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Best greasy egg & cheese sandwich

Every now and then, depending on what I did the night before, I wake up in the morning craving a greasy egg and cheese. I have recently discovered the Broken Yolk just outside of Davis Square (love their stuff), but it can be pretty crowded on weekend mornings. Any other suggestions in Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, and even Boston?

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  1. I hear you my brother. Sometimes I wake up that way too.... here's what I do.

    1. Call Soundbites and order an egg and cheese on english muffin to pick up. Avoid the lines, waltz in and grab your breakfast sandwich and go.

    (Guilty pleasure ... sometimes I will grab a sausage egg and cheese on toasted sesame bagel from Dunkin. It does the trick.)

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    1. re: yumyum

      not that greasy, but my new favorite egg sandwich is at the toscanini's brunch (saturdays and sundays, 10-2), the fried egg sandwich with spicy mayo (rouille). i think there might be cheese in the sandwich . . . ?

    2. It's not necessarily as greasy as you may want, but our weekend egg sandwiches come from Sarah's Market, at the corner of Concord and Huron in Cambridge. They use the big sandwich-size Thomas' English Muffins, and give the sandwiches a shot in the broiler to make sure the cheese is fully melted.

      I also like the egg sandwiches at Bagels by Us on Mass Ave in Arlington. The bagels get mixed reviews on Chowhound, but toasted with the sandwich they are pretty good-- there's a slightly-less-than-liberal shake of pepper on the egg, just the right amount for my taste.

      1. My favorite is the bacon, egg and cheese on brioche from Rachel's Kitchen in Bay Village.

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        1. re: Blumie

          FYI, I went by Rachel's this morning and they're closed until 7/9. The "Road Trip" sign on the door said they were going to Wisconsin, where one of the owner's is from. (I'm pretty sure it said Wisconsin.) Good for them. Still longing for breakfast, I headed to Charlie's and they are closed for the next 2 weeks. SO,.... starving with visions of the brioche sandwich and turkey hash dancing in my head, I settled for The Garden of Eden, BIG mistake. I ordered a ham and cheese omelet that was over-cooked. The ham was thin slices of deli meat instead of nice, fresh chunks of ham. The fruit on the plate was well past it's prime and the toast was cold. Because I was hungry, I ate what I could and left very disappointed. I didn't send anything back or say anything to anyone because I didn't have time, I've never liked eating there and I knew I'd never be going back. I wasn't invested enough in trying to encourage improvemnet.

          1. re: BostonBarGuy

            I remember a time, maybe four years ago, when Garden of Eden was pretty good: their sandwiches in particular were worthwhile. Then it took a sharp turn downward, with much higher prices and skimpier use of ingredients. I can't think of many places that went as quickly from being decent to being awful. It still packs them in pretty regularly, kind of a Tremont Street / South End version of a bad Newbury Street restaurant with a good patio. It's a shame.

        2. Right in the same neighborhood as Broken Yolk, Magnificent Muffin and Bagel in Teele Square makes an outstanding egg 'n' cheese. As the name would suggest, those muffins ain't too bad either.

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          1. re: finlero

            Also right in the neighborhood is the panini pressed egg and cheese at True Grounds...right accross the street from Soundbites. They take a bagel and smush it with egg, cheese and meat (if you want) on a panini press. It is FABULOUS! Plus, I love supporting this place. (Special note in my book includes that they have simple syrup for their iced beverages and make their muffins and scones in house.)

            1. re: cheesecake

              I have to give my second to the bfast food at True Grounds...LOVE this place. They stop at 1PM though, so get up "early!"

              1. re: cheesecake

                My favorite breakfast sandwich is at Alexander's located at 277 Main Street in Medford. It's called a b-bomb (breakfast bomb). It's the best $1.50 you will spend. Fried eggs with american cheese and either sausage, bacon or ham on a sub roll. You can also get it on a english muffin and on a croissant for I think $2.00. Alexander's must sell over 100 b-bombs every day!

                1. re: buffet king

                  Buffet King - thank you thank you thank you!

                  Had my first Alexander's sausage egg and cheese sandwich today. Great over-hard but not overcooked eggs, sausage, american cheese - it's gooey gooooodness.

                  At $1.50 + tax, what a deal!

              2. re: finlero

                I love their egg sandwiches so much. I find the muffins to be far too greasy, though.

              3. The bacon, egge & cheese on an iggy's everything bagel at Blue Shirt in Davis Square is my standby for grease needs.

                1. You couldn't pay me enough to eat at the Broken Yolk in Somerville! The worst scrambled eggs I have ever had were at the Broken Yolk. It's pretty hard to mess up scrambled eggs. They tasted bad and I threw them out. However the toast was good.

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                  1. re: buffet king

                    I disagree. It's really easy to mess up scrambled eggs.

