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Ted’s Bulletin serves over-the-top breakfast plates.
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The Best Breakfast Spots Around D.C.

Where to find egg and cheese sandwiches, bagels, breakfast tacos, and more

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Ted’s Bulletin serves over-the-top breakfast plates.
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If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then the D.C. area is runs on premium. While political strivers and decision-makers gravitate towards hotels for power breakfasts, options for those who are only on their first cup of coffee of the day include no-frills diners like Murry & Paul’s, Lincoln Waffle Shop, and Steak-n-Egg, plus plenty of spots serving stellar breakfast sandwiches to brighten up a morning. High-level pastries from Ellē’s bakery in Mount Pleasant or the wood-fired bagel sandwiches filled with farmers market produce at Call Your Mother don’t disappoint.

Most options on this map are concentrated in D.C. proper, but a few iconic suburban breakfast joints are highlighted here as well.

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Donut Run

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This vegan doughnut shop became a hit the moment it opened in January 2021 — with a line to prove it. There are usually several people waiting down the block for a first pick at the light, yeasty confections ahead of its 7 a.m. opening time. Be sure to check Instagram for the list of daily flavors, with options like mango-coconut, Boston cream, and glazed donut holes. Hours run until 2 p.m.

A cookies & cream doughnut from Donut Run.
A cookies & cream doughnut from Donut Run.
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Tony's Place (Multiple Locations)

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Meaty breakfast platters, omelets, and breakfast sandwiches can all be found at this D.C. breakfast spot, with two other locations on H Street and in Anacostia. The generous breakfast platter offers two eggs, toast, home fries or grits, and a choice of bacon, ham, sausage, turkey bacon, turkey links, or scrapple, all for under $5.

Steak-n-Egg

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This recently expanded, 24/7 diner in Tenleytown offers plenty of space at the counter and long outdoor tables, stay full with plates piled high with country-fried steak and gravy, potato hash formed into perfect patties, and head-turners like funnel cake fries. Plus, a robot helps wait tables in this pristine, 1950s-inspired diner.

Bread Furst

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James Beard Award-winning baker Mark Furstenberg’s tiny cafe in Van Ness is one of the city's best places to buy baguettes, chocolate croissants, and English muffins. It opens at 8 a.m., and has built out an impressive retail market during the pandemic, offering access to wholesalers for high-quality coffee and olive oil.

Croissants and coffee at Bread Furst.
Croissants and coffee at Bread Furst.
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Murry & Paul's Restaurant

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This Brookland greasy spoon, with a sign proclaiming it’s served the neighborhood since 1964, is a no-nonsense option for grabbing a table or ordering at the bar. Throwback prices make the giant flapjacks and French toast even sweeter.

Orange brick exterior of 1960s-era breakfast joint Murry & Paul’s.
The exterior of Murry & Paul’s.
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The Coupe

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Tryst Trading Company’s sun-filled spot in Columbia Heights opens every day at 8 a.m. with a lineup of all-day breakfast plates fit for a lumberjack. That includes a flapjack stack — pick from plain, blueberry, or chocolate chip — and the fried chicken and biscuit topped with bacon, sausage gravy, and one egg any style.

Mount Pleasant’s ultimate neighborhood cafe serves a simple breakfast menu from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The egg sandwich showcases superlative brisket, while savory quiches and sweet pastries tempt customers from a case at the counter. There are also miso caramel lattes, guava turnovers, biscuit sandwiches, and a host of other treats to consider. Its acclaimed new Foggy Bottom sibling Tigerella serves grab-and-go breakfast and lunch too.

A pastrami breakfast sandwich from Ellē.
Ellē’s pastrami breakfast sandwich.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

La Tejana

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D.C.’s wildly popular breakfast taco pop-up La Tejana debuted its first standalone store in August. The 2020 fan favorite of Washington Post food columnist Tim Carman brings the upper Northwest neighborhood a true taste of the tiny taquerias its co-founder Ana-Maria Jaramillo frequented growing up in Texas. La Tejana honors Rio Grande Valley’s beloved border cuisine with five opening tacos — all served on homemade flour tortillas — like the “956” with eggs, bacon, potatoes, refried beans, queso, and cilantro. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with drip and cold brew coffee too.

