Brunch in Boston: Oak Long Bar & Kitchen

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A couple of weekends ago, several local bloggers were invited to Oak Long Bar + Kitchen to see what brunch at this historic, yet fabulously updated central Boston landmark was all about.

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We gathered around a few gorgeous tables and sunk into elegantly comfortable couches and cushy director-style chairs and within minutes felt like perhaps we’d never leave. The setting is stunning, comfortable, and surprisingly filled with natural light. It takes you out of the city for a moment even though you are a stone’s throw from Copley Square. Just two sips in to my Red Oak cocktail of grapefruit, vodka and brachetto I had already planned my return visits for brunch with my daughter after her dance class, drinks with friends at the bar one evening, a lunch date with my girlfriend and dinner date with my husband here.

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For brunch we had a little of everything, and not one dish failed to impress.

I loved my flatbread with egg and Porchetta. The charcuterie and cheese board was truly impressive and delicious. I could nibble on that board and have a glass of wine at the bar for dinner any night if the week.

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The lobster Bloody Mary was one of the special libations that we could not resist ordering. It was a playful New England rendition if a classic brunch cocktail.

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Despite the fact that I use it quite often, I am not a part of the Kale propaganda team. I do enjoy a good fall salad though, so I wanted to try the baby kale salad. It was beautiful, had an assortment of kales and was indeed delicious topped with blackberries, candied walnuts, and a tasty vinaigrette.

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The breakfast Mac and cheese was a popular item among the bloggers and it was the perfect ice cold morning to tuck into a hot skillet of comfort food.

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The bread that came at the beginning if the meal was warm and a knob of honey butter melted into the center. When you bit into the warm bread, salt crystals crunched as your teeth sunk into the mie (soft inside ) and the sweetness of the butter made the flavours of the herbs sprinkled on top really come to life on your palate.

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I will come again for the food and linger just a little or a lot for the atmosphere and feeling you get just being in the space tucked away in the middle of the city. Somewhere grandiose yet somehow comforting and welcoming: elegant, historic hotel meets farmhouse inn.

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