(photo courtesy of www.ryles.com)
Published March 24, 2005
All I have to say about this service piece (again, a genre that seems to suit me here at Lifestyle) is that (1) it's one of my favorite pieces about food that I've written, and (2) I wrote it in one hour on the day that we went to print, to replace another article that fell through. This was a lesson in learning not to be a perfectionist--the best writing is spontaneous, honest, and self-confident, abilities that I am always trying to refine, no matter how many articles I've turned around in that same time since then. This showed me that I could do it.
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Looking for a way to rekindle the Easter spirit (maybe for the first time)? Or perhaps you are looking for a way to celebrate the freedom to eat chocolate again with the end of Lent? Or maybe you don't care about religion and just want to eat some post-party Sunday food in the company of friends-without having to hunt and gather it in the dining hall? Here are some student and local favorites for the best brunch in Beantown.
44 Charles St.
The hottest spot for brunch in downtown Boston, the Paramount has one rule: no saving seats. On most Sundays, the line for food stretches out the door, while the narrow restaurant seats only a few dozen patrons. Somehow, this time-honored policy, which requires that one order and pay for one's food before finding a table, has served the restaurant well. Customers return every week and help to enforce fair play by glaring fiercely at women in silk ponchos who attempt to claim one of the minimalist steel tables before getting in line with the rest of the proletariat. Almost everything is under $10, but the food quality caters to a more discerning crowd, with fresh eggs and unusual ingredients tossed with expert skill beside heaping mounds of home fries. It may churn up memories of the dining hall (for better or for worse), with banging pans, taciturn grill masters and an often-claustrophic crowd, but make no mistake, this is a quality experience in down-to-earth clothing.