Call Your Mother Deli (Multiple locations)

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This rapidly expanding wood-fired bagel shop fills its signature product with a handful of unexpected combos — like candied salmon cream cheese or bacon, jalapeños, and potato chips. The fried potato latkes are on point, and chocolate babka muffins go well with a cup of a custom coffee blend from Lost Sock Roasters. Call Your Mother is also serves doughnuts Thursday through Sunday. There are now seven locations of this hit bagel shop, plus farmers market outposts too.

Bagels at Call Your Mother in Washington D.C.
Bagels at Call Your Mother.
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Heat Da Spot Café

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This friendly Park View cafe serves all-day breakfast that combines American and Ethiopian comfort foods like cheesy breakfast sandwiches or scrambled eggs with a side of injera. Customers who welcome spice should squirt housemade green hot sauce over everything.

Customers socialize in Heat Da Spot.
The interior at Heat Da Spot.
Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Cracked Eggery

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D.C.’s 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. The Cleveland Park original was joined by a second standalone store in Shaw this spring. Both locations wake up at 7 a.m. daily.

Cracked Eggery expanded its brick-and-mortar footprint with a shiny new Shaw location this year.
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Baker’s Daughter (Multiple locations)

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Now with locations in Ivy City and downtown, chef Matt Baker’s casual cafe dishes an all-day breakfast menu that includes breakfast sandwiches, breakfast tacos, and pastries. The menu varies by location.

Ted's Bulletin (Multiple Locations)

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This local chain channels Americana with cinnamon rolls “as big as your head” (available on the weekends); sausage and gravy plates; and crispy, shredded hash browns. There are locations across the greater D.C. area, with more on the way. Service starts at 7 a.m.

Republic Cantina

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The gold foil wrapper is fitting for breakfast tacos worth treasuring at this Tex-Mex cafe in Truxton Circle. Republic Cantina builds them on stretchy, rich flour tortillas that would pass muster even in Texas. Go for the smoked brisket, served with fried onions, potatoes, and avocado salsa, or a carne guisada (stewed beef) variety with scallions and crispy tortilla strips. Other options on the cafe menu (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily) include a fruit and granola bowl, chilaquiles, or avocado Texas toast with radishes, cotija cheese, sesame, fried onion, and cilantro oil.

Unconventional Diner

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Chef David Deshaies takes diner fare up a notch with European flair. Daily brunch (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) includes Caribbean shrimp and grits, Lebanese fried rice, Georgia French toasts with peaches and ice cream, and an everything lox bagel.

Kafè Leopold

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Located in off-the-path Cady's Alley in Georgetown, this Austrian cafe’s breakfast includes raisin-filled danishes, Belgian waffles with caramelized bananas, eggs with rosemary ham, and yogurt parfaits. Doors open at 8 a.m., and the serene patio includes a fountain.

Metro 29 Diner

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Find thick challah French toast and “super egg” sandwiches at this no-frills, New York-style diner in Arlington. Both celebrity chef Guy Fieri and President Joe Biden have stopped by since it opened more than a decade ago. Opening time is 6 a.m. for early risers.

French toast at Metro 29.
French toast at Metro 29.
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Lincoln's Waffle Shop

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Not just for tourists, this longtime Penn Quarter fixture keeps everyone well-fed, starting at 6 a.m. Naturally, waffles are on the menu. There’s also country-fried steak with a ginger-spiced brown gravy, vegetarian omelets, and frequent coffee refills from a conversational staff.

The exterior of Lincoln’s Waffle Shop.
The exterior of Lincoln’s Waffle Shop.
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The Market Lunch

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Don't let the name fool you — breakfast is the move at this Eastern Market mainstay known for its blueberry buckwheat pancakes. Try the crab cake Benedict on the weekends. Doors open at 8 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and at 9 a.m. on Sundays. Prepare to wait in line during busy market times.

Yellow the Cafe

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Located inside Levantine hot spot Albi, Yellow melds French patisserie classics with Arabic flavors in morning sweets such as labneh croissants dusted in za’atar or an olive oil basbousa (Lebanese semolina cake). Owner Michael Rafidi also makes sfeeha (meat pies) for the morning crowd, and his superlative pitas form a soft shell for breakfast sandwiches full of scrambled egg, labneh, chopped salad, and kefta (for a surcharge). Specialty lattes include a smoked dirty chai. Breakfast starts at 8 a.m. Plus, more good news is on the horizon. A stand-alone Yellow debuts in Georgetown (1524 Wisconsin Avenue, NW) on Saturday, December 10.

