Darlington and I are always on the lookout for new places to eat so when we decided to meet up for a bite early on a weekday afternoon, I suggested Blunch, the diminutive South End spot. Just in case the name isn’t a dead giveaway, here’s the low-down: Blunch focuses on breakfast and lunch items like egg sandwiches, soups and crustless quiches. The friendly group behind the counter squeeze these and other treats out of a space roughly the size of an overstuffed sofa; if you include the eat-in counter running alongside the bright windows, the square footage is probably smaller than my parents’ two-car garage. But — to handily employ the tritest of clichés — size doesn’t matter, it’s how you use it. And the Blunchers certainly do use it well.
Though I had skipped a morning meal, I decided to forgo the breakfast options and order the more lunchy Meltdown, a grilled tomato and three-cheese sandwich ($7.00). Interestingly, layered between the tomato, Fontina, Cheddar and Swiss is a second slice of bread, giving the Meltdown added weight. While it was perfectly oozy, it was definitely on the lighter side — or, more likely, I was simply hungrier than I realized. What I should have done was split a salad with Darlington, maybe the baby greens with goat cheese. I mean, it’s not as if I could ever get my fill of cheese.
Blunch’s only drawback is its location on the fringes of the South End, directly across from Boston Medical Center. Neither Darlington nor I live nearby; we made a special trip to the neighborhood. So here’s the question, which perhaps might even be The Question: Is Blunch worth the trip? I think if I lived within walking distance, the teeny café would be an easy little detour on my morning commute or Saturday jaunts. Otherwise… I’m not quite sure. I’ll keep you posted.
59 East Springfield Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02118