Breakfast near Dulles-Layover
My parents are coming into Dulles in two weeks at 7 am and have a six hour layover. I am going to see them (they live abroad) and wanted to take them to a restaurant that serves a nice breakfast, preferably not a buffet. I'm looking for an elegant but relaxed atmosphere, with somewhat light food. Think continental, rather than American breakfast: fruits, toasts (no need for eggs and bacon), and one requirement very good coffee. Thanks!
Market Street Bar & Grill at the Reston Town Center Hyatt has always done a great breakfast (and brunch on weekends). Hotel prices, granted, but it's a very pleasant atmosphere, and not your typical vast and expansive hotel dining room. It feels like a small upscale restaurant and is a good place to linger. Also allows you to roam the shops at the Town Center to kill some time.
There's an Amphora in Herndon - Elden St north of the toll road (2nd exit from airport). It would fit the bill.
Otherwise, without suggesting Silver Diner, I'd rec Lake Anne - for the coffee shop or the cafe - both have breakfast, and while good, it's nothing overly special - but you do get al fresco dining.
I'm going to toss this out there in case you change your mind as to what you'd like to provide your parents, but for a local flavor, take them to Payne's Restaurant in Centreville. Breakfast there can't be beat with a stick (they've tried, I'm sure). They're a throwback to the days of yore when Centreville was in the boon-docks and the locals knew each other. After breakfast, head next door to Jamie's General Bean for a wide variety of coffee to keep them awake for the next leg of their journey.
There's nothing elegant about either one, but both fit your relaxed requirement!