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[Bacon, egg and cheese on an everything bagel from The Works Bakery Cafe.
[Bacon, egg and cheese on an everything bagel from The Works Bakery Cafe.
Photo: Betsy's Blogel blog

Hangover Helpers: Portland's Best Breakfast Sandwiches

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[Bacon, egg and cheese on an everything bagel from The Works Bakery Cafe.
| Photo: Betsy's Blogel blog

It is a universally held truth that one of the best cures for a hangover is a meal easily held in a shaking hand that includes eggs, fried meat, gooey cheese, and toasted bread - in other words, a breakfast sandwich. Why? The carbs in the bread help ramp up your metabolism and get your body going faster to process the alcoholic remains of the night before. The protein provides essential amino acids, which give you energy. Eggs are key because they "contain large amounts of cysteine, the substance that breaks down the hangover-causing toxin acetaldehyde in the liver's easily depleted glutathione," according to HowStuffWorks.com. Whatever ... If you've ever been hungover (and really, who hasn't?) you know that a good, greasy breakfast sandwich can make you feel a whole lot better.

For where to find the best breakfast sandwiches in Portland, we turned to Malcolm Bedell of the From Away blog, who highlighted his favorites for Serious Eats and Ali Donohue's five local "bests" for Dispatch Magazine. We mapped them together, plus a few more recommendations, for our go-to guide to 13 breakfast sandwich standouts in Portland. Did we leave your favorite out? Let us know in the comments; give us a good quote and we'll add it to the map.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ohno Cafe

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87 Brackett St
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 774-0773
"I prefer their #2: Smoked turkey, avocado, tomato, smoked gouda & egg on English muffin." - Ali Donohue, Dispatch. "Don't miss the “Number One,” a $4.50 breakfast sandwich made up of fried egg, 'maple glazed prosciutto,' cheddar cheese and Tabasco on a plain bagel." - Malcolm Bedell, Serious Eats

2. Punky's

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186 Brighton Avenue
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 773-8885
"They make a mean fast food-style, cooked-to-order breakfast sandwich using a soft potato roll grilled in butter." - Malcolm Bedell, Serious Eats.

3. Mike's Rock 'N Roll Sandwiches

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437 Congress st
Portland, ME 04101
"This place is perfect for breakfast lovers suffering from anorexic wallets as the breakfast sandwiches are cheap: $2.50 for egg and cheese." - Ali Donohue, Dispatch. "We tried an egg and cheese sandwich with corned beef hash ... the egg had a soft center, but didn't run all over the place; the heavy application of cheese kept even the generous portion of corned beef, potatoes, and peppers contained." - Malcolm Bedell, Serious Eats

4. 158 Pickett St. Cafe

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158 Benjamin W Pickett St
South Portland, ME
(207) 799-8998
"Try the "Hogzilla" on a toasted garlic bagel, a $7.50 sandwich that combines thick-cut bacon, ham, AND sausage that's cooked until it turns a sweet dark brown atop a mountain of scrambled egg and cheddar cheese." - Malcolm Bedell, Serious Eats.

5. Down Home Cooking

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30 Preble St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 228-2064
"Their breakfast sandwiches are served exactly the way they’re supposed to be: greasy, extra-cheesy, and plenty-o-meat." - Ali Donohue, Dispatch.

6. Mellen Street Market

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79 Mellen Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 772-2206
"A budget-friendly $2.69 buys a tall stack of sausage, egg, and American cheese, the English muffin ever-so-slightly, pleasantly steamed through from the heat of the warmer." - Malcolm Bedell, Serious Eats.

7. The Holy Donut

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194 Park Ave
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 874-7774
"...their breakfast sandwich, ... combines pesto, bacon, egg, and cheddar cheese on a whole wheat English muffin. The pesto is flavorful, but the real star here is the egg, which is neither fried nor scrambled, but seems almost more like a slice of airy, light quiche." Malcolm Bedell, Serious Eats "Try the one that's cheese and ham inside a solid donut! Sounds weird but very good." - Trip Advisor

8. Big Sky Bakery

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Monument Square
Portland, ME 04101
"Bacon, egg, and cheddar on some of that (English muffin bread) ... it’s not even fair." - Ali Donohue, Dispatch.

9. Ruski's

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212 Danforth St.
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 774-7604
"I’m a bacon girl all the way. And what can I say? Ruski’s just gets me—they pile that pig fat mile high." - Ali Donohue, Dispatch

10. The Front Room

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73 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 773-3366
" Fried eggs, blue cheese, bacon, and mayonnaise on grilled French bread may sound like too much, but the sandwich somehow manages to be surprisingly light and crispy." - Malcolm Bedell, Serious Eats

11. Hot Suppa

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703 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 871-5005
"5.29 here buys two strips of crispy bacon, a perfectly-cooked over-medium fried egg, and a shellacking of white American cheese, but the real hero of this sandwich is the oversized English muffin." - Malcolm Bedell, Serious Eats.

