715 Massachusetts, Lawrence | 785-856-7150
Chef Michael Beard's iconoclastic, Italian-inspired bistro is destination dining at lunchtime as well as dinner, but his Saturday and Sunday brunch — served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days — is its own slice of perfection. Fresh regional dressings, including Iwig butter and organic apricot preserves, go with the baguette from nearby WheatFields bakery. And you'll never look at a plate of eggs and bacon the same way after enjoying Beard's two-egg platter, served any style, and sided with grilled bread, potatoes and a choice of house-cured bacon or Duroc link sausage. Best of all: the breakfast pizza with bacon, eggs and goat cheese.