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Boston's Best Brunch Dishes, According to Restaurant Industry Folks

For Breakfast Week, Boston bartenders and chefs reveal their favorite brunch dishes in town.

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| Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

For Breakfast Week, Boston bartenders and chefs reveal their favorite brunch dishes in town. This is the sixth installment of the Breakfast Week Q&A collection.

Note: Map points are listed alphabetically, not ranked.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Brewer's Fork

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7 Moulton St
Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 337-5703
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"Dude Bro — Moody's pork roll, Fornax English muffin, American cheese, spicy ketchup, fried egg, duck fat home fries." —Joshua Smith, chef/owner of Moody's Delicatessen and The Backroom

Dude Bro/Instagram

2. Forge Baking Company

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626 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 764-5365
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"Toast at Forge Bakery. I grew up in Portugal with really great bread, and all I want in the morning is toast with lots of butter and strong coffee. Forge delivers both." —Ines Santos, general manager of The Salty Pig

Forge's Toast Plate comes with choice of bread (or English muffin, pictured) and three toppings/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

3. Mike's City Diner

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1714 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 267-9393
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"Corned beef hash with poached eggs." —Jason Santos, chef/owner of Abby Lane and Back Bay Harry's

"The corned beef hash at Mike's City Diner is the best hash in the city, hands down." —Angela Lamb, general manager at Coda

"I love the home-made corned beef hash at Mike's Diner." —Nick Calias, executive chef of Brasserie Jo

Corned beef hash/Yelp

4. Mistral

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223 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 867-9300
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"I love Mistral's rosemary ham...it is one of my favorite parts of going there for brunch. Their rosemary ham and gruyere omelette is delicious." —Erica Keefe, executive chef of Five Horses Tavern (South End)

"The duck hash." —Mike Wyatt, general manager and beverage director of Ward 8

"Baked-to-order sticky buns at Mistral. So gooey and warm! It is often my birthday request to get sticky buns at Mistral." —Molly Hanson, executive pastry chef at Grill 23 & Bar and Post 390

"The classic benedict with smoked pork loin or the lemon poppy seed pancakes topped with ricotta at Mistral." —Salvatore Boscarino, co-owner of Pier 6

Rosemary ham and gruyere omelette/Provided

5. Steel and Rye

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95 Eliot St
Milton, MA 02186
(617) 690-2787
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"Huevos rancheros." —Andy Husbands, chef/owner of The Smoke Shop (coming soon), Tremont 647, and Sister Sorel

Steel & Rye's carne asada con huevos/Provided

6. 3 Little Figs

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278 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 623-3447
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"I love the egg sandwiches at Three Little Figs!" —Joe Cassinelli, chef/owner of Alpine Restaurant Group (Posto, Osteria Posto, Painted Burro, Rosebud)

"My favorite breakfast dishes are sweet and on-the-go. It's a tie between the brown butter hazelnut doughnut from Union Square Donuts and the lavender biscuit — with a cappuccino — from 3 Little Figs." —Mary Ting Hyatt, baker/owner of Bagelsaurus

3 Little Fig's egg and feta sandwich/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

7. Abe & Louie's

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793 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-6300
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"Nothing starts my Sunday off better than the steak and eggs at Abe and Louie's." —Ben Weisberger, chef de cuisine of No. 9 Park

"I am obsessed with the bruleed grapefruit at Abe and Louie's." —Amanda McLaughlin, general manager of Tico

Abe & Louie's steak and eggs/Fouad E. on Yelp

8. Angela's Café

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131 Lexington St
East Boston, MA 02128
(617) 567-4972
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"The chilaquiles, half red, half green sauce." —Marga Raffucci, executive chef of Sorellina

 
Angela's Cafe's chilaquiles with green sauce/Facebook

9. Ball Square Cafe

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708 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 623-2233
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"Pear and goat cheese-stuffed French toast." —Carla Pallotta, co-owner/co-chef of Nebo Cucina & Enoteca

Fig and goat cheese-stuffed French toast/Instagram

10. Barcelona Wine Bar (Brookline)

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1700 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 264-8900
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"The braised oxtail hash at Barcelona Brookline is my favorite dish to have with some sangria perfection." —Jeff Williams, executive chef of Chopps American Bar and Grill

Barcelona's braised oxtail hash/Twitter

11. Boston Chops

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1375 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 227-5011
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"Beef tongue hash." —Kevin Murphy, general manager of Parsnip Restaurant & Lounge

