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woodleyparkhound Jul 11, 2010 01:41 PM

This is an item I get regular cravings for -- you know, the basic egg/cheese/bacon on English muffin/bagel etc. with its many variations. I was just wondering where I might find some good ones around town that I don't know about yet. So far, my favorite one is at So's Your Mom in Adams Morgan. I had one today at Booeymonger's in Friendship Heights. It was edible, but the bagel wasn't very good and it had American cheese, which isn't ideal.

Any other suggestions for Metro-accessible places I may have missed?

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So's Your Mom
1831 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

Booeymonger Restaurant
4600 E West Hwy, Bethesda, MD 20814

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  1. hill food Jul 11, 2010 02:48 PM

    WPH I'm surprised at you. doesn't the scrapple/egg/cheese on whatever option rate high? if you don't have an aversion to scrapple, then get the heck over to capitol hill.

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      woodleyparkhound Jul 11, 2010 06:09 PM

      Scrapple isn't my thing -- but where are you talking about on capitol hill?

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        hill food Jul 11, 2010 07:31 PM

        yeah it's not for everyone, me, maybe only once or twice a year. just seems like every likely place on the hill has some version (except Pain Q of course). specifically thinking of the Market Lunch "Brick" (you can substitute)

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        Market Lunch
        225 7th St SE Ste 12, Washington, DC 20003

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      Steve Jul 11, 2010 03:21 PM

      The breakfast sandwich at Mario's in Arlington is served on Texas toast, is a bargain, and they don't skimp on the bacon.

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        ktmoomau Jul 12, 2010 08:06 AM

        If you are going to Arlington, Earl's sandwiches is metro accessible and has a great breakfast sandwich.

        I need to try the one at Northside Social... haven't had it yet, but I bet it would be good.

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          daves_32 Jul 29, 2010 03:58 PM

          The Northside Social sandwich is good. you can get a sausage patty on english muffin (their own). or you can get the bacon on their stout bread. they both have a poached egg (not scrambled and them folded onto itself) and frisee. I don't know if they put something on the frisee or if that's just how it tastes but it has a real citrus taste to it. Both are good options. both only $4 which I think is a good deal since the bacon and sausage are both made/cured/etc. over at Liberty Tavern. I think the bacon is better than the sausage

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          The Liberty Tavern
          3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

      2. monkeyrotica Jul 12, 2010 04:38 AM

        The Blue & White Carryout in Old Town is three blocks from Braddock Road: the breakfast sandwiches are simple, cheap, and delicious. The line of blue/white collar customers can attest to this. Their fried chicken (and chicken livers) are coronary-riffic.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3186...

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          flavrmeistr Jul 12, 2010 12:27 PM

          CIty Deli on Bladensburg Road NE has a killer pastrami and egg sandwich.

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          Snd485 Jul 13, 2010 09:01 AM

          I really like the breakfast sandwiches at Tivoli. I often get one on my way to work in the mornings. They have 2 locations. One above the Ballston metro and another in Rosslyn.

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          Ballston Cafe
          4601 Fairfax Dr Lbby 2, Arlington, VA 22203

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            alkapal Jul 24, 2010 01:29 PM

            tivoli -- has breakfast sandwiches? whoa boy it's been a long time since i was there, but it used to be a fine dining place (over the rosslyn metro). now i've gotta look it up to check out the transformation.

            ok, no website that i could quickly find. what am i missing? is it still a "restaurant" or only a deli-type spot?

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              Steve Jul 25, 2010 06:41 AM

              Tivoli has two deli locations: one at Ballston metro and the other ground floor at Rosslyn.

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                woodleyparkhound Jul 25, 2010 06:51 AM

                Steve, you mean at the Rosslyn Metro station itself? I'm not very familiar with this station and can't picture where it would be.

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                  Steve Jul 25, 2010 09:06 PM

                  Tivoli deli is directly to the left as you enter the station from Moore St, inside the mini-mall.

          2. littlew1ng Jul 13, 2010 01:06 PM

            Brooklyn Bagelry in Courthouse...whatever bacon they use on their bagels is divine, and they're pretty generous with it too.

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              jenniferpdc Jul 14, 2010 10:41 AM

              Eastern Market lunch counter. They are fabulous. Just don't try to go on a Saturday morning.

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                woodleyparkhound Jul 24, 2010 01:03 PM

                I had a bacon cheddar "brick" this morning at Eastern Market. It was very good - the bread they use is fabulous. It has potatoes on it, which gives them points for originality, but I'm not a fan of two different carbs in the same dish. It could have used something wet - sriracha mayo maybe? It was 25 mins. from the time I got in line till I sat down with my food. Good sandwich, but probably not worth the wait. Yeah, yeah, I know. Everyone says don't go late Sat. morning, but here's the thing. I can't go there during the week, I'm not going to get up early on the weekend, and they don't serve breakfast on Sundays. So what's a breakfast sandwich lover to do? For that reason, today's brick might be my last.

