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Shakshuka at Anoush’ella
Shakshuka at Anoush’ella
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19 Splendid Shakshuka Options Around Boston

Start the day off right with a spicy poached egg and tomato dish

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Shakshuka at Anoush’ella
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The timeline of shakshuka is a long and winding one. While most agree that its precursor, a meat-and-vegetable stew, dates all the way back to the Ottoman Empire, the roots of its modern egg-and-tomato-centric form can be traced in various directions — to Tunisia, to Morocco, to Yemen, and beyond. Whatever its exact origin story, the dish has long been a staple throughout the Middle East.

In the Boston area, it has landed on numerous menus over the years, especially brunch menus, and not just at Middle Eastern restaurants. While there are many regional variations, its base form typically includes eggs poached (or scrambled) in a tomato sauce that may include peppers, onions, and a variety of spices. Some shakshuka dishes are spicy, some include meat, some are topped with cheese or yogurt. Whichever version you find, it makes for a hearty way to start (or end) the day.

Here are 19 excellently eggy examples to try throughout the Boston area.

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Five Horses Tavern

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At the Somerville location of Five Horses Tavern (but not at its younger sibling in the South End), shakshuka is on both the brunch and the dinner menu, featuring a Moroccan lamb merguez ragout that has a bit of a kick to it, along with harissa, poached egg, crispy haloumi cheese, green chile sauce, and grilled flatbread on the side.

Shakshuka at Five Horses Tavern (Somerville location)
Shakshuka at Five Horses Tavern (Somerville location)
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Urban Hearth

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Urban Hearth debuted as a catering company back in 2003, ultimately landing a Cambridge storefront in late 2016 that started out as a cafe by day and a supper club by night, featuring communal dining and a prix fixe menu. In mid-2018, the restaurant phased out cafe service, expanded dinner to include a la carte as well as prix fixe options, and added a weekend brunch. That’s when the shakshuka comes out to play (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday): eggs with tomatoes, peppers, and feta, served with simple greens or roasted roots.

Shakshuka at Urban Hearth
Shakshuka at Urban Hearth
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Broadsheet Coffee Roasters

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Broadsheet Coffee Roasters, home of cheesy Georgian egg boats (khachapuri), serves shakshuka until 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday: poached eggs in a roasted red pepper tomato sauce with feta, cumin, parsley, and a side of bread.

Shakshuka at Broadsheet Coffee Roasters
Shakshuka at Broadsheet Coffee Roasters
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Seta's Cafe

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Open for about five years, this popular Mediterranean cafe in Belmont keeps its shakshuka on the simple side, showcasing the eggs in a spicy tomato sauce. It’s available during brunch, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Shakshuka at Seta’s Cafe
Shakshuka at Seta’s Cafe
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Sofra Bakery & Cafe

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This sibling to Oleana and Sarma serves beautiful pastries, meze, savory pies, and lots more. Available on the breakfast menu (served until 11 a.m. weekdays and 3 p.m. weekends), the shakshuka is made with poached eggs, a tomato-curry broth, zhug (a Yemeni green hot sauce), and crumbs. Order it without crumbs and pita for a gluten-free, dairy-free option.

Shakshuka at Sofra
Shakshuka at Sofra
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This cozy Inman Square gem focuses on Eastern Mediterranean meze, featuring dishes like a platter of dips, pickles, and olives; chicken bastilla; and monkfish with preserved lemon. At brunch, served on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there’s shakshuka tagine — poached eggs, tomatoes, chile peppers, parlsey, cumin, and the optional addition of ground lamb.

Shakshuka tagine at Moona
Shakshuka tagine at Moona
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Our Fathers

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This fairly new addition to Lower Allston is comprised of a takeout Jewish deli on one side and a full-service modern Israeli restaurant and gin-focused bar on the other. The shakshuka makes an appearance on the weekend brunch menu, served Saturday and Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., featuring baked and stewed tomatoes with eggs, peppers, spices, feta, zhug, and challah.

Shakshuka at Our Fathers
Shakshuka at Our Fathers
Wayne Earl Chinnock

Branch Line

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Branch Line is best known for its rotisserie chicken (and great beer list), but it also has a solid shakshuka hiding on its weekend brunch menu, packed with spicy tomato and spinach, with grilled bread on the side. Better order the sugar snap pea salad, too. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Shakshuka at Branch Line
Shakshuka at Branch Line
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Inna's Kitchen at Boston Public Market

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Inna’s Kitchen — a Boston Public Market vendor that was originally located in Newton and recently opened a different location in Newton — serves Jewish cuisine, from knishes to latkes. There’s shakshuka (poached eggs, tomatoes, sweet peppers, onions, and spices, with zhug and pita on the side, plus optional additions of avocado, feta, or both), and there are also “shakalatkas” (eggs over latkes with shakshuka sauce, feta, sour cream with zatar, and zhug).

