Few things go together better than bread, cheese, and eggs, and one particular dish that’s popping up around Boston makes ample use of those ingredients.
These boats are comprised of bread forming a base and wall around a filling that typically consists of cheese and eggs. The dish is a classic street food from Georgia, where it’s known as khachapuri.
Several countries throughout Eastern Europe have popularized their own versions of the bread. Though there are many variations, including some without eggs, the basic principle remains the same: The dough gets shaped into a circle or an oblong boat shape and filled with various cheeses, and it can be served with a dipping sauce or butter. Boston’s restaurants tend to opt for the egg-filled version, which is sometimes called Adjarian (or Adjaruli) khachapuri.
Here’s where to find variations on this tasty treat in the Boston area:
100 Kirkland St., Cambridge
(See photo above.) A Cambridge coffee shop with a menu featuring dishes inspired by the Mediterranean and Caucasus regions, Broadsheet offers its own version of khachapuri for breakfast. The bread is filled with both feta and mozzarella, plus spinach and a soft egg, with a hot sauce called zhug served alongside it.
When to get it: Broadsheet is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends, and khachapuri is available at all hours.
75 Federal St., Downtown Boston
Branded “egg in a hole” at Cafe De Boston, the dish is served in a simit, or Mediterranean-style bagel with sesame seeds, with sunny side eggs and tomatoes.
When to get it: Cafe De Boston operates weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers catering and takeout.
222 Arsenal St., Watertown
A relative newcomer to the Boston area’s dining world, Flaming Pit opened in October 2017 in Watertown. Located in a city that boasts a large Armenian community, Flaming Pit has a menu that features several Armenian dishes there, including a version of khachapuri made with feta and mozzarella cheeses, an egg, and a side of butter.
When to get it: Khachapuri is available seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
2 Watertown St., Watertown
Less than a mile away from Flaming Pit sits Jana Grill & Bakery, which offers two sizes of its Adjarian khachapuri. The restaurant also serves two sizes of Megruli khachapuri, which is stuffed with cheese alone, no egg. Get an egg boat alongside some Armenian coffee or tea to start (or finish) the day right.
When to get it: Jana Grill is open from 9 a.m. to 10 or 11 p.m. daily.
549 Commonwealth Ave., Newton
On the menu as hachapuri, Mediterranean Grill’s version of the dish is available as an appetizer. It comes filled with a mix of different cheeses beneath two sunny side up eggs nestled in a “homemade bed of bread.”
When to get it: Mediterranean Grill is open for dinner Tuesday through Friday and for lunch and dinner on weekends.
628 Trapelo Rd., Belmont
Phinix Grill opened in November 2015 and specializes in Mediterranean fusion. For its weekend brunch, the restaurant offers Adjaruli khachapuri, a cheese-filled dough baked with two eggs over easy and served with home fries. Since its arrival in Belmont, the restaurant has also added a food truck to its business, which parks at various locations in Cambridge and Boston throughout the week.
When to get it: Phinix Grill serves its egg boats at the Belmont restaurant during brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Multiple locations throughout Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline
Though not technically branded as khachapuri, the dish appears on Tatte’s brunch menu this winter. Labeled “egg in a hole,” the dish features an oblong sesame bagel that resembles a simit, filled with two fried eggs and served alongside a chopped salad. A ham, cheese, and egg version is also available.
When to get it: Visit one of Tatte’s eight locations for brunch Friday through Sunday.
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