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Outstanding Breakfast Sandwiches Around Boston

Behold, some of the Boston area's most mouth-watering, all-in-one breakfasts: on croissants, on biscuits, on point — and available to go

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The breakfast sandwich at the Haven
| Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

As legend has it, the sandwich was born of a need for convenience, a desire to wrap a whole meal up into one simple, consumable vessel. This comes in especially handy in the morning — just grab one and eat on the go.

Here are some of the Boston area’s best options in the cheesy, eggy, perfect breakfast sandwich department.

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.

This map was originally published on February 19, 2016; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Goldilox Bagels

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186 Winthrop St
Medford, MA 02155

This two-year-old Medford bagel shop lets you build your own breakfast sandwich on a bagel — choose from various meats, spreads, and other classic bagel toppings. Also worth noting: The rosemary and salt bagel is the shop’s unofficial signature flavor. Get some Boston Chai Party chai to drink on the side.

The shop is currently open only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, takeout only, accepting online preorders throughout the week. (Walkups can sometimes be accommodated; keep an eye on Instagram for announcements about extra bagel availability.)

A rosemary and salt bagel sits on top of a wooden cutting board
A rosemary and salt bagel from Goldilox
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2. 3 Little Figs

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278 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 623-3447
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This peaceful spot in Somerville offers a bunch of sandwiches, including egg and egg-free options. On the egg side of things, there's a black pepper biscuit sandwich with scrambled egg, cheddar, and optional bacon, and an egg and feta sandwich with tomato and arugula on a brioche roll.

Currently open daily, limited hours, for pickup and outdoor seating. Order online.

A sandwich with thick bread, banana, and peanut butter is slice diagonally and stacked on a white plate with a dark rim. There’s a small slice of grapefruit on the plate, and a wooden floor is visible in the background.
The Lil Figgy sandwich at 3 Little Figs (not currently available)
An almond butter and banana sandwich on thick toasted bread sits on a white plate with a dark rim, garnished with a small grapefruit slice. A light wooden floor is visible in the background.

3. Bagelsaurus

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1796 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(857) 285-6103
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This former pop-up has mastered the bagel sandwich in all its forms: with eggs, with meats, with cheese, and with frequent specials. The Eggspañola comes with chunks of feta cheese, a medium egg, pimenton aioli, and parsley gremolata, and an added avocado pushes it over the edge. It’s served with a choice of bagel and great with an iced coffee in the summer (or whenever). For something a little meatier, there's a hot smoked salmon bagel sandwich with onion and fresh dill.

Currently open for takeout of sandwiches, dozens, and half dozens Tuesday through Sunday, with day-of online ordering (required). Bulk preorders can be placed via email with 48 hours of notice.

A hand holds a halved bagel sandwich in front of a white brick wall, showcasing the filling of almond butter, banana, honey, and bacon
The T-Rex at Bagelsaurus
Bagelsaurus [Official Photo]

4. Vinal Bakery

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222 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 718-0148
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Now at home in a storefront in Union Square, Sarah Murphy’s Vinal Bakery got its start as a pop-up at Bagelsaurus in Porter Square (see above.) Murphy’s English muffins and pastries gained a loyal following, and now she has a space of her own where she’s serving English muffin sandwiches, coffee, tea, and more. Try a Sam-I-Am with egg, garlicky spinach, and dijonnaise, or an American Classic with egg, American cheese, and salted butter.

Vinal is currently open for pickup Thursday through Monday; order online.

Overhead view of white rectangular plate sitting on a wooden table with a coffee cup on the right side. On the plate sits an open-face English muffin with criss-crossed bacon, tomato, and greens, alongside slices of peach, two raspberries, and a blueberry
Egg sandwich at Vinal Bakery
Vinal Bakery/Official Site

5. Sofra Bakery & Cafe

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1 Belmont St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-3161
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Little sibling to Oleana and Sarma, Sofra serves up a fun breakfast menu. Of particular note is the haloumi egg sandwich with feta butter (and optional bacon). Sugar-craving weekend visitors can follow up with pastries such as the tahini brown butter doughnut.

Sofra is currently open for takeout daily; order online.

6. 1369 Coffee House

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1369 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 576-1369
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With two locations in Cambridge, 1369 Coffee House offers the same menu at each. It has a few options for breakfast sandwiches, all of which are available on bagels (from Better Bagels), croissants, or sliced bread. The “spicy” sandwich packs a bit of heat, with jalapenos and chipotle aioli atop eggs with cheese. There’s another version that features arugula and pickled onions.

