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Eight Filling Breakfast and Brunch Finds in Dorchester

From vegan pancakes to eggs in purgatory, here are eight generous ways to start the day

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The brunch spread at Lucy’s
| Lucy’s American Tavern [Official Photo}

Dinner gets so much love, but how about breakfast and brunch? Whether you’re looking to dive into stacks of pancakes or shrimp and grits with a beermosa on the side, Boston’s largest neighborhood of Dorchester has lots to offer when it comes to the first meal of the day. Here are eight favorite spots to kickstart a delicious day.

Please note that a number of Boston-area restaurants have resumed dine-in service, and the level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.

Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. M&M BBQ

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1250 Massachusetts Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125
(617) 307-7674
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On the first and third Sundays of the month, diners can treat themselves to the brunch-meets-barbecue fare from Dorchester Brewing Company’s resident restaurant. The recently launched brunch menu delights with sausage gravy to soak up with buttermilk biscuits, along with mini egg muffins with bacon, cheese, and scallions, and classic buttered grits with shrimp. Book one of the beer flights, with “beermosas” and more, made with DBCo’s brews. 

M&M BBQ, located within Dorchester Brewing Company, is open for indoor and outdoor dining. Takeout orders may be placed online and via telephone.

Several plates of biscuits and gravy and several plates of shrimp and grits line the silver counter inside a professional kitchen. A server’s hand reaches for one of them.
The biscuits and gravy and shrimp and grits brunch dishes at M&M BBQ
M&M BBQ [Official Photo]

2. Harp & Bard

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1099 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125
(617) 265-2893
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Harp & Bard is here with another reason to celebrate Friday, with its upcoming launch of Friday brunch in addition to the usual Saturday and Sunday servings. With a focus on homestyle favorites and creative spins on sweet and savory offerings, the restaurant offers enormous pancakes with whipped butter, maple syrup, and fruit. The breakfast pizza is also a popular option, and the bangers and eggs is a chance to taste of bit of Irish cuisine this side of the Atlantic. 

Harp & Bard is open for indoor and outdoor seating, with patio seating available on a reservation basis. Takeout orders are accepted by phone.

Closeup photo of a fried chicken sandwich where the bread is made of waffle. The plate is filled with home fries, too. A brick wall is visible in the background.
The fried chicken and waffle sandwich with home fries
Harp & Bard [Official Photo]

3. Honeycomb Cafe

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107-109 Savin Hill Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125
(617) 282-5400
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Tucked right by the Savin Hill T stop, this coffee shop owned by Dorchester couple Lara and Nicole Miele offers bold cups of coffee and bites to grab on morning commutes, like a classic breakfast sandwich with fried egg. Check out the Pop, Lox & Drop It sandwich, too, which features your choice of bagel (the multi-seed is the best) topped with scallion and dill cream cheese, cucumber, tomato, and slivers of smoked salmon. 

Honeycomb is open for takeout via phone, as well as takeout and delivery via ChowNow.

4. dbar

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1236 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125
(617) 265-4490
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Favorite Dot spot Dbar beckons with an art-filled, heated, covered patio and two new solariums, plus a comforting weekend brunch. Dishes dance from the decadent — the monster sticky bun with optional vanilla ice cream (go head and spring for it) — to the standard brunch bites of huevos rancheros and eggs served with home fries, toast, and bacon or avocado. Plus, the passion fruit cosmo is enough of a reason to roll out of bed on a lazy Sunday. 

Dbar is open for indoor and outdoor seating. Takeout is offered via telephone, with delivery offered through Grubhub.

5. Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor

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340 Washington St
Boston, MA 02121
(617) 237-9033
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Looking for meatless meals? Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor specializes in flavorful vegan cuisine, and its breakfast fare is no exception. Stop in for giant fluffy vegan pancakes served with home fries and vegan “sausage.” You also can’t go wrong with the breakfast box, with a vegan English muffin, spinach, and turmeric home fries. 

Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor is open for indoor dining and takeout, with delivery offered via Postmates and Grubhub.

6. Zia Gianna

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1739 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02124
(617) 436-2368
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Consider this bright spot as your chance to sample brunch by way of Messina — the Sicilian city that chef and owner Nino Barbalace calls home. The evocatively named eggs in purgatory features eggs, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and pesto cooked in a cast iron skillet.

