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Interesting Breakfast in Arlington/Alexandria?

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dr3rdeye Jul 22, 2006 04:44 AM

Any ideas for an interesting breakfast place in Arlington or Alexandria? I'm looking for something that goes beyond the typical eggs, pancakes, bacon, etc. We're regulars at Mancini's and have tried most of the hotels (although they're rarely interesting), Bob and Edith's, and a few of the Latin places up on Columbia Pike.

Any suggestions or ideas?

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    Foodgeek RE: dr3rdeye Jul 25, 2006 08:31 AM

    I like the Latin options at the Sunday Brunch at Carribean Breeeze in Ballston. Here is an article I wrote about it:
    http://dcfud.smorgasblog.com/archives...
    They have live jazz during brunch, although they didn't the day I wrote the article. I do not recommend the place for lunch or dinner based on feedback I've gotten from various people. I like their beef and chicken empanadas.

    1. Bill4242 RE: dr3rdeye Jul 25, 2006 02:24 PM

      Tallula has an interesting Sunday brunch menu, including some delicious fired green tomatoes and creamy cheddar grits. It's on Washington Blvd. where Whitey's used to be (the 2 places couldn't be more different, however).

      Check out their brunch menu here: http://tallularestaurant.com/menu.htm...

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        TXgourmand RE: Bill4242 Aug 3, 2006 06:58 PM

        Tallula's brunch is offered on both Saturday & Sunday, according to the website.

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        mstrimel RE: dr3rdeye Jul 25, 2006 03:15 PM

        Carlyle Grand in Shirlington. Nothing all that wacky, more like variations on standard breakfast fare (like scrambled eggs with interesting meats and cheeses added, french toast with interesting fillings), nicely prepared. They bring you a "breadbasket" full of of freshly made donuts IIRC. Hard to argue with that!

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          julialimei RE: dr3rdeye Aug 1, 2006 06:54 PM

          I like brunch at Harry's tap room--they have a lot of options, and variations on standards, though overall it really mostly conventional brunch fare. They make a great Eggs Florentine. I usually enjoy their bananas foster french toast, though during my last trip it was a bit dry and hard to cut--ick!

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            sfoxcor RE: dr3rdeye Aug 1, 2006 08:38 PM

            Boulevard Woodgrill in Clarendon is a really nice brunch choice. They have the best French toast with a Grand Marnier whipped cream and a Kir Noir that is delish. Decent prices too.

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              TerriS RE: dr3rdeye Aug 3, 2006 01:11 PM

              Luna Grill and Diner in Shirlington is one of my favorites. They have a good set of variations on eggs benedict and and pretty extensive omelette menu as well.

              Metro 29 Diner on Lee Highway in Arlington is also nice - not sure if that is exciting enough for you.

              If you're willing to venture into DC, Tabard Inn has a great brunch with fresh donuts and lots more.

              If you want to get really different, have you tried the dim sum route? China Garden in Rosslyn is my favorite.

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                julialimei RE: TerriS Aug 3, 2006 02:32 PM

                Mmmm--I agree that the Tabard Inn is fabulous for breakfast. I had the best, most rich french toast with fresh cream and berries there not that long ago.

                And China garden is fun for dimsum (I love how they push the carts around), but my favorite is A&J's in Annandale and Rockville. Their fresh made noodles are amazing and the menu is extensive. Very authentic, tasty dimsum.

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