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Mar 2, 2010 03:38 PM

What's the best Irish Breakfast around?

I'm looking for 'hounds favorite Irish Breakfast in the Greater Boston area...I live west of Boston but will happily travel into Boston or elsewhere for a truly authentic and delicious Irish Breakfast.

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  1. It's difficult to compete with a true Irish breakfast from Galway or Dublin, yet there is a huge Irish crowd ordering the breakfast at Sonny's in Adams Village. I've had it, and enjoyed it, although the B&B in Galway definitely had an edge. So, I'll put it out there. Hamster what do you think?

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    1. re: Pegmeister

      I've never had it but have seen it and know that it's tremendously popular with the Irish folks in the neighborhood. The ones who are actually from Ireland and want a taste of home.

      In general Sonny's breakfasts are pretty good.

      Plus the Village is the most Irish neighborhood around.

      1. re: C. Hamster

        I ordered the "Irish" breakfast quesadilla this past Sunday. Tortilla with Irish bacon, sausage, cheese, tomato, onions and scrambled eggs. It was delicious, although not Irish. It was even better when it came back from the kitchen with the scrambled eggs that they had forgotten to put in!

        1. re: Pegmeister

          Irish breakfast quesadilla? I am surprised it didn't come with curry sauce.

    2. We enjoy the fry up at the Squealing Pig over by the Museum of Fine Arts.

      Breakfast photo here:

      And we were talking about this very topic with the friend who first took us to the pig and he suggested that we might also like the Druid in Cambridge.


      1. The Banshee - Dorchester Ave., Dorchester
        The Clash of the Ash (formerly Sarsfields) - Hancock St., Quincy center
        Grafton Street Pub - Harvard Square
        Gerard's - Adams St., Dorchester

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        1. re: Guinness02122

          I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Druid in Inman square. Great Irish breakfast and great bartenders.

          1. re: Klunco

            Excellent Irish breakfast that rivals any I've had in each of the 26 counties. Galtee bangers - my fav.

            1. re: Klunco

              I suggested the Druid, but I haven't gone yet. It's next on my list. I even linked to it.

              Thanks for the second and third opinions on it- now I really want to get there. Is their Irish breakfast just on weekends like the Squealing Pig's?

              EDIT: I just answered my own question- It's Sundays - 11-4.


              1. re: BostonZest

                Both the Pig and the Druid do a great Irish. The Druid's is a bit more authentic, and the pub does have more of an auld Irish pub feel.

                The Druid's sausages are traditional Irish links, probably Galtee and they do lovely crispy fried spuds and really wonderful crispy sunny side up eggs and baked beans.

                The Pig's sausages are Jumbo sausages which the chef often butterflys which I don't like and have never seen in Ireland (plus I think it affects the taste). And they usually do scrambled eggs and not fried eggs, and no baked beans, but they do use Iggy's bread. :)

                Parking near the Pig on a Sunday afternoon might be a lot easier that in Inman Sq (unless they're a big show at the MFA).

            2. re: Guinness02122

              I reckon The Burren in Davis Square deserves a mention, though I don't know how it ranks against others.

              1. re: chickendhansak

                I haven't eaten at the Burren in years, last time I wasn't very impressed (but I didn't have the breakie).

            3. Try the Tinkers Son on rt123 in Norwell, They have a great Irish brunch and Irish music on sundays

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              1. re: primecut

                I'm partial to Gerards in Dorchester. Irish bacon, soda bread, black and white pudding, grilled tomatoe. yum.

                1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

                  I third Gerard's in Dorchester, I'd say it's the best I've had around town.

                  The Irish Village had a good breakfast a few years back, but I haven't tried it in a while. The Burren is definitely good, too.

                  Tried James Gate a few weeks ago and it was just ok. They don't serve brown bread which made me very sad.

              2. They serve a decent, cheap, and large Irish breakfast (weekends only, I believe) at Terrie's Place in Southie.

                J.J. Foley's Cafe in the South End serves one as part of their big weekend brunch/lunch menu, but I haven't tried it there.

                Matt Murphy's in Brookline Village used to do one with their weekend brunch, but I haven't been back for that in years: the loud sessiun bands in the corner didn't agree with my Sunday morning-after mood.


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                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  I also haven't been to Matt Murphy's in years, but my last time there for Irish breakfast there was just an accordion player and maybe a flautist/irishpennywhistlethingy player. Very tolerable volume.