Friday Question of the Day – Best Breakfast in the District?


Wednesday’s talk about Milk Cult’s breakfast tacos got me thinking about breakfast options. With all the new spots around town, we last spoke about this in 2008, I figured it was about time to revisit. So once again, I’m not necessarily talking best proper brunch in town – rather when you have a hankering for breakfast food – where is your go to spot?

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  • Lincoln Waffle House > Leopold’s Kafe > IHOP >> Le Diplomate

  • Tabard Inn – the donuts, the ambiance
    Original Pancake House – yeah, not in DC proper, but best pancakes around
    Kafe Leopold’s – Great coffee, cool European vibe, good pastries
    McDonald’s – can’t beat the price.

    • I’m sad to report that the donuts are no more. Tried it recently and they are definitely not the same donuts.

      I know everyone we’ll think we’re gross, but I don’t care. Every once in awhile, a hot sausage biscuit really hits the spot!

      • justinbc

        There are many mornings (usually after very late nights) that I ride the bike to Union Station for a Cajun biscuit with cheese from Bojangles. Growing up in NC that was a breakfast staple before high school many mornings, hard to fight those cravings sometimes!

      • I am finishing a McDonald’s breakfast even as we speak.

  • As with any food bought from a restaurant in WDC you can either pay premiere prices or standard prices, breakfast is nothing different. Breakfast is by far the cheapest meal for a restaurant to make and the most profitable. Think of how much 2 eggs, 3 slices of bacon, and 1 slice of toasted bread would cost a restaurant wholesale. WDC breakfast eaters, of course, still want the small plate fancy experience with fancy “artisan” toppings or hidden ingredients, gluten-free this that or the other, or a plate with a “No GMO” sticker on it. Breakfast restaurants thrive on all those fancy “extra’s” customers want because it makes their already super profitable breakfast meal even more profitable and helps pay for that 14th St address because you pay extra for the words “organic”, “artisan”, “gluten-free”, “No GMO”. If you’re looking for an excellent $20 per person breakfast experience where you will Instagram your plate, I can’t help. If you’re looking for a down-home excellent breakfast experience at true breakfast prices the #1 choice is Lincoln Waffle House #2 is Trio’s and #3 is Florida Avenue Grill.

  • D.C. Reynolds

  • Lincoln Waffle House. Anything with scrapple.

    Deli City. Mostly the customers: Metro bus drivers, bluehaired dowagers, folks who wouldn’t be caught dead in a small plates joint.

    Market Lunch. Skip the bluebucks and get The Brick.

    Booeymonger in Georgetown

    MGM Roast Beef

  • Florida Ave Grill

  • During this miserable cold weather, I’m going with my kitchen!!!!!

  • justinbc

    I wouldn’t quite call it the “best”, but when I lived in Logan I found myself biking over to Blind Dog Cafe more frequently than any other place for breakfast. In terms of fancy brunch stuff, I’ve yet to find anything in DC to beat Blue Duck Tavern (the only exception being their chicken and waffles, which I was not a fan of).

    • I think Blue Duck’s brunch is the best I’ve had in DC. Off the top of my head, I’m not thinking of anything that’s even come close.

    • Home of the $15 egg. You can do much better elsewhere, for the money. And before you ask where, just take your pick of nearly every other recommendation in this thread.

      • justinbc

        I don’t need to ask where, I’ve been plenty of other places. I am not concerned with “for the money” when the question is posed as “best”.

        • You’ve been [to] plenty of other places, but you probably haven’t been to all of them. There is always room for enlightenment.

          • justinbc

            Given the statement “nearly every other recommendation in this thread”, I would say I’ve gone to about 75% of them and would still call Blue Duck Tavern superior. Everyone has different preferences, and mine happens to be for them. It’s certainly not the only place I eat breakfast, or even most common, as I noted in my OP.

          • Justin, I’d love to know how much you spend per month on eating out. Not so I can be judgmental, just out of morbid curiosity. 🙂

          • justinbc

            It varies a lot based on what projects I’ve got going on. I love cooking at home but if it’s a particularly busy month I just can’t justify the time/effort it takes. During an average week though I would say about 3-5 meals per week are “out”. I typically only ever eat breakfast away from home on the weekend, my normal breakfast regimen is pretty strict (protein shake + bar for like 10 years straight now). Quantifying it in terms of actual dollars would be tough because the range of places varies so greatly.

