While doing some research for an upcoming trip, it occurred to me that I rarely eat in the restaurant that's located in the hotel I'm staying in while on the road. A few exceptions that come to mind are the dinners I grabbed during trade show season on the nights when I was too tired to explore other options.
(Spending consecutive long days in a convention center breathing stale, recycled air can take its toll on you.)
Another exception would be this breakfast that I ate at Market by Jean-Georges, located in the W Boston, the hotel that graciously hosted Stephen and me while we were up there for our pre-honeymoon long weekend. We knew we wanted to eat before making our way over to the train station for our return trip home, but the idea of picking up something quick didn't sound terribly appealing. For the sake of convenience, we got a table at Market instead.
I ordered what is probably considered to be the best "deal" on the breakfast menu -- the Market Breakfast. For $22, you get two eggs, crispy potatoes, tomato salad, and toast along with your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage and your choice of juice, coffee, or tea. Ordering all of those items a la carte will cost you $26, so... well... you do the math.
The eggs were cooked perfectly and the toast was generously buttered, but the potatoes were nowhere near "crispy" -- they were barely warm -- and the bacon was severely overdone. I did enjoy, however, the the tomato salad, as it added a freshness and brightness to the meal and helped balance out the richness of the eggs and the greasy saltiness of the meat.
Do I think $22 is a reasonable price to pay for the meal I ate? No. I can get almost exactly the same meal, minus the tomato salad, at one of our favorite brunch spots in the Lehigh Valley for less than half that. But, given Market's location at the W, the price, unfortunately, makes sense.
I just wish they hadn't cooked the hell out of my bacon.
Market by Jean-Georges
100 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 310-6790 | Online Reservations | Map
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