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Doyle’s Cafe

Doyle’s Cafe (a/k/a F. J. Doyle & Co.) is a traditional Irish bar and cafe in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighbourhood. It’s one of my favourite brunch places, and also a frequent site of the Biversity Boston brunches. (I’ve never actually drunk there yet, so I can’t personally vouch for its characteristics as a bar, but if the drink is as good as the food it won’t leave anything to be desired.)

Location and contact information

Doyle’s is at 3484 Washington Street (on the corner of Washington and Williams Streets) in the Jamaica Plain neighbourhood of Boston. It’s between the Green Street and Forest Hills stops on the Orange Line of the MBTA. Their phone number is 617/524-2345.



The walls are decorated with memorabilia commemorating Boston’s Irish history. (And Ireland’s — I once had a quite delightful lunch there before realizing that the painting I was sitting next to depicted the decapitation of an 18th-century martyr to Irish nationalism. I think I would not recommend wearing orange there on St Patrick’s Day.) In addition, there are a couple of old wooden telephone booths, and a clock that they’ve adopted for their logo.

Here’s a copy of an advertising flyer I picked up there:


The food is good, traditional fare (if not particularly recommended for those on a diet) and the portions are generous. Breakfast is available every morning, but on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays they have an expanded brunch menu (which I unfortunately don’t have a copy of to scan). I particularly recommend the apple pancakes and the eggs Bellange (like eggs Benedict, but with corned beef hash).

Dinner Menu

Here’s their dinner menu: Alas, for size and legibility reasons, I have to omit the ballad on the back of the dinner menu.
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