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Sometimes a Pop Tart and a cup of coffee just isn't enough to start the day. Fortunately, getting a quality breakfast — quick and on the go — around the D.C. area isn’t too difficult a task. A step above the fast-food game, these fast-casual restaurants serve up a wide variety of first-meal options ranging from omelets, muffins and yogurt bars to cheese-and-egg-stuffed tacos, breakfast calzones, doughnut sandwiches and more.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

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7511 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
VA 22043, Virginia

Breakfast is exclusive to the Falls Church location of this doughnut and fried chicken fast-casual restaurant. Served until 11 a.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends, Astro’s breakfast consists of egg or fried chicken sandwiches served on potato rolls, savory doughnuts and now biscuits. The fried chicken breakfast option can be dressed up with hot sauce and honey butter, sausage gravy or one of five other sauces.

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2. Best Buns Bread Company

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4010 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 578-1500
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The Shirlington bakery offers amusingly-named, made-to-order breakfast sandwiches every day until 11 a.m. Popular picks include the egg, ham and cheese Jen’s Rising Sun Croissant, David’s A.M. Drumroll with turkey sausage, fried egg and cheese and the Willing-No-Ham filled with bacon, cheese and a fried egg. Housemade steel cut oatmeal is also served all day.

3. Cava Grill

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Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 417-2125
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A plane ticket is required to score Cava Grill’s breakfast as the area chain’s sole location serving morning meals is at Terminal B of Reagan National. The airport Cava features a yogurt bar, build-your-own-breakfast bowls and, of course, plenty of coffee.

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4. Centrolina (Market)

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974 Palmer Alley NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 898-2426
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The casual, market side of the Italian restaurant at CityCenterDC serves up a varied breakfast menu daily starting at 8 a.m. With traditional dishes like sausage and eggs, bagels and cream cheese and an oatmeal bar, Centrolina also features chocolate-espresso chia pudding and daily breakfast muffins including an olive oil option stuffed with a whole hard boiled egg.

5. District Taco (Multiple Locations)

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1309 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 347-7359
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With egg-, cheese- and potato-stuffed tacos and burritos along with huevos rancheros, District Taco keeps it going from open to close with all-day breakfast at all of its D.C. and Virginia locations. For those looking for lighter or meat-free options, egg white and veggie taco options are available, too.

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6. Hälsa

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655 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20017
(202) 832-1131
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The health-focused Hälsa offers a small breakfast menu featuring a variety of cuisines ranging from standard dishes like an egg sandwich, yogurt bowl and omelet to more global options like pho served with a poached egg and a huevos rancheros burrito.

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7. Momofuku Milk Bar

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1090 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(855) 333-6455
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Christina Tosi’s CityCenter bakery offers up three types of breakfast-suitable balls of stuffed dough called “bombs,” perfect for grab-and-go eating. Potato gratin, caramelized onion, pancetta, bacon and gruyere come together for the Volcano Bomb, a bagel version stuffs everything bagel-spiced dough with smoky bacon scallion cream cheese and finally, an egg and cheddar ball wraps more bagel dough around sriracha cream cheese and an egg omelet before getting topped with cheddar and Spanish onion.

8. Red Apron Butchery (Multiple Locations)

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Both D.C. locations of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group butcher serve up the English muffin-like breakfast sandwiches called tigelle on the weekends but only on D Street are they available Monday through Friday as well. In addition to daily breakfast and an expanded tigelle lineup, the Penn Quarter Red Apron also offers pastries, yogurt and scrapple served with maple hot sauce.

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9. Rito Loco

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606 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 836-4270
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Two words: breakfast pupusas. Stuffed with peppers, onions, pork and cheese, Rito Loco’s pupusas are the star of the morning menu but the AM Rito – a burrito packed with seasoned scrambled eggs, cheesy pasta shells and pico – isn’t far behind.

10. Shake Shack

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50 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, D.C.
(202) 684-2428
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Shake Shack debuted its breakfast operation at Union Station last year with a trio of breakfast sandwiches. Served Monday through Friday, the morning menu consists of the traditional options of bacon, egg and sausage, the latter of which uses a special pork blend from famed New York City butcher Pat LaFrieda. A Shack-exclusive blend of Stumptown coffee is also available as well as Stumptown cold brew.

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11. SUNdeVICH

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1314 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 319-1086
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In keeping with the sandwich shop’s global concept, Sundevich’s all-day breakfast sandwiches are an international affair. Egg-filled options include the Mexico City with ham, avocado, tomato and chipotle butter, the Milan with pancetta, gorgonzola, arugula and garlic mayo and the Zurich with arugula, gruyere and apple compote. The eggless Oslo features smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, red onion and tomato.

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12. Taco Bamba

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2190 Pimmit Dr
Falls Church, VA 22043
(703) 639-0505
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Rather than serve tacos, Victor Albisu’s street-style taqueria skips over its namesake with a small menu of other Mexican breakfast options. Available all day at Taco Bamba are egg-and-cheese stuffed enchiladas, chilaquiles, chorizo sopes, huevos rancheros and a tostada topped with chicken tinga, cheese and a fried egg.

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13. The Brown Bag (Multiple Locations)

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1099 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 408-0777
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With no weekend service, Brown Bag’s breakfast is strictly for the work week. Its lineup includes a wide variety of sandwiches from panini and wraps to bagels and croissants. Also on the menu: a bacon, egg and homefries breakfast as well as five different omelets.

