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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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| 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.

1. a baked joint

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440 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 408-6985
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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.

2. Bayou Bakery

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1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-2410
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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.

3. Bullfrog Bagels

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1341 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Bagel sandwiches at this heralded local shop range from $5 to $7 and a bialy or bagel with cream cheese is $3.

4. Parkway Deli & Restaurant

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8317 Grubb Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 587-1427
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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.

5. Shake Shack

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50 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, D.C.
(202) 684-2428
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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.

6. The Diner

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2453 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-8800
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With biscuits and gravy and challah French toast, this Adams Morgan mainstay offers some plates for under $10.

7. Lincoln's Waffle Shop

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504 10th St NW, Washington
D.C., 20004
(202) 638-4009
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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.

8. Waffle Shop

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3864 Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22305
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.

9. Taco Bamba

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2190 Pimmit Dr
Falls Church, VA 22043
(703) 639-0505
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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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10. Florida Avenue Grill

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1100 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-1586
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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.

11. Pete's Diner

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212 2nd St SE
Washington, D.C. 20543
(202) 544-7335
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.

12. Red Apron Butchery

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709 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 524-5244
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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.

1. a baked joint

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

2. Bayou Bakery

1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201
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.
1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201

3. Bullfrog Bagels

1341 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Bagel sandwiches at this heralded local shop range from $5 to $7 and a bialy or bagel with cream cheese is $3.
1341 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

4. Parkway Deli & Restaurant

8317 Grubb Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
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.
8317 Grubb Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910

5. Shake Shack

50 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, D.C.
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.
50 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, D.C.

6. The Diner

2453 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
With biscuits and gravy and challah French toast, this Adams Morgan mainstay offers some plates for under $10.
2453 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. Lincoln's Waffle Shop

504 10th St NW, Washington, D.C., 20004
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.
504 10th St NW, Washington
D.C., 20004

8. Waffle Shop

3864 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305
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.
3864 Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22305

9. Taco Bamba

2190 Pimmit Dr, Falls Church, VA 22043
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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.
2190 Pimmit Dr
Falls Church, VA 22043

10. Florida Avenue Grill

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

11. Pete's Diner

212 2nd St SE, Washington, D.C. 20543
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.
212 2nd St SE
Washington, D.C. 20543

12. Red Apron Butchery

709 D St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
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.
709 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

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