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Brunch tacos in Bloomingdale.
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19 Essential Breakfast Tacos

Where to get that early morning fix

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Brunch tacos in Bloomingdale.
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Known for its diverse food scene, District eateries have been satisfying early morning Mexican cravings long before Taco Bell started serving breakfast tacos to the masses. Old favorites like District Taco and Farmers Fishers Bakers are known for their taco offerings, while newer spots like Mezcalero and Fox Loves Taco are spicing up this sector of D.C. dining.

Whether it's a favorite neighborhood dive or a trendy new taqueria, breakfast tacos are never in short supply.

Updated by Tierney Plumb

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Agua 301

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301 Water St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 484-0301
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Agua 301 is bringing modern Mexican food to the ever-expanding Navy Yard dining scene. Weekend taco cravings can be satisfied by the huevos, potato and rajas tacos, with chorizo, Oaxaca cheese and green onions. Find them at brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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2. Anita's (Multiple locations)

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521 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 255-1001
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This homegrown chain of New Mexican-style eateries has fed Northern Virginians grab-and-go breakfast burritos for decades. Breakfast tacos ($2.65 a pop) featuring eggs, cheese, lettuce, and tomato (adding bacon, sausage or chorizo costs about $1 more) are now also in the mix.

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3. Chaia

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3207 Grace St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-5222
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From local farmer’s market favorite to a brick-and-mortar location in Georgetown, Chaia’s vegetarian and vegan tacos have resonated with locals. On the weekends any taco can become a breakfast taco with the addition of fried or scrambled pasture-raised eggs. Lovers of breakfast potatoes may want to take advantage of this by adding eggs to the creamy kale and potato taco with pepperjack, poblano crema, green sauce and pickled onions.

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4. Commissary

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1443 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 299-0018
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Commissary is a self-described café, lounge, bar and coffeehouse serving three meals each day. Since this spot seems to meet nearly every dining need in the Logan Circle neighborhood, it makes sense its diverse menu offers breakfast tacos with eggs, chorizo, queso fresco, pico de gallo, avocado, sour cream, salsa and a side of home fries. They're served all day long.

Commissary DC tacos Breakfast tacos at Commissary. Photo by Angela W. / Yelp

5. District Taco (Multiple locations)

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1309 F St NW, Washington
D.C., 20004
(202) 347-7359
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The fact of the matter is, no breakfast taco list is complete without District Taco. A homegrown favorite, this eatery serves breakfast tacos at all of its locations. Options include basic breakfast tacos with eggs, cheese and potatoes and veggie tacos with pinto beans, cheese, sautéed onions and green peppers. They're served all day, every day.

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6. Don Tito

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3165 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 672-5381
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This modern Arlington cantina includes a breakfast taco — think: applewood-smoked bacon, eggs, and cheddar cheese — on its brunch menu.

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7. El Camino

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108 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

El Camino is a favorite among Bloomingdale diners, offering a full breakfast taco platter for $11. Brunch goers can order the tacos de desayuno, which comes with three scrambled egg tacos with green chile and chorizo with a side of hash browns. They're served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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8. El Centro D.F. (Multiple locations)

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1218 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-4100
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Richard Sandoval’s upscale Mexican eatery applies classic flavor and feel to innovative dishes. Brunch goers have a host of options, but the bacon, egg and Chihuahua cheese should satisfy their taco needs. Find them during weekend brunch service.

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9. Farmers Fishers Bakers

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3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 298-8783
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Taco lovers can rejoice thanks to Farmers Fishers Bakers, which not only serves tacos during weekend brunch, but now serves them from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. every weekday as part of its “First Bake” menu. Grab an applewood-smoked bacon breakfast taco Monday through Friday, then indulge in beef or pork tacos on the weekends.

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10. Fox Loves Taco

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716 Monroe St NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

This new Brookland coffee shop offers three egg-based tacos and three vegetable-based tacos on either corn tortillas or house-made flour tortillas produced with butter, sweet potato, salt, and flour. Owner Matt Carr's favorite is Wham! (named after late singer George Michael), which features a poached egg, black bean hummus, salsa verde, queso fresco, radish, and cilantro. All tacos are between $3 and $4.

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11. Masa 14

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1825 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 328-1414
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Like its cousin El Centro D.F., Masa 14 is a Latin-flavored Richard Sandoval restaurant, but with an Asian twist. Classic taco enthusiasts needn’t worry, however, as the brunch tacos are completely Mexican with chorizo, egg, potato, cotija and salsa verde. Find them at weekend brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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12. Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana

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3714 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 815-4789
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This 14th Street newcomer serves breakfast tacos during weekend brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), which include scrambled eggs, chorizo, and pico de gallo layered inside corn tortillas.

