Looking for Boston restaurants in the theater district? Abby Lane Food & Spirits is a cozy spot perfect for brunch or a pre-theater meal.
Situated in Boston’s Theater District, Abby Lane Food & Spirits is a cozy restaurant where executive chef Jason Santos, an alum of Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen TV show, creates an eclectic seasonal menu. The restaurant debuted in late 2012, and added brunch to its repertoire in mid-2013.
The interior of the restaurant walks a careful line between chic and comfortable, creating a modern and fun interior that’s just as perfect for late night bites as it is for lazy Sunday brunches.
It was on a cold March Sunday when I found myself sliding into a soft chair for a late morning brunch. I was in Boston researching articles, and Abby Lane had invited me to drop in for a bite — how could I say no?
The menu wasn’t the one I was expecting. Having researched Abby Lane, I’d read all about their award-winning breakfast pizza with sunny-side-up eggs. However, according to a representative, the restaurant changes their menu seasonally. No matter, the new menu was filled with dishes that called to me — from the Made-to-Order Cinnamon Doughnuts to the Nutella Croissant French Toast. It was hard deciding what to choose with so many craveworthy options available.
I decided to try the new Breakfast Pizza, which comes topped with arugula, fresh artichoke hearts, smoked salmon, onions and capers. While it wasn’t the pizza that I’d read about, it sounded like something I would love. I mean … smoked salmon — how can you go wrong? When it arrived, heaping with flavor, I couldn’t wait to dig in.
The thin, flavorful crust was the perfect base for the peppery, salty, briny topping. And the cheese — likely a boursin-style, though I couldn’t get a firm answer from my waitress or a rep that I asked — pulled it all together in a beautiful harmony.
What made the experience perfect though wasn’t the pizza or the coffee served on a cute napkin-lined tray. It was the attentive, friendly staff who smiled almost continuously. Good service is always fabulous.
If You Go:
Abby Lane Food & Spirits is located in the heart of the Theater District. It’s family-friendly (they have a decent kids menu that includes Chicken and Cheese Nachos, Grilled Chicken with mashed potatoes and a Simple Salad with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, which my daughter would adore.
Abby Lane Food & Spirits
253 Tremont Street
Disclosure: As a blogger, the FTC requires me to disclose that I was provided a free meal by this restaurant. However, I wasn’t asked to write about it and all opinions expressed (as well as the decision to write this blog post) are entirely my own.