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