Both locations are currently open for takeout, with limited hours; order online.

7. Puritan Provisions at Puritan & Co.

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1166 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 615-6195
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Sunday brunch at Puritan & Co. is currently on pause, but the restaurant has added a takeout shop called Puritan Provisions next door. Its compact breakfast menu on Saturdays and Sundays includes an egg and cheese breakfast sandwich with a choice of pastrami, bacon, sausage, or broccoli rabe. (For a wider selection available all week, also visit Puritan’s brand new sibling, Café Beatrice, located across from Cambridge’s Lechmere MBTA station.)

Order online, or just show up.

Closeup of lox, cream cheese, and pickles on a sesame bagel
A breakfast sandwich from Puritan Provisions
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8. Clover Food Lab

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1326 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

For a quick breakfast, local vegetarian mini-chain Clover offers a popover sandwich, and it comes with a choice of an egg or roasted tempeh. Also inside: cheddar, tomatoes, fried leeks, and a bit of vegan mayo. It pairs exceptionally well with one of Clover's hot coffees or teas. Clover also serves a few other breakfast sandwiches, including a “sausage,” egg, and cheese on a pita, using the Impossible Burger meat substitute.

Clover is currently offering takeout from most locations (as well as “Clover at Home” meal box pickup and delivery). Order takeout online.

A popover stuffed with breakfast sandwich ingredients, presented on a white background.
Clover popover sandwich
Clover [Official Photo]

9. Flour Bakery + Cafe

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190 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 225-2525
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Fluffy eggs on an even fluffier bun are the hallmark of the breakfast sandwich from Flour, and depending on the day's preference, diners can get bacon or ham on the sandwich, along with cheddar, arugula, tomato, and dijonnaise. It's a hearty choice to start the day, but if it's hard to resist the pastry counter, take a sweet treat to go for later. Find Flour at nine locations around Cambridge and Boston.

Flour is offering pickup and delivery; order online. Delivery orders are fulfilled by Grubhub.

10. Tradesman Coffee Shop and Lounge

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58 Batterymarch St
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 348-1230
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A relative newcomer to downtown Boston, Tradesman has a nice lineup of breakfast sandwiches, including one served on a cheddar and chive biscuit with bacon, cheese, spinach, and a fried egg. (But save room for one of the over-the-top croissants, which come in flavors like birthday cake and red velvet.)

Tradesman is currently open for takeout.

Two halves of a breakfast sandwich stacked high on top of each other. Egg, meat, and greens are visible.
Breakfast sandwich from Tradesman
Tradesman [Official Photo]

11. Archie's New York Deli

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101 Arch St
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 330-5145
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This one’s a bit of a hidden gem in Downtown Crossing, but it’s no secret to those who work in the neighborhood. Archie’s is old-school — it serves breakfast all day, including the crowd-favorite “yahoo,” which consists of a fried egg with cheese, hash browns, and a choice of ham, bacon, or sausage on a Portuguese muffin. Archie’s is only open on weekday mornings/early afternoons.

Archie’s is currently offering takeout as well as third-party delivery.

Fried egg, bacon, and hash brown on a Portuguese muffin
The “yahoo” from Archie’s New York Deli
Archie’s New York Deli/Official Site

12. Pavement Coffeehouse

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736 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 277-8737
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See if the self-described “Boston’s best homemade bagels from scratch” live up to their description by stopping into this local chain for a tequila sunrise. No, not the drink, but a delightful bagel sandwich that comes with bacon, egg, diablo cream cheese, and pico de gallo. There's a vegan version as well. These sandwiches are available across all Pavement locations.

Pavement is currently open at all locations except Harvard Square. Place takeout orders online.

13. Mike & Patty's

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12 Church St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 423-3447
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Diners at this cozy nook can take in the picturesque Bay Village streets while eating a hefty breakfast torta, complete with two fried eggs, cheddar cheese, pickled jalapenos, potatoes, black beans, salsa, and a massive hunk of avocado, all wonderfully packaged on an Iggy's sesame roll. And if that's not enough food, there's an optional bacon addition. As a bonus, Mike & Patty’s also operates out of its Somerville sibling, Hot Box, on weekend mornings.

Order online for takeout and delivery.

