For years it seemed like there was no place to get breakfast in Harvard Square. Ever since Leo's Place closed on JFK Street almost a decade ago, you could find fancy brunch fare at Henrietta's Table, or go to chains like IHOP and Dunkin' for something more affordable
Now, we have a few more options like Bluestone Lane and The Friendly Toast. Why then, would we wade into such a competitive market with breakfast and brunch at The Sea Hag?
As we have done for years at Grendel's Den, we keep one foot in both worlds: Not fancy, but not mass-produced or boring. We are committed to the convenience, and great prices you'll find at a take-out spot, but we stay true to the kind of service and atmosphere of a dine-in restaurant.
In a neighborhood where you can pay more than $15 for avocado toast, it wasn't hard to find the sweet spot. We opened in mid-October of 2023 with jumbo breakfast sandwiches for weekday breakfasts and a full brunch with pancakes, French Toast and Benny's on the weekends. This week, we are launching our California-style breakfast burrito available Tuesdays through Fridays from 8 AM to 10 AM and for brunch from 10 AM to 3 PM on weekend mornings.
I had meant to import this West Coast stand-by for a while, but when a long-time Grendel's regular turned up at the Sea Hag recently, I knew I had my expert taste tester for this. Evan wasn't the first So Cal transplant to wish for a place to find this morning meal, so I knew we had something that could set us apart from the competition.
You may be wondering why Harvard Square needs another burrito. The need for burritos is as bottomless as the need for pizza and hamburgers. But this burrito is quintessentially Californian: We had Evan try out our version, and he was pretty excited to have a breakfast burrito come to Harvard Square. If you've never had this kind of breakfast burrito before, it's a solid serving of cheesy scrambled eggs mixed with fire-roasted green chilis, wrapped up with red salsa, sour cream, and crispy french fries. Oh, and more cheese. "Nothing leaked from the bottom, so this is a good one," Evan remarked, meaning no forks are needed to enjoy them. Available with bacon or black beans, you can enjoy this for brunch at the bar or tables, and they are great for takeout too!
If you're in the mood for a fresh take on the Eggs Benedict, try our Eggs California, a long-time favorite on the brunch menu at Grendel's Den featuring spinach, artichoke, and snow crab cream cheese on an English Muffin, topped with poached eggs and sliced fresh avocado.
Of course, we have the brunch usuals as well: Eggs any style, breakfast sandwich, Eggs Benedict, French Toast, Pancakes - blueberry, chocolate chip, or plain.
We serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm and offer table service, a full bar (yes mimosa and Bloody Mary!), and breakfast sandwiches and burritos weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday from 8 am to 11 am. Start your day at The Hag!