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Truly Satisfying Egg Dishes in Boston

The most important meal of the day is rarely complete without eggs in some form or another. Fill up on these.

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The most important meal of the day is rarely complete without eggs in some form or another. Whether poached, scrambled, or sunny side up, eggs are the heart and soul of these epic dishes around Boston. (See also: Boston Chefs Reveal Their Favorite Way to Prepare an Egg.)

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1. Five Horses Tavern

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400 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 764-1655
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If seafood is the order of the day, Five Horses will serve your eggs alongside some crab cakes in Davis Square. The sunnyside eggs come with a tarragon aioli on an english muffin, and the crab cakes are encrusted with Frosted Flakes and served with a frisee salad ($17).

2. Sofra Bakery & Cafe

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1 Belmont St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-3161
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Sofra's authentic Turkish breakfast is nothing to sneer at, to be sure, but if you need some warm poached eggs in your life, the shakshuka is the stuff of kings. The eggs nestle into tomato-curry broth with zhoug and pita crumbs, and gluten-free guests can get the dish without the crumbs and the accompanying pita, if necessary.

3. S&S Restaurant

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1334 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 354-0777
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There are plenty of luscious egg options at Inman Square's oldest deli. If you want a sandwich-esque dish, opt for the French Eggs, where the scrambled beauties are stuffed into a hot croissant along with Canadian bacon, home fries, and fresh fruit ($11.95). Alternatively, there is a classic salmon dish: the Novia Scotia lox and eggs come scrambled with onions, home fries, and a bagel and cream cheese ($12.95).
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4. The Plough and Stars

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912 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 576-0032
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Kick that morning eggs Benedict up a notch at The Plough and Stars, where the poached eggs are served over pork confit and an English muffin, and the hollandaise is made with roasted garlic. This epic egg dish is served with home fries ($14).

5. The Friendly Toast

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1 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 621-1200
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Now with two Boston-area locations, The Friendly Toast can feed more people the "Sklarmageddon" omelette, which is "built to kill," as they say. Served with sausage, bacon, ham, red-chile pecans, jalapeño-jack and Swiss cheeses, the omelette is topped with a zesty maple sour cream ($13).

6. North Street Grille

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229 North St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 720-2010
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Diners at North Street Grille don't have to decide between sweet and savory with the "Benedict In Bed." French toast gets stuffed with Canadian bacon and cheddar and topped off with poached eggs and hollandaise. Think eggs Benedict, but ditch the muffin and embrace the French toast ($12).

7. Cafe Luna

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403 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 576-3400
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This Central Square spot has an omelette made with balsamic-marinated figs, prosciutto, leeks, and goat cheese, served with a side of home fries and focaccia toast.

8. Lulu's Allston

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421 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 787-1117
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Lulu's signature "White Trash Hash" is a bowl of tater tots, served with braised short ribs, two poached eggs, and hollandaise ($14).

9. Crossroads Irish Pub

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495 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02215
(857) 233-5943
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Hungry diners will find a classic full Irish breakfast at Crossroads. The two fried eggs come with Irish sausage, black and white pudding, tater tots, toast, and beans ($12.95).

10. Zaftigs Delicatessen

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335 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 975-0075
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There's not much in this world that's better than a superb potato pancake. Except, of course, if that potato pancake is topped with a poached egg, spinach, and smoked salmon and smothered in a delicious hollandaise. The Empire Eggs ($14.95) at Zaftigs are a meal and a half, and you might not eat again until dinner.

11. Thornton's Fenway Grille

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100 Peterborough St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 421-0104
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Have a little comedy alongside your eggs at Thornton's in Fenway. The breakfast dishes are named in honor of movies, and the ingredients themselves reflect the theme. Give the "Blazing Saddles" a try, and the three scrambled eggs will come with chili, sour cream, and black olives ($8.95).

12. Cinquecento

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500 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 338-9500
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Go Italian at Cinquecento, where you can get your eggs baked and fried. The zucchini and feta cheese frittata is baked with a touch of oregano and served with crispy potatoes ($12.75). On the meaty side, there is a fried egg dish served with rosemary ham, Pecorino creamed spinach, and grilled Tuscan bread ($12.75).

13. The Gallows

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1395 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 425-0200
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Brunch at this South End means a sunrise poutine that features country smoked ham, sunny side eggs, and (of course) cheese curds. Don't forget the fries and gravy, either.
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14. Centre Street Cafe

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669 Centre St #A
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 524-9217
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Mexican-style eggs at Centre Street come fried, with black beans, monterey jack cheese, avocado, salsa ranchero, sour cream, and the requisite tortilla ($12).
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15. McKenna's Cafe

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109 Savin Hill Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125
(617) 825-8218
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Egg dishes don't get more Boston than the ones at McKenna's in Dorchester, where the "NEW Mayor’s Special" satisfies hardy appetites. Two eggs are piled onto home fries with bacon and sausage, ham, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, bell peppers, and tomatoes, and it's all finished off with melted cheese and buttered toast ($11.99). McKenna's is a favorite haunt of Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh.