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13. Mission

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1606 20th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 525-2010
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This Dupont Circle eatery serves Mexican fare under bright patio lights or inside a rowhouse whose roof resembles that of a Spanish mission. During brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), diners can order a three egg and green chili taco with Oaxaca cheddar, Chihuahua cheese, pico de gallo, and crema along with two hours of bottomless cocktails, an el jimador shot, and unlimited chips, guacamole and salsa for $36.99.

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14. Pica Taco (Multiple locations)

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1406 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 518-6820
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For tacos lovers who require a daily tortilla fix, Pica Taco is the place to go. For only $2.50, diners can grab a breakfast taco with eggs, peppers, onions, and cheese; adding select meats runs $1 to $1.25 more. The breakfast tacos are available all day.

Pica Taco DC food Assorted tacos at Pica Taco. Photo by Tony Y. / Yelp

15. Service Bar DC

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928 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

A deconstructed taco takes shape in the form of chilaquiles at Service Bar's Beach Brunch.Tortillas are cooked in guajillo salsa then cooked down in duck fat and served with salsa verde, queso fresco, julienne radishes, cilantro, jalapeño, and sunny side up egg ($12) and $5 more for added duck confit.

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16. Surfside (Multiple locations)

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1800 N St NW, Washington
D.C., 20036
(202) 466-1830
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Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Surfside’s Dupont Circle stand has tacos for all occasions, including weekend brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The “Tonga” taco should certainly satisfy early morning Mexican cravings, with scrambled eggs, chorizo, potatoes, poblano peppers and cotija cheese atop a flour tortilla and served alongside red beans and rice.

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17. Taco Bamba (Multiple locations)

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2190 Pimmit Dr
Falls Church, VA 22043
(703) 639-0505
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Budding local chainlet Taco Bamba (new locations have cropped up in Vienna and Springfield) now serves breakfast tacos all day. A company spokesperson describes the featured offerings as mini omelets inside a taco covered with chorizo and crema. The restaurant also sometimes runs breakfast specials including scrapple and fried egg tacos.

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18. Taqueria Nacional

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1409 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 299-1122
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Taqueria Nacional is the brainchild of James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef and restaurateur Ann Cashion. The breakfast tacos served on weekends (10 a.m. to noon) include scrambled eggs, green chile, and the option to add bacon or chorizo.

Taqueria Nacional DC breakfast A chorizo-egg taco at Taqueria Nacional. Photo by Frances M. / Yelp

19. Tico DC

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1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 319-1400
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A new breakfast taco addition to the bar menu at restaurateur Michael Schlow's eatery is available during brunch only. It contains brisket, onions, tomato, chipotle, and scrambled eggs topped with ricotta salata, and jalapeno ($13 for three).

Photo: Tico

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1. Agua 301

301 Water St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

Agua 301 is bringing modern Mexican food to the ever-expanding Navy Yard dining scene. Weekend taco cravings can be satisfied by the huevos, potato and rajas tacos, with chorizo, Oaxaca cheese and green onions. Find them at brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

301 Water St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

2. Anita's (Multiple locations)

521 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180
Anita's VA exterior Photo: Anita’s

This homegrown chain of New Mexican-style eateries has fed Northern Virginians grab-and-go breakfast burritos for decades. Breakfast tacos ($2.65 a pop) featuring eggs, cheese, lettuce, and tomato (adding bacon, sausage or chorizo costs about $1 more) are now also in the mix.

521 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA 22180

3. Chaia

3207 Grace St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Photo: Chaia

From local farmer’s market favorite to a brick-and-mortar location in Georgetown, Chaia’s vegetarian and vegan tacos have resonated with locals. On the weekends any taco can become a breakfast taco with the addition of fried or scrambled pasture-raised eggs. Lovers of breakfast potatoes may want to take advantage of this by adding eggs to the creamy kale and potato taco with pepperjack, poblano crema, green sauce and pickled onions.

3207 Grace St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

4. Commissary

1443 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Commissary DC tacos Breakfast tacos at Commissary. Photo by Angela W. / Yelp

Commissary is a self-described café, lounge, bar and coffeehouse serving three meals each day. Since this spot seems to meet nearly every dining need in the Logan Circle neighborhood, it makes sense its diverse menu offers breakfast tacos with eggs, chorizo, queso fresco, pico de gallo, avocado, sour cream, salsa and a side of home fries. They're served all day long.

1443 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

5. District Taco (Multiple locations)

1309 F St NW, Washington, D.C., 20004
A breakfast taco at District Taco.
District Taco/Facebook

The fact of the matter is, no breakfast taco list is complete without District Taco. A homegrown favorite, this eatery serves breakfast tacos at all of its locations. Options include basic breakfast tacos with eggs, cheese and potatoes and veggie tacos with pinto beans, cheese, sautéed onions and green peppers. They're served all day, every day.

1309 F St NW, Washington
D.C., 20004

6. Don Tito

3165 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

This modern Arlington cantina includes a breakfast taco — think: applewood-smoked bacon, eggs, and cheddar cheese — on its brunch menu.

3165 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

7. El Camino

108 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
El Camino DC brunch Photo: El Camino

El Camino is a favorite among Bloomingdale diners, offering a full breakfast taco platter for $11. Brunch goers can order the tacos de desayuno, which comes with three scrambled egg tacos with green chile and chorizo with a side of hash browns. They're served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

108 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

8. El Centro D.F. (Multiple locations)

1218 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Photo: El Centro D.F.

Richard Sandoval’s upscale Mexican eatery applies classic flavor and feel to innovative dishes. Brunch goers have a host of options, but the bacon, egg and Chihuahua cheese should satisfy their taco needs. Find them during weekend brunch service.

1218 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

9. Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Photo: Farmers Fishers Bakers

Taco lovers can rejoice thanks to Farmers Fishers Bakers, which not only serves tacos during weekend brunch, but now serves them from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. every weekday as part of its “First Bake” menu. Grab an applewood-smoked bacon breakfast taco Monday through Friday, then indulge in beef or pork tacos on the weekends.

3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

10. Fox Loves Taco

716 Monroe St NE, Washington, D.C. 20017
Photo: Fox Loves Taco

This new Brookland coffee shop offers three egg-based tacos and three vegetable-based tacos on either corn tortillas or house-made flour tortillas produced with butter, sweet potato, salt, and flour. Owner Matt Carr's favorite is Wham! (named after late singer George Michael), which features a poached egg, black bean hummus, salsa verde, queso fresco, radish, and cilantro. All tacos are between $3 and $4.

716 Monroe St NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

11. Masa 14

1825 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Photo: Masa 14

Like its cousin El Centro D.F., Masa 14 is a Latin-flavored Richard Sandoval restaurant, but with an Asian twist. Classic taco enthusiasts needn’t worry, however, as the brunch tacos are completely Mexican with chorizo, egg, potato, cotija and salsa verde. Find them at weekend brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

1825 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

12. Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana

3714 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
Photo: Mezcalero

This 14th Street newcomer serves breakfast tacos during weekend brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), which include scrambled eggs, chorizo, and pico de gallo layered inside corn tortillas.

3714 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

13. Mission

1606 20th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Photo: MIssion

This Dupont Circle eatery serves Mexican fare under bright patio lights or inside a rowhouse whose roof resembles that of a Spanish mission. During brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), diners can order a three egg and green chili taco with Oaxaca cheddar, Chihuahua cheese, pico de gallo, and crema along with two hours of bottomless cocktails, an el jimador shot, and unlimited chips, guacamole and salsa for $36.99.

1606 20th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

14. Pica Taco (Multiple locations)

1406 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Pica Taco DC food Assorted tacos at Pica Taco. Photo by Tony Y. / Yelp

For tacos lovers who require a daily tortilla fix, Pica Taco is the place to go. For only $2.50, diners can grab a breakfast taco with eggs, peppers, onions, and cheese; adding select meats runs $1 to $1.25 more. The breakfast tacos are available all day.

1406 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

15. Service Bar DC

928 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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A deconstructed taco takes shape in the form of chilaquiles at Service Bar's Beach Brunch.Tortillas are cooked in guajillo salsa then cooked down in duck fat and served with salsa verde, queso fresco, julienne radishes, cilantro, jalapeño, and sunny side up egg ($12) and $5 more for added duck confit.

928 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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16. Surfside (Multiple locations)

1800 N St NW, Washington, D.C., 20036
Photo: Surfside

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Surfside’s Dupont Circle stand has tacos for all occasions, including weekend brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The “Tonga” taco should certainly satisfy early morning Mexican cravings, with scrambled eggs, chorizo, potatoes, poblano peppers and cotija cheese atop a flour tortilla and served alongside red beans and rice.

1800 N St NW, Washington
D.C., 20036

17. Taco Bamba (Multiple locations)

2190 Pimmit Dr, Falls Church, VA 22043
Photo by Eater

Budding local chainlet Taco Bamba (new locations have cropped up in Vienna and Springfield) now serves breakfast tacos all day. A company spokesperson describes the featured offerings as mini omelets inside a taco covered with chorizo and crema. The restaurant also sometimes runs breakfast specials including scrapple and fried egg tacos.

2190 Pimmit Dr
Falls Church, VA 22043

18. Taqueria Nacional

1409 T St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Taqueria Nacional DC breakfast A chorizo-egg taco at Taqueria Nacional. Photo by Frances M. / Yelp

Taqueria Nacional is the brainchild of James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef and restaurateur Ann Cashion. The breakfast tacos served on weekends (10 a.m. to noon) include scrambled eggs, green chile, and the option to add bacon or chorizo.

1409 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

19. Tico DC

1926 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Photo: Tico

A new breakfast taco addition to the bar menu at restaurateur Michael Schlow's eatery is available during brunch only. It contains brisket, onions, tomato, chipotle, and scrambled eggs topped with ricotta salata, and jalapeno ($13 for three).

1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

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