Between its top-notch espresso drinks and hearty breakfast sandwiches, 3 Little Figs in Somerville is a solid place to spend the morning. We keep drifting back to the Pepper Biscuit, with scrambled eggs and cheddar; and to the Egg & Feta, a cloudlike brioche roll topped with scrambled eggs, feta, arugula, and tomato. Both can be bulked up with bacon (and, in the case of the Egg & Feta, there’s the option to add prosciutto).
Boston’s best ways to break your fast, hangover or no.
Ana Sortun’s Cambridge bakery tees up a Turkish twist on the morning favorite by delicately stacking egg, halloumi cheese, and bacon (well worth the 50-cent supplement) between house-made brioche buns slathered with feta butter. Sofra Bakery & Cafe is infamous for its weekend brunch lines, but you can snag this sandwich until 11 a.m. every weekday.
Somerville’s Vinal Bakery serves four breakfast sandwiches, ranging from the simple American Classic made with egg, American cheese, and salted butter, to the more ambitions G.O.A.T. with egg, goat cheese butter, spicy pesto, and arugula (fill out your sandwich further with bacon, ham, or turkey sausage). Each comes on a homemade English muffin, sold in classic, multigrain, oat sesame, and anadama varieties. On weekends, you can also choose from a French toast-style English muffin or flaky buttermilk biscuit as your breakfast sandwich base.
Sometimes we just can’t pick one. That’s certainly the case when it comes to the offerings at this tiny Bay Village spot—it’s a tossup between The Fancy, an egg-bacon masterpiece with cheddar cheese, avocado, red onion, and house mayo on expertly toasted multigrain, and the Breakfast Grilled Crack, which decadently matches its eggs and double bacon with three types of cheese on buttered sourdough. Attention, late-risers: Mike & Patty’s serves the full range of breakfast sandwiches through lunch, too.
Trina’s Starlite Lounge is known for its hearty, all-American fare, and the several breakfast sandwiches served during Sunday and Monday brunch are case in point. Favorites include, but aren’t limited to, the aptly named Good Ol’ Breakfast Sandy, with a buttery homemade biscuit holding two runny eggs, melty cheddar, and either bacon, sausage, or spicy tomato sauce; and the Sir Muffaleto, with egg, provolone, spicy Italian sausage, olive tapenade, onion aioli, and giardiniera (spicy pickled vegetables) atop a Vinal Bakery English muffin. The Brunch Burger also verges into breakfast sandwich territory, with eggs and bacon added to a double patty with cheese.