Little-known fact about Boston: there are an inordinate amount of hangovers in this city. Tons of universities means tons of students, which means tons of pounding headaches around town on the weekends (OK, and some weekdays -- lookin’ at you, T’s Tuesday). Combine the disproportionate student population with all the city’s young professionals making similarly beer-soaked life choices, and it’s a good thing that Boston is practically brimming with heavenly breakfast sandwiches. Of course, the wickedly hungover haven’t cornered the market on being hungry in the morning, and these breakfast sandwiches are damn good any day of the week, even when you’re not dehydrated and trying to decode last night’s texts.
8. Tequila Sunrise
Pavement CoffeehouseAddress and Info
Boylston (& other locations)
If you can stomach saying the word "tequila" after a night out, you’ll want to head to hip coffeehouse Pavement for its revered Tequila Sunrise. This delicious, zesty egg sandwich is topped with jalapeño cream cheese, crispy bacon, tomato, and red onion, and it’s one of the best hangover cures known to man. We suggest ordering it on an everything bagel for an even bigger pop of flavor.
7. Egg sandwich
Sofra Bakery & CafeAddress and Info
The egg sandwich at Sofra is emblematic of the bakery itself: warm, comforting, and inspired by the tastes of Turkey, Lebanon, and Greece. This tasty creation is made with halloumi cheese, spiced feta butter, and crispy bacon (if you so choose -- and you so should), and served on a buttery, house-baked brioche bun. The halloumi, a sheep’s-milk cheese from Cyprus, gives the sandwich a rich, savory bite and a slightly creamy texture. It’s ill-advised to leave Sofra without a couple of pastries, too, so be sure to grab a piece of chocolate-hazelnut baklava, or the weekend special, a tahini brown butter donut with salted caramel ganache. Yeah, go ahead and just let those words roll around in your mouth for a second. The real thing’s even better.
6. Good Ol' Breakfast Sandy
Trina's Starlite LoungeAddress and Info
You can always count on the Good Ol' Breakfast Sandy at Trina’s to sate your AM starch cravings. You know the old hair-of-the-dog theory? It’s only half true: if you were out at Trina’s tossing back craft cocktails, coming back here in the morning really will kill your hangover. Served on a delightfully flaky buttermilk biscuit, this sandwich combines two eggs over easy with cheese and your choice of bacon, sausage, or chipotle-tomato jam. Better yet, ask for both bacon and jam -- that decision is just good for the soul.
5. Kielbasa and Egg Sandwich
Deep EllumAddress and Info
Brunch at beloved cocktail hangout Deep Ellum is a revelation, not least because this place offers up a hearty, seven-days-a-week brunch menu. Diverging from its Southern theme, the standout is a Polish-influenced sandwich, made with house-smoked kielbasa, a fried egg, horseradish aioli, and Vermont cheddar on an English muffin. This sandwich’s bold flavors pair beautifully, and come with a side of nicely crisp home fries, too. Pair it with a vodka-based cocktail and you’re all set.
4. Cutty’s Egg Sandwich
Cutty'sAddress and Info
A small, buzzy shop nestled into Brookline Village, Cutty’s is the patron saint of breakfast sandwiches, offering up delicious variations, from Thai sausage to an eggs-Benedict-wich. However, we recommend going old-school: order the classic Cutty’s Egg Sandwich, composed of eggs whipped with butter, sharp cheddar cheese, and either a spicy Sriracha aioli, truffle ketchup, or red-eye mayo. It all comes served on local carb god Iggy’s black pepper brioche, and you have the option to toss on bacon, ham, sausage, or Swiss chard, too. The husband-and-wife-led team at Cutty’s makes many of the ingredients in-house, so you’re in for supreme freshness. Even noted car-driver Guy Fieri approves of the sandwiches here. Whether that makes you want to visit more or less is your prerogative.
Mike & Patty'sAddress and Info
Mike & Patty’s is a classic mom & pop spot, serving up a sandwich-only menu for breakfast and lunch out of a quaint and cozy (we really mean cozy -- there are, like, six seats total) corner shop in Bay Village. The menu is written on paper plates stuck to various surfaces and walls, so to save you the embarrassment of scanning them all like a noob and holding up what’s sure to be a long line, go for the Fancy. This sandwich is a thing of beauty, loaded with two fried eggs, bacon, cheddar, avocado, red onions, and house-made mayo. Best of all, it’s served on lggy's toasted multigrain bread.
2. Breakfast Egg Sandwich
Flour BakeryAddress and Info
Back Bay (& other locations)
All hail culinary queen Joanne Chang, chef & owner of Flour and the mastermind behind this sensational sandwich. A thick slice of what is essentially a fluffy egg souffle is placed on a freshly baked focaccia roll and topped with cheddar, roasted plum tomato, a heaping portion of arugula, applewood-smoked bacon or black forest ham, and -- last but not least -- dijonaise. That final ingredient gives the sandwich an extra tangy kick that sets it apart. While you’re here, you should balance all that savory goodness with a sweet and plump sticky bun; Chang is famous for these, and for good reason.
