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Mexican Mornings That Go Beyond the Breakfast Taco

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The rich flavors of Mexican cuisine make for an ideal breakfast. For people who appreciate a savory start to the day, satisying soups or eggs mixed with hot peppers will not disappoint.

America’s love breakfast tacos and migas, but often overlook all the options. Here are eight other Mexican-inspired dishes around town, ranging from traditional to creative, to kick-start the day.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

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801-A 9th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 408-1600
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Despite its name, this restaurant serves up diverse Latin American flavors, representing the many culinary influences of Cuba. Go for the fluffy two-egg omelet with spiced chorizo sausage, roasted potatoes, sour cream, peppery Jack cheese, and a side salad with watercress and organic grape tomatoes. Weekend brunch begins at 11:30 a.m.

2. Don Tito

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3165 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 672-5381
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This Arlington eatery is just a churros throw from the Clarendon metro. It's a popular spot for thanks to its rooftop bar and weekend brunch. The restaurant offers an all-you-can eat small plate brunch, but don't miss out on their take on eggs Benedict. Crunchy tostadas are covered in carnitas, poached eggs, green onions, melted cheese, and creamy salsa verde sauce. It's all served with a side of seasoned breakfast potatoes.

3. La Mexicana

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2907 Arlington Dr, Alexandria
VA, 22306
(703) 717-0807
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Tortas, or Mexican sandwiches, begin with oblong bolillo rolls, but the rules stop there. Choices for fillings are endless. Here in Alexandria, the bakery constructs huge versions piled high with meats. The Mexi/Cuban combination comes stuffed with ham, carnitas, avocado, lettuce, jalapeños, melted cheese, onions, tomatoes, refried beans, and mayo. Sure, you can find places to add an egg, but this is the place for those who want to skip to the most important part of breakfast— the meat.

4. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

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401 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 628-1005
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For those who like ramen on a weekend morning, try something new at Mexican place by José Andrés in Penn Quarter. Their version of menudo is full of hearty tripe mixes and soothing hominy, all in a spicy ancho chile broth. The restaurant calls it the “famous morning elixir” of the state of Nuevo Leon, but the dish might as well be renamed “the perfect hangover cure.” Weekend brunch runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

5. Rito Loco

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606 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 836-4270
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The brick-and-mortar storefront of the food truck favorite offers a rather unique take on the breakfast burrito. Not only is that tortilla stuffed with eggs, fresh pico de gallo, and meat upon request, but it’s also studded with cheesy pasta shells. It sounds silly, perhaps, but the addition adds an interesting texture to the burrito that launched the business. They're open on weekdays at 7 a.m. and weekends at 10 a.m.

6. Taco Bamba

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2190 Pimmit Dr
Falls Church, VA 22043
(703) 639-0505
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Roll out of bed for some rolled-up goodness at this Falls Church restaurant. The breakfast enchiladas come with sides of rice and beans and are topped with homemade sauce and a fried egg. It opens daily at 8:30 a.m.
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7. Taqueria Distrito Federal

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3463 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 276-7331
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Nothing beats a simple yet satisfying dish of eggs scrambled with a bunch of stuff. Try them mixed with ham, fresh tomatoes, onions, and spicy jalapeño pepper, all served with a side of beans. The two locations, in Columbia Heights and Petworth, both open early at 8:00 am.

8. Taqueria Habanero

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3710 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(301) 789-7407
Nachos for breakfast? Yes, please. This comforting dish involves fried tortillas, tossed in salsa, and topped with cheese, crema, and a runny egg. The stellar version at this notable taco joint in north Columbia Heights brings the heat with the salsa roja version. The salsa verde is more mild. Grab at late breakfast when they open at 11:00 am daily.

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1. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

801-A 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Despite its name, this restaurant serves up diverse Latin American flavors, representing the many culinary influences of Cuba. Go for the fluffy two-egg omelet with spiced chorizo sausage, roasted potatoes, sour cream, peppery Jack cheese, and a side salad with watercress and organic grape tomatoes. Weekend brunch begins at 11:30 a.m.
801-A 9th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

2. Don Tito

3165 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
This Arlington eatery is just a churros throw from the Clarendon metro. It's a popular spot for thanks to its rooftop bar and weekend brunch. The restaurant offers an all-you-can eat small plate brunch, but don't miss out on their take on eggs Benedict. Crunchy tostadas are covered in carnitas, poached eggs, green onions, melted cheese, and creamy salsa verde sauce. It's all served with a side of seasoned breakfast potatoes.
3165 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

3. La Mexicana

2907 Arlington Dr, Alexandria, VA, 22306
Tortas, or Mexican sandwiches, begin with oblong bolillo rolls, but the rules stop there. Choices for fillings are endless. Here in Alexandria, the bakery constructs huge versions piled high with meats. The Mexi/Cuban combination comes stuffed with ham, carnitas, avocado, lettuce, jalapeños, melted cheese, onions, tomatoes, refried beans, and mayo. Sure, you can find places to add an egg, but this is the place for those who want to skip to the most important part of breakfast— the meat.
2907 Arlington Dr, Alexandria
VA, 22306

4. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

401 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
For those who like ramen on a weekend morning, try something new at Mexican place by José Andrés in Penn Quarter. Their version of menudo is full of hearty tripe mixes and soothing hominy, all in a spicy ancho chile broth. The restaurant calls it the “famous morning elixir” of the state of Nuevo Leon, but the dish might as well be renamed “the perfect hangover cure.” Weekend brunch runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
401 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

5. Rito Loco

606 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
The brick-and-mortar storefront of the food truck favorite offers a rather unique take on the breakfast burrito. Not only is that tortilla stuffed with eggs, fresh pico de gallo, and meat upon request, but it’s also studded with cheesy pasta shells. It sounds silly, perhaps, but the addition adds an interesting texture to the burrito that launched the business. They're open on weekdays at 7 a.m. and weekends at 10 a.m.
606 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

6. Taco Bamba

2190 Pimmit Dr, Falls Church, VA 22043
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Roll out of bed for some rolled-up goodness at this Falls Church restaurant. The breakfast enchiladas come with sides of rice and beans and are topped with homemade sauce and a fried egg. It opens daily at 8:30 a.m.
2190 Pimmit Dr
Falls Church, VA 22043

7. Taqueria Distrito Federal

3463 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
Nothing beats a simple yet satisfying dish of eggs scrambled with a bunch of stuff. Try them mixed with ham, fresh tomatoes, onions, and spicy jalapeño pepper, all served with a side of beans. The two locations, in Columbia Heights and Petworth, both open early at 8:00 am.
3463 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

8. Taqueria Habanero

3710 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
Nachos for breakfast? Yes, please. This comforting dish involves fried tortillas, tossed in salsa, and topped with cheese, crema, and a runny egg. The stellar version at this notable taco joint in north Columbia Heights brings the heat with the salsa roja version. The salsa verde is more mild. Grab at late breakfast when they open at 11:00 am daily.
3710 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

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