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Fill Up on These Full English and Full Irish Breakfasts

Cross the pond without the price tag with these English and Irish full breakfasts.

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The typical American breakfast platter usually consists of pancakes and/or toast, eggs, and bacon or sausage. Across the pond, they do things a little differently. Those who have visited the United Kingdom or Ireland have likely experienced a hearty full English or Irish breakfast.

A full English breakfast, also known as a fry-up, almost always contains sausage as well as bacon, sunny-side up eggs, grilled or roasted tomatoes, fried mushrooms, and buttered toast. In some cases, the plate will also feature baked beans, and fried potatoes. And various regions of England will feature other local items such as oatcakes, or potato cakes.

A full Irish breakfast will often contain most of the same items as a full English breakfast. The differences between the two are actually a little murky. The primary differentiator: one will always find black and white pudding in a full Irish breakfast, while it is merely an optional accessory in a full English. Brown bread or Irish potato pancakes, known as boxty, may also stand in for the toast.

Those who order a full breakfast also shouldn't be surprised to find the bacon looks different from the smoky, fatty American stuff. While smokey, "streaky" bacon is sometimes found in a good fry-up, it's more likely that lean rashers trimmed from the loin and belly will show up on the plate.

If a trip across the pond isn't in the budget, there are plenty of spots around D.C. to try a hearty fry-up.

—Updated by Missy Frederick, May 2016

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Compass Rose

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This International breakfast spot pays tribute to Ireland by serving two eggs any style, bangers, Irish bacon, polenta toast, mushroom, and herb-roasted tomato for an upscale spin on the classic.

Convivial

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For $19, a full English breakfast at this new Shaw hotspot includes eggs, sausage, black pudding, an au gratin potato, beans, toast, and mushrooms.

Dubliner Restaurant & Pub

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Listed as the full country breakfast, the Dubliner serves Irish bangers, bacon rashers, baked beans, black and white pudding, potatoes, grilled tomato and cheese, and scrambled eggs. Soda bread rounds out this hearty meal.

Duke's Grocery

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Duke's is known for its East London-influenced food. Their full English breakfast features black and white pudding, in addition to bacon rashers, sausage, tinned beans, braised mushrooms, runny egg, toast, and roasted tomatoes.

Extra Perks Coffee Shop

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Owner and native Londoner carries a stock of British foodstuff at his coffee shop. He also serves a full British breakfast with two eggs, banger, bacon, mushrooms, grilled tomato, and toast. Opt for baked beans to complete the meal.

Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant

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Find an Irish breakfast all day at Fado. Along with the standard two eggs sunny side up, Irish sausages, rashers, black and white puddings, mushrooms, and tomatoes there's cheddar chive Guinness bread.

Ireland's Four Courts

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Grab a full Irish breakfast with two Irish sausages, two bacon rashers, black and white pudding, two eggs, O'Brien potatoes, Irish beans, roasted tomato and toast.

James Hoban's Irish Restaurant & Bar

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James Hoban's serves an Irish farmhouse breakfast with fried eggs, Irish bangers, Irish rashers, black and white pudding, herb-grilled tomato, mushrooms, baked beans, and home fries.

Kitty O'Shea's DC

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For those looking to consume a smaller Irish breakfast, get a half order of the Dublin City at Kitty O'Shea's. It features the standard with two eggs, Irish sausage, Irish rashers, black and white pudding, Irish beans, grilled tomato and toast.

Lucky Bar

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Lucky Bar has been a gathering place for European soccer fans for more than a decade. Those who wake up early to watch live games can start the morning with a full English breakfast that features bacon, sausage, eggs, beans, roasted tomatoes, and mushrooms.

Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub

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Find a full Irish with two bangers, two rashers, two black and white puddings, a potato cake, eggs, and baked beans at this Shirlington pub, served with Beckett’s brown bread at weekend brunch.

St. Arnold's of Cleveland Park

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The menu may be mostly Belgian, but St. Arnold's serves a full English breakfast with two breakfast bangers, Irish rasher, white and black pudding, two fried eggs, mushrooms, grilled tomato, toast, potatoes and beans.

The Brixton

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The English breakfast at The Brixton features the traditional sausage, bacon, eggs, and mushrooms. It includes unconventional red beans, but lacks the grilled tomatoes.

The Queen Vic

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A full English breakfast is served at brunch and dinner at The Queen Vic. On their option find bacon, sausage, fried egg, beans, and grilled tomato.

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Compass Rose

This International breakfast spot pays tribute to Ireland by serving two eggs any style, bangers, Irish bacon, polenta toast, mushroom, and herb-roasted tomato for an upscale spin on the classic.

Convivial

For $19, a full English breakfast at this new Shaw hotspot includes eggs, sausage, black pudding, an au gratin potato, beans, toast, and mushrooms.

Dubliner Restaurant & Pub

Listed as the full country breakfast, the Dubliner serves Irish bangers, bacon rashers, baked beans, black and white pudding, potatoes, grilled tomato and cheese, and scrambled eggs. Soda bread rounds out this hearty meal.

Duke's Grocery

Duke's is known for its East London-influenced food. Their full English breakfast features black and white pudding, in addition to bacon rashers, sausage, tinned beans, braised mushrooms, runny egg, toast, and roasted tomatoes.

Extra Perks Coffee Shop

Owner and native Londoner carries a stock of British foodstuff at his coffee shop. He also serves a full British breakfast with two eggs, banger, bacon, mushrooms, grilled tomato, and toast. Opt for baked beans to complete the meal.

Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant

Find an Irish breakfast all day at Fado. Along with the standard two eggs sunny side up, Irish sausages, rashers, black and white puddings, mushrooms, and tomatoes there's cheddar chive Guinness bread.

Ireland's Four Courts

Grab a full Irish breakfast with two Irish sausages, two bacon rashers, black and white pudding, two eggs, O'Brien potatoes, Irish beans, roasted tomato and toast.

James Hoban's Irish Restaurant & Bar

James Hoban's serves an Irish farmhouse breakfast with fried eggs, Irish bangers, Irish rashers, black and white pudding, herb-grilled tomato, mushrooms, baked beans, and home fries.

Kitty O'Shea's DC

For those looking to consume a smaller Irish breakfast, get a half order of the Dublin City at Kitty O'Shea's. It features the standard with two eggs, Irish sausage, Irish rashers, black and white pudding, Irish beans, grilled tomato and toast.

Lucky Bar

Lucky Bar has been a gathering place for European soccer fans for more than a decade. Those who wake up early to watch live games can start the morning with a full English breakfast that features bacon, sausage, eggs, beans, roasted tomatoes, and mushrooms.

Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub

Find a full Irish with two bangers, two rashers, two black and white puddings, a potato cake, eggs, and baked beans at this Shirlington pub, served with Beckett’s brown bread at weekend brunch.

St. Arnold's of Cleveland Park

The menu may be mostly Belgian, but St. Arnold's serves a full English breakfast with two breakfast bangers, Irish rasher, white and black pudding, two fried eggs, mushrooms, grilled tomato, toast, potatoes and beans.

The Brixton