                    1. re: Blumie

                      Correct, it's easy to mess scrambled eggs up. But they should taste good and be edible. The eggs I got at the Broken Yolk were not tasty.

                    2. re: buffet king

                      Fine dining it's not, but I've had lots of good (not great, just good) breakfasts at the Broken Yolk. Sorry your eggs weren't tasty, but it's a very nice place for a no-fuss breakfast, particularly with kids.

                    3. sigh...just be thankful you don't live in the Back Bay, where your ONLY options for a baconeggincheez is dunkin donuts or 7 eleven. blech

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                      1. re: tamerlanenj

                        You can get one at Steve's on Newbury and Hereford.

                        1. re: tamerlanenj

                          ... or the aforementioned sandwich at Rachel's Kitchen. (And in a pinch the egg sandwiches at Starbucks do quite nicely as well. Certainly far superior to Dunks or Kwik-E-Mart.)

                            1. re: tamerlanenj

                              Actually -- while they don't hold a candle to the version at Rachel's -- you can get decent greasy breakfast sandwiches in the Back Bay at the Trident and at Steve's.

                              Addtional options in the South End: the South End Buttery (rather good, actually), Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, Mike's City Diner, Billy's Sub Shop. Harry-O's does huge greasy subs with eggs all day long.

                              1. re: MC Slim JB

                                I usually get my egg and cheese sandwich fix at Billy's on Berkeley as MC mentioned above.

                                1. re: lissy

                                  billy's does a damn good job with their bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches. right now they are my favorite! they are our saturday and sometimes sunday late morning/early afternoon ritual. however, they are closed on sundays in the summer.

                                2. re: MC Slim JB

                                  I just want to append my post about Rachel's to say that it is important to get it on brioche. I've had it on a bagel, too, and it wasn't nearly as good. But on brioche it's awesome.

                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                                    eh...a breakfast sandwich needs to be within three blocks. That's sort of a prerequisite considering ones usual state when they are eaten.

                                    I agree that the ones from starbucks aren't half bad. I'll have to give the one at Trident a try, but my experience with sit down breakfast there was that it was horribly overpriced. I'd expect their breakfast sandwiches to be $5 and up.

                                    1. re: tamerlanenj

                                      Well, Rachel's is within three blocks of my Back Bay residence! : )

                                      1. re: tamerlanenj

                                        Ahh, you people downtown are spoiled! ;) In North Cambridge, the only thing within 3 blocks of my home is more homes. (Granted, 2-3 more blocks and there's Qingdao Garden and Greek Corner, but stil...)

                                      2. re: MC Slim JB

                                        Charlie's actually does a darn good egg and cheese, along w the other darn good things it does.

                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                                          Billy's is my absolute favorite. Used to work around there and although I try to keep a light diet, once a week or so I just could not resist the warm, greasy, fresh-made taste of their egg and cheese on an english muffin. Really simple, unpretentious, and sooooo satisfying.

                                      3. If you're looking for a completely greasy experience, I would suggest Eagle's Deli. That is the only thing that I've eaten from there (albeit almost 2 years ago) but it was like eating a sausage patty and egg between two sponges. It was oozing grease and butter. It may be your thing.

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                                        1. re: Chrispy75

                                          I used to live around the corner and miss Eagle's. Now that's a gggrrreeeeeasssssyyyy spoon.

                                          1. re: tatamagouche

                                            I used to live near there as well. I had a craving one morning for soggy toast and sent Boyfriend-At-The-Time to get me a big ol' takeout carton full of eggs and homefries and cheese and toast. Ridiculous. Perfect.

                                            Why spend all that time trying to extract the bitter from dark coffee (which I happen to enjoy) when you could find a bacon that burns calories? Let's start using science for good!

                                        2. Faneuil St Market in Brighton has my favorite but you better not care about your arteries. They offer an egg, cheese, rashers and Irish sausage on a small sub roll.

                                          1. My favorite egg and cheese sandwich is at the MIT Student Center, specifically, LaVerde's market. They make them to order and you can either go with the bagel, english muffin or toast. My preference is the english muffin, one egg, sausage patty, cheese and hot sauce. The proportions to this sandwich is just right. Two eggs are too much and bacon, while tasty, has a way of slipping out of the sandwich. I don't like ham so that isn't an option.

                                            A couple of caveats - the quality of the sandwich depends on who is making it. Actually, it depends on the mood of all the counter workers. I've been getting sandwiches there for years and still can't pinpoint the best sandwich maker because it really does vary, week to week. The other caveat is that I usually grab one of these sandwiches after a long run. I'm starving and the thought of the sandwich is the incentive to finishing the last few miles. Nothing is as satisfying as this sandwich after a run.

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                                            1. re: beetlebug

                                              For Boston North, try Bagel World in Reading, Can be long lines but the sausage, egg and cheese on a toasted everything bagel for 2.50 is great. Also Bear Rock Cafe in Woburn and Reading, have egg, cheese and sausage or bacon on flatbread for 4 bucks i think

                                            2. any suggestions for cambridge?

