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Breakfast in NOVA?

Hey - so maybe this is just the dilemma of a newly transplanted Southern girl... but, does anyone know where to get a good breakfast around here? I'm not talking Sunday brunch. I'm not talking a pastery from the coffee shop. I'm talking - a real breakfast. You know... the kind that I'm beginning to think people up here don't do very often.

Eggs? Toast? Grits (maybe that's a stretch)? ...ok, pancakes? ...although I'm a vegetarian - bacon? You know the type.

I know about Bob & Edith's... it kinda reminds me of the Waffle House. -not that that's a bad thing - I covet the WoHo.
I know about Jack's Place in Old Town... it has become my FAVORITE spot for Saturdays (particularly Saturday... it's the only day that Kelly works - the woman behind the counter. She totally makes the place.) ...but Jack's Place isn't the best for groups over - say - two.

I'm looking particularly for things in the Alexandria/Arlington areas... that has a breakfast menu on a regular basis, vs just as a "Sunday thing."

Any other recommendations?

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  1. I'm a huge fan of Anadolla on 650 S. Pickett St in Alexandria (703-370-2900). They have excellent bread and make a wonderfully omelette with real eggs. They also have pancakes and freshly squeezed orange juice. Occasionally, I grab some of their other backed goods for a breakfast side order. Hey, if meat isn't your thing so can still get spinach, artichoke, and asparagus to go along with the usual mushroom, tomato, onion and green peppers. I wouldn't do it, as I need my meat, I'm just saying that you could. I've taken many friends there and have had no complaints as of yet.

    1. Metro 29 Diner in Arlington (Lee Highway near Glebe Road). Everything fresh, lines out the door from morning till night.

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      1. re: sfernando

        Metro 29 is great, though I've been there on all days of the week at all times of the day and I can't say I've ever had to wait in line to get a table...

        1. re: jpschust

          I've never waited on a line for Metro 29 either, but then again I have never tried to eat there between 10 am and 2 pm on a Saturday or Sunday. There always seems to be a line when I drive by at that time.

      2. I am a NOVagirl from times pastand while Ican't hink of anything ion the Alex/Arling area specifically there is this place in Vienna (I hope it's still there) called the Virginian that serves a real good breakfast. I think it might be what you're looking for and unless times have changed its still the same three old guys chatting over coffee and the same waitresses askink what you'd like. Its in a strip mall off 123 near the Safeway I think its the strip mall next to the safeway strip mall. same side of the street tho.

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        1. re: bolivianita

          The Virginian is still going strong. New owners from across the sea, and now non-smoking. Breakfast offered daily with usual staples, including grits if memory is correct. Enjoyable more for the experience than the food. It is in the same strip mall as Vienna Barber and Ocean Cleaners; corner of Maple and Glyndon.

        2. I have had some pretty good breakfasts at the McLean Family Restaurant. Be patient as it tends to draw quite a crowd.



          1. You may also enjoy the Celebrity Delly
            7263 Arlington Blvd
            Falls Church, VA 22042


            I know they serve breakfast on the weekend; I assume they do so on weekdays as well.

            1. Life is hard when you don't have a Waffle House nearby.
              There's a Waffle Shop at 3864 Mt. Vernon Ave. in the Del Ray Section of NOVA. Not sure if it's connected to the one at 522 10th St, NW in DC or not.
              If you ever venture into DC, there's lots of real breakfast to be had around Eastern Market and close-in NE and SE. Grits and eggs, pancakes, even fried fish.

              1. I, too, have to meet someone for breakfast next week, but I'm looking for suggestions in the Falls Church/Tysons area. (I'll be picking up my breakfast partner at the West Falls Church metro.)

                My son waxes rhapsodic about a place called something like "Original Pancake House" in a strip mall on Rte. 7 in Falls Church City, but I've never been. Any thoughts about this place? Any other recommendations? All price ranges!

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                1. re: Indy 67

                  I've only been once but I liked it. We went early before the crowds. They have good bacon, pancakes, waffles. I had whole wheat pancakes that were good as ww pancakes go. There aren't many great breakfast places in this area.


                  I like Chutzpah Deli, too. I've been to the one in Fairfax but not Tysons. It's NY style, not southern. Service was really slow, though.


                  1. re: chowser

                    Second Chutzpah. From Tyson's you can also skate down 123 to Vienna and get to Amphora. From there, going across 66 on Nutley gets you to Pan Am Family Restaurant for a decent breakfast as well. The further west you go, I think, the more choices you have. Grits seem to be readily found - no worries there.

                2. Wahooo! Looks like there's hope for me yet! ...I may have to do a little traveling - but breakfast is not lost after all. :-)
                  I stumbled across the Silver Diner this morning. Although it's a chain, it was kinda fun - and had a decent crabcake benedict.