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15 Sunny Breakfast Sandwiches to Brighten Up a D.C. Morning

Where to bite into the breakfast of champions

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An egg sandwich on milk bread from I Egg You inside Chiko.
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Some mornings call for the breakfast delicacies to be stuffed between two pieces of bread. When the COVID-19 pandemic spiked demand for comfort food and takeout-friendly items, chefs spent time perfecting their sandwich game — and many of those have now become fixtures on menus around town.

From croissant sandwiches dusted in za’atar to Korean milk bread spread with whipped butter and stuffed with brown butter-fried eggs, gooey cheese, and crispy sausage, the area in and around D.C. has plenty of reasons to get out of bed in the morning.

Here’s a look at 15 breakfast sandwiches that rise above the rest.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. butter me up

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7101 Democracy Blvd SPC 1158
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 347-7370
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The new Butter Me Up serves decadent breakfast sandwiches on Panorama Bakery’s soft, slightly sweet butter rolls. Try the “Staycation,” soft scrambled eggs, caramelized onions, goat cheese, avocado, and sriracha mayo.

2. Ellē

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3221 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 652-0040
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At Eater D.C.’s 2018 Restaurant of the Year, satisfying breakfast fillings come stuffed between sesame-speckled potato buns. The smoked brisket with farm eggs and cheddar stands out.

A pastrami breakfast sandwich from Ellē.
A pastrami breakfast sandwich from Ellē
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3. Call Your Mother (Multiple locations)

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3301 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010

This fast-expanding, wood-fired bagel shop and deli has built a loyal following with outposts quickly taking root across the D.C. area. The Sun City breakfast sandwich is the classic bodega-style egg-and-cheese option, available with bacon, pastrami, or no meat at all.

4. Florida Avenue Grill

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1100 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-1586
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D.C.’s preeminent soul food spot serves all-day breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Go for the hearty egg and half-smoke sandwich.

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A scene from outside Florida Avenue Grill taken before the pandemic
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5. Cracked Eggery

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1921 8th St NW Suite 110
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 351-6167
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Shaw’s new neon-lit egg parlor serves up a menu of egg sandwiches, loaded tots, and French toast sticks in a squeaky clean space that vibes with ‘80s-era nostalgia. A “next-level” BLT called “Southern Charm” stacks a fried green tomato, pimiento cheese, arugula, bacon, egg, and lemon aioli on a challah bun.

A close-up of the Southern Charm from Cracked Eggery, a BLT with a fried green tomato, pimento cheese, arugula, and lemon aioli on a challah bun.
The Southern Charm from Cracked Eggery is a BLT with a fried green tomato, pimento cheese, arugula, and lemon aioli on a challah bun.
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6. Baker’s Daughter

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1402 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002

At Baker’s Daughter, chef Matt Baker (also behind Gravitas and Michele’s) serves breakfast all day. His top-selling breakfast sandwich is the “chef’s breakfast sandwich,” bacon, ham, sliced avocado, baby arugula, espelette aioli, and a fried egg stuffed between toasted sourdough. Baker says it took him two months to perfect the sandwich.

7. The Village Cafe

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1272 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Wilson high school alums Kevon King, Mahammad Mangum, and Ryan William founded this cafe and community hub near Union Market. An “a.m. sandwich” on brioche comes with Canadian bacon, a fried egg, truffle gouda, grainy mustard, and apricot jam.

An “a.m. sandwich” from Village Cafe.
An “a.m. sandwich” from Village Cafe.
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8. Unconventional Diner

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1207 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 847-0122
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Located in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, this popular diner from chef-owner David Deshaies sends out a daily brunch menu (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) that includes a S”eggs”y sandwich with bacon, cheese, “sexy” sauce, scallions, and fries for $13.

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9. Pearl's Bagels

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1017 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

This small Mount Vernon Square business boosts the quality of D.C.’s bagel scene with chewy slices of sourdough bagels bookending fillings like cage-free eggs and sharp cheddar. Try the “Frenchie,” a gooey combo of ham, melted gruyere, eggs, and Dijon.

