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Where to Go for Breakfast in D.C.

And we don't mean brunch — sometimes, you don't need a crabcake benedict.

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Think bottomless mimosas are recipe for a horrible headache? Fed up with hour-long waits for some simple eggs on a weekend morning? Finding a no-frills breakfast proves pretty difficult in this city obsessed with scenester brunches.

There's nothing wrong with people-watching over a glass of bubbly pre-noon on a patio, but some mornings simply require an alternative family-style home cooked meal or greasy spoon. These places provide an alternative to the mimosa scene, whether it be for greasy spoon lovers or breakfast meeting businesspeople.

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Ben's Chili Bowl

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Let’s not forget that Ben’s, open most days at 6 am, offers more than a late-night calorie bomb on U Street. Mornings just feel right starting with a half-smoke cozying up to some scrambled eggs, while sitting at the counter before the normal crowds. And yes, they start serving chili dogs early.

Bread Furst

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One of the city's best purveyors for baked goods like chocolate croissants and English muffins opens at 7 a.m.

El Rinconcito Cafe

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The typical El Salvadorian breakfast is far from typical, with scrambled eggs mixed with tomato, bell peppers and onions. and served with refried beans, fried plantain, sour cream, Salvadoran cheese, avocado and two handmade corn tortillas. Add on the chorizo for even more of an indulgence.

Florida Avenue Grill

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Slinging soul food since 1944, Florida Avenue Grill opened with room for only two counter stools. The Shaw landmark retains its down-to-earth vibe even as the counter now stretches past booths filled with happy customers munching on catfish and grits, epic pancakes and some serious fried chicken. With breakfast served all day you can have it all, complete with a side of Southern hospitality.

Founding Farmers

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Usually packed for dinner, the high booths in this DC favorite provides the perfect morning meeting venue. Power up with farm fresh steak and eggs or a roasted vegetable scramble. Or tuck into Uncle Buck’s Beignets with three sauces, or the Peanut Butter Banana toast with marshmallow chocolate.

Le Caprice DC Café Bakery

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French need not mean fancy. This Columbia Heights bakery lets you enjoy fresh pistachio or almond croissants at casual tables, while watching bakers flaunt their expertise through the window. Try a breakfast sandwich on their buttery croissant.

Lincoln's Waffle Shop

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Not just for tourists, this 15-year-old joint downtown probably definitely didn’t serve Abraham Lincoln, but keeps everyone else pretty happy starting at 5:30 am. There is a varied menu but stick with the namesake, large, thin waffles topped with fried chicken or bananas.

Mark's Kitchen

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The mix of Korean & American dishes at this Takoma Park restaurant truly finds its own at breakfast. Try the Korean steak and kimchi omelet, ginger scrambled eggs or fish cakes to start the day right. If pancakes are more your thing, all the usual breakfast suspects can be found, with special shoutouts to vegetarians and vegans on the menu. [Photo: MichaelAngeloD./Yelp]

Metro 29 Diner

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Find thick challah bread french toast and “super egg sandwiches” at this no-frills, New York-style Arlington diner. Both Guy Fieri and Vice President Biden stopped by since they opened one decade ago. Definitely save room for dessert following breakfast, with towering slices of homemade cake, rich cheesecake, and other pastries fresh from the on-site bakery.

Osman & Joe's Steak 'n Egg Kitchen

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This small spot in Tenleytown offers plenty of space at the counter and long outdoor tables, ready with country fried steak and gravy, potato hash in perfect patties, and surprises like funnel cake fries. The best part is finding them open 24 hours a day, as a diner should be.

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Any demi-baguette sandwich off their global menu in the Shaw back alley would make a breakfast fit for champions. The cream cheese, capers, and smoked salmon Oslo is not an average bagel with lox, and the Mexico City with runny fried eggs, avocado and chipotle mayo spices up the day.

Ted's Bulletin

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The peanut butter bacon homemade pop tart on the side of eggs and sausage is the complete package, but other dishes really stack up, like pancakes, the ultimate breakfast sandwich or the cinnamon roll “as big as your head.” And breakfast here is served all day. Multiple locations.

Tune Inn Restaurant & Bar

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This Capitol Hill joint is a dive bar by night and a breakfast joint by day.. Don’t think twice about the corned beef hash, laced with fresh peppers and onions. Luckily they serve breakfast all day, long after the bar is open. [Photo: Edward G./Yelp

Zenebech Injera

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Savory breakfast-lovers should switch it up with tibbs and jalapeno scrambled eggs or beef jerky in awaze sauce, all scooped up with spongy, sour injera flatbread. Like a hummus, the Ethiopian clarified butter adds richness to the mashed fava beans. Wash it down with homemade flaxseed or roasted barley flour juice.