  • KBC and Masa 14

  • jim_ed

    Tony’s Place on Kennedy St. $5.50 gets you eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and a pancake in the greasy spoon that time forgot.

  • French toast at Poste.
    Leopold’s outside during Spring.
    Annie’s on 17th at all hours on weekends.

  • I haven’t had a chance to try many places, but I’ve eaten at Flip It II at 16th and Rhode Island NE a few times and it’s always been tasty, the coffee is strong, and the staff are friendly.

  • Commissary! Really affordable for the food and the outside seating is great on sunny days.

  • The Coupe. Ted Bulletin.

  • Don Jaime’s

  • 1)Ted’s Bulletin
    2) Room 11 (bacon, egg, and cheese jalapeño biscuit sandwich is rediculous)

  • The Brick at Market Lunch in Eastern Market

  • Anyone who answers “Ted’s Bulletin” gets banned for life.

  • -Kafe Leopold’s.
    -The bagels at Firehook, surprisingly good.
    -The Diner.
    -Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse.

  • Cooking breakfast yourself is so incredibly easy that I just can’t really bring myself to go out to a restaurant. Unless I’m incredibly hung over, in which case taste is sort of irrelevant.

  • Where’s the love for Jimmy T’s Place on the hill? Breakfast comes with a side of sass.

    • I stopped going to Jimmy T’s years ago when I discovered Pete’s Diner.

      • Overall Winner: DGS Deli–whatever you get, make sure it’s on a Montreal Bagel
        Greasy Spoon Winner: Jimmy T’s, aka Not Pete’s
        Fancy Pants Winner: Le Diplomat–sure it falls into the froofy pretentious category, but sometimes all you want in life is a basket of artesan non-GMO double-gluten baked treats
        Bottomless Everything Winner: Boqueria–tasty Spanish bottomless brunch, and I don’t know if it was just the weather, but last time I went there, there was plenty of room for our big group.
        Ambiance Winner: Union Market–get a bagel at the deli, a coffee at peregrin, walk around, do the things, etc.

  • I haven’t been there in years, but the original Clyde’s in Georgetown used to do a terrific breakfast. The fresh biscuits were especially good. I’ve had dinner at a couple of the other locations recently, and they had gone noticeably downhill, so I’m wondering if the breakfast/brunch are worth it these days.

  • not one shout out for Busboys and Poets? I think it’s pretty average, but it’s at least as average as most of what’s rec’d above. I will give them points for vegan options.

    • I agree. Food and service are way better than the Coupe or some of the other places being mentioned at this price point.

  • Anywhere that servers bottomless mimos..
    Though I’d kill for a Westville(NYC) to open up int DC,.

  • Especially in the winter, I love Tryst.

  • I’m a new fan of Blind Dog Cafe, but just a couple blocks over on Georgia is Torries, where you can get a real Southern breakfast with lots of food and drink for around $10. Think: Old DC–and none of this small plate/organic/craft BS. And nothing beats the sausage biscuit from Mcdonalds.

  • I had a decent breakfast in Brookland last weekend. I can’t remember the name of the place, but it is owned by the owner of Fusion and the Hitching Post.

  • White Corner on MD/DC line on Southern Ave

  • Took family to Ted’s Bulletin on 14th over the holidays for brunch. Was amazed how mediocre it was. Pretty sure they were cooking with instant eggs.

    • You go there for the ambiance, not the food. Even their dinner entrees are pretty sub-par.

      • On the plus side, they did manage to switch from sirloin to chuck for their chicken fried steak. I guess the cook finally tasted it and realized that beating the $h!t out of sirloin makes it taste like shoe.

  • Senart’s on 8th SE is the consensus favorite of my wife and myself. I’m sure that was grammatically incorrect but what can you do.? Seriously though the crushes are great and the scrambles as well as everything we’ve had there are excellent. The dinner is nothing to write home about but the brunch opens at ten which is an hour earlier than most places I’ve found and it’s not crowded. Go you won’t regret it.
    Also, if you have 3 hours to wait for a meal Domku’s breakfast is pretty good. The apelskeivers (no idea how to spell it) are awesome. I won’t go for dinner anymore because it’s mediocre and takes so so so long to get the bad server to get the cooks to saunter back to the kitchen and cook something. When you have time though brunch is not cheap but usually worth it.

    • I’ve only gone to Senart’s for oysters and the $20 Prime Rib dinner on Tuesday (both of which are excellent).
      Need to try them for breakfast some day.

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