10. Northside Social Coffee & Wine (Multiple locations)

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3211 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 465-0145
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Breakfast sandwiches are available all day at this Northern Virginia coffee house (Arlington, Falls Church) from the group that owns Liberty Tavern. Options include a honey IPA roll topped with country ham, apricot jam, and arugula; house-smoked salmon and a poached egg with cream cheese and arugula on a honey IPA roll; and a feather Italian loaf packed with maple butter, poached eggs, and bacon made on-site.

11. I Egg You

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423 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 558-9934

At this breakfast spot inside Chiko in Capitol Hill, toasted Korean milk bread (from O’ Bakery) forms the basis for detail-oriented breakfast sandwiches. The kitchen fills the sandwiches with eggs cooked in nutty brown butter, plus fontina cheese and crispy Logan’s sausage. Open Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

12. Sidekick Bakery

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4238 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1130 SK
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 848-0640
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This spunky sibling bakery attached to Ted’s Bulletin in Ballston sells a variety of breakfast sandwiches on black sesame sweet potato brioche. Try one filled with steak and eggs and chimichurri; egg, cheddar, and chive; or egg, asiago, and bacon.

A steak and egg “Slidekick” from Sidekick.
A steak and egg “Slidekick” from Sidekick.
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13. La Famosa

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1300 4th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 921-9882
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From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Navy Yard’s sleek Puerto Rican cafe makes grilled ham and swiss bocadillos and ham, egg, and cheese mañaneros pressed in between slices of pan de agua or on sweet mallorca rolls. Vegetarians can substitute avocado or a veggie patty for $2.

14. Yellow the Cafe

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1346 4th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 921-9592
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While customers wait on the standalone Yellow taking root in Georgetown, the original inside Albi in Navy Yard reliably blends French pastry with Middle Eastern flavors during daytime hours. A breakfast pita comes with scrambled eggs, labneh, and a chopped salad, with the option of adding ground lamb kefta for $3. Or try the za’atar fried egg croissant with smoked peppers and labneh.

15. Stomping Ground

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2309 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 567-6616
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Chef and owner Nicole Jones makes some of the finest buttermilk biscuits around D.C. at her cafe in Del Ray. A plain biscuit runs just over $3, and customers can build their own sandwiches with options like bacon, ham, sausage, cheddar, poached or baked eggs, and sorghum butter. Her “not-so-classic” fried chicken biscuit comes with benne seed tahini, hot sauce, honey, red onion, and za’atar. Breakfast is available Tuesday through Sunday.

1. butter me up

7101 Democracy Blvd SPC 1158, Bethesda, MD 20817

The new Butter Me Up serves decadent breakfast sandwiches on Panorama Bakery’s soft, slightly sweet butter rolls. Try the “Staycation,” soft scrambled eggs, caramelized onions, goat cheese, avocado, and sriracha mayo.

7101 Democracy Blvd SPC 1158
Bethesda, MD 20817

2. Ellē

3221 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010
A pastrami breakfast sandwich from Ellē.
A pastrami breakfast sandwich from Ellē
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

At Eater D.C.’s 2018 Restaurant of the Year, satisfying breakfast fillings come stuffed between sesame-speckled potato buns. The smoked brisket with farm eggs and cheddar stands out.

3221 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010

3. Call Your Mother (Multiple locations)

3301 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010

This fast-expanding, wood-fired bagel shop and deli has built a loyal following with outposts quickly taking root across the D.C. area. The Sun City breakfast sandwich is the classic bodega-style egg-and-cheese option, available with bacon, pastrami, or no meat at all.

3301 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010

4. Florida Avenue Grill

1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
Eater Scenes, Florida Avenue Grill
A scene from outside Florida Avenue Grill taken before the pandemic
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

D.C.’s preeminent soul food spot serves all-day breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Go for the hearty egg and half-smoke sandwich.

1100 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Cracked Eggery

1921 8th St NW Suite 110, Washington, DC 20001
A close-up of the Southern Charm from Cracked Eggery, a BLT with a fried green tomato, pimento cheese, arugula, and lemon aioli on a challah bun.
The Southern Charm from Cracked Eggery is a BLT with a fried green tomato, pimento cheese, arugula, and lemon aioli on a challah bun.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Shaw’s new neon-lit egg parlor serves up a menu of egg sandwiches, loaded tots, and French toast sticks in a squeaky clean space that vibes with ‘80s-era nostalgia. A “next-level” BLT called “Southern Charm” stacks a fried green tomato, pimiento cheese, arugula, bacon, egg, and lemon aioli on a challah bun.

