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Square, layered biscuits from St. Anselm come with a side of pimento cheese
Square, layered biscuits from St. Anselm come with a side of pimento cheese
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Where to Find Warm, Buttery Biscuits Around D.C.

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Square, layered biscuits from St. Anselm come with a side of pimento cheese
| Jennifer Chase/For St. Anselm

Biscuits are built for comfort. A perfectly golden-brown square or circle is fluffy, flaky, crispy on the outside, and buttery soft on the inside. It can be a meal on its own, a canvas for butter and jam, or a building block for fried chicken sandwiches. In the District, some of the best can be found at all-day breakfast joints and more surprising locales, like a steak-heavy tavern by Union Market, a Michelin-starred Mid-Atlantic restaurant in Blagden Alley, or a new hotel restaurant in Alexandria.

A number of D.C. area restaurants have resumed dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tastee Diner (Multiple locations)

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8601 Cameron St
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 589-8171
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This old-school greasy spoon has three locations in the Maryland suburbs: Silver Spring, Bethesda, and Laurel. After months of being closed, the jukebox diner is open once again for pickup (call ahead) or limited dine-in patio service. A combo of two eggs and a biscuit is a bargain, for $3.99.

2. Florida Avenue Grill

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1100 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-1586
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Open since 1944, this diner is the self-described “Oldest Soul Food Restaurant in the World” and boasts a menu teeming with Southern classics. Buttermilk biscuits are available as a side for any meal, but on Saturdays and Sundays they’re the star of the show. Order the weekend special of two buttermilk biscuits slathered in sausage cream gravy for only $6.50. The restaurant is open for takeout Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and patio seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

3. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 588-7388
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Jack Rose is known for its giant whisky selection and a menu full of American comfort food. Diners can start off with a $7 plate of fresh biscuits and honey butter. Biscuits with ham and pimento cheese are also available. The rooftop is open for dining (reservations requested), and customers can order pickups online or delivery via Doordash.

4. Ted's Bulletin (Multiple locations)

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1818 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-8337
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From 7 a.m. until closing, all six locations of Ted’s Bulletin serve popular, diner-style breakfast fare. This includes Nana’s beer biscuits and sausage gravy, a $12.99 platter served with two eggs and hash browns. Afternoon and evening eaters who crave biscuits, but don’t necessarily want them as an entrée, can order the chicken ‘n biscuit sliders drizzled with the local chain’s version of sticky sweet mumbo sauce. Order takeout or delivery here.

5. St. Anselm

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1250 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 864-2199
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Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s square, layered biscuits boast a loyal following around D.C. Light and flaky and served with a side of pimento cheese, they’re an irresistible way to start meals at this all-American themed grill. Patio dining (reservations online) and delivery or pickup service are all available.

Square, layered biscuits from St. Anselm come with a side of pimento cheese
Square, layered biscuits from St. Anselm come with a side of pimento cheese
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6. The Dabney

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122 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 450-1015
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The Dabney’s breakfast pickup menu has a rotating biscuit sandwich available on Saturdays and Sundays. The breakfast sandwiches from the Michelin-starred Mid-Atlantic restaurant in Blagden Alley are served on a first-come, first-serve basis, so patrons might want to wake up early.

7. Unconventional Diner

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1207 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 847-0122
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Chef David Deshaies and pastry chef Ana Deshaies serve huge biscuits a la a carte, with a side of coffee-bacon jam, or as part of fried chicken platters that come with gravy and coleslaw. The modern diner attached to the convention center has added sidewalk patio seating in addition to indoor tables, with reservations available on Resy. Takeout is available on Tock, and delivery is available on Caviar. — Gabe Hiatt

8. a baked joint

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440 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 408-6985
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Like sister bakery Baked & Wired, A Baked Joint folds meats and cheeses inside its biscuit dough, creating flavors like a spicy sausage, cheddar and cilantro biscuit or a version with caramelized onion and goat cheese. Order online from the all-day menu for pickup and delivery.

9. Milk & Honey (Multiple locations)

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1245 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 396-0038
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This soul food brunch chain from College Park has added a location on H Street NE and another outpost in Atlanta. Chef Sammy Davis serves honey butter biscuits, deep-fried strawberry shortcake biscuits, and a fried lobster tail, egg, and cheese sandwich on a biscuit. Customers can order takeout from the H Street location online, and dine-in service resumes Tuesday, October 6. — G.H.