Boston Chops' brisket, shank, and tongue hash with poached egg, frites, cheese curds, and gravy/Provided

12. Bostonia Public House

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131 State St
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 948-9800
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"Duck confit toast." —David Verdo, executive chef of Outlook Kitchen and Bar

Bostonia's duck confit toast/Facebook

13. Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe

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429 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116

"Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe is my favorite place for breakfast. You can’t go wrong with any of Evan’s griddle cakes, and it is such a special place in Boston." —Dante de Magistris, chef/owner of Restaurant Dante, Il Casale Cucina Italiana, and Il Casale Cucina Campana

"Turkey hash from Charlie's." —Gregory Torrech, executive chef of The Beehive

Charlie's turkey hash/Yelp

14. Commonwealth

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11 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 945-7030
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"I love the chicken and waffles with sausage gravy at Commonwealth." —Jason Maynard, executive chef of Mistral

"Chilaquiles." Gregory Weinstock, general manager of Salvatore’s (Theatre District)

Commonwealth's chicken and waffles/Nina S. on Yelp

15. Coppa

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253 Shawmut Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 391-0902
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"To me, a perfect brunch includes charcuterie. My favorite place to hang out all afternoon and stuff myself with cured pork is Coppa in the South End. The rotating menu is always amazing! Add in a couple orders of the mortadella pimento formaggio crostini, and I am a happy man." —Nick Deutmeyer, chef de cuisine at Post 390

16. Hei La Moon

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88 Beach St
Boston, MA

"I can’t get enough of the pan-seared taro and cheese bacon cake with hoisin at Hei La Moon." —Michael Scelfo, chef/owner of Alden & Harlow

"Hei La Moon dim sum...everything on offer, but especially pork hum bao and all the assorted dumplings." Leah Nadel, Tyler Sundet, and Alon Munzer, respectively chef de cuisine, chef/partner, and partner of State Park

A variety of dishes at Hei La Moon/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

17. Highland Kitchen

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150 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 625-1131
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"My favorite brunch dish in Boston has to be Highland Kitchen's buttermilk pancakes. So warm, decadent, and buttery. They top it with a simple and delicious bourbon maple syrup that, I think, they crack a fresh vanilla bean into when they make it fresh in the morning, which takes it to the next level. It’s stupid good. Have fun waiting in their hour line every Sunday — though well worth it!" —Shayne Nunes, executive chef of Foundry on Elm and Saloon

Highland Kitchen's pancakes/Sophie P. on Yelp

18. Loyal Nine

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660 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 945-2576
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"I just had a great brunch at Loyal Nine. Their breakfast pastries were some of the best I have had in a long time, and maybe the best ever. The pastries were followed by a killer piece of scrapple with pork trotter gravy — both excellent." —Patrick Campbell, executive chef of Cafe ArtScience

Loyal Nine's pork lard cookie and whey bun/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

19. McKenna's Cafe

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109 Savin Hill Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125
(617) 825-8218
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"My favorite is the Irish breakfast at McKenna’s in Savin Hill, Dorchester. It’s the perfect hangover cure with just the right amount of carbs and fat." —Daniel Bojorquez, chef/owner of La Brasa

20. Mike & Patty's

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12 Church St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 423-3447
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"'The Fancy' at Mike & Patty’s: two fried eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese, avocado, red onions and house mayo on toasted lggy's multigrain bread." —Robert Tobin, chef of Aura and TAMO Bistro & Bar at the Seaport Hotel

"Mike & Patty's is really comfortable and relaxing. When I go there, I like to keep it simple — I usually order something fairly traditional like scrambled eggs and toast." —Greg Jordan, executive chef of The Quarry

The Fancy at Mike & Patty's/Official Site

21. Myers + Chang

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1145 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 542-5200
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"The pork pineapple fried rice with a fried egg." —Marga Raffucci, executive chef of Sorellina

"Dumplings and Szechuan pork dan dan noodles at Myers and Chang. This is a staple for my wife Aimee and me." —Mitchell Randall, executive chef at Ostra

"Myers and Chang. Dan dan noodles and tea-smoked ribs. Yes, please." —Kyle Crusius, chef de cuisine at The Chubby Chickpea

Myers + Chang's pork and pineapple fried rice (nasi goreng)/Alon R. on Yelp

22. Neighborhood Restaurant

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25 Bow St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 623-9710
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"The Portuguese Breakfast at The Neighborhood reigns supreme over all other breakfast dishes in town." —Patrick Gilmartin, executive chef of River Bar