“In Naples this dish is called “ova ‘mpriatorio” because the white of the eggs in the middle of the red of the tomato sauce reminds people of images of souls engulfed in flames,” Barbalace says. His latest offering is a meatball and frittata version of the traditional Sicilian dish called “sciusceddu,” which features eggs, parmesan, ricotta, meatballs, and sage.

Zia Gianna is open for indoor dining and takeout by calling the restaurant.

A brunch dish includes a small cast iron skillet of eggs in a tomato sauce next to a white cup of home fries as well as toasted bread and thinly sliced Italian ham
The eggs in purgatory at Zia Gianna, featuring eggs, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and pesto cooked in a cast iron skillet, with bread for dipping.
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7. Taste Of Eden

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38 Norfolk St
Boston, MA 02124
(617) 282-0077
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Dishing out Jamaican and American — or “Jamerican” — cuisine, Taste of Eden offers plenty of options for those looking for classic American dishes or flavorful Jamaican breakfast fare. American breakfast options range from pancakes to egg and cheese sandwiches on buttery, house-made coco bread, while Jamaican offerings sing with fried dumplings, seafood, and callaloo, or leafy amaranth greens. 

Taste of Eden is open for takeout via telephone and online ordering, with delivery offered via DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats.

8. Lucy's American Tavern

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13 Granite Ave
Dorchester, MA 02124
(617) 326-6677
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This Adam’s Village New American favorite hangout dishes scratch-made pub favorites, like stacked burgers and house-smoked meats. Its same creativity spills over into weekend brunch, for breakfast egg rolls with scrambled eggs, shaved steak, Vermont cheddar, plus peppers and onion, along with sweet send-ups of fried chicken paired with sweet potato waffles and peach compote. You don’t need to have overindulged the night before to dive into Lucy’s hangover skillet, either, which serves two overeasy eggs with corned beef, sausage gravy, home fries, and a biscuit. 

Lucy’s is open for indoor dining, with takeout orders accepted by phone.

Overhead view of a wooden table covered with several dishes of brunch food and cocktails
Steak and eggs, the country benny, and chicken and waffles at Lucy’s American Tavern, along with brunch cocktails
Lucy’s American Tavern [Official Photo]

1. M&M BBQ

1250 Massachusetts Ave, Dorchester, MA 02125
Several plates of biscuits and gravy and several plates of shrimp and grits line the silver counter inside a professional kitchen. A server’s hand reaches for one of them.
The biscuits and gravy and shrimp and grits brunch dishes at M&M BBQ
M&M BBQ [Official Photo]

On the first and third Sundays of the month, diners can treat themselves to the brunch-meets-barbecue fare from Dorchester Brewing Company’s resident restaurant. The recently launched brunch menu delights with sausage gravy to soak up with buttermilk biscuits, along with mini egg muffins with bacon, cheese, and scallions, and classic buttered grits with shrimp. Book one of the beer flights, with “beermosas” and more, made with DBCo’s brews. 

M&M BBQ, located within Dorchester Brewing Company, is open for indoor and outdoor dining. Takeout orders may be placed online and via telephone.

1250 Massachusetts Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125

2. Harp & Bard

1099 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02125
Closeup photo of a fried chicken sandwich where the bread is made of waffle. The plate is filled with home fries, too. A brick wall is visible in the background.
The fried chicken and waffle sandwich with home fries
Harp & Bard [Official Photo]

Harp & Bard is here with another reason to celebrate Friday, with its upcoming launch of Friday brunch in addition to the usual Saturday and Sunday servings. With a focus on homestyle favorites and creative spins on sweet and savory offerings, the restaurant offers enormous pancakes with whipped butter, maple syrup, and fruit. The breakfast pizza is also a popular option, and the bangers and eggs is a chance to taste of bit of Irish cuisine this side of the Atlantic. 

Harp & Bard is open for indoor and outdoor seating, with patio seating available on a reservation basis. Takeout orders are accepted by phone.