Dining Review - Yellow Cafe
Interior at Yellow the Cafe.
The Washington Post via Getty Images

Donut Run

This vegan doughnut shop became a hit the moment it opened in January 2021 — with a line to prove it. There are usually several people waiting down the block for a first pick at the light, yeasty confections ahead of its 7 a.m. opening time. Be sure to check Instagram for the list of daily flavors, with options like mango-coconut, Boston cream, and glazed donut holes. Hours run until 2 p.m.

A cookies & cream doughnut from Donut Run.
A cookies & cream doughnut from Donut Run.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Tony's Place (Multiple Locations)

Meaty breakfast platters, omelets, and breakfast sandwiches can all be found at this D.C. breakfast spot, with two other locations on H Street and in Anacostia. The generous breakfast platter offers two eggs, toast, home fries or grits, and a choice of bacon, ham, sausage, turkey bacon, turkey links, or scrapple, all for under $5.

Steak-n-Egg

This recently expanded, 24/7 diner in Tenleytown offers plenty of space at the counter and long outdoor tables, stay full with plates piled high with country-fried steak and gravy, potato hash formed into perfect patties, and head-turners like funnel cake fries. Plus, a robot helps wait tables in this pristine, 1950s-inspired diner.

Bread Furst

James Beard Award-winning baker Mark Furstenberg’s tiny cafe in Van Ness is one of the city's best places to buy baguettes, chocolate croissants, and English muffins. It opens at 8 a.m., and has built out an impressive retail market during the pandemic, offering access to wholesalers for high-quality coffee and olive oil.

Croissants and coffee at Bread Furst.
Croissants and coffee at Bread Furst.
Bread Furst/official photo

Murry & Paul's Restaurant

This Brookland greasy spoon, with a sign proclaiming it’s served the neighborhood since 1964, is a no-nonsense option for grabbing a table or ordering at the bar. Throwback prices make the giant flapjacks and French toast even sweeter.

Orange brick exterior of 1960s-era breakfast joint Murry & Paul’s.
The exterior of Murry & Paul’s.
Murry & Paul’s/Facebook

The Coupe

Tryst Trading Company’s sun-filled spot in Columbia Heights opens every day at 8 a.m. with a lineup of all-day breakfast plates fit for a lumberjack. That includes a flapjack stack — pick from plain, blueberry, or chocolate chip — and the fried chicken and biscuit topped with bacon, sausage gravy, and one egg any style.

Ellē

Mount Pleasant’s ultimate neighborhood cafe serves a simple breakfast menu from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The egg sandwich showcases superlative brisket, while savory quiches and sweet pastries tempt customers from a case at the counter. There are also miso caramel lattes, guava turnovers, biscuit sandwiches, and a host of other treats to consider. Its acclaimed new Foggy Bottom sibling Tigerella serves grab-and-go breakfast and lunch too.

A pastrami breakfast sandwich from Ellē.
Ellē’s pastrami breakfast sandwich.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

La Tejana

D.C.’s wildly popular breakfast taco pop-up La Tejana debuted its first standalone store in August. The 2020 fan favorite of Washington Post food columnist Tim Carman brings the upper Northwest neighborhood a true taste of the tiny taquerias its co-founder Ana-Maria Jaramillo frequented growing up in Texas. La Tejana honors Rio Grande Valley’s beloved border cuisine with five opening tacos — all served on homemade flour tortillas — like the “956” with eggs, bacon, potatoes, refried beans, queso, and cilantro. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with drip and cold brew coffee too.

Call Your Mother Deli (Multiple locations)

This rapidly expanding wood-fired bagel shop fills its signature product with a handful of unexpected combos — like candied salmon cream cheese or bacon, jalapeños, and potato chips. The fried potato latkes are on point, and chocolate babka muffins go well with a cup of a custom coffee blend from Lost Sock Roasters. Call Your Mother is also serves doughnuts Thursday through Sunday. There are now seven locations of this hit bagel shop, plus farmers market outposts too.