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10. Sloppy Mama's BBQ

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5731 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 269-2718
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The local barbecue brand recently debuted a new breakfast menu that starts at 8 a.m. daily. Biscuits come served with honey butter ($2.50) or on a breakfast sandwich, like the big-stack sausage, brisket, or bacon, egg, and cheese ($5). Order on ChowNow for pickup, curbside, or delivery.

11. Bayou Bakery

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1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-2410
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Eaters can find this Louisiana-themed bakery in Arlington. On weekdays until 3 p.m., order a $2 buttermilk biscuit with custom fillings like Benton’s bacon and pimento cheese. Order in advance online for “grab n’ geaux” pickup.

12. Etta Faye’s Chicken Shack

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1051 N Highland St
Arlington, VA 22201
(571) 312-8791
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Smokecraft Modern Barbecue, which recently opened in Clarendon, started this ghost kitchen as an homage to executive sous chef William Burke’s grandmother. Burke makes traditional biscuits (think fried chicken and pickles) but also offers off-beat combos like “the Stoner,” which tops a semi-sweet chocolate chip biscuit with whipped marshmallow and a spiced jam.

“The Stoner” from Etta Faye’s tops a semi-sweet chocolate chip biscuit with whipped marshmallow and a spiced jam
“The Stoner” tops a semi-sweet chocolate chip biscuit with whipped marshmallow and a spiced jam
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13. ABC Pony

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2 I St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 913-8155
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ABC Pony chef Armani Johnson created a cheddar bay biscuit as the topping for a baked crab dip that tastes like a savory cobbler. He pipes the biscuit dough atop a mustard-heavy mix of crab meat, cream, cream cheese, Old Bay, melted leeks, and caramelized onions. And it’s a top seller — also required eating for any Marylander, or Old Bay lover.

14. Stomping Ground

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2309 Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 548-1970
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This Del Ray neighborhood spot offers build-your-own biscuits or fried chicken biscuit sandwiches. The latter comes in classic pimento-and-pickles style, or a “not-so-classic” with benne seed tahini, hot sauce, honey, red onion, and za'atar. Customers can order a side of sausage gravy before noon. For a sweet tooth, there’s also a French toast biscuit. Order online for pickup or delivery.

A biscuit sandwich from Stomping Ground
A biscuit sandwich from Stomping Ground
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15. King & Rye

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480 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
 703-842-2761
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At one of the newest additions to Old Town, chef Peter McCall channels his hometown of Nashville with Southern-style dishes, including several options for biscuit. For dinner, try the Virginia ham and biscuits, or look for them on the weekend brunch menu as a side or a main. The cream chicken and biscuits come with a fried egg ($15). Patio dining and online ordering is available.

Buttermilk biscuits from King & Rye in Alexandria King & Rye [official]

1. Tastee Diner (Multiple locations)

8601 Cameron St, Silver Spring, MD 20910

This old-school greasy spoon has three locations in the Maryland suburbs: Silver Spring, Bethesda, and Laurel. After months of being closed, the jukebox diner is open once again for pickup (call ahead) or limited dine-in patio service. A combo of two eggs and a biscuit is a bargain, for $3.99.

8601 Cameron St
Silver Spring, MD 20910

2. Florida Avenue Grill

1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Open since 1944, this diner is the self-described “Oldest Soul Food Restaurant in the World” and boasts a menu teeming with Southern classics. Buttermilk biscuits are available as a side for any meal, but on Saturdays and Sundays they’re the star of the show. Order the weekend special of two buttermilk biscuits slathered in sausage cream gravy for only $6.50. The restaurant is open for takeout Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and patio seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

1100 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

2007 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Jack Rose is known for its giant whisky selection and a menu full of American comfort food. Diners can start off with a $7 plate of fresh biscuits and honey butter. Biscuits with ham and pimento cheese are also available. The rooftop is open for dining (reservations requested), and customers can order pickups online or delivery via Doordash.

2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

4. Ted's Bulletin (Multiple locations)

1818 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

From 7 a.m. until closing, all six locations of Ted’s Bulletin serve popular, diner-style breakfast fare. This includes Nana’s beer biscuits and sausage gravy, a $12.99 platter served with two eggs and hash browns. Afternoon and evening eaters who crave biscuits, but don’t necessarily want them as an entrée, can order the chicken ‘n biscuit sliders drizzled with the local chain’s version of sticky sweet mumbo sauce. Order takeout or delivery here.

1818 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

5. St. Anselm

1250 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Square, layered biscuits from St. Anselm come with a side of pimento cheese
Square, layered biscuits from St. Anselm come with a side of pimento cheese
Jennifer Chase/For St. Anselm

Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s square, layered biscuits boast a loyal following around D.C. Light and flaky and served with a side of pimento cheese, they’re an irresistible way to start meals at this all-American themed grill. Patio dining (reservations online) and delivery or pickup service are all available.