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Ben's Chili Bowl

Let’s not forget that Ben’s, open most days at 6 am, offers more than a late-night calorie bomb on U Street. Mornings just feel right starting with a half-smoke cozying up to some scrambled eggs, while sitting at the counter before the normal crowds. And yes, they start serving chili dogs early.

Bread Furst

One of the city's best purveyors for baked goods like chocolate croissants and English muffins opens at 7 a.m.

El Rinconcito Cafe

The typical El Salvadorian breakfast is far from typical, with scrambled eggs mixed with tomato, bell peppers and onions. and served with refried beans, fried plantain, sour cream, Salvadoran cheese, avocado and two handmade corn tortillas. Add on the chorizo for even more of an indulgence.

Florida Avenue Grill

Slinging soul food since 1944, Florida Avenue Grill opened with room for only two counter stools. The Shaw landmark retains its down-to-earth vibe even as the counter now stretches past booths filled with happy customers munching on catfish and grits, epic pancakes and some serious fried chicken. With breakfast served all day you can have it all, complete with a side of Southern hospitality.

Founding Farmers

Usually packed for dinner, the high booths in this DC favorite provides the perfect morning meeting venue. Power up with farm fresh steak and eggs or a roasted vegetable scramble. Or tuck into Uncle Buck’s Beignets with three sauces, or the Peanut Butter Banana toast with marshmallow chocolate.

Le Caprice DC Café Bakery

French need not mean fancy. This Columbia Heights bakery lets you enjoy fresh pistachio or almond croissants at casual tables, while watching bakers flaunt their expertise through the window. Try a breakfast sandwich on their buttery croissant.

Lincoln's Waffle Shop

Not just for tourists, this 15-year-old joint downtown probably definitely didn’t serve Abraham Lincoln, but keeps everyone else pretty happy starting at 5:30 am. There is a varied menu but stick with the namesake, large, thin waffles topped with fried chicken or bananas.

Mark's Kitchen

The mix of Korean & American dishes at this Takoma Park restaurant truly finds its own at breakfast. Try the Korean steak and kimchi omelet, ginger scrambled eggs or fish cakes to start the day right. If pancakes are more your thing, all the usual breakfast suspects can be found, with special shoutouts to vegetarians and vegans on the menu. [Photo: MichaelAngeloD./Yelp]

Metro 29 Diner

Find thick challah bread french toast and “super egg sandwiches” at this no-frills, New York-style Arlington diner. Both Guy Fieri and Vice President Biden stopped by since they opened one decade ago. Definitely save room for dessert following breakfast, with towering slices of homemade cake, rich cheesecake, and other pastries fresh from the on-site bakery.

Osman & Joe's Steak 'n Egg Kitchen

This small spot in Tenleytown offers plenty of space at the counter and long outdoor tables, ready with country fried steak and gravy, potato hash in perfect patties, and surprises like funnel cake fries. The best part is finding them open 24 hours a day, as a diner should be.

SUNdeVICH

Any demi-baguette sandwich off their global menu in the Shaw back alley would make a breakfast fit for champions. The cream cheese, capers, and smoked salmon Oslo is not an average bagel with lox, and the Mexico City with runny fried eggs, avocado and chipotle mayo spices up the day.

Ted's Bulletin

The peanut butter bacon homemade pop tart on the side of eggs and sausage is the complete package, but other dishes really stack up, like pancakes, the ultimate breakfast sandwich or the cinnamon roll “as big as your head.” And breakfast here is served all day. Multiple locations.

Tune Inn Restaurant & Bar

This Capitol Hill joint is a dive bar by night and a breakfast joint by day.. Don’t think twice about the corned beef hash, laced with fresh peppers and onions. Luckily they serve breakfast all day, long after the bar is open. [Photo: Edward G./Yelp

Zenebech Injera

Savory breakfast-lovers should switch it up with tibbs and jalapeno scrambled eggs or beef jerky in awaze sauce, all scooped up with spongy, sour injera flatbread. Like a hummus, the Ethiopian clarified butter adds richness to the mashed fava beans. Wash it down with homemade flaxseed or roasted barley flour juice.

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