Portugeuse breakfast at The Neighborhood/Official Site

23. Puritan & Co.

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1166 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 615-6195
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"I like the beef patty melt with egg and bacon at Puritan & Co." —Jay Murray, executive chef of Grill 23 & Bar

"Having a sweet tooth, I love all of the pastries at Puritan and Co." —Justin Shoults, executive chef of BRINE

Puritan & Co.'s patty melt/Instagram

24. Sofra Bakery & Cafe

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1 Belmont St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-3161
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"Sofra's Persian style herb omelette. It has so many herbs in it that it's green and tastes fresh and vibrant, and the texture is great — thin layers of perfectly set custard folded over each other." —Diana Kudajarova, chef/co-owner ofJourneyman, Backbar, Ames Street Deli, and Study

"I love the shakshuka from Sofra." —Matt Jennings, chef/owner of Townsman

"The Turkish breakfast." Katrina Jazayeri, co-owner of Juliet

Sofra's savory French toast with avocado and feta/Facebook

25. State Park

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One Kendall Sq. Bld. 300
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 848-4355
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"Definitely the foie gras toad in a hole at State Park!" —Sam Treadway, co-owner and bar manager of Journeyman, Backbar, Ames Street Deli, and Study

State Park's foie gras toad in the hole/Provided

26. The Bristol Lounge

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200 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-4400
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"Lemon ricotta hotcakes." —Christine Pallotta, co-owner/co-chef of Nebo Cucina & Enoteca

Lemon ricotta hotcakes/Yelp (via business owner)

27. The Gallows

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1395 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 425-0200
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"I'm a big fan of the pulled pork stuffed corn muffin at The Gallows in the South End. It's really delicious." —Joshua Brooks, chef de cuisine at Catalyst

The Gallows' pulled pork corn muffin/Sonia Q. on Yelp

28. Toro

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1704 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 536-4300
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"The chilaquiles at Toro always hit the spot for me." —Josh Turka, executive chef of The Salty Pig

Toro's chilaquiles/Instagram

29. Trina's Starlite Lounge

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3 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 576-0006
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"I haven’t been out to brunch recently, but I was on a Trina’s Starlite Lounge industry brunch kick for a while, and I went with the chicken on a biscuit route several times. My breakfast usually takes place at the restaurant in the morning when my early crew is testing new things." —Matt Drummond, executive chef of Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

"Starlite. You got the best hash brown, ever. EVER. Thank you, Suzi!" —Ashley Santos, sous chef at Trade

"Biscuits and gravy." —Marja Ferreira, beverage manager at Brew Cafe in District Hall

Trina's chicken on a biscuit/Instagram

30. Tupelo

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1193 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 868-0004
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"Anything at Tupelo. They put so much attention into every detail of every dish. It's not only the best brunch I've tried in Boston but anywhere I've lived or visited." —Jonathan Kopacz, executive chef of Brass Union

Tupelo's biscuits and gravy/Instagram

31. Union Square Donuts

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20 Bow St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 209-2257
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"My favorite breakfast dishes are sweet and on-the-go. It's a tie between the brown butter hazelnut doughnut from Union Square Donuts and the lavender biscuit — with a cappuccino — from 3 Little Figs." —Mary Ting Hyatt, baker/owner of Bagelsaurus

Union Square Doughnut's brown butter hazelnut doughnut/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

32. Village Cafe

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719 Washington St
Newton, MA 02458
(617) 581-6544
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"Steak and eggs." —Howard Haywood, executive chef of Olde Magoun's Saloon

33. Demet's Donuts

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199 Mystic Ave
Medford, MA 02155
(781) 395-8422
"The Xtreme Breakfast sandwich and a butternut doughnut from Demet's Donuts on Mystic Ave." —Joe Carli, chef at Posto
Demet's butternut doughnut/Twitter

34. The Druid

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1357 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-0965
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"I love the Irish Breakfast at the Druid in Cambridge. It’s so salty and rich all at once with so many things going on the plate. When I can get out for a Saturday or Sunday that I’m not cooking brunch, it’s my standard go-to." —Matthew Barre, executive chef of The Tap Trailhouse

The Druid's Irish breakfast/Daisy G. on Yelp

35. Tremont 647

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647 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 266-4600
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"Tremont 647 kills it with their home-made pop tarts." —Ashley Santos, sous chef at Trade

A Tremont 647 pop tart/Facebook

36. Audubon Boston

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838 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 421-1910
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"I can’t say enough about the barbecue pork hash at Audubon. It's a must — and one of my favorites if I have the time to go to brunch." —Jeremy Sewall, chef/partner of Lineage, Island Creek Oyster Bar, and Row 34