A breakfast sandwich with fried eggs, cheese, black beans, salsa, and more. A glass of orange juice is visible on the side.
Breakfast torta at Mike & Patty’s
Mike & Patty’s/Official Site

14. Sally’s Sandwiches

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492 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(857) 449-0443
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A new-ish addition to the original Blackbird Doughnuts storefront on Tremont Street, Sally’s Sandwiches offers its breakfast sandwich all day. Served on a bulkie roll, it includes American cheese and a scrambled egg, with the optional additions of bacon, turkey, avocado, and/or mojo pork.

Sally’s Sandwiches is currently open for takeout and delivery; order online.

15. Dudley Cafe

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15 Warren St
Boston, MA 02119
(617) 445-1000
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Head to this Dudley spot, which functions as a cafe and a creative community center (it offers its space to artists, musicians, and other creatives in non-COVID times), for the Roxbury Deluxe — bacon, egg, cheddar, sauteed spinach, and seasonal fruit jam on an English muffin.

Dudley Cafe is currently open for takeout, as well as third-party delivery on the major platforms. There is also a bit of outdoor seating available.

16. The Haven

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2 Perkins St
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 524-2836
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Those seeking Scottish cuisine on the weekends can head to JP and enjoy the Haven's breakfast sandwich: a spread of fried egg, Lorne-style sausage, tattie (potato) scone, Cotswold cheese, and pickle sauce on brioche. If that’s not enough, it all comes with a side of baked beans. This is Boston, after all.

The Haven is currently open for takeout (order online), as well as indoor and outdoor dining.

Breakfast sandwich with meat and greens, topped with an egg
The breakfast sandwich at the Haven
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17. Rox Diner

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1881 Centre St
West Roxbury, MA 02132
(617) 327-1909
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Hungry diners in West Roxbury can choose from a whole lineup of breakfast sandwiches at Rox Diner. One option is "one heck of a breakfast sandwich” — that’s its name — stuffed full of mozzarella cheese, bacon, egg, and tomato and served on a grilled brioche bun. For a taste of Ireland, there’s another egg sandwich with bangers and rashers (bacon and sausage) plus the optional addition of white or black pudding (blood sausage).

Currently open for takeout, as well as third-party delivery on several platforms.

18. Greenhills Irish Bakery

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780 Adams St
Dorchester, MA 02124
(617) 825-8187
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In addition to full Irish breakfasts, this bakery in Dorchester serves breakfast rolls filled with sausage; croissant sandwiches; and a mega sandwich that features bacon, Irish sausage, white and black pudding, and a fried egg on a roll.

Currently open for takeout and delivery.

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1. Goldilox Bagels

186 Winthrop St, Medford, MA 02155
A rosemary and salt bagel sits on top of a wooden cutting board
A rosemary and salt bagel from Goldilox
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This two-year-old Medford bagel shop lets you build your own breakfast sandwich on a bagel — choose from various meats, spreads, and other classic bagel toppings. Also worth noting: The rosemary and salt bagel is the shop’s unofficial signature flavor. Get some Boston Chai Party chai to drink on the side.

The shop is currently open only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, takeout only, accepting online preorders throughout the week. (Walkups can sometimes be accommodated; keep an eye on Instagram for announcements about extra bagel availability.)

186 Winthrop St
Medford, MA 02155

2. 3 Little Figs

278 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
A sandwich with thick bread, banana, and peanut butter is slice diagonally and stacked on a white plate with a dark rim. There’s a small slice of grapefruit on the plate, and a wooden floor is visible in the background.
The Lil Figgy sandwich at 3 Little Figs (not currently available)
An almond butter and banana sandwich on thick toasted bread sits on a white plate with a dark rim, garnished with a small grapefruit slice. A light wooden floor is visible in the background.

This peaceful spot in Somerville offers a bunch of sandwiches, including egg and egg-free options. On the egg side of things, there's a black pepper biscuit sandwich with scrambled egg, cheddar, and optional bacon, and an egg and feta sandwich with tomato and arugula on a brioche roll.

Currently open daily, limited hours, for pickup and outdoor seating. Order online.

278 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

3. Bagelsaurus

1796 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
A hand holds a halved bagel sandwich in front of a white brick wall, showcasing the filling of almond butter, banana, honey, and bacon
The T-Rex at Bagelsaurus
Bagelsaurus [Official Photo]

This former pop-up has mastered the bagel sandwich in all its forms: with eggs, with meats, with cheese, and with frequent specials. The Eggspañola comes with chunks of feta cheese, a medium egg, pimenton aioli, and parsley gremolata, and an added avocado pushes it over the edge. It’s served with a choice of bagel and great with an iced coffee in the summer (or whenever). For something a little meatier, there's a hot smoked salmon bagel sandwich with onion and fresh dill.