14. Veloce

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1828 L St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 290-1910
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Even day-old, cold pizza at breakfast is still pretty good. But hot breakfast pizza is always better. Pizzeria Paradiso’ fast-casual spot, Veloce, knows this and serves up a trio of personal-sized, scrambled egg-topped breakfast pies plus the option to custom build a pizza. Bonus: two calzones and a smoked salmon “pocket” are also available.

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1. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

7511 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043, Virginia
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Breakfast is exclusive to the Falls Church location of this doughnut and fried chicken fast-casual restaurant. Served until 11 a.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends, Astro’s breakfast consists of egg or fried chicken sandwiches served on potato rolls, savory doughnuts and now biscuits. The fried chicken breakfast option can be dressed up with hot sauce and honey butter, sausage gravy or one of five other sauces.

7511 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
VA 22043, Virginia

2. Best Buns Bread Company

4010 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

The Shirlington bakery offers amusingly-named, made-to-order breakfast sandwiches every day until 11 a.m. Popular picks include the egg, ham and cheese Jen’s Rising Sun Croissant, David’s A.M. Drumroll with turkey sausage, fried egg and cheese and the Willing-No-Ham filled with bacon, cheese and a fried egg. Housemade steel cut oatmeal is also served all day.

4010 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

3. Cava Grill

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Arlington, VA 22202
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A plane ticket is required to score Cava Grill’s breakfast as the area chain’s sole location serving morning meals is at Terminal B of Reagan National. The airport Cava features a yogurt bar, build-your-own-breakfast bowls and, of course, plenty of coffee.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Arlington, VA 22202

4. Centrolina (Market)

974 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The casual, market side of the Italian restaurant at CityCenterDC serves up a varied breakfast menu daily starting at 8 a.m. With traditional dishes like sausage and eggs, bagels and cream cheese and an oatmeal bar, Centrolina also features chocolate-espresso chia pudding and daily breakfast muffins including an olive oil option stuffed with a whole hard boiled egg.

974 Palmer Alley NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. District Taco (Multiple Locations)

1309 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
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With egg-, cheese- and potato-stuffed tacos and burritos along with huevos rancheros, District Taco keeps it going from open to close with all-day breakfast at all of its D.C. and Virginia locations. For those looking for lighter or meat-free options, egg white and veggie taco options are available, too.

1309 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

6. Hälsa

655 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20017
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The health-focused Hälsa offers a small breakfast menu featuring a variety of cuisines ranging from standard dishes like an egg sandwich, yogurt bowl and omelet to more global options like pho served with a poached egg and a huevos rancheros burrito.

655 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

7. Momofuku Milk Bar

1090 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Christina Tosi’s CityCenter bakery offers up three types of breakfast-suitable balls of stuffed dough called “bombs,” perfect for grab-and-go eating. Potato gratin, caramelized onion, pancetta, bacon and gruyere come together for the Volcano Bomb, a bagel version stuffs everything bagel-spiced dough with smoky bacon scallion cream cheese and finally, an egg and cheddar ball wraps more bagel dough around sriracha cream cheese and an egg omelet before getting topped with cheddar and Spanish onion.

1090 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

8. Red Apron Butchery (Multiple Locations)

1309 5th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Official

Both D.C. locations of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group butcher serve up the English muffin-like breakfast sandwiches called tigelle on the weekends but only on D Street are they available Monday through Friday as well. In addition to daily breakfast and an expanded tigelle lineup, the Penn Quarter Red Apron also offers pastries, yogurt and scrapple served with maple hot sauce.

1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

9. Rito Loco

606 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Two words: breakfast pupusas. Stuffed with peppers, onions, pork and cheese, Rito Loco’s pupusas are the star of the morning menu but the AM Rito – a burrito packed with seasoned scrambled eggs, cheesy pasta shells and pico – isn’t far behind.

606 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

10. Shake Shack

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

Shake Shack debuted its breakfast operation at Union Station last year with a trio of breakfast sandwiches. Served Monday through Friday, the morning menu consists of the traditional options of bacon, egg and sausage, the latter of which uses a special pork blend from famed New York City butcher Pat LaFrieda. A Shack-exclusive blend of Stumptown coffee is also available as well as Stumptown cold brew.

50 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, D.C.

11. SUNdeVICH

1314 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Official

In keeping with the sandwich shop’s global concept, Sundevich’s all-day breakfast sandwiches are an international affair. Egg-filled options include the Mexico City with ham, avocado, tomato and chipotle butter, the Milan with pancetta, gorgonzola, arugula and garlic mayo and the Zurich with arugula, gruyere and apple compote. The eggless Oslo features smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, red onion and tomato.

1314 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

12. Taco Bamba

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

Rather than serve tacos, Victor Albisu’s street-style taqueria skips over its namesake with a small menu of other Mexican breakfast options. Available all day at Taco Bamba are egg-and-cheese stuffed enchiladas, chilaquiles, chorizo sopes, huevos rancheros and a tostada topped with chicken tinga, cheese and a fried egg.

2190 Pimmit Dr
Falls Church, VA 22043

13. The Brown Bag (Multiple Locations)

1099 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

With no weekend service, Brown Bag’s breakfast is strictly for the work week. Its lineup includes a wide variety of sandwiches from panini and wraps to bagels and croissants. Also on the menu: a bacon, egg and homefries breakfast as well as five different omelets.

1099 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

14. Veloce

1828 L St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Official

Even day-old, cold pizza at breakfast is still pretty good. But hot breakfast pizza is always better. Pizzeria Paradiso’ fast-casual spot, Veloce, knows this and serves up a trio of personal-sized, scrambled egg-topped breakfast pies plus the option to custom build a pizza. Bonus: two calzones and a smoked salmon “pocket” are also available.

1828 L St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

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