                Oh yeah -- and another thing that really bothered me about Market Lunch today... a woman working there (probably the manager) was screaming incessantly at the poor man whose job it was to clean the long table. I really hate it when employees are verbally abused in my presence. This dragged down the whole experience for me.

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                Market Lunch
                225 7th St SE Ste 12, Washington, DC 20003

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                Raids Jul 14, 2010 12:38 PM

                Loeb's Deli on I & 15th. Turkey bacon, egg & cheese on a bagel. Amazing. It's pretty good with regular bacon too.

                In the same neighborhood on the other side of the park on Vermont St, Juice Joint does this really well also, but I think it's the breakfast wrap that really knocks it out of the park.

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                  monkeyrotica Jul 15, 2010 04:54 AM

                  I'll have to try Loeb's breakfast then, because I've pretty much given up on their sandwiches.

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                  Loeb's Restaurant
                  832 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

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                    Raids Jul 15, 2010 10:07 AM

                    Really? Love the light rye they use there. I always get the Radio City Music Hall. Also, I never, ever go there at noon. It's a madhouse of tourists. The place is at its best in the morning and early/late lunch when it's all regulars.

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                      Steve Jul 15, 2010 12:24 PM

                      I'll have to add that Loeb's has always turned me off and ranks near the bottom in many categories for me, whether you are talking about the meat, slaw, or bread.

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                      Loeb's Restaurant
                      832 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

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                        woodleyparkhound Jul 26, 2010 05:21 AM

                        I just had a bacon/egg/cheese on bagel this morning at Loeb's. (My schedule is different today plus I was curious about it!) Strange that the bagel was extra. They asked me if I wanted it on white or wheat - odd. It was good, but kind of a grease bomb. They didn't ask me if I wanted the bagel buttered before they buttered it heavily. If I go here again, I'll have to remember to ask them not to do that. Still, I enjoyed this breakfast sandwich more than anything else I've had at Loeb's! It was good - hot and freshly made to order, but definitely not good enough to get me there on a weekend!

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                        Loeb's Restaurant
                        832 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

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                          Raids Jul 26, 2010 06:29 AM

                          Oh yeah, that's my bad - definitely ask for no butter. Sorry!

                          Also - last I knew they didn't have wheat bagels? Did they finally start carrying them, or did they misunderstand you and think you wanted the breakfast sandwhich on bread?

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                            woodleyparkhound Jul 26, 2010 07:07 AM

                            They said, "White or wheat?" I interpreted that to mean did I want white or wheat sandwich bread. I asked if I could have it on a bagel. She said yes, so I asked for a poppy seed bagel toasted, which I got.

                            Two hours later and I'm totally stuffed - what a gut bomb!

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                              Raids Jul 26, 2010 07:58 AM

                              Oh yes. It's a once a week breakfast sandwich, to be sure.

                              Also, speaking of bagel sandwiches, as far as chains go, you can't beat Brueger's bacon, egg, and cheddar on a Brueger's rosemary olive oil bagel. There's one on E Street I stop by sometimes on weekends.

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                                woodleyparkhound Jul 26, 2010 12:51 PM

                                It is now about 4:00 p.m. I didn't eat lunch and I'm STILL full from that Loeb's breakfast sandwich I ate this morning at 8:00! That tells me that thing packs a HUGE caloric wallop. We won't be doing that again!

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                                Loeb's Restaurant
                                832 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

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                                  Dennis S Jul 26, 2010 06:09 PM

                                  Bagels alone pack a punch. Add butter and then the protein, I'd say, yes!

                  2. chaofun Jul 15, 2010 07:32 AM

                    As a GW alum I gotta mention the GW Deli in Foggy Bottom. I'm pretty sure their stuff saved my life many a hungover morning. Nothing fancy or great, but solid.

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                      woodleyparkhound Jul 17, 2010 10:12 AM

                      I had a very good bacon/egg/cheese on toasted poppy seed bagel this morning at the GW Deli. It was an interesting experience for me. One, I've never been on that part of G St. before and had no idea this place existed. There have been a couple of times that I settled for eating at the Potbelly on the corner of 23rd and G as I was walking back from the mall, starving, and didn't know of anywhere else that close. Now I do. Two, I couldn't find breakfast sandwiches posted on their menu on the wall or on any of the signs they have around the counter advertising specials. If I didn't know ahead of time that they served breakfast sandwiches I would never have guessed it. There is no seating there (it would have been nice to enjoy my sandwich in air-conditioned comfort on a day like today) but there are benches nearby in front of the Psychology Dept., where birds gathered to watch us eat -- they seem very accustomed to dining in this area!

                      The sandwich was very good -- hot, fresh, and had LOTS of bacon. The eggs on it weren't scrambled either, which gets points from me. After eating, I popped over to Trader Joe's for that errand, so I killed two birds with one stone. Thanks for the suggestion, chaofun!