1. Five Horses Tavern

400 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144
If seafood is the order of the day, Five Horses will serve your eggs alongside some crab cakes in Davis Square. The sunnyside eggs come with a tarragon aioli on an english muffin, and the crab cakes are encrusted with Frosted Flakes and served with a frisee salad ($17).
400 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144

2. Sofra Bakery & Cafe

1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Sofra's authentic Turkish breakfast is nothing to sneer at, to be sure, but if you need some warm poached eggs in your life, the shakshuka is the stuff of kings. The eggs nestle into tomato-curry broth with zhoug and pita crumbs, and gluten-free guests can get the dish without the crumbs and the accompanying pita, if necessary.
1 Belmont St
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. S&S Restaurant

1334 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
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There are plenty of luscious egg options at Inman Square's oldest deli. If you want a sandwich-esque dish, opt for the French Eggs, where the scrambled beauties are stuffed into a hot croissant along with Canadian bacon, home fries, and fresh fruit ($11.95). Alternatively, there is a classic salmon dish: the Novia Scotia lox and eggs come scrambled with onions, home fries, and a bagel and cream cheese ($12.95).
1334 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

4. The Plough and Stars

912 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Kick that morning eggs Benedict up a notch at The Plough and Stars, where the poached eggs are served over pork confit and an English muffin, and the hollandaise is made with roasted garlic. This epic egg dish is served with home fries ($14).
912 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

5. The Friendly Toast

1 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Now with two Boston-area locations, The Friendly Toast can feed more people the "Sklarmageddon" omelette, which is "built to kill," as they say. Served with sausage, bacon, ham, red-chile pecans, jalapeño-jack and Swiss cheeses, the omelette is topped with a zesty maple sour cream ($13).
1 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139

6. North Street Grille

229 North St, Boston, MA 02113
Diners at North Street Grille don't have to decide between sweet and savory with the "Benedict In Bed." French toast gets stuffed with Canadian bacon and cheddar and topped off with poached eggs and hollandaise. Think eggs Benedict, but ditch the muffin and embrace the French toast ($12).
229 North St
Boston, MA 02113

7. Cafe Luna

403 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
This Central Square spot has an omelette made with balsamic-marinated figs, prosciutto, leeks, and goat cheese, served with a side of home fries and focaccia toast.
403 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

8. Lulu's Allston

421 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02134
Lulu's signature "White Trash Hash" is a bowl of tater tots, served with braised short ribs, two poached eggs, and hollandaise ($14).
421 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02134

9. Crossroads Irish Pub

495 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215
Hungry diners will find a classic full Irish breakfast at Crossroads. The two fried eggs come with Irish sausage, black and white pudding, tater tots, toast, and beans ($12.95).
495 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02215

10. Zaftigs Delicatessen

335 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
There's not much in this world that's better than a superb potato pancake. Except, of course, if that potato pancake is topped with a poached egg, spinach, and smoked salmon and smothered in a delicious hollandaise. The Empire Eggs ($14.95) at Zaftigs are a meal and a half, and you might not eat again until dinner.
335 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446

11. Thornton's Fenway Grille

100 Peterborough St, Boston, MA 02215
Have a little comedy alongside your eggs at Thornton's in Fenway. The breakfast dishes are named in honor of movies, and the ingredients themselves reflect the theme. Give the "Blazing Saddles" a try, and the three scrambled eggs will come with chili, sour cream, and black olives ($8.95).
100 Peterborough St
Boston, MA 02215

12. Cinquecento

500 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118
Go Italian at Cinquecento, where you can get your eggs baked and fried. The zucchini and feta cheese frittata is baked with a touch of oregano and served with crispy potatoes ($12.75). On the meaty side, there is a fried egg dish served with rosemary ham, Pecorino creamed spinach, and grilled Tuscan bread ($12.75).
500 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118

13. The Gallows

1395 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
Cal Bingham for Eater
Brunch at this South End means a sunrise poutine that features country smoked ham, sunny side eggs, and (of course) cheese curds. Don't forget the fries and gravy, either.
1395 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

14. Centre Street Cafe

669 Centre St #A, Boston, MA 02130
Official Site
Mexican-style eggs at Centre Street come fried, with black beans, monterey jack cheese, avocado, salsa ranchero, sour cream, and the requisite tortilla ($12).
669 Centre St #A
Boston, MA 02130

15. McKenna's Cafe

109 Savin Hill Ave, Dorchester, MA 02125
Egg dishes don't get more Boston than the ones at McKenna's in Dorchester, where the "NEW Mayor’s Special" satisfies hardy appetites. Two eggs are piled onto home fries with bacon and sausage, ham, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, bell peppers, and tomatoes, and it's all finished off with melted cheese and buttered toast ($11.99). McKenna's is a favorite haunt of Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh.
109 Savin Hill Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125

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