The COVID-19 pandemic has spiked demand for comfort food and takeout-friendly items, which offers some reasoning behind a wave of new breakfast sandwiches that have arrived in D.C. over the past couple months. As chefs and restaurateurs experiment with service formats, grab-and-go markets, and pop-ups, egg sandwiches are cropping up everywhere from a hotel coffee counter in Adams Morgan to a Michelin-rated fine dining venue in Shaw, a new gourmet market in Ivy City, a fast-casual Chinese-Korean place in Capitol Hill, a Puerto Rican cafe in Navy Yard, and the new virtual food hall in Glover Park. Here’s a look at 28 options for breakfast sandwiches that features a handful of classics mixed in with all the newcomers.Read More
28 Breakfast Sandwiches to Brighten Up a D.C. Morning
Chefs adapting to business in a public health crisis are leaning hard on bacon, eggs, and cheese
1. A Place To Walk To
This soul food truck-turned-restaurant brought Southern comforts to Hyattsville right before COVID-19 hit this year. French toast and cinnamon buns act as building blocks for breakfast sandwiches that don’t skimp on calories. They’re served with a side of grits or potatoes. Order online for takeout weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Tuesdays), Saturdays starting at 10 a.m., and Sundays starting at 11 a.m. All-day eats also include shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, jerk wings, and mac and cheese.
The standout bakery and all-day cafe in Mount Pleasant has slowly been adding more takeout options during the pandemic. Customers can place online orders for breakfast sandwiches on sesame-speckled potato buns that come with sage breakfast sausage or brisket, farm eggs, and cheddar. There’s also a plain egg and cheese option, or a “built biscuit sandwich” full of peach jam, black pepper goat cheese, and peppery upland cress. Same-day pickups from the online menu are available Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. cutoff for breakfast sandwiches.
3. Call Your Mother (Multiple locations)
Washington, DC 20010
This wood-fired bagel shop and “Jew-ish” deli has built a loyal following and expanded fast in the past two years. In addition the original in Park View, there are now outposts in Capitol Hill and Georgetown and a hot pink bagel trolley parked in Bethesda. The Sun City is the classic bodega-style egg-and-cheese option, available with bacon, pastrami, or no meat at all. Pre-order online here.
4. Room 11
This Columbia Heights standby hosts an Aardvark Cafe cafe pop-up from Maydan alum Maggie Margolis. A classic breakfast sandwich ($9) comes with bacon, egg, cheddar cheese, and a green chili sauce. Lunch and dinner options include a sandwich with braised lamb and Bulgarian feta or a Buffalo chicken dip sub. It opens at 9 a.m. six days a week (closed Mondays), with takeout orders available online.
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5. Heat Da Spot Café
The friendly Ethiopian cafe in Park View is generous with melted cheese throughout the menu, including croissant breakfast sandwiches livened up by its signature green hot sauce.
6. Cafe Spoken
Chef and restaurateur Erik Bruner-Yang revamped the coffee bar that sits in front of the lobby of the line hotel in Adams Morgan to approximate kissaten shops that serve Western-influenced comfort food all over Japan. Shao bing (layered flatbread) breakfast sandwiches come with the option of adding ground chicken tsukune patties. They’re available to-go at the counter, and there’s limited indoor seating for hotel guests.
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Glover Park’s new multi-restaurant ghost kitchen is home to Ghost Dog Egg Man, a rebranded version of Bakers & Baristas, which closed Penn Quarter. The vowel in the “BELT” sandwich stands for a (fried) egg in a traditional BLT, flanked with Calabrian chili aioli. A decadent duck confit and fried egg sandwich comes with scallion, ginger, and sesame spread. Both arrive at customers’ doorsteps (within a 2-mile delivery radius) on a brioche bun. Order takeout or delivery here. Its sprawling back patio is also now open for dine-in service.
8. Florida Avenue Grill
D.C.’s preeminent soul food spot is open with a takeout window and outdoor seating on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Egg sandwiches start at $3.50, and the price rises to $5 with bacon, ham, or scrapple, and $5.75 for a half-smoke breakfast sandwich.
9. butter me up
Washington, DC 20001
HalfSmoke, the Shaw bar known for over-the-top sausages and milkshakes, operates this virtual kitchen focusing on breakfast sandwiches. Panorama Bakery makes soft, slightly sweet butter rolls sandwiches such as “The Bestie,” with hardwood smoked bacon (pork or turkey), organic scrambled eggs, smoked cheddar cheese, and chipotle ketchup. Order takeout online here or delivery from a wide variety of third-party apps.
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10. Baker’s Daughter
Washington, DC 20002
Matt Baker, the chef behind the fancy tasting menus full of Chesapeake ingredients at Gravitas, recently opened this gourmet market and cafe just down the street in Ivy City. Breakfast sandwiches come on sourdough with bacon, sliced avocado, baby arugula, espelette aioli, and a fried egg.
