a perfect saturday: brunch & market

A common ritual for us, at least last year, was brunch at Vine & Bean followed by a trip to the Shaker Square farmers’ market. We got a little crazy recently  and mixed it up – we went to Fire for pre-market brunch.

I’m a fan of Fire for dinner and really like chef Doug Katz’s commitment to local and overall approach to his menu. But I’ve never been for brunch and in fact, my husband has never been period.

So the three of us headed there around 10:30 a.m. and snagged a great table right near the open kitchen, which is ideal because our toddler likes to pretend she’s cooking alongside the chefs (she’s even been known to shout some tips from her highchair – mix it, flip it, yea chef!).  While she studied the kitchen, we people watched everyone alongside the square walking, mingling and checking out their recent market purchases. What a great view.

For brunch, Natalie had the lemon soufflé pancakes with blueberry compote; egg sandwich in clay bread, with local egg, bacon, lettuce and tomato with homefries for Jamie; and house-cured smoked salmon, Bialy’s bagel (the best bagels in town!) and egg salad for me.

Smiles all around. For his inaugural visit, Jamie was quite impressed and I think somewhat confused why I haven’t suggested Fire for brunch sooner (no good reason, I just tend to forget… but not anymore). He even declared these as the best homefries in town. Natalie, a pancake aficionado, was so smitten with her fluffy goodness that she was on her best dining behavior in hopes that she could come back soon. As for me, smoked salmon in general is my breakfast of choice, and Fire’s house-cured version was simply perfect – and pairing it with a Bialy’s will always win me over.

Fire is open both Saturday and Sunday for brunch. They also offer free valet parking – another plus, especially on market days.

And if you’re like us and excited for the opening of all the farmers’ markets, here’s a list to get you going: North Union, Tremont, Kamm’s Corners, Peninsula.


  1. Posted May 23, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    michelle, that was sooo nice! thanks for the glowing review and for joining us at fire! see you soon…Doug

  2. rockandroller
    Posted May 24, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Hey Michelle, we are a little behind you with little ones and dining out. I’m wondering how family friendly you would rate most of the places you’ve been, for those of us with impatient, squirmy toddlers (not so much an angel like yours). How’s Fire in this respect? How about other places? Maybe a kid-friendly restaurant post? There is just nothing for a kid to do in so many of these places and it’s impossible for my 2 year old to sit calmly in a high chair for 25 minutes waiting for food.

  3. Michelle V
    Posted May 25, 2011 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Oh Natalie is not always an angel – trust me! But we make sure we work around her when dining out – eat early, bring stuff to occupy her (snacks, coloring etc). We make games out of it and she is usually pretty good. I have written several times about dining out w/ kids and where to go. You’ll find almost anyplace is kid friendly. Fire was great, as is Momocho, Greenhouse – really, anywhere. Like I said, bring some stuff while you wait and it works magic!

  4. Posted June 20, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    …Kid Hit Menu Items We typically go to as a family during brunch and boy is there PLENTY of stuff to please. I adore the thick funky potatoes cooked to a crisp in a cast iron skillet..Adult Perks The challenge of Canele is resisting the urge to order the entire brunch menu because unless you can spend the remainder of the day splayed on a couch in recovery mode its best to exercise some restraint.