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Great Breakfast in NoVA or DC

Currently I am living in Bmore but shortly I will be making a move to Boston. My father has fallen in love with Miss Shirley's in Roland Park. He frequently drives up from FFX to "visit me" so that he can have breakfast at Miss Shirleys (truly is worth the trip). Does anyone know of a restaurant that serves similiar breakfast food down in NoVa or DC? Thanks!

Here is their menu http://www.missshirleys.com/pages/men...

His favorites are: Oysters Shirley-feller- Cornmeal-Encrusted Fried Oysters, Creamed Chipped Beef & Egg Round on Shredded Potato & Onion Hash Browns, topped with White Cheddar Cheese
Smoked Salmon Benedict- Poached Eggs & Smoked Salmon on Potato Cakes with Chive Hollandaise Sauce & Sour Cream

Update: Thanks for the recommendation, Fl ave Grill does look like it could satisfy the biscuit/ VA ham/ egg diner type of breakfast.

Since he is retired he tends to eat out for breakfast mainly during the week when my mother is at work so places that only do weekend brunch might not work.

What about places with a variety of egg dishes (omelettes, eggs benedict, etc.) ? He has gone to the chain Eggspectaction (sp?) and didn't think it was horrible, just not that great.

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  1. Florida ave Grill? If you like biscuits and gravy.....

    1. Perhaps the brunch at Acadiana or Georgia Brown's? Although they are a little pricier.

      Does Del Merei Grille do breakfast/brunch? They are cajun/southern aren't they? Their website won't pull up.

      Creme Cafe might also be good for weekend brunch although they don't do breakfast that I know of.

      None of my Southern go-tos do breakfast. Anyone been to brunch at Jackson 20 yet? They are supposed to do Southern.

      Florida Ave Grill is a good rec. I second.

      1. What about the The Diner in Adams Morgan..plus it's open 24 hours!

        1. Maybe not exactly the same in terms of food items they have, but Tallula has really good brunch too.

          1. What about the Morrison Clark Inn in Alexandria, I have never had their breakfast or brunch, but they do serve on weekdays, and I have head it is kind of Southern, anyone been?

            1. Well, I can't help with breakfast on that level, but it makes me want to visit you, too. I would love to find a place in NoVa with that kind of food for breakfast and that's not too frou frou

              1. For the egg dishes I'd suggest Luna Grill (Dupont or Shirlington). They do eggs benedict several ways (traditional, over crab cakes, smoked salmon, veggies, etc.). So does Creme. I know Creme only serves brunch on weekends, but not sure about Luna Grill.

                Now can someone please share more info on Florida Avenue Grill? Where on FL Ave is it?

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                1. re: KWynn

                  Luna Grill is pretty good, Harry's Tap Room in Shirlington has great eggs benedict, but it doesn't have the other southern stuff.

                  1. re: KWynn

                    Is there a different between the two Luna Grill locations? Looking at their menu online it looks like they serve breakfast during the week and brunch on weekend?

                    1. re: KWynn

                      11th St NW. It's on the corner.

                      1. re: Dennis S

                        I love Florida Grill, the photos on the walls are fun, too, great and greasy, feels like a time warp, in a way, but a good way. I should go more often, thanks for the reminder.

                    2. Just to clarify, Morrison Clark is in DC. Perhaps ktmoomau meant The Morrison House in Old Town Alexandria.
                      Harry's Tap Room is in Arlington.

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                      1. re: monavano

                        Wow yes my mind was off in Space, Morrisson Clark in DC, Luna Grill in Shirlington good for eggs, and Harry's Tap Room in Clarendon... Wow where was my mind... I better recheck what I was working on at work!

                      2. I've been to Miss Shirley's a couple of times on visits to Balto (once for a JHU reunion, once for the legendary Monday Night Ravens-Pats game). I like their food very much, the prices not so much. Eggspectation is almost as expensive and not nearly as good.

                        I can't think of anything out here in the Loudoun-Fairfax area that's similar to Miss Shirley's, but one place that's a little more downscale but has good breakfasts is the Virginia Kitchen in Herndon. Here's a CH thread that might help:


                        Also, I read someplace on the Web that the Virginia Kitchen waitresses might call you hon, which I'm sure you'd like. 8<D

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                        1. re: Bob W

                          I've always like Tabard Inn near Dupont, and also Carlyle in Shirlington.

                          Edit - clearly, I can't read...I realized I just posted places that are great for weekend brunch. Sorry!

                          1. re: Bob W

                            The prices at Miss Shirley's are high,but unfortunately I haven't found a breakfast place as good in Bmore. That's why it is more of a one/month type of place, not a one/week.

                            Thanks for the link to the thread. Both VK and First Watch look/sound good. I'll add them to my list of suggestions for him.

                          2. arlington's metro 29 has many varied types of omelettes and also has eggs benedict (and they will sub fries -- extra crispy, yes! -- for the home fries). lots of food, plenty of choices. pancakes, waffles, too. fried eggs and ham/bacon/sausage with toast. i get my eggs benedict as "florentine," subbing spinach (fresh poached) for the canadian bacon.

                            lee hwy at glebe road. open early. plenty of parking. open every day. oh, plentiful coffee, and very important: space to read the paper. i take my out of town guests there for brekkie, and they are usually very happy (and impressed by the plate-sized omelettes).

                            1. Royal Restaurant is a 100 year old diner in Old Town (Asaph and Madison) that I'm pretty sure you'll like. During the week, parking is not a problem for breakfast they have a lot, though the place will be busy with locals. On weekends, they do have an omelette bar and a bunch of other goodies. A real diner experience. I should go more often myself...

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                              1. re: justaddwater

                                Yes, the Royal is a nice brunch venue. The have omlettes, make your own waffle, and others. It could be a little greasy and enjoys a bit run down atmosphere.

                              2. Also, Table Talk in Alexandria can be considered. But is a little bit greasy and has an older/dated atmosphere. Friendly staff and with regulars-which can be charming. Must like plants.

                                1. Is Bob and Edith's still there in Arlington? Near Glebe, north of 50? i think it's on 27 but not sure.
                                  I know it is probably 'frou frou' but i always love a bite in the AM at Teaism. The scrambled eggs with cilantro are SO good esp with a nice pot of tea. And if you have tea you must have a salty oat cookie or scone to dip in it...

                                  1. oh mimi's cafe in dulles- in front of the dulles town center mall- the best traditional benedict i have ever had, and i get benedicts everywhere i go- including eggspectation- which doesn't TOUCH Mimi's on E.B., and i enjoy eggspectation. don't add salt- the ham has plenty and a smoky full flavor. the hollandaise is light and delicious- and the home fried potatoes- ordered crispy with a sprinkle of cheese... sigh. top it off with one of their big, refreshing grey goose Bloody Mary's and you are in heaven. ok _I_ am in heaven.

                                    1. there's nothing around here that I can recommend but I would check out Shirley's in B'more! LOL! Their menu sounds delicious.