The Korean gastropub in Dupont from the group that owns Chiko and Mandu has a breakfast sandwich on its brunch menu. O Bread bakery in Annandale supplies the toasty milk bread slices filled with rolled omelet, maple pork belly, Spam, cheddar, and mayo. Order takeout here or delivery through Caviar.
12. Dacha Cafe
The cafe attached to the popular Shaw beer garden is a low-key option for a hangover-curing steak, egg, and cheese sandwich built on rounds from Bullfrog Bagels. Order takeout here or get delivery through Postmates.
13. Nina May
The modern American spot in Logan Circle makes a mean breakfast sandwich on weekends, packing bacon, cheesy eggs, and jalapeño salsa verde between potato bread ($9). Order takeout or delivery on Tock, or reserve patio and indoor seats through Resy.
14. The Village Cafe
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. Order pickup online here, or get delivery through Doordash.
15. The Dabney
On Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until sellout), the Michelin-rated restaurant in Blagden Alley offers made-to-order biscuit sandwiches ($9 to $11) stacked with seasonal ingredients. There are also fruit donuts ($4.50) and fun breakfast beverages.
16. Pearl's Bagels
Washington, DC 20001
This new shop in Mt. Vernon Square is the latest small business to boost the quality of D.C.’s bagel scene. Chewy slices of sourdough bagels are the bookends for sandwiches stuffed with cage-free eggs and sharp cheddar. Order for pickup here.
This new ramen bar on H Street switches up the menu during weekend brunch (read: no noodles). Chef Andrew Chiou, formerly of Momo Yakitori, makes a kara-age and buttermilk biscuit sandwich that comes with chili fried chicken and spicy mayo ($12). Sub in shrimp or add bacon for $2 more.
18. Sloppy Mama's BBQ
Pitmaster Joe Neuman recently added buttermilk biscuit breakfast sandwiches and tots to the menu at his barbecue HQ in Arlington. Biscuit and egg sandwiches start at $4, and customers can add bacon, brisket, or sausage for $1 more. Spend another 25 cents to add hot honey, brisket jam, or tomato jam. Another $3 gets customers a combo, with coffee and tots. Place pickup orders online here.
19. Bayou Bakery
Build-your-own breakfast buttermilk biscuit sandwiches are on the menu at chef David Guas’s revamped New Orleans-style eatery in Courthouse. Place pickup or delivery orders online to get them from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
20. Northside Social Coffee & Wine (Multiple locations)
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, or a feather Italian loaf packed with maple butter, poached eggs, and bacon made on-site. Order takeout online here.
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21. Fight Club at Beuchert’s Saloon
The Capitol Hill pub has undergone a sandwich-centric pivot under chef Andrew Markert’s watch, with breakfast available on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A buttermilk biscuit with smoked brisket, pimento cheese, and spicy pickles costs $15. A “Devilish Chivito” is loaded with Deviled eggs, ham, bacon, roasted steak, cheddar cheese, red pepper mayo, lettuce, and tomatoes on a sesame bun ($16). Order online for carryout or delivery via Caviar, DoorDash, and Grubhub. There’s also patio seating in the front and back.
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22. I Egg You
In mid-September, Chiko chefs Danny Lee and Scott Drewno started experimenting with a new breakfast sandwich business at the Capitol Hill location. Five different sandwiches, built on milk bread from O Bread Bakery, are available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Preorders go live on Chiko’s Toast page Friday night after 5 p.m.
23. ABC Pony
The Asian-Italian cafe in Navy Yard serves up cheddar and fried egg bao buns ($7) from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Add bacon for a $2 surcharge and/or fried chicken for $6 more. There’s also coffee from Grace Street Coffee and creative doughnuts for sale.
24. Sidekick Bakery
25. Walter’s Sports Bar
On weekdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., the Navy Yard sports bar is churning out biscuit and egg sandwiches filled with options like sausage and cheese or bacon and avocado. Available for pickup or via third-party apps.
26. La Famosa
From 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., the new Puerto Rican cafe in Navy Yard 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.
27. Yellow the Cafe
This bakery blends French pastry with Middle Eastern flavors during daytime hours inside chef Michael Rafidi’s hot new restaurant, Albi, in Navy Yard. A breakfast pita ($7) comes with scrambled eggs, labneh, and a chopped salad, with the option of adding ground lamb kefta for $3. On weekend, the bakery makes urfa chile-spiced bagels that get stuffed with kefta, eggs, feta, and harissa. Order takeout online here.
28. Stomping Ground
Chef-owner Nicole Jones makes some of the finest buttermilk biscuits around D.C. at her cafe in Del Ray. Online takeout and delivery orders start at $3 for a plain biscuit, 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.