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My husband wants "a breakfast sandwich" for his birthday. Where might I find a tasty one in Brookline/Boston or such?

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  1. My husband is partial to the one at Zaftigs- I think they call it a fried egg BLT- but I find that no place compares to the ones we can make at home.

    Why not surprise him with breakfast sandwiches in bed along with a mimosa??

    1. Petsi Pies in Cambridge make very nice breakfast sandwiches. Add on a scone for a tasty treat.

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      1. re: donlan

        The breakfast sandwiches are only sold at the Putnam St branch, not the Beacon St one. I learned this the hard (?) way and instead went to Darwin's for their Oxford breakfast burrito - eggs, chorizo, Tabasco.

      2. Sebastians in the seaport district does them on bagels and roll ups. I go for the egg cheese and bacon roll up. With coffee it's about six bucks and it will keep you full for a while.

        1. Area Four in Cambridge. Incredible breakfast sandwich.

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          1. re: Matt H

            A strong +1 to this. Area Four's is the best in the city and it's not even close.

            1. re: mkfisher

              Can you describe what makes the sandwich so good? I do love their coffee.

              1. re: bear

                It's really simple. Just a nice english muffin, egg frittata, sausage patty and perfectly melted cheese cooked in the pizza oven. The english muffin gets just the right amount of crisp on it that gives the sandwich a little texture.

                1. re: mkfisher

                  Thanks. I'll definitely check it out.

            2. re: Matt H

              Based on this thread, I decided to check out Area Four's breakfast sandwich this past weekend, and I can confirm that it's an excellent breakfast sandwich. To say that it's "the best in the city and it's not even close" is, as you might expect, an overstatement (as it also usually is when someone uses a phrase like "hands down" to try to bolster their position), but it is nonetheless an excellent sandwich. It's different enough, though, from Friendly Toast's breakfast sandwich (which I always order with over easy eggs as opposed to Area Four's egg frittata patty) that I think there's room for both in my rotation. No question that Area Four is a finer restaurant than Friendly Toast, using higher quality ingredients and a more delicate preparation (not to mention a far more relaxed environment than Friendly Toast's weekend chaos, and much better coffee), but the Friendly Toast breakfast sandwich is worth checking out, too.

              By the way, I'm not sure I'd describe the bread that Area Four uses as an english muffin. It is muffin-like, but it strikes me as a cross between an english muffin and a biscuit. Some might find it too dry. I think it worked.

              Next on my list: Crema (where I had an amazingly rich and creamy latte this weekend) and Flour. I think Dwelltime may have a breakfast sandwich on its weekend brunch menu, too.

              1. re: Blumie

                Clearly, there was some hyperbole in my statement. There is no way for me to have eaten every breakfast sandwich in Boston, so the statement of "best in the city..." will never be truly accurate. A more accurate wording on my part would be that the A4 breakfast sandwich is the best I've had in the city and it's not even close.

                Now that we have that resolved, it sounds like the A4 food truck might end up serving the breakfast sandwich as well. It looks like it'll be in Dewey Square M-F, which means I'll have easy access to it 7 days per week.

                1. re: mkfisher

                  Sorry about my reaction to your hyperbole. That said, your news of the A4 food truck in Dewey Sq. is worthy of a hyperbolic reaction; I see a lot more of those sandwiches in my future, too!

            3. Mike & Patty's in Bay Village has reopened and Thinking Cup Coffee is a nice coffee shop with great [but limited] breakfast sandwiches, pastries and other breakfast goods.

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              1. re: KeyConcierge

                Have you been to m&p since the re-open? I had a not great experience there.


                May have been a one time thing but would like to get other feedback.

                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                  I have, still much of the same from before but sorry to hear about the sub par experience. It's location is unique which fits with the Bay Village area and the sandiwches are still very good. Solid and fresh ingredients. I just hope now they are more consistent with letting patrons know better if they are closed unexpectedly as that was issues with myself in the past.

                  1. re: KeyConcierge

                    Yeah, it could have just been a bad day.

                1. re: Carty

                  Had the Flour one this weekend for the first time in a while. Delicious! Love the way the spicy dijon and arugula play off the richness of the egg and cheese.

                  What's also nice is that the egg (square of scrambled) is large enough that it really is the star of the show.

                2. I don't think you can beat the Rox Diner for breakfast sandwiches. One in West Rox, one in Newton.

                  1. Area Four does have a pretty divine looking breakfast sandwich, you can check it out here- http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/01/ca...

                    That said, one question might be whether your husband is looking for a breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs (as area four's is, and i think Flour is as well) or one with fried eggs... after all, if its serious enough to be a birthday request, might as well get all the details!

                    On the theme of breakfast sandwiches, my personal favorite (though presumably too untraditional to be responsive to the OP), is Clover's popover sandwich that they serve at their b&m locs during breakfast.

                    popover pastry, add mayo, cheddar, sliced tomatoes, tempeh, and fried leeks. I love the textural contrast within popovers (part eggy, part crunch) to keep each bite interesting, and frying the leeks gives some nice savory heft to the sandwich...

                    I wish they would put one of their soft boiled eggs on it, but if you really want that you can usually pay for one or get an order of grits which comes with an egg.

                    1. I'm not a fan of a lot of the stuff at Friendly Toast, but I do like their egg sandwich, which you can customize any way you want. My standard order: eggs over easy, cheddar cheese, cayenne cheddar bread.

                      1. Cutty's in Brookline Village. Only one option (scrambled egg and cheddar plus plus on brioche), but it's really good.


                        1. I would ask him to describe it and say where he once had it. This dream-memory may be specific.

                          1. I agree that Cutty's, Flour, and Area 4 are good, but not as good as Scup's in the Harbor was. :(

                            I'm always on the lookout for cheap breakfast sandwiches in the financial district, if anyone has thoughts on that. So far, Black Seed Cafe on Tremont by Park St. T is in the lead at $3 for meat, egg, and cheese (all of which are required in my book).

                            1. These are some awesome suggestions! I'll have to maybe show him a selection of online menus. Or a road show to test a bunch! Lipitor, here we come...

                              1. petsi's in cambridge by far.

                                1. I am also a fan of Area Four. I have also found myself wandering into Somerville far too frequently lately and getting the Egg and Feta on Brioche over at Three Little Figs.

                                  1. The weekend dim sum at Myers & Chang features a mini banh mi with fried eggs, soy-glazed bacon of very high quality, and the usual banh mi accouterments that is one of my favorite breakfast sandwiches in the city (pic attached).


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