At Townsman restaurant overlooking Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway, Chefs Matt and Kate Jennings are having fun with food. Since its opening last winter, Townsman has been serving up fresh New England fare to Boston patrons in a polished yet comfortable atmosphere.
Since September of 2015, Townsman has begun to serve brunch. The only catch? It’s served only on the last Saturday of the month. But we’re here to tell you it’s totally worth the wait.
This is not your typical mother’s brunch – you should wear your party (sweat)pants to this hopping place. There is a DJ spinning party music and it makes brunch feel more like a party. Let us begin with the Halloween theme and the staff dazzled in costume – we went on October 31st. Townsman played this to their advantage and the decor was dressed with scary cobwebs, crime scenes, and a Waldo. The cocktail menu was wittingly named to fit the ghoulish brunch theme.
We had been eagerly anticipating pastry chef’s Meghan Thompson’s “cake table”, which turned out to be exactly what it sounds like: a big table full of cake. Cupcakes, biscuits, cookies, cakes, whoopie pies, cinnamon buns – you name it. This table definitely lived up to all its hype.
After gleefully loading up our plates, we sat down to dig into our breakfast of champions. Our favorites were the white chocolate mousse cake, playfully decorated as “Townsman Cemetery” topped with tombstones, and the delicious pumpkin cake. But as you can see, we really enjoyed it all.
Our eyes wandered around and saw Pig’n Grits on the menu and were immediately intrigued by its name and the part that reads pig. We asked our server about this side dish and she described it as cheesy grits topped with pork rinds and parsley. Our description? The most decadent comfort food ever – creamy and cheesy with super savory flavors from the pork skins. It has such wonderful umami that we could not put down our forks once this arrived at our table.
The Sweet Pumpkin Waffles really hit the autumn craving. The fried chicken is pickle-brined and served with sweet maple peppers and spicy mayo. The moment the fried chicken went into our mouths, we could taste the love that went into them. The chicken is moist but has perfect crispy skin. The pumpkin waffles definitely paired well with the salty poultry and created the perfect sweet and salty combination we are always chasing.
The Cinnamon Bun Grilled Cheese (above) was sweet and savory heaven, with a smoked apple chutney to compliment the sweet, fluffy bun and tangy cheese. We’re always big fans of that sweet and salty combo, and this dish did not disappoint. Even the thick-cut breakfast potatoes blew us away.
Not only do they know their way around food, but Townsman is also home to a wonderfully hospitable staff. Their positive, friendly attitude made us feel right at home.
Townsman carries a full lunch and dinner menu, but as we mentioned earlier, brunch is only on the last Saturday of the month. You can fully expect the next Townsman brunch to be decked out in Christmas lights and mistletoes. They will also generously be donating all proceeds from their “Xmas Eve Brunch” to the Greater Boston Food Bank. What better way to celebrate the holidays?