Plough & Stars
This minuscule Irish pub is a Cambridge legend dressed in burgundy and dark wood, and has for 40-plus years served terrific food, no matter who’s in charge. The classic Irish breakfast comes with Irish bacon (it’s like a thinly sliced brined pork chop), breakfast sausage, black and white pudding, grilled tomatoes, baked beans, toast, and eggs. But the menu’s real surprise is a dish of perfectly poached eggs on house-made pork confit hash and an English muffin with a light roasted-garlic hollandaise. Spot on.
912 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, 617-576-0032, ploughandstars.com