Currently open for takeout of sandwiches, dozens, and half dozens Tuesday through Sunday, with day-of online ordering (required). Bulk preorders can be placed via email with 48 hours of notice.

1796 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

4. Vinal Bakery

222 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
Overhead view of white rectangular plate sitting on a wooden table with a coffee cup on the right side. On the plate sits an open-face English muffin with criss-crossed bacon, tomato, and greens, alongside slices of peach, two raspberries, and a blueberry
Egg sandwich at Vinal Bakery
Vinal Bakery/Official Site

Now at home in a storefront in Union Square, Sarah Murphy’s Vinal Bakery got its start as a pop-up at Bagelsaurus in Porter Square (see above.) Murphy’s English muffins and pastries gained a loyal following, and now she has a space of her own where she’s serving English muffin sandwiches, coffee, tea, and more. Try a Sam-I-Am with egg, garlicky spinach, and dijonnaise, or an American Classic with egg, American cheese, and salted butter.

Vinal is currently open for pickup Thursday through Monday; order online.

222 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

5. Sofra Bakery & Cafe

1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Little sibling to Oleana and Sarma, Sofra serves up a fun breakfast menu. Of particular note is the haloumi egg sandwich with feta butter (and optional bacon). Sugar-craving weekend visitors can follow up with pastries such as the tahini brown butter doughnut.

Sofra is currently open for takeout daily; order online.

1 Belmont St
Cambridge, MA 02138

6. 1369 Coffee House

1369 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

With two locations in Cambridge, 1369 Coffee House offers the same menu at each. It has a few options for breakfast sandwiches, all of which are available on bagels (from Better Bagels), croissants, or sliced bread. The “spicy” sandwich packs a bit of heat, with jalapenos and chipotle aioli atop eggs with cheese. There’s another version that features arugula and pickled onions.

Both locations are currently open for takeout, with limited hours; order online.

1369 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

7. Puritan Provisions at Puritan & Co.

1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139
Closeup of lox, cream cheese, and pickles on a sesame bagel
A breakfast sandwich from Puritan Provisions
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Sunday brunch at Puritan & Co. is currently on pause, but the restaurant has added a takeout shop called Puritan Provisions next door. Its compact breakfast menu on Saturdays and Sundays includes an egg and cheese breakfast sandwich with a choice of pastrami, bacon, sausage, or broccoli rabe. (For a wider selection available all week, also visit Puritan’s brand new sibling, Café Beatrice, located across from Cambridge’s Lechmere MBTA station.)

Order online, or just show up.

1166 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

8. Clover Food Lab

1326 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
A popover stuffed with breakfast sandwich ingredients, presented on a white background.
Clover popover sandwich
Clover [Official Photo]

For a quick breakfast, local vegetarian mini-chain Clover offers a popover sandwich, and it comes with a choice of an egg or roasted tempeh. Also inside: cheddar, tomatoes, fried leeks, and a bit of vegan mayo. It pairs exceptionally well with one of Clover's hot coffees or teas. Clover also serves a few other breakfast sandwiches, including a “sausage,” egg, and cheese on a pita, using the Impossible Burger meat substitute.

Clover is currently offering takeout from most locations (as well as “Clover at Home” meal box pickup and delivery). Order takeout online.

1326 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

9. Flour Bakery + Cafe

190 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

Fluffy eggs on an even fluffier bun are the hallmark of the breakfast sandwich from Flour, and depending on the day's preference, diners can get bacon or ham on the sandwich, along with cheddar, arugula, tomato, and dijonnaise. It's a hearty choice to start the day, but if it's hard to resist the pastry counter, take a sweet treat to go for later. Find Flour at nine locations around Cambridge and Boston.

Flour is offering pickup and delivery; order online. Delivery orders are fulfilled by Grubhub.

190 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

10. Tradesman Coffee Shop and Lounge

58 Batterymarch St, Boston, MA 02110
Two halves of a breakfast sandwich stacked high on top of each other. Egg, meat, and greens are visible.
Breakfast sandwich from Tradesman
Tradesman [Official Photo]

A relative newcomer to downtown Boston, Tradesman has a nice lineup of breakfast sandwiches, including one served on a cheddar and chive biscuit with bacon, cheese, spinach, and a fried egg. (But save room for one of the over-the-top croissants, which come in flavors like birthday cake and red velvet.)

