Zaftigs in Brookline is a favorite breakfast spot for many, which can mean long waits for tables on weekends. So when I was up early enough on a Sunday to beat the crowds, I jumped at the chance to try out the deli I had been hearing so much about. Zaftigs felt more like a diner to me than a delicatessen. Regardless of its name, the food certainly lived up to the hype.
At 9:30 a.m. we snatched one of the last remaining empty tables and were immediately greeted with dark roast coffee (bottomless cup for $2.75) and water. There was an extensive breakfast menu to choose from which was full of the typical favorites plus some fun twists. The entire menu was four pages and included salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers and dinner plates, and the breakfast there is served all day.
Most everything sounded delicious, but when I saw a Macintosh apple and Vermont sharp cheddar omelet served with fruit, home fries and choice of toast I couldn’t pass it up; I opted to add spinach as well for an extra dollar. My boyfriend, Paul, chose the challah bread French toast, which I was also excited to try.
The omelet was perfectly cooked. The egg exterior was fluffy and folded over the sautéed apples and spinach with plenty of melted cheese. The fillings complemented the eggs without overwhelming the omelet. The hash brown potatoes were deep-fried, which is not my preference, but they had a wonderful seasoning on them which reminded me of curly fries. I found that once I started eating them, it was hard to stop. The side of fruit was a tiny portion of honeydew with one strawberry, and although it was small I was happy it was included.
The challah French toast was also well made. The plate came with four pieces of bread lightly crisped on the outside while soft and doughy on the inside. The maple syrup on the side was real maple syrup, not the fake stuff. Many restaurants charge extra for the real deal and we were both happy that Zaftigs did not.
Both breakfast items were just shy of ten dollars. Zaftigs isn’t cheap, but it’s by no means expensive. The dinner and lunch items on the menu also seemed reasonably priced, most in the range of $10-15. The environment was cozy, casual and very family-friendly. Even though the restaurant was bustling, our drinks were refilled before they were empty and our food came out promptly. Our attentive server checked in on us frequently, but we never felt rushed to speed up our meal.
On our exit we passed a beautiful case full of pastries, but neither of us had any more room in our stomachs to think of ordering a dessert. Luckily, Zaftigs is just a five-minute walk to Coolidge Corner and we were able to stroll around in one of my favorite Boston neighborhoods while digesting some of our meal. Zaftigs is easily accessible on the green line by the B and C lines, Harvard Ave and Coolidge Corner stops respectively. There is also limited metered street parking available. I would highly recommend taking a trip out to Brookline for Zaftigs. Beware though; rumor has it the wait can be two hours long for weekend brunch. I’ll definitely be back, probably for early breakfast or weeknight dinner.
Coolidge Corner, 335 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA.
Second Location: Natick, Sherwood Plaza, Rt. 9 east, 1298 Worcester Street.
Hours: Open Everyday 8 am- 10 pm
Photos by Lisa D'Agrosa
Lisa D’Agrosa is a second year Nutrition Communication student. She loves real maple syrup and going out to brunch.