1921 8th St NW Suite 110
Washington, DC 20001

6. Baker’s Daughter

1402 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002

At Baker’s Daughter, chef Matt Baker (also behind Gravitas and Michele’s) serves breakfast all day. His top-selling breakfast sandwich is the “chef’s breakfast sandwich,” bacon, ham, sliced avocado, baby arugula, espelette aioli, and a fried egg stuffed between toasted sourdough. Baker says it took him two months to perfect the sandwich.

1402 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002

7. The Village Cafe

1272 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
An “a.m. sandwich” from Village Cafe.
An “a.m. sandwich” from Village Cafe.
Village Cafe [official]

Wilson high school alums Kevon King, Mahammad Mangum, and Ryan William founded this cafe and community hub near Union Market. An “a.m. sandwich” on brioche comes with Canadian bacon, a fried egg, truffle gouda, grainy mustard, and apricot jam.

1272 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

8. Unconventional Diner

1207 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Will Reintzell/Unconventional Diner

Located in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, this popular diner from chef-owner David Deshaies sends out a daily brunch menu (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) that includes a S”eggs”y sandwich with bacon, cheese, “sexy” sauce, scallions, and fries for $13.

1207 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Pearl's Bagels

1017 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

This small Mount Vernon Square business boosts the quality of D.C.’s bagel scene with chewy slices of sourdough bagels bookending fillings like cage-free eggs and sharp cheddar. Try the “Frenchie,” a gooey combo of ham, melted gruyere, eggs, and Dijon.

1017 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. Northside Social Coffee & Wine (Multiple locations)

3211 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Breakfast sandwiches are available all day at this Northern Virginia coffee house (Arlington, Falls Church) from the group that owns Liberty Tavern. Options include a honey IPA roll topped with country ham, apricot jam, and arugula; house-smoked salmon and a poached egg with cream cheese and arugula on a honey IPA roll; and a feather Italian loaf packed with maple butter, poached eggs, and bacon made on-site.

3211 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

11. I Egg You

423 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

At this breakfast spot inside Chiko in Capitol Hill, toasted Korean milk bread (from O’ Bakery) forms the basis for detail-oriented breakfast sandwiches. The kitchen fills the sandwiches with eggs cooked in nutty brown butter, plus fontina cheese and crispy Logan’s sausage. Open Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

423 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

12. Sidekick Bakery

4238 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1130 SK, Arlington, VA 22203
A steak and egg “Slidekick” from Sidekick.
A steak and egg “Slidekick” from Sidekick.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

This spunky sibling bakery attached to Ted’s Bulletin in Ballston sells a variety of breakfast sandwiches on black sesame sweet potato brioche. Try one filled with steak and eggs and chimichurri; egg, cheddar, and chive; or egg, asiago, and bacon.

4238 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1130 SK
Arlington, VA 22203

13. La Famosa

1300 4th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Navy Yard’s sleek Puerto Rican cafe makes grilled ham and swiss bocadillos and ham, egg, and cheese mañaneros pressed in between slices of pan de agua or on sweet mallorca rolls. Vegetarians can substitute avocado or a veggie patty for $2.

1300 4th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

14. Yellow the Cafe

1346 4th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

While customers wait on the standalone Yellow taking root in Georgetown, the original inside Albi in Navy Yard reliably blends French pastry with Middle Eastern flavors during daytime hours. A breakfast pita comes with scrambled eggs, labneh, and a chopped salad, with the option of adding ground lamb kefta for $3. Or try the za’atar fried egg croissant with smoked peppers and labneh.

1346 4th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

15. Stomping Ground

2309 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

Chef and owner Nicole Jones makes some of the finest buttermilk biscuits around D.C. at her cafe in Del Ray. A plain biscuit runs just over $3, and customers can build their own sandwiches with options like bacon, ham, sausage, cheddar, poached or baked eggs, and sorghum butter. Her “not-so-classic” fried chicken biscuit comes with benne seed tahini, hot sauce, honey, red onion, and za’atar. Breakfast is available Tuesday through Sunday.

2309 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

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