Breakfast in the Nation's Capital

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2003/11/03 07:05:30 (permalink)

Breakfast in the Nation's Capital

As a relatively new resident of Washington, DC, I have not yet found the perfect breakfast. There are a couple however that are worth a trip if you are in the neighborhood, one being the Eastern Market Lunch Counter, which can have a line a couple of dozen deep on a Saturday morning. The other is Jimmy T's, which is OK from a food point of view, but has great atmosphere, as you dine in a greasy spoon in the shadow of the Capitol. Any other places out there?
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    i95
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    RE: Breakfast in the Nation's Capital 2003/11/03 07:21:33 (permalink)
    If you asked this question ten years ago the quintessential answer would have been Sherrel's on Capitol Hill (which has since closed). In the meantime, don't overlook Old Ebbitt Grille on 15th Street for superb, American breakfasts.
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    RE: Breakfast in the Nation's Capital 2003/11/03 09:54:19 (permalink)
    I used to swear by the breakfasts at Krupin's, particularly the smoked fish platters, but after consecutive poor outings there, I'm distancing myself from the place. You might have different luck if you want to give it a try. You'll do fine at Eastern Market. You can also try Reeves Bakery or swing over to Florida Avenue Grill, which is located near Howard University.
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    RE: Breakfast in the Nation's Capital 2003/11/03 10:24:20 (permalink)
    Eggs, fried pork chop, and apples at the Florida Avenue Grill (not shown: biscuits)

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    RE: Breakfast in the Nation's Capital 2003/11/03 19:33:30 (permalink)
    I forgot to mention the Florida Street Grill. I had gone there once when I had visited DC, and after looking at that photo, I need to return.
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    RE: Breakfast in the Nation's Capital 2003/11/04 00:25:47 (permalink)
    It ain't what anyone would call greasy spoon, and I don't know whether they still do it, but The Kennedy Center used to have an incredible Sunday brunch buffet on the top floor...a great place to go and watch DC life unfold on a Sunday morning; four star service, and the food line went into the kitchen so you could see breakfast in its nascent stage. If it's still happening when we get back there we will go in a heartbeat.
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    RE: Breakfast in the Nation's Capital 2003/11/06 20:50:42 (permalink)
    My favorite diner breakfast is "cheese eggs" or scrambled eggs with American cheese melted in them. One of the best examples of this as well as every other breakfast item is the Pink Tea Cup in New York. Another is the Florida Avenue Grill. No question but it's the best breakfast in town. Get there early or late for breakfast or be prepared to wait on line. It's all good, and made with love. Fun Fact: There's a shot of it in the movie "Car Wash." Mr. T ate here.
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    RE: Breakfast in the Nation's Capital 2004/02/18 18:33:23 (permalink)


    My favorite place for breakfast in Northern Virginia is the Metro 29 Diner, located at the corner of Lee Highway (Route 29) and Glebe Road (Route 120) in Arlington, VA. It is about 3/4 of a mile up from Spout Run on the right side of the road.

    They serve huge platters of breakfast food. I love their pancakes, french toast, and omelettes. Try it and let me know what you think.

    Get there early on Saturdays and Sundays as there will be a wait after 830am.

    Good luck!

