Birthday brunch at Stephi’s on Tremont

Thank you all so much for my birthday wishes!!! Between all the phone calls, facebook, twitter and comments on the blog, my iphone was on fire. I felt loved for sure. :mrgreen:

I woke up on the earlier side yesterday, ready to get the day started. After a toast with Barney Butter and half a banana + coffee (my usual pre-run snack), I blogged, collected my thoughts, laced up my running shoes, and hit the roads. My goal was to finish 8-9 miles. Nice and easy. No worries about pace. Just running. It was an absolutely gorgeous day outside and when it got tough, I reminded myself that I was doing this for myself. No one else. At some point, I was chanting “Birthday run! Birthday run!” What a dork. 😆 I completed 8.06 miles without any deliberate stops (just for traffic lights) and felt great!! After a shower it was time for a birthday brunch!

For some strange reason, many restaurants in Boston only offer brunch on Sundays. I’m not sure why – Saturday is a weekend day and I think a brunch with friends or family is the perfect way to start the weekend. Luckily, a few establishments get it – like Stephi’s on Tremont. I’ve been to the restaurant for dinner twice (you can read about it here and here) and generally liked it both times (I ordered salads so it’s hard to really “wow” one with a salad but the salad combos were creative and ingredients were fresh so I would not hesitate to go back). This is why it has been my go-to choice for brunch the last few times I made brunch plans, yet for one reason or another we had to cancel them. I’m glad we finally made it to Stephi’s. The brunch was fabulous! 😀

Birthday brunch calls for bloody marys, no?

I went with Stephi’s famous bloody mary – vodka, tomato juice, secret spice mix, celery and old bay rim

It was nice and spicy, just how I like ’em. My dad ordered one too and said it was by far the best bloody mary he’s even had. I think the fact that it was large earned some points too. 😉 As a side note, my favorite bloody mary of all times is from Prune in NYC, but this was definitely a good one.

The drink decision was easy but for my meal, I was having an internal battle between sweet and savory. Of course ended up with “sweet.” It’s hard to go wrong with a name like…

“Really good french toast” – thick cut brioche dipped in traditional egg batter with vanilla, cinnamon and sugar, served with real maple syrup

Wowza! It came with a vanilla/cinnamon butter (?) on the side and was just gorgeous (aesthetically and taste-wise). Slightly sweet and chewy. Not soggy at all (Innz, you’d love it!). The only thing that would make it more perfect is some fruit on the side (maybe some berries? That would be great). Next time I’ll definitely order a side of fruit salad with it. I ate 2 out of 5 slices and felt perfectly content (not hungry or stuffed). I also had a bite of dad’s tuna tartare (thought it could use a bit more salt but dad said it was one of the best he’s ever had!) and mom’s cheeseburger with mushrooms (awesome!). Great, great brunch! All four of us were happy customers. I know I’ll be back to Stephi’s!

Adam and moi:

The parents opted out of a blog photo 😉

What’s your favorite brunch item? Mine would have to be stuffed french toast. If it’s on the menu, you bet I’m getting it! :)

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I’ll be back later with a post on a celebratory dinner. Oh, it was a good one! 😀

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