambridge doesn’t usually open for brunch, but lauded Chef Jody Adams’s special menu starts with sharing fresh fruit and baked goods, followed by Gypsy Eggs: baked spicy eggs over polenta, cured ham, peppers, tomatoes, Asiago and scallions. (Sunday. $35. One Bennett St., Cambridge. www.rialto-restaurant.com.)
Back in Back Bay, Post 390 Chef Eric Brennan’s menu includes all sorts of temptations (banana cream pie! freshly baked brioche cinnamon roll with cream cheese icing!), but the sophisticated winter flounder roulade in a lemon beurre blanc is served with beluga lentils, roasted sugar pumpkin, and asparagus looks superb. ($35. 406 Stuart St., Boston. 617-399-0015. www.post390restaurant.com.)
And at Stella in the South End,Chef Evan Deluty’s prix fixe featuresthe restaurant's classics, including irresistible fluffy French toast topped with strawberries and cream cheese and sugary sweet Vermont maple syrup, served warm. ($25. Sunday. 1525 Washington St., Boston. www.bostonstella.com.)
Check out the full list of participating restaurants and their prix fixe menus at GBFB.org.