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    RE: Breakfast in the Nation's Capital 2004/02/22 15:11:36 (permalink)
    If you're up for a drive to Frederick, I recommend the Old South Mountain Inn. Located on a mountain ridge between Frederick and Washington Counties, Maryland, it's on the old National Pike (Alt. Route 40) west of Frederick. http://www.oldsouthmountaininn.com/ They have a fabulous brunch buffet. Not huge, but lovely. Nice fat sausage links, chopped Italian sausages cooked in onions and peppers, freshly carved roast beef, scrambled eggs, blinis with cherry sauce, cheesy veggie casserole dishes, and French toast with flaked almonds and powdered sugar, and a choice of raspberry syrup or maple. The dessert table has cheesecakes, chocolate mousse, lime merangue pie, etc. And there's fruit salad and a variety of juices. And this is just the Sunday brunch buffet. The link above has their regular menu.
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    RE: Breakfast in the Nation's Capital 2004/04/02 18:25:31 (permalink)
    There's a place around Dupont Circle, the Luna Grill, with breakfast served all day. They have another place in Shirlington. If you're around Columbia Pike, Bob and Edith's is a must. Luna Grill is a little fancier, but Bob & Edith's is diner personified.
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    RE: Breakfast in the Nation's Capital 2007/06/27 09:35:11 (permalink)
    Metro 29 Diner is a true Long-Island-Style establishment. Great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Best fried shrimp in DC. Fries are always blazing hot and never salted (DIY!). We moved to Dallas two years ago and this is one of the few DC restaurants that does not have a superior in the Big D.

    Metro 29 Diner is in Arlington, VA on Lee Highway just East of the intersection of Lee Highway (Rt. 29) and N. Glebe Rd (Rt. 120). It is on the Southern border of an EXTREMELY affluent area and is "safe" day and night.
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    RE: Breakfast in the Nation's Capital 2007/07/29 11:02:26 (permalink)
    Washington is not a particularly good breakfast city. The Eastern Market Lunch is obviously gone because Eastern Market burned down. I found the horrible service and lack of tables at Jimmy T's to make it useful only as novelty. Sherril's was great in a old school way. Staying with the Capitol Hill theme I'd suggest the Capitol Lounge, on Pennsylvania, as the neighbohood's best breakfast place. At night it's a beer joint for Hill Brats but they do a good job for breakfast. During soccer and football season it's also a good place to watch the game. They've got a donut machine that makes serviceble donuts and I like to get them as an appetizer. The main waitress was one of the pillars of the Sherril's wait staff.
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    RE: Breakfast in the Nation's Capital 2011/04/16 16:07:30 (permalink)
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    ...the Florida Avenue Grill...

     
    Navigated my way here this morning and after dropping off family at D.C.'s Union Station. Found a non-metered space right out front and before the rain started. It was 7:30 am. How could it get any better? Walked-up to the front door. It was locked. Although their hours weren't posted anywhere out front, I later learned that they don't open until 8:00 am (and I had a schedule that morning which wouldn't wait).
     
    Damn you, Travelin Man, damn you! 
     
     


    post edited by i95 - 2011/04/16 16:24:08
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    RE: Breakfast in the Nation's Capital 2011/04/17 12:12:04 (permalink)
    Dutche's Daughter in Frederick has a really great Sunday brunch very reasonably priced for all you get, worth the drive from DC. About 35 minutes from Chevy Chase Circle. They also have some of the best Crab Cakes in Md. IMHO, this is not a roadfood style restaurant but it has a very relaxed atmosphere.
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    RE: Breakfast in the Nation's Capital 2011/12/28 17:11:26 (permalink)
    I like the sound of that
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    RE: Breakfast in the Nation's Capital 2011/12/28 17:11:26 (permalink)
    I like the sound of that
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    RE: Breakfast in the Nation's Capital 2011/12/29 08:29:45 (permalink)
    Since this thread was started, Metro 29 was featured on Guy Fieri's "Diners & Dives".  Among the dishes shown was the Challuh Bread French Toast.  http://metro29.com/ .  Check their vast menu!
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    RE: Breakfast in the Nation's Capital 2011/12/29 08:33:29 (permalink)
    i95

    If you asked this question ten years ago the quintessential answer would have been Sherrel's on Capitol Hill (which has since closed). In the meantime, don't overlook Old Ebbitt Grille on 15th Street for superb, American breakfasts.

    We did have breakfast at Old Ebbitt Grille earlier this year and it was everything i95 said and more.  We loved the place.

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    Re:Breakfast in the Nation's Capital 2011/12/29 08:47:57 (permalink)
    Two weeks ago had a great brunch at Founding Farmers - 1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW Excellent
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