Boston Chops, in the South End, is Boston’s newest steak house. Open since March 2013, Boston Chops is an “urban steak bistro”— a casual yet refined twist on the splendor for which steakhouse are well known.
This past weekend I was invited to join the Boston Brunchers for brunch at Boston Chops. I had planned to go to Boston Chops during Dine Out Boston (formerly Restaurant Week), so I was excited to get a sneak peak.
Boston Chops is open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10-3pm. The menu includes a half dozen traditional breakfast items, grilled steaks and sandwiches, as well as raw bar and a selection of salads.
The feel inside is more urban than your typical business-like setting of most steakhouses. I loved the exposed brick, wrought-iron bars on the high windows, and modern feel of the space. Like most steakhouses, it is dark; dark lighting, dark walls, dark tables.
The menu also features a few cocktails, including a bloody Mary selection that allows diners to choose among four perpetrations; pickled, chipotle, spicy, or raw, topped with an oyster and jumbo shrimp cocktail.
Although Boston Chops does not have a dedicated gluten free menu, many of the brunch items are naturally gluten free. The frites (fries) and corn tortilla are both gluten free but fried in the same fryer with everything else. So, depending on your allergy/intolerance, you may or may not want to eat that.
We started with a dozen Island Creek Oysters.
While I was tempted to try the kale omelet with mushroom and cheddar and a side of potatoes, I opted for something you don’t see on every single brunch menu; Huevos Rancheros. The Huevos Rancheros ($15) is beautifully presented in a crispy corn tortilla filled with braised machaca beef cheek, black beans, avocado, and topped with a fried egg.
Another savory gluten free option is the Surf and Turf ($23), served with lobster grits, beef tornados, poached eggs, and hollandaise. The meat was tender and the lobster was amazing. The grits are rich.
Both dishes, while complete opposites, were incredibly flavorful and just the right portion size.
There is something on the menu for every palate, and every wallet. Salads start at $10, while entrées run from $12-$23, and for those who want steak you have three brunch options starting at $24.
The service was impeccable. Our server Lindsay was amazing. I wish there were more servers out there like her. She knew every menu item like the back of her hand. She knew every ingredient in every dish, and what was best for gluten free diners. There were so many servers working; my water glass was always full and empty dishes were quickly cleared.
For weekend warriors getting a late start, Boston Chops is now offering a Raw Bar Happy Hour on Saturdays and Sundays from 3 – 5 p.m., featuring fresh-shucked oysters for $1.
Disclaimer: I received brunch free of charge as part of the Boston Brunchers, with the exception of gratuity, which I happily paid for the great service. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.