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R. Lopez

Where to Get Breakfast Under $10 in D.C.

Morning food shouldn't break the bank.

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The griddle at Florida Avenue Grill
| R. Lopez

D.C.'s love of decadent buffets, bottomless mimosas, and high-class brunches has elevated morning fare to new heights. Those high standards also mean that prices have ballooned, making it challenging to find a decently-priced breakfast.

Filling up on a plate of pancakes, eggs, and bacon doesn't (and shouldn't) have to be expensive. A number of excellent bakeries, diners, and greasy spoons are prepared with hearty, satisfying breakfasts that won't bust budgets. Here are a dozen spots around the region that fit the mold.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

a baked joint

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Snag a freshly-baked goat cheese and herb biscuit for $3.50. For something more substantial, try the oatmeal with smoked ham, kale, caramelized onion, pecorino cheese, and a poached egg for $6.50.

Bayou Bakery

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Grab some napkins and dig into a plate of hot and sugary fried beignets. They come three to an order for just $3. Available at both locations.

Bullfrog Bagels

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Bagel sandwiches at this heralded local shop range from $5 to $7 and a bialy or bagel with cream cheese is $3.

Florida Avenue Grill

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In business since 1944, the Florida Avenue Grill has an extensive, soul food inspired breakfast with hotcakes, half smokes, and eggs among the options. On the weekends the restaurant also serves buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy.

Lincoln's Waffle Shop

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At this downtown restaurant, tourists and locals alike can take part in the namesake waffle breakfast. Score a waffle with two eggs with a side of meat for under $10.

Parkway Deli & Restaurant

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Out in Silver Spring, the Parkway Deli puts out breakfast plates like three eggs with a side and toast or bagel for under $7. Or try an omelet for around $9 complete with a side and bagel and cream cheese.

Pete's Diner

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A stone's throw from the Capitol, Pete's is the neighborhood breakfast go-to. Egg platters are around $8, while and egg, cheese, and meat sandwich is about $5.

Red Apron Butchery

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Red Apron's Penn Quarter location features budget-friendly Italian tigelle, which are basically round flatbread sandwiches. The $4.50 Aristocrat is made with ricotta cheese, honey, smoked pine nuts, and apple. Pick from meat and egg options for just a buck more.

Shake Shack

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Shake Shack's Union Station location serves breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sausage or bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches cost $4.97 with one egg or $5.99 with two. Meatless sandwiches cost a dollar less.

Taco Bamba

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Victor Albisu's taco operation serves breakfast all day starting at 8:30 a.m. including black bean enchiladas for $7, huevos rancheros for $7, and a tinga tostada for $6.

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The Diner

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With biscuits and gravy and challah French toast, this Adams Morgan mainstay offers some plates for under $10.

Waffle Shop

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This hole-in-the-wall is open 24 hours a day, ready to churn out waffles on the cheap along with a selection of breakfast sandwiches, eggs, and other dishes. Most omelets, for example, are in the $7-$9 range.

a baked joint

Snag a freshly-baked goat cheese and herb biscuit for $3.50. For something more substantial, try the oatmeal with smoked ham, kale, caramelized onion, pecorino cheese, and a poached egg for $6.50.

Bayou Bakery

Grab some napkins and dig into a plate of hot and sugary fried beignets. They come three to an order for just $3. Available at both locations.

Bullfrog Bagels

Bagel sandwiches at this heralded local shop range from $5 to $7 and a bialy or bagel with cream cheese is $3.

Florida Avenue Grill

In business since 1944, the Florida Avenue Grill has an extensive, soul food inspired breakfast with hotcakes, half smokes, and eggs among the options. On the weekends the restaurant also serves buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy.

Lincoln's Waffle Shop

At this downtown restaurant, tourists and locals alike can take part in the namesake waffle breakfast. Score a waffle with two eggs with a side of meat for under $10.

Parkway Deli & Restaurant

Out in Silver Spring, the Parkway Deli puts out breakfast plates like three eggs with a side and toast or bagel for under $7. Or try an omelet for around $9 complete with a side and bagel and cream cheese.

Pete's Diner

A stone's throw from the Capitol, Pete's is the neighborhood breakfast go-to. Egg platters are around $8, while and egg, cheese, and meat sandwich is about $5.

Red Apron Butchery

Red Apron's Penn Quarter location features budget-friendly Italian tigelle, which are basically round flatbread sandwiches. The $4.50 Aristocrat is made with ricotta cheese, honey, smoked pine nuts, and apple. Pick from meat and egg options for just a buck more.

Shake Shack

Shake Shack's Union Station location serves breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sausage or bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches cost $4.97 with one egg or $5.99 with two. Meatless sandwiches cost a dollar less.

Taco Bamba

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Victor Albisu's taco operation serves breakfast all day starting at 8:30 a.m. including black bean enchiladas for $7, huevos rancheros for $7, and a tinga tostada for $6.

Gerry Suchy/Eater.com

The Diner

With biscuits and gravy and challah French toast, this Adams Morgan mainstay offers some plates for under $10.

Waffle Shop

This hole-in-the-wall is open 24 hours a day, ready to churn out waffles on the cheap along with a selection of breakfast sandwiches, eggs, and other dishes. Most omelets, for example, are in the $7-$9 range.

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