My favorite meal to have out of the house is breakfast or on the weekend, brunch, so I was more than happy to give The Trophy Room at the Chandler Inn a try this past weekend.
Although the space has been open and serving brunch for a couple of months, I avoid trying new restaurants initially – allowing them to work out their ‘kinks’ – before I visit. When we arrived on Sunday just prior to 11, The Trophy Room was half full and easy to get a seat at the bar or at one of the tables. Their doors on Berkeley Street were wide open letting in the sun and a nice breeze. The restaurant was half gay with a few hotel guests mingling with neighbors.
The brunch menu is evenly divided between breakfast and lunch items – all quite affordable $8-$14. Our entire breakfast for two with tax and tip came to less than $30 (this was an alcohol-free brunch).
Our coffee was delicious and promptly refilled by our friendly and attentive bartender (we opted to sit at the bar – a personal preference probably born out of habit). I ordered The Trophy Omelette which is a “build your own”; I chose onions, mushroom and Swiss cheese for $8.75. The overstuffed omelette was served warm with salty breakfast potatoes that were delicious to eat with the Swiss cheese that oozed out and over my plate once I cut into my omelette.
Sergio selected The Trophy Trifecta that comes with two eggs, sausage or bacon (he chose the former) and two buttermilk pancakes for $8.75. He devoured his plate but not before I was able to try the pancakes which were good enough to make me think on a future visit we might want to order the Grandma’s Pancakes for $7.75 to share as an extra plate.
The Trophy Room’s ease and availability, combined with its affordable menu and friendly staff make it worth checking out. If you go during the warmer months when the doors are open on to Berkeley Street – so much the better to enjoy your coffee and to read the copy of the NY Times at the bar.
The Trophy Room is open daily and serves brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm in the South End at 26 Chandler Street in the South End of Boston.