Why Sleep In? D.C. Breakfast Spots Will Start Your Day Off Right

As the sun creeps up over the horizon, getting out of your warm, cozy bed may seem like an unthinkable idea but once you have sampled some of the finest Washington, D.C. breakfast spots, you may be out the door before the roosters are awake.

Lines are usually out the door for Market Lunch located at the Eastern Market and you will understand why after sampling their delicious buckwheat blueberry pancakes. With a focus on quality and natural ingredients, Founding Farmers offers vegan and vegetarian dishes for those with dietary restrictions. Their stuffed French toast and poached egg hashes are not to missed.

Diners are always great spots to find delicious breakfast dishes that remind you of mom's cooking. Check out Lincoln's Waffle Shop for chicken wings and waffles and The Diner for a number of tasty early morning dishes. Lincoln's opens at 5:30 a.m. for you early risers and The Diner is open 24/7. For those who start the day later, check out Open City or Ted's Bulletin which serve breakfast all day long because it's never too late to enjoy a pancake, right?

Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day so make your stomach happy at these 10Best selections.





Their motto "Serving early birds, night owls and everyone in between" is a good fit for the eatery which stays open 24/7. Breakfast favorites include buttermilk pancakes, southwest frittata, and bread pudding with French toast. Patrons can also...  Read More

Busboys & Poets


This community gathering place, which provides an artistic outlet for poetry, art and books, is also a great spot to grab some breakfast which is served daily until 11 a.m. Chow down on some oatmeal, a bagel with lox, organic granola or a...  Read More

Woodley Park
Open City


What happens when you mix a coffeehouse, a bar/lounge and an American diner? The answer is Open City which can appeal to early risers but also night owls. Breakfast is served all day and features a number of dishes for those with dietary needs...  Read More

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GBD, which is kitchen speak for golden, brown, delicious, is the rare triple threat – a restaurant that can appease the breakfast, lunch and dinner crowd. Fresh homemade donuts will help you start your day. Choose from traditional favorites...  Read More

Tabard Inn Restaurant
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Dubbing itself a European-style oasis on American soil, this venue offers both a charming place to sleep and a restaurant featuring a seasonal dish menu which changes every day and inspired by local, fresh offerings. A sample breakfast menu...  Read More

Lincoln's Waffle Shop
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Opening at 5:30 a.m. every day, this restaurant is perfect for those who love to get an early start to the day. Grab a seat at the counter and get ready to make your stomach happy. This venue offers a breakfast menu all day and when you get a...  Read More

Art and Soul
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The product of celebrity chef/owner Art Smith and executive chef Wes Morton, Art and Soul serves up Southern comfort dishes with style. Nosh on buttermilk lemon pancakes or a three egg omelet off the breakfast menu. Lunch favorites include free...  Read More



Stuffed French toast, buttermilk pancakes and poached egg hashes are just a small sample of some of the breakfast menu items at Founding Farmers. With a focus on quality and natural ingredients, the restaurant prepares dishes with sustainably...  Read More



This classic American diner with a 1920s/1930s vibe offers patrons multiple comfort food dishes to chose from all day long. Buttermilk chicken fried steak, the walk of shame breakfast burrito, the Ty Cobb salad and Ted's famous grilled cheese...  Read More



You may ask why a place that has 'Lunch' in its name would be chosen for the best breakfast list. One stop here during the early morning hours will make you understand why we included this eatery. Located at the Eastern Market, Market Lunch...  Read More


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