1. Breakfast Sandwich
Ula CafeAddress and Info
This artsy JP cafe contains a hidden gem in the form of the breakfast sandwich. It may look simple, but take your first bite, and you’ll immediately be blown away by the unusual maple-rosemary sauce, which is drizzled on farm-fresh egg, sharp white cheddar cheese, and (optional, but not really) crispy cherry hardwood-smoked bacon -- all served on a daily baked brioche roll. It’s soft, rich, and among Boston’s best breakfasts. Whether you’re walking from your apartment or trekking out to JP on the Orange Line, you’ll be glad you made the trip. Bonus points for pairing it with Ula’s New Orleans iced coffee.
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1. Pavement Coffee House1096 Boylston St, Boston
2. Sofra Bakery & Cafe1 Belmont St, Cambridge
3. Trina's Starlite Lounge3 Beacon St, Somerville
4. Deep Ellum477 Cambridge St, Allston
5. Cutty's284 Washington St, Brookline
6. Mike & Patty's12 Church St, Boston
7. Flour Bakery & Cafe12 Farnsworth St Fl 1, Boston
8. Ula Cafe284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain
This artsy mini-chain is from the same people who brought you Bagel Rising and Espresso Royale (RIP to both), so you know it's damn good. The baristas here are dripping an inspired selection of coffees, espressos, and loose-leaf teas alongside gourmet sandwiches for lunch and breakfast. The decor is hip and rustic, sporting unfinished wood floors and beams, vintage chairs, patio seating, repurposed wood shutters on the walls, and a faux fireplace. If you stop in for breakfast, be sure to order the Tequila Sunrise sandwich made with egg, jalapeño cream cheese, bacon, tomato, and onion. Keep an eye out for drink specials, too, like the fan-favorite Death Cream (cold brew with vanilla and milk).
From the people behind vaunted resto Oleana, Sofra is an infinitely more chilled out Middle Eastern sandwich shop & bakery, sporting an open kitchen and Boston's only Sagge -- essentially a griddle that is shaped like an upside down wok.
The exterior of Trina's Starlite Lounge looks like your typical dive (could it be the Miller High Life sign?), but once inside, you'll discover a hip, retro-style diner and bar that's serving up killer takes on American classics like hot dogs, burgers, and chili, plus craft beer and seasonal cocktails. Come at night for the local brews, chili-cheese fries, and double-patty cheeseburger, and on weekend mornings for Bloody Marys and the Good Ol' Breakfast Sandy: a buttermilk biscuit with cheese, two eggs over easy, and your choice of bacon, sausage, or chipotle-tomato jam.
Whiskey cocktails and Southern-inspired brunch fare are the name of the game at this Allston cocktail hangout. Deep Ellum's menu features seven types of Manhattans and more than 25 beers on tap, all worth exploring while you attempt to talk over blaring music (tip: get here early for a spot on the quieter, plant-filled back patio). While there is a solid dinner menu (go for the reuben sandwich and truffle gorgonzola fries), the brunch dishes are Boston bucket list-worthy and served seven days a week (!), and include a killer kielbasa & egg sandwich and a BBQ breakfast with braised pork shoulder, cornbread, and a fried egg.
Cutty’s is the patron saint of sandwiches. If you're stopping into the Brookline Village shop for breakfast, you have inventive options at your fingertips like a Thai sausage sandwich and an eggs-Benedict-wich, but Cutty’s Egg Sandwich is always a solid choice, composed of eggs whipped with butter, sharp cheddar cheese, and either spicy Sriracha aioli, truffle ketchup, or red-eye mayo on Iggy’s black pepper brioche. For lunch, Cutty's Roast Beef 1000 is the must-order, piled high with house-roasted meat, crispy shallots, and sharp cheddar drizzled with Thousand Island dressing on brioche. Even noted car-driver Guy Fieri approves of the sandwiches here. Whether that makes you want to visit more or less is your prerogative.
Though both Mike and Patty have gone the way of Elvis and left the building, before they did they managed to pass the keys and name of their popular Bay Village lunchery on to one of their longtime sandwichiers, who -- with the help of some friends -- has reopened the doors and brought back all the original meat-friendly classics.
True to its motto, Flour Bakery’s many Boston locations make Bostonian’s lives sweeter with its varying baked treats and savory lunch options. The light-filled Fort Point storefront is charming with its trademark chalkboard menu, cutesy decorations, and irresistible smell of cakes rising and butter melting. If you have a sweet tooth you can’t go wrong with the soft sticky bun with its hot cinnamon and pecan topping or a decadent, pleasantly crunchy double chocolate chip cookie. If you need something more substantial than a warm muffin or a buttery scone, the crowd-pleasing Breakfast Egg Sandwich with a truly fluffy egg, bacon, cheddar, arugula, tomato, and creamy dijonaise on a ciabatta might be right up your ally. At meal-times expect to wait in a line … beware of the tantalizing packaged goodies that wait with you.
Tucked away near the Sam Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain is Ula Cafe, an artsy neighborhood nook serving unbeatable pastries, sandwiches, and coffee with the community vibe that defines its home turf. Mismatched mirrors, local art, and roomy wooden booths fill the small industrial-style space, which is usually swarming with students, young professionals, and families. If they're smart, they'll order Ula's heaven-sent breakfast sandwich in the morning: a daily-baked brioche roll with fluffy egg, sharp white cheddar, crispy cherry hardwood-smoked bacon, and a maple-rosemary sauce. The pastry case and sandwich menu are full of gems (the raspberry crumb bar and turkey sandwich are favorites) and include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options (this is JP, after all), served at the counter by friendly faces who keep this cafe feeling homey and upbeat.