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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dubliner Restaurant & Pub

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520 N Capitol St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 737-3773
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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.

2. Duke's Grocery

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1513 17th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 733-5623
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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.

3. Extra Perks Coffee Shop

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822 N Fairfax St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 706-5886
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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.

4. Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant

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808 7th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 789-0066
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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.

5. Ireland's Four Courts

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2051 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 525-3600
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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.

6. James Hoban's Irish Restaurant & Bar

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1 DuPont Cir NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 223-8440
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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.

7. Kitty O'Shea's DC

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4624 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
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.

8. Lucky Bar

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1221 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 331-3733
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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.

9. St. Arnold's of Cleveland Park

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3435 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste B
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 621-6719
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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.

10. The Queen Vic

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1206 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 396-2001
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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.

11. The Brixton

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901 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 560-5045
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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.

12. Compass Rose

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1346 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 506-4765
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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.

13. Convivial

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801 O St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 525-2870
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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.

14. Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub

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2800 S Randolph St
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 379-0177
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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.

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1. Dubliner Restaurant & Pub

520 N Capitol St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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.
520 N Capitol St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

2. Duke's Grocery

1513 17th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
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.
1513 17th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

3. Extra Perks Coffee Shop

822 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
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.
822 N Fairfax St
Alexandria, VA 22314

4. Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant

808 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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.
808 7th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. Ireland's Four Courts

2051 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
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.
2051 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

6. James Hoban's Irish Restaurant & Bar

1 DuPont Cir NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
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.
1 DuPont Cir NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

7. Kitty O'Shea's DC

4624 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
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.
4624 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

8. Lucky Bar

1221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
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.
1221 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

9. St. Arnold's of Cleveland Park

3435 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste B, Washington, D.C. 20008
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.
3435 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste B
Washington, D.C. 20008

10. The Queen Vic

1206 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
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.
1206 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

11. The Brixton

901 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
The English breakfast at The Brixton features the traditional sausage, bacon, eggs, and mushrooms. It includes unconventional red beans, but lacks the grilled tomatoes.
901 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

12. Compass Rose

1346 T St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
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.
1346 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

13. Convivial

801 O St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
For $19, a full English breakfast at this new Shaw hotspot includes eggs, sausage, black pudding, an au gratin potato, beans, toast, and mushrooms.
801 O St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

14. Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub

2800 S Randolph St, Arlington, VA 22206
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.
2800 S Randolph St
Arlington, VA 22206

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