1250 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

6. The Dabney

122 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Dabney’s breakfast pickup menu has a rotating biscuit sandwich available on Saturdays and Sundays. The breakfast sandwiches from the Michelin-starred Mid-Atlantic restaurant in Blagden Alley are served on a first-come, first-serve basis, so patrons might want to wake up early.

122 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Unconventional Diner

1207 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Chef David Deshaies and pastry chef Ana Deshaies serve huge biscuits a la a carte, with a side of coffee-bacon jam, or as part of fried chicken platters that come with gravy and coleslaw. The modern diner attached to the convention center has added sidewalk patio seating in addition to indoor tables, with reservations available on Resy. Takeout is available on Tock, and delivery is available on Caviar. — Gabe Hiatt

1207 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

8. a baked joint

440 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Like sister bakery Baked & Wired, A Baked Joint folds meats and cheeses inside its biscuit dough, creating flavors like a spicy sausage, cheddar and cilantro biscuit or a version with caramelized onion and goat cheese. Order online from the all-day menu for pickup and delivery.

440 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Milk & Honey (Multiple locations)

1245 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

This soul food brunch chain from College Park has added a location on H Street NE and another outpost in Atlanta. Chef Sammy Davis serves honey butter biscuits, deep-fried strawberry shortcake biscuits, and a fried lobster tail, egg, and cheese sandwich on a biscuit. Customers can order takeout from the H Street location online, and dine-in service resumes Tuesday, October 6. — G.H.

1245 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

10. Sloppy Mama's BBQ

5731 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207

The local barbecue brand recently debuted a new breakfast menu that starts at 8 a.m. daily. Biscuits come served with honey butter ($2.50) or on a breakfast sandwich, like the big-stack sausage, brisket, or bacon, egg, and cheese ($5). Order on ChowNow for pickup, curbside, or delivery.

5731 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA 22207

11. Bayou Bakery

1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201

Eaters can find this Louisiana-themed bakery in Arlington. On weekdays until 3 p.m., order a $2 buttermilk biscuit with custom fillings like Benton’s bacon and pimento cheese. Order in advance online for “grab n’ geaux” pickup.

1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201

12. Etta Faye’s Chicken Shack

1051 N Highland St, Arlington, VA 22201
“The Stoner” from Etta Faye’s tops a semi-sweet chocolate chip biscuit with whipped marshmallow and a spiced jam
“The Stoner” tops a semi-sweet chocolate chip biscuit with whipped marshmallow and a spiced jam
Etta Faye’s Chicken Shack [official]

Smokecraft Modern Barbecue, which recently opened in Clarendon, started this ghost kitchen as an homage to executive sous chef William Burke’s grandmother. Burke makes traditional biscuits (think fried chicken and pickles) but also offers off-beat combos like “the Stoner,” which tops a semi-sweet chocolate chip biscuit with whipped marshmallow and a spiced jam.

1051 N Highland St
Arlington, VA 22201

13. ABC Pony

2 I St SE, Washington, DC 20003

ABC Pony chef Armani Johnson created a cheddar bay biscuit as the topping for a baked crab dip that tastes like a savory cobbler. He pipes the biscuit dough atop a mustard-heavy mix of crab meat, cream, cream cheese, Old Bay, melted leeks, and caramelized onions. And it’s a top seller — also required eating for any Marylander, or Old Bay lover.

2 I St SE
Washington, DC 20003

14. Stomping Ground

2309 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
A biscuit sandwich from Stomping Ground
A biscuit sandwich from Stomping Ground
Stomping Ground [official]

This Del Ray neighborhood spot offers build-your-own biscuits or fried chicken biscuit sandwiches. The latter comes in classic pimento-and-pickles style, or a “not-so-classic” with benne seed tahini, hot sauce, honey, red onion, and za'atar. Customers can order a side of sausage gravy before noon. For a sweet tooth, there’s also a French toast biscuit. Order online for pickup or delivery.

2309 Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

15. King & Rye

480 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Buttermilk biscuits from King & Rye in Alexandria King & Rye [official]

At one of the newest additions to Old Town, chef Peter McCall channels his hometown of Nashville with Southern-style dishes, including several options for biscuit. For dinner, try the Virginia ham and biscuits, or look for them on the weekend brunch menu as a side or a main. The cream chicken and biscuits come with a fried egg ($15). Patio dining and online ordering is available.

480 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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