12. The Works Bakery & Cafe

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15 Temple St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 879-2425
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"The Works uses eggs from cage-free chickens in Vermont and they are absolutely delicious, especially when smothered in hot, melted cheddar cheese." Betsy's Blogel

13. Marcy's Breakfast and Lunch

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47 Oak St
Portland, ME
(207) 774-9713
"Best hangover breakfast sandwich in town." - Commenter, Dispatch Magazine.

1. Ohno Cafe

87 Brackett St, Portland, ME 04102
"I prefer their #2: Smoked turkey, avocado, tomato, smoked gouda & egg on English muffin." - Ali Donohue, Dispatch. "Don't miss the “Number One,” a $4.50 breakfast sandwich made up of fried egg, 'maple glazed prosciutto,' cheddar cheese and Tabasco on a plain bagel." - Malcolm Bedell, Serious Eats
87 Brackett St
Portland, ME 04102

2. Punky's

186 Brighton Avenue, Portland, ME 04102
"They make a mean fast food-style, cooked-to-order breakfast sandwich using a soft potato roll grilled in butter." - Malcolm Bedell, Serious Eats.
186 Brighton Avenue
Portland, ME 04102

3. Mike's Rock 'N Roll Sandwiches

437 Congress st, Portland, ME 04101
"This place is perfect for breakfast lovers suffering from anorexic wallets as the breakfast sandwiches are cheap: $2.50 for egg and cheese." - Ali Donohue, Dispatch. "We tried an egg and cheese sandwich with corned beef hash ... the egg had a soft center, but didn't run all over the place; the heavy application of cheese kept even the generous portion of corned beef, potatoes, and peppers contained." - Malcolm Bedell, Serious Eats
437 Congress st
Portland, ME 04101

4. 158 Pickett St. Cafe

158 Benjamin W Pickett St, South Portland, ME
"Try the "Hogzilla" on a toasted garlic bagel, a $7.50 sandwich that combines thick-cut bacon, ham, AND sausage that's cooked until it turns a sweet dark brown atop a mountain of scrambled egg and cheddar cheese." - Malcolm Bedell, Serious Eats.
158 Benjamin W Pickett St
South Portland, ME

5. Down Home Cooking

30 Preble St, Portland, ME 04101
"Their breakfast sandwiches are served exactly the way they’re supposed to be: greasy, extra-cheesy, and plenty-o-meat." - Ali Donohue, Dispatch.
30 Preble St
Portland, ME 04101

6. Mellen Street Market

79 Mellen Street, Portland, ME 04101
"A budget-friendly $2.69 buys a tall stack of sausage, egg, and American cheese, the English muffin ever-so-slightly, pleasantly steamed through from the heat of the warmer." - Malcolm Bedell, Serious Eats.
79 Mellen Street
Portland, ME 04101

7. The Holy Donut

194 Park Ave, Portland, ME 04101
"...their breakfast sandwich, ... combines pesto, bacon, egg, and cheddar cheese on a whole wheat English muffin. The pesto is flavorful, but the real star here is the egg, which is neither fried nor scrambled, but seems almost more like a slice of airy, light quiche." Malcolm Bedell, Serious Eats "Try the one that's cheese and ham inside a solid donut! Sounds weird but very good." - Trip Advisor
194 Park Ave
Portland, ME 04101

8. Big Sky Bakery

Monument Square, Portland, ME 04101
"Bacon, egg, and cheddar on some of that (English muffin bread) ... it’s not even fair." - Ali Donohue, Dispatch.
Monument Square
Portland, ME 04101

9. Ruski's

212 Danforth St., Portland, ME 04102
"I’m a bacon girl all the way. And what can I say? Ruski’s just gets me—they pile that pig fat mile high." - Ali Donohue, Dispatch
212 Danforth St.
Portland, ME 04102

10. The Front Room

73 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
" Fried eggs, blue cheese, bacon, and mayonnaise on grilled French bread may sound like too much, but the sandwich somehow manages to be surprisingly light and crispy." - Malcolm Bedell, Serious Eats
73 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

11. Hot Suppa

703 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
"5.29 here buys two strips of crispy bacon, a perfectly-cooked over-medium fried egg, and a shellacking of white American cheese, but the real hero of this sandwich is the oversized English muffin." - Malcolm Bedell, Serious Eats.
703 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101

12. The Works Bakery & Cafe

15 Temple St, Portland, ME 04101
"The Works uses eggs from cage-free chickens in Vermont and they are absolutely delicious, especially when smothered in hot, melted cheddar cheese." Betsy's Blogel
15 Temple St
Portland, ME 04101

13. Marcy's Breakfast and Lunch

47 Oak St, Portland, ME
"Best hangover breakfast sandwich in town." - Commenter, Dispatch Magazine.
47 Oak St
Portland, ME

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