Shakshuka at Inna’s Kitchen
Shakshuka at Inna’s Kitchen
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Outlook Kitchen at the Envoy Hotel

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At the Envoy’s restaurant, Outlook Kitchen, brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. On a menu that includes everything from bourbon baked french toast and salted chocolate pancakes to a lobster roll and a burger, there’s also shakshuka, made with baked eggs, a spiced tomato sauce, feta, and sourdough.

Shakshuka at Outlook Kitchen
Shakshuka at Outlook Kitchen
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Committee

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This bustling Greek restaurant in the Seaport District serves a jumbo-sized shakshuka (meant for two or more diners), consisting of eggs baked in a pan of spiced tomato sauce with peppers, onions, feta, and pita. It’s available at brunch, which is served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Shakshuka at Committee
Shakshuka at Committee
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Cafe Landwer

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Israeli chain Cafe Landwer opened its first two United States locations in Boston — one in the Audubon Circle section of Fenway and one in the Cleveland Circle section of Brighton. The restaurant’s menu is extensive, including everything from pizza to schnitzel to milkshakes, and there are four shakshuka options, each of which comes with a side of challah or multigrain bread. All start with a base of poached eggs, spiced tomato sauce, tahini, and labneh, while the Mediterranean, haloumi, and green options add on various ingredients.

Shakshuka at Cafe Landwer
Shakshuka at Cafe Landwer
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Tatte Bakery & Cafe

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Founded in 2008 in Brookline (at the location of this map point), Tatte now has 11 locations around the Boston area, with at least one more in the works. The bakery and cafe chain has a few different shakshuka dishes available on its all-day menu (and on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all-day brunch menu), all served with toasted challah. The standard option includes tomato sauce, bell peppers, eggs, feta, and parsley, but there’s also a lamb meatball and labneh version and a rotating seasonal version, which currently includes a tomato bell pepper sauce, roasted potatoes, chickpeas, onions, labneh, and cilantro sauce.

Shakshuka at Tatte
Shakshuka at Tatte
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Beehive Restaurant

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At the Beehive in the South End, live music — especially jazz — is the main attraction, but don’t miss the shakshuka at brunch, made with poached eggs, tomato sauce, polenta, and toast, with the optional addition of merguez spiced lamb. Brunch runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with music from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Shakshuka at the Beehive
Shakshuka at the Beehive
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Area Four

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While Area Four built its reputation serving wood-fired pizza, there’s a lot more on the menu, especially at the restaurant’s South End offshoot. During brunch (10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday), there’s a shakshuka made with baked eggs, roasted peppers, and cilantro harissa.

Shakshuka at Area Four (South End location)
Shakshuka at Area Four (South End location)
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Tapestry

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Go to the “expo kitchen” side of Tapestry for pizza and bar snacks — and weekend brunch, taking place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (The other side of the restaurant, the “club room,” has a fancier vibe and doesn’t serve brunch.) The Tapestry brunch menu includes a green shakshuka — greens, tomatillos, olives, pepitas, and toast.

The green shakshuka at Tapestry
The green shakshuka at Tapestry
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In early 2019, this South End restaurant added brunch service, and it deviates a bit from the dinnertime Italian theme, although Italy still peeks through. There’s the “spicy shrimp ‘n’ kinda grits,” for example, made with arborio porridge, and an egg and cheese bagel sandwich that optionally comes with prosciutto. As for the shakshuka, it’s “all’amatriciana” — which typically includes guanciale and cheese — and comes with a coddled egg and toasted bread.

An oval dish of shakshuka all’amatriciana, with some other brunch dishes visible in the background
Shakshuka all’amatriciana at Mida
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Anoush'ella

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This casual South End spot focuses on rolled flatbreads called man’oushe that are baked on a special oven, but the weekend brunch menu also includes two shakshuka options. The standard comes with a poached egg, crushed tomatoes, onions, spices, black olives, and cilantro, while the labneh shakshuka includes garlic labneh, mint, spicy olive oil, Armenian salad, black olives, pickled turnips, and zhug.

Labne shakshuka at Anoush’ella
Labne shakshuka at Anoush’ella
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Milkweed

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From the team behind Dorchester’s Blarney Stone, Milkweed is a cheery neighborhood restaurant in Mission Hill, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Available on both the breakfast and dinner menus, the shakshuka features tomato sauce, sweet cherry peppers, feta, scallions, challah, and a choice of meatballs or falafel.