37. Eastern Standard

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528 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-9100
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"Quiche Alsacienne." —Marja Ferreira, beverage manager at Brew Cafe in District Hall

38. Buddy's Diner

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113 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 623-9725

"I don't do breakfast out too often. I love to cook eggs, and I love leftovers, so eggs and leftovers usually equal breakfast for me. But the perfect breakfast out for me is an egg on a bulkie roll with a breakfast sausage, always a patty, and really melty cheese. I probably cooked about 10,000 of these before I was sixteen. I don't want that all the time, but when i do...there's no substitute. I like to get mine at Buddy's, a diner just outside Union Square." —Josh Lewin, co-owner of Juliet

39. S&S Restaurant

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1334 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 354-0777
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"I go for a sandwich with salmon spread with cucumbers, capers, and red onions from S&S in Inman Square." —Katrina Jazayeri, co-owner of Juliet

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1. Brewer's Fork

7 Moulton St, Charlestown, MA 02129
Dude Bro/Instagram

"Dude Bro — Moody's pork roll, Fornax English muffin, American cheese, spicy ketchup, fried egg, duck fat home fries." —Joshua Smith, chef/owner of Moody's Delicatessen and The Backroom

7 Moulton St
Charlestown, MA 02129

2. Forge Baking Company

626 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
Forge's Toast Plate comes with choice of bread (or English muffin, pictured) and three toppings/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

"Toast at Forge Bakery. I grew up in Portugal with really great bread, and all I want in the morning is toast with lots of butter and strong coffee. Forge delivers both." —Ines Santos, general manager of The Salty Pig

626 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

3. Mike's City Diner

1714 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
Corned beef hash/Yelp

"Corned beef hash with poached eggs." —Jason Santos, chef/owner of Abby Lane and Back Bay Harry's

"The corned beef hash at Mike's City Diner is the best hash in the city, hands down." —Angela Lamb, general manager at Coda

"I love the home-made corned beef hash at Mike's Diner." —Nick Calias, executive chef of Brasserie Jo

1714 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

4. Mistral

223 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Rosemary ham and gruyere omelette/Provided

"I love Mistral's rosemary ham...it is one of my favorite parts of going there for brunch. Their rosemary ham and gruyere omelette is delicious." —Erica Keefe, executive chef of Five Horses Tavern (South End)

"The duck hash." —Mike Wyatt, general manager and beverage director of Ward 8

"Baked-to-order sticky buns at Mistral. So gooey and warm! It is often my birthday request to get sticky buns at Mistral." —Molly Hanson, executive pastry chef at Grill 23 & Bar and Post 390

"The classic benedict with smoked pork loin or the lemon poppy seed pancakes topped with ricotta at Mistral." —Salvatore Boscarino, co-owner of Pier 6

223 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116

5. Steel and Rye

95 Eliot St, Milton, MA 02186
Steel & Rye's carne asada con huevos/Provided

"Huevos rancheros." —Andy Husbands, chef/owner of The Smoke Shop (coming soon), Tremont 647, and Sister Sorel

95 Eliot St
Milton, MA 02186

6. 3 Little Figs

278 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
3 Little Fig's egg and feta sandwich/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

"I love the egg sandwiches at Three Little Figs!" —Joe Cassinelli, chef/owner of Alpine Restaurant Group (Posto, Osteria Posto, Painted Burro, Rosebud)

"My favorite breakfast dishes are sweet and on-the-go. It's a tie between the brown butter hazelnut doughnut from Union Square Donuts and the lavender biscuit — with a cappuccino — from 3 Little Figs." —Mary Ting Hyatt, baker/owner of Bagelsaurus

278 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

7. Abe & Louie's

793 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
Abe & Louie's steak and eggs/Fouad E. on Yelp

"Nothing starts my Sunday off better than the steak and eggs at Abe and Louie's." —Ben Weisberger, chef de cuisine of No. 9 Park

"I am obsessed with the bruleed grapefruit at Abe and Louie's." —Amanda McLaughlin, general manager of Tico

793 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

8. Angela's Café

131 Lexington St, East Boston, MA 02128
Angela's Cafe's chilaquiles with green sauce/Facebook

"The chilaquiles, half red, half green sauce." —Marga Raffucci, executive chef of Sorellina

 
131 Lexington St
East Boston, MA 02128

9. Ball Square Cafe

708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144