                      Re: Loeb's. I was pretty surprised to read this suggestion, as I don't like Loeb's at all for lunch (I have been subjected to it at work a few times). I'd be happy to give their breakfast sandwich a shot however, if they were open on weekends. Only then do I give in to my yen for breakfast sandwiches! But still, good to know. That info may come in handy someday.

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                        mnadel Jul 17, 2010 03:09 PM

                        I like the breakfast sandwiches at the airport Five Guys, both Reagan and Dulles. Also, I appreciate the Pot Bellys breakfast sandwich.

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                          Raids Jul 20, 2010 07:31 AM

                          FYI, they are often open on Saturdays now, for about as long as they're getting business - usually until about 2pm. This is a recent post-snowpacolypse development.

                          They take visa now there also, but it's still just faster to have cash, IMO. I've never had the slaw, or any of the bread but the light rye, or any of the deli meat except the ham and turkey, so I just can't comment on any experiences with the lunch beyond that. If you get stuck there again for lunch, I like the tuna salad or the egg salad with a little extra mustard on the light rye also.

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                            woodleyparkhound Jul 20, 2010 07:53 AM

                            Raids - which place are you talking about?

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                              Raids Jul 20, 2010 11:19 AM

                              Oops, I was responding to you about the much-maligned Loeb's. Apologies! And be forewarned - they are certainly not *always* open on Saturday - you might want to call first if it's out of your way.

                              Also, Juice Joint - that I also suggested - isn't open on weekends either, curse them.

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                          JillianK Jul 28, 2010 07:01 AM

                          I was just thinking to myself "is it crazy to post that the GW deli has the best sandwich?" i wholeheartedly agree and am glad you said so! My standby was always the everything bagel with egg, cheese and tomato.

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                          Elyssa Jul 20, 2010 09:00 AM

                          Not exactly a breakfast sandwich, but the breakfast burrito at SoHo Coffee on P Street in Dupont Circle is quite good.

                          1. ipsedixit Jul 22, 2010 09:01 PM

                            Well, if you get up early enough, you can get yourself a juicy burger at Rogue States, they close at 5 am.

                            Highly recommend the "No Burger, No Cry" burger. There are definitely worse ways to start off the day.

                            http://aburgergrillingcompany.com/sit...

                            1. tommyskitchen Jul 25, 2010 02:59 AM

                              I also agree on the Market Lunch - Others:

                              Ben's Chili Bowl for Scrapple/EC
                              Loeb's Deli on 15th - I have them make me a Corned Beef, Egg, and Cheese - It's awesome!

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                              Ben's Chili Bowl
                              1213 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

                              Loeb's Restaurant
                              832 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

                              Market Lunch
                              225 7th St SE Ste 12, Washington, DC 20003

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                                Flaxen_Vixen Jul 26, 2010 09:04 AM

                                The Churchill Hangover Sandwich at The Capitol Lounge on Capitol Hill is a favorite of mine. I'm pretty sure they only serve it on weekends for brunch though. They also have a make your own bloody mary bar that is the perfect accompaniment to this delicious sandwich.

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                                Capitol Lounge
                                229 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

                                1. alkapal Jul 27, 2010 05:21 AM

                                  does anyone know if the subway chain is currently offering buy-one-get-one breakfast sandwiches in this area (arlington/dc) -- tuesdays only, through august 3? i know they are offering it in the south florida and southern california markets.

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                                    eyeballs64 Jul 29, 2010 11:18 AM

                                    Back when I lived down that way, we used to get some great breakfast sandwiches at Pumpernickels Deli on Conn Ave in Chevy Chase/DC, just south of the circle. Yummy.

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                                      hillrat Jul 29, 2010 12:15 PM

                                      I surprised no one has mentioned it yet, but don't sleep on the breakfast sandwiches at Mangialardo's right near the Potomac Ave Metro.

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                                      Mangialardo & Sons
                                      1317 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

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                                        woodleyparkhound Jul 29, 2010 07:03 PM

                                        I thought they only did subs. "Don't sleep on" them? What do you mean?

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                                          monkeyrotica Jul 30, 2010 03:41 AM

                                          Mangialardo's serves their omlette sandwiches on a sub roll (sausage and cheese, ham and cheese, pepperoni and cheese); their other breakfast sandwiches are on a kaiser roll (egg and cheese with ham, bacon, turkey, or sausage). 7:30 to 10:30 am.

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                                            alkapal Jul 30, 2010 04:32 AM

                                            >>>don't sleep on the breakfast sandwiches<<<

                                            maybe they're big and puffy..... http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2080/2...

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                                              woodleyparkhound Jul 30, 2010 05:20 AM

                                              Hilarious, alkapal! Love the photo! I bet Mangialardo's breakfast sandwiches are good, but as they are only open M-F, I doubt that I'll ever get there, unfortunately.

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