“While the South End’s lack of parking spaces may create headaches for visitors, its abundance of fine eating establishments often alleviates the pain,” says paulspalate poetically, before going on to extoll one such eatery: Union Bar and Grille, with its “elegant” dining room and “genial, courteous, and knowledgeable” service. Union has been dinged on the boards for being too expensive, but its “early riser” weekend brunch special is a steal at $9.95, and it’s great, say hounds.

The $10 deal is offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sundays. For your sawbuck, you get a slice of coffeecake, a choice of entreé (french toast, a salmon and eggs scramble with house-cured salmon, or omelet), juice, and coffee or tea. If the breakfast prix fixe doesn’t thrill you, there’s a full brunch menu with eggs, steak, and sandwiches in the shockingly reasonable $8 to $12 range.

Several Union fans admit to parking in the lot at nearby Gaslight and sneaking over to grab some food at the bar. We, of course, would never advocate such a sneaky maneuver—just making conversation.

Union Bar and Grille [South End]
1357 Washington Street, Boston

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