1099 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125

3. Honeycomb Cafe

107-109 Savin Hill Ave, Dorchester, MA 02125

Tucked right by the Savin Hill T stop, this coffee shop owned by Dorchester couple Lara and Nicole Miele offers bold cups of coffee and bites to grab on morning commutes, like a classic breakfast sandwich with fried egg. Check out the Pop, Lox & Drop It sandwich, too, which features your choice of bagel (the multi-seed is the best) topped with scallion and dill cream cheese, cucumber, tomato, and slivers of smoked salmon. 

Honeycomb is open for takeout via phone, as well as takeout and delivery via ChowNow.

107-109 Savin Hill Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125

4. dbar

1236 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02125

Favorite Dot spot Dbar beckons with an art-filled, heated, covered patio and two new solariums, plus a comforting weekend brunch. Dishes dance from the decadent — the monster sticky bun with optional vanilla ice cream (go head and spring for it) — to the standard brunch bites of huevos rancheros and eggs served with home fries, toast, and bacon or avocado. Plus, the passion fruit cosmo is enough of a reason to roll out of bed on a lazy Sunday. 

Dbar is open for indoor and outdoor seating. Takeout is offered via telephone, with delivery offered through Grubhub.

1236 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125

5. Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor

340 Washington St, Boston, MA 02121

Looking for meatless meals? Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor specializes in flavorful vegan cuisine, and its breakfast fare is no exception. Stop in for giant fluffy vegan pancakes served with home fries and vegan “sausage.” You also can’t go wrong with the breakfast box, with a vegan English muffin, spinach, and turmeric home fries. 

Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor is open for indoor dining and takeout, with delivery offered via Postmates and Grubhub.

340 Washington St
Boston, MA 02121

6. Zia Gianna

1739 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124
A brunch dish includes a small cast iron skillet of eggs in a tomato sauce next to a white cup of home fries as well as toasted bread and thinly sliced Italian ham
The eggs in purgatory at Zia Gianna, featuring eggs, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and pesto cooked in a cast iron skillet, with bread for dipping.
Zia Gianna [Official Photo]

Consider this bright spot as your chance to sample brunch by way of Messina — the Sicilian city that chef and owner Nino Barbalace calls home. The evocatively named eggs in purgatory features eggs, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and pesto cooked in a cast iron skillet.

“In Naples this dish is called “ova ‘mpriatorio” because the white of the eggs in the middle of the red of the tomato sauce reminds people of images of souls engulfed in flames,” Barbalace says. His latest offering is a meatball and frittata version of the traditional Sicilian dish called “sciusceddu,” which features eggs, parmesan, ricotta, meatballs, and sage.

Zia Gianna is open for indoor dining and takeout by calling the restaurant.

1739 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02124

7. Taste Of Eden

38 Norfolk St, Boston, MA 02124

Dishing out Jamaican and American — or “Jamerican” — cuisine, Taste of Eden offers plenty of options for those looking for classic American dishes or flavorful Jamaican breakfast fare. American breakfast options range from pancakes to egg and cheese sandwiches on buttery, house-made coco bread, while Jamaican offerings sing with fried dumplings, seafood, and callaloo, or leafy amaranth greens. 

Taste of Eden is open for takeout via telephone and online ordering, with delivery offered via DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats.

38 Norfolk St
Boston, MA 02124

8. Lucy's American Tavern

13 Granite Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124
Overhead view of a wooden table covered with several dishes of brunch food and cocktails
Steak and eggs, the country benny, and chicken and waffles at Lucy’s American Tavern, along with brunch cocktails
Lucy’s American Tavern [Official Photo]

This Adam’s Village New American favorite hangout dishes scratch-made pub favorites, like stacked burgers and house-smoked meats. Its same creativity spills over into weekend brunch, for breakfast egg rolls with scrambled eggs, shaved steak, Vermont cheddar, plus peppers and onion, along with sweet send-ups of fried chicken paired with sweet potato waffles and peach compote. You don’t need to have overindulged the night before to dive into Lucy’s hangover skillet, either, which serves two overeasy eggs with corned beef, sausage gravy, home fries, and a biscuit. 

Lucy’s is open for indoor dining, with takeout orders accepted by phone.

13 Granite Ave
Dorchester, MA 02124

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