Bagels at Call Your Mother in Washington D.C.
Bagels at Call Your Mother.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Heat Da Spot Café

This friendly Park View cafe serves all-day breakfast that combines American and Ethiopian comfort foods like cheesy breakfast sandwiches or scrambled eggs with a side of injera. Customers who welcome spice should squirt housemade green hot sauce over everything.

Customers socialize in Heat Da Spot.
The interior at Heat Da Spot.
Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Cracked Eggery

D.C.’s 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. The Cleveland Park original was joined by a second standalone store in Shaw this spring. Both locations wake up at 7 a.m. daily.

Cracked Eggery expanded its brick-and-mortar footprint with a shiny new Shaw location this year.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Baker’s Daughter (Multiple locations)

Now with locations in Ivy City and downtown, chef Matt Baker’s casual cafe dishes an all-day breakfast menu that includes breakfast sandwiches, breakfast tacos, and pastries. The menu varies by location.

Ted's Bulletin (Multiple Locations)

This local chain channels Americana with cinnamon rolls “as big as your head” (available on the weekends); sausage and gravy plates; and crispy, shredded hash browns. There are locations across the greater D.C. area, with more on the way. Service starts at 7 a.m.

Republic Cantina

The gold foil wrapper is fitting for breakfast tacos worth treasuring at this Tex-Mex cafe in Truxton Circle. Republic Cantina builds them on stretchy, rich flour tortillas that would pass muster even in Texas. Go for the smoked brisket, served with fried onions, potatoes, and avocado salsa, or a carne guisada (stewed beef) variety with scallions and crispy tortilla strips. Other options on the cafe menu (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily) include a fruit and granola bowl, chilaquiles, or avocado Texas toast with radishes, cotija cheese, sesame, fried onion, and cilantro oil.

Unconventional Diner

Chef David Deshaies takes diner fare up a notch with European flair. Daily brunch (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) includes Caribbean shrimp and grits, Lebanese fried rice, Georgia French toasts with peaches and ice cream, and an everything lox bagel.

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Kafè Leopold

Located in off-the-path Cady's Alley in Georgetown, this Austrian cafe’s breakfast includes raisin-filled danishes, Belgian waffles with caramelized bananas, eggs with rosemary ham, and yogurt parfaits. Doors open at 8 a.m., and the serene patio includes a fountain.

Metro 29 Diner

Find thick challah French toast and “super egg” sandwiches at this no-frills, New York-style diner in Arlington. Both celebrity chef Guy Fieri and President Joe Biden have stopped by since it opened more than a decade ago. Opening time is 6 a.m. for early risers.

French toast at Metro 29.
French toast at Metro 29.
Metro 29 Diner/official photo

Lincoln's Waffle Shop

Not just for tourists, this longtime Penn Quarter fixture keeps everyone well-fed, starting at 6 a.m. Naturally, waffles are on the menu. There’s also country-fried steak with a ginger-spiced brown gravy, vegetarian omelets, and frequent coffee refills from a conversational staff.

The exterior of Lincoln’s Waffle Shop.
The exterior of Lincoln’s Waffle Shop.
Lincoln’s Waffle Shop/Facebook

The Market Lunch

Don't let the name fool you — breakfast is the move at this Eastern Market mainstay known for its blueberry buckwheat pancakes. Try the crab cake Benedict on the weekends. Doors open at 8 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and at 9 a.m. on Sundays. Prepare to wait in line during busy market times.

Yellow the Cafe

Located inside Levantine hot spot Albi, Yellow melds French patisserie classics with Arabic flavors in morning sweets such as labneh croissants dusted in za’atar or an olive oil basbousa (Lebanese semolina cake). Owner Michael Rafidi also makes sfeeha (meat pies) for the morning crowd, and his superlative pitas form a soft shell for breakfast sandwiches full of scrambled egg, labneh, chopped salad, and kefta (for a surcharge). Specialty lattes include a smoked dirty chai. Breakfast starts at 8 a.m. Plus, more good news is on the horizon. A stand-alone Yellow debuts in Georgetown (1524 Wisconsin Avenue, NW) on Saturday, December 10.

Dining Review - Yellow Cafe
Interior at Yellow the Cafe.
The Washington Post via Getty Images

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