Shakshuka at Milkweed
Shakshuka at Milkweed
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Five Horses Tavern

Shakshuka at Five Horses Tavern (Somerville location)
Shakshuka at Five Horses Tavern (Somerville location)
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

At the Somerville location of Five Horses Tavern (but not at its younger sibling in the South End), shakshuka is on both the brunch and the dinner menu, featuring a Moroccan lamb merguez ragout that has a bit of a kick to it, along with harissa, poached egg, crispy haloumi cheese, green chile sauce, and grilled flatbread on the side.

Shakshuka at Five Horses Tavern (Somerville location)
Shakshuka at Five Horses Tavern (Somerville location)
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Urban Hearth

Shakshuka at Urban Hearth
Shakshuka at Urban Hearth
Urban Hearth/Facebook

Urban Hearth debuted as a catering company back in 2003, ultimately landing a Cambridge storefront in late 2016 that started out as a cafe by day and a supper club by night, featuring communal dining and a prix fixe menu. In mid-2018, the restaurant phased out cafe service, expanded dinner to include a la carte as well as prix fixe options, and added a weekend brunch. That’s when the shakshuka comes out to play (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday): eggs with tomatoes, peppers, and feta, served with simple greens or roasted roots.

Shakshuka at Urban Hearth
Shakshuka at Urban Hearth
Urban Hearth/Facebook

Broadsheet Coffee Roasters

Shakshuka at Broadsheet Coffee Roasters
Shakshuka at Broadsheet Coffee Roasters
Broadsheet Coffee Roasters/Instagram

Broadsheet Coffee Roasters, home of cheesy Georgian egg boats (khachapuri), serves shakshuka until 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday: poached eggs in a roasted red pepper tomato sauce with feta, cumin, parsley, and a side of bread.

Shakshuka at Broadsheet Coffee Roasters
Shakshuka at Broadsheet Coffee Roasters
Broadsheet Coffee Roasters/Instagram

Seta's Cafe

Shakshuka at Seta’s Cafe
Shakshuka at Seta’s Cafe
Seta’s Cafe/Facebook

Open for about five years, this popular Mediterranean cafe in Belmont keeps its shakshuka on the simple side, showcasing the eggs in a spicy tomato sauce. It’s available during brunch, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Shakshuka at Seta’s Cafe
Shakshuka at Seta’s Cafe
Seta’s Cafe/Facebook

Sofra Bakery & Cafe

Shakshuka at Sofra
Shakshuka at Sofra
Sofra/Facebook

This sibling to Oleana and Sarma serves beautiful pastries, meze, savory pies, and lots more. Available on the breakfast menu (served until 11 a.m. weekdays and 3 p.m. weekends), the shakshuka is made with poached eggs, a tomato-curry broth, zhug (a Yemeni green hot sauce), and crumbs. Order it without crumbs and pita for a gluten-free, dairy-free option.

Shakshuka at Sofra
Shakshuka at Sofra
Sofra/Facebook

Moona

Shakshuka tagine at Moona
Shakshuka tagine at Moona
Moona/Facebook

This cozy Inman Square gem focuses on Eastern Mediterranean meze, featuring dishes like a platter of dips, pickles, and olives; chicken bastilla; and monkfish with preserved lemon. At brunch, served on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there’s shakshuka tagine — poached eggs, tomatoes, chile peppers, parlsey, cumin, and the optional addition of ground lamb.

Shakshuka tagine at Moona
Shakshuka tagine at Moona
Moona/Facebook

Our Fathers

Shakshuka at Our Fathers
Shakshuka at Our Fathers
Wayne Earl Chinnock

This fairly new addition to Lower Allston is comprised of a takeout Jewish deli on one side and a full-service modern Israeli restaurant and gin-focused bar on the other. The shakshuka makes an appearance on the weekend brunch menu, served Saturday and Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., featuring baked and stewed tomatoes with eggs, peppers, spices, feta, zhug, and challah.

Shakshuka at Our Fathers
Shakshuka at Our Fathers
Wayne Earl Chinnock

Branch Line

Shakshuka at Branch Line
Shakshuka at Branch Line
Branch Line/Instagram

Branch Line is best known for its rotisserie chicken (and great beer list), but it also has a solid shakshuka hiding on its weekend brunch menu, packed with spicy tomato and spinach, with grilled bread on the side. Better order the sugar snap pea salad, too. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Shakshuka at Branch Line
Shakshuka at Branch Line
Branch Line/Instagram

Inna's Kitchen at Boston Public Market