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Dec 11, 2009 02:12 PM

Sunday Breakfast in DC?

So we're going to be in DC Sunday morning, since the company party the night before and I'm not driving back to Baltimore after that. Can anyone suggest a slow, quiet, or possibly even intimate place for light breakfast as part of a Sunday morning recovery? Not really looking for a big brunch, but definitely bonus points for good coffee/expresso and pastries. We have a car, but will be at the Shoreham Omni if that helps.


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  1. I'd suggest Blue Duck Tavern, Cafe du Parc, Black Salt, and Eventide (in Arlington.

    1. I would check out Cafe du Parc, Bistro Bis, Cashion's Eat Place or Tabard Inn.

      1. If you want something close to the Omni Shoreham, Open City is right across the street. It's not really an espresso/pastry kind of place and gets kind of noisy/crowded if you go after 10 but if you go early, the food is fairly decent and it really is very close to the Omni.
        You could also walk to Adams Morgan - there are a bunch of places that do breakfast/brunch though only a few of them are good: Cashion's is good, so is Bourbon (despite the name). I've never been to Napoleon bistro but they have crepes and such so it might be up your alley.
        If you're willing to trek to Georgetown or Dupont, there are a couple Le Pain Quotidiens which are very much coffee/pastry-type places.

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        1. re: ViolentScarlet

          Well, since folks gave me some good suggestions I should get off my butt and post some results!

          So last Sunday was a rainy chill day, which decidedly affected our post-Xmas party mood. Nonetheless, since neither my wife or I can survive without strong coffee, we roused ourselves to cross the street to Open City. The coffee was good and, in my opinion, the croissant was great, far better than I'd get at other coffee shops. Crunchy on the outside, flaky and reeking of butter. Perfect.

          Contrary to our original plans we wound up going for brunch after all and chose the Blue Duck Tavern. The room is minimalist but comfortable and not pretenious, so even in our somewhat bleary state we didn't feel out of place. Passing on the starters, salads, and brunch drinks (we're bad customers, I guess), my wife had the Sourdough Baked Pancake (which had dried cherries instead of the figs listed onlne), creme fraiche and syrup. It was delicious and more than she could eat, becoming lunch the next day. I had the croque madame -- a wonderful combination of runny egg, cheese, salty ham, herbacious toast, and mornay sauce. But the real hit were the hand cut triple fries that I couldn't resist ordering. The size of Lincoln Logs, they came squeezed upright in a little pot with tongs for serving. They were, possibly, some of the best fries I have had -- a perfect deep gold crisp exterior and light steamed potato insides. They came with a side of garlic aioli. They would be, no doubt, the perfect bar food.

          The only downside was the tea. Not wanting to drink we opted for mint tea. It was all well and good, but $8 a pot? The prices for the rest of the meal were a bit hit but the food reflected it, but the markup on the tea was outrageous.