Tradesman is currently open for takeout.

58 Batterymarch St
Boston, MA 02110

11. Archie's New York Deli

101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110
Fried egg, bacon, and hash brown on a Portuguese muffin
The “yahoo” from Archie’s New York Deli
Archie’s New York Deli/Official Site

This one’s a bit of a hidden gem in Downtown Crossing, but it’s no secret to those who work in the neighborhood. Archie’s is old-school — it serves breakfast all day, including the crowd-favorite “yahoo,” which consists of a fried egg with cheese, hash browns, and a choice of ham, bacon, or sausage on a Portuguese muffin. Archie’s is only open on weekday mornings/early afternoons.

Archie’s is currently offering takeout as well as third-party delivery.

101 Arch St
Boston, MA 02110

12. Pavement Coffeehouse

736 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

See if the self-described “Boston’s best homemade bagels from scratch” live up to their description by stopping into this local chain for a tequila sunrise. No, not the drink, but a delightful bagel sandwich that comes with bacon, egg, diablo cream cheese, and pico de gallo. There's a vegan version as well. These sandwiches are available across all Pavement locations.

Pavement is currently open at all locations except Harvard Square. Place takeout orders online.

736 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

13. Mike & Patty's

12 Church St, Boston, MA 02116
A breakfast sandwich with fried eggs, cheese, black beans, salsa, and more. A glass of orange juice is visible on the side.
Breakfast torta at Mike & Patty’s
Mike & Patty’s/Official Site

Diners at this cozy nook can take in the picturesque Bay Village streets while eating a hefty breakfast torta, complete with two fried eggs, cheddar cheese, pickled jalapenos, potatoes, black beans, salsa, and a massive hunk of avocado, all wonderfully packaged on an Iggy's sesame roll. And if that's not enough food, there's an optional bacon addition. As a bonus, Mike & Patty’s also operates out of its Somerville sibling, Hot Box, on weekend mornings.

Order online for takeout and delivery.

12 Church St
Boston, MA 02116

14. Sally’s Sandwiches

492 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

A new-ish addition to the original Blackbird Doughnuts storefront on Tremont Street, Sally’s Sandwiches offers its breakfast sandwich all day. Served on a bulkie roll, it includes American cheese and a scrambled egg, with the optional additions of bacon, turkey, avocado, and/or mojo pork.

Sally’s Sandwiches is currently open for takeout and delivery; order online.

492 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

15. Dudley Cafe

15 Warren St, Boston, MA 02119

Head to this Dudley spot, which functions as a cafe and a creative community center (it offers its space to artists, musicians, and other creatives in non-COVID times), for the Roxbury Deluxe — bacon, egg, cheddar, sauteed spinach, and seasonal fruit jam on an English muffin.

Dudley Cafe is currently open for takeout, as well as third-party delivery on the major platforms. There is also a bit of outdoor seating available.

15 Warren St
Boston, MA 02119

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16. The Haven

2 Perkins St, Boston, MA 02130
Breakfast sandwich with meat and greens, topped with an egg
The breakfast sandwich at the Haven
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Those seeking Scottish cuisine on the weekends can head to JP and enjoy the Haven's breakfast sandwich: a spread of fried egg, Lorne-style sausage, tattie (potato) scone, Cotswold cheese, and pickle sauce on brioche. If that’s not enough, it all comes with a side of baked beans. This is Boston, after all.

The Haven is currently open for takeout (order online), as well as indoor and outdoor dining.

2 Perkins St
Boston, MA 02130

17. Rox Diner

1881 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA 02132

Hungry diners in West Roxbury can choose from a whole lineup of breakfast sandwiches at Rox Diner. One option is "one heck of a breakfast sandwich” — that’s its name — stuffed full of mozzarella cheese, bacon, egg, and tomato and served on a grilled brioche bun. For a taste of Ireland, there’s another egg sandwich with bangers and rashers (bacon and sausage) plus the optional addition of white or black pudding (blood sausage).

Currently open for takeout, as well as third-party delivery on several platforms.

1881 Centre St
West Roxbury, MA 02132

18. Greenhills Irish Bakery

780 Adams St, Dorchester, MA 02124

In addition to full Irish breakfasts, this bakery in Dorchester serves breakfast rolls filled with sausage; croissant sandwiches; and a mega sandwich that features bacon, Irish sausage, white and black pudding, and a fried egg on a roll.

Currently open for takeout and delivery.

780 Adams St
Dorchester, MA 02124

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