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                                              1. re: AnjLM

                                                Sorry - no.
                                                Bacon egg and cheese sandwiches were recently prohibited by the City Council.
                                                You'd best head over to Somerville. ;)

                                                Ok, seriously, in Cambridge, I would opt for one from Darwin's for a "healthy" version of the species.

                                                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                  Yeah, Darwin's breakfast sandwiches are good (service, evil, but oh well). And if you add avocado and bacon or chorizo and a ton of cheese, or whatever all the options are, they're not too healthy.

                                                  In Boston I like Panificio's a lot though they're not greasy. I think in house they come with fruit and home fries, but I could be wrong.

                                                  1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                    I wouldn't put it past some of the Cambridge City Council (the sitting mayor has certainly made the wackiest restaurant reviews I have ever heard), but Bob you should seriously give the Portuguese Man-o-War sub at the Snack Bar a chance. The marinated pork for a bifana (not the best local version), with fried egg, ham, and american cheese. If you want to make it Brazilian, put mayonaise and ketchup on it. They also have a linguica and egg sub.

                                                    In Somerville, try a X-tudo at Pastelaria Broadway or if you want to get a bit out there ask them if they can put an Ovo de Cordona (quail egg) on it too, or maybe that is a bit too healthy for this particular thread. (Either Petiscos or Pastelaria Broadway was serving quail eggs, not certain which.)

                                                    1. re: itaunas

                                                      Holy cow! That sounds great. Where's the Snack Bar?

                                                      1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                        Corner of Cambridge St and Cardinal Medeiros, opposite St Anthony's Church. I think they already took their summer vacation, but haven't been by this week to confirm they aren't away. (617) 491-8292 to be certain they are there.

                                                      2. re: itaunas

                                                        Ituanas, what would you recommend at the Snack Bar in Cambridge? How is their linguica and egg sub? The Portuguese Man-o-war sub sounds interesting. Is it very spicy or expensive? Thanks for any information.

                                                    2. re: AnjLM

                                                      Leos in harvard sq screw darwins health food or just out side of central sq across mass ave from miracle of sience behind the gas station cant remember the name but both have the b-fast food you want

                                                      1. re: lambi

                                                        Maybe you mean Sunny's Diner? I've had good diner breakfasts there, never the egg sandwich. Joanie's Kitchen was another decent diner I used to frequent nearby, but I think that's where Royal Bengal is now.

                                                    3. I hate to give away the secret, but the Mass Ave Restaurant in Central (going towards Harvard) has amazing greasy egg and cheese sandwiches. Not the fanciest place, but it's really good. They also have very good pancakes!

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                                                      1. re: ShakeNBake

                                                        In that same neck of the woods is Hot Off the Press -- not a greasy spoon by any stretch, but they have awesome sandwiches and breakfast sandwiches

                                                        1. re: heWho

                                                          i have a small obsession with Hot off the Press and the $1.99 Morning Special..small coffee (the Ethopian coffee rocks and it's Equal Exchange.. luv it) and an egg and cheese on an english muffin. I eat it every morning walking to the train.

                                                          1. re: inmanchick

                                                            Wow, that's a deal and a half. I thought I got a pretty good deal this weekend at the Brigham Circle Diner paying about $2.70 for an egg/bacon/cheese on English muffin. I don't get breakfast sandwiches that often but this was absolutely perfect. And less than you'd pay for lots of croissants around town. It looks like the Indian couple who owned it sold it and I think the home fries may have benefitted from that move. I didn't taste them but they look like nicer chunks of red potato as opposed to the smushed stuff they used to serve.

                                                      2. mmm...my favorite hangover food.

                                                        we always hit Tasty Gourmet on Boston Ave near Tufts... it's weird tho, but they always taste better with American cheese, something I don't usually eat willingly :) I like mine on a roll...also, I second (third?) True Grounds. And the one at Kelly's Diner w/potatoes is so yummy on scali!

                                                        1. This just in: Wendy's is now selling a 99 cent egg and cheese sandwich. It's totally pedestrian but a great deal, basically two scrambled eggs, american cheese, on a hamburger bun. Great for those strapped for cash days!

                                                          1. There's a place called (I think) the Magnificent Muffin in Teele Sq. right on Broadway -- I think their egg and cheese is one of the best I've had. Extra cheesy. Don't care for True Grounds -- they make their egg n' cheeses with scrambled eggs which is cumbersome to eat. Plus their bagles have that Finagle "sweetness" taste which I despise.

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                                                            1. re: slices

                                                              I just tried the egg bacon and cheese at Magnificent Muffin this morning. I got it on a toasted english muffin. It SO hit the spot. Cheesy, eggy bacony goodness. Better than my usual standby at Soundbites -- thanks for the tip.