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Brunch tacos in Bloomingdale.
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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Agua 301

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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.

Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

Anita's (Multiple locations)

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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.

Anita's VA exterior Photo: Anita’s

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.

Photo: Chaia

Commissary

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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

District Taco (Multiple locations)

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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.

A breakfast taco at District Taco.
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Don Tito

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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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El Camino

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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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El Centro D.F. (Multiple locations)

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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.

Photo: El Centro D.F.

Farmers Fishers Bakers

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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.

Photo: Farmers Fishers Bakers

Fox Loves Taco

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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.

Photo: Fox Loves Taco

Masa 14

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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.

Photo: Masa 14

Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana

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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.

Photo: Mezcalero

Mission

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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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Pica Taco (Multiple locations)

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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

Service Bar DC

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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.

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Surfside (Multiple locations)

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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.

Photo: Surfside

Taco Bamba (Multiple locations)

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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.

Photo by Eater

Taqueria Nacional

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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

Tico DC

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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

Agua 301

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.

Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

Anita's (Multiple locations)

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.

Anita's VA exterior Photo: Anita’s

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.

Photo: Chaia

Commissary

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

District Taco (Multiple locations)

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.

A breakfast taco at District Taco.
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Don Tito

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

Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

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.

El Camino DC brunch Photo: El Camino

El Centro D.F. (Multiple locations)

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.

Photo: El Centro D.F.

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.

Photo: Farmers Fishers Bakers

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.

Photo: Fox Loves Taco

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.

Photo: Masa 14

Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana

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.

Photo: Mezcalero

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.

Photo: MIssion

Pica Taco (Multiple locations)

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

Service Bar DC

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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Surfside (Multiple locations)

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.

Photo: Surfside

Taco Bamba (Multiple locations)

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.

Photo by Eater

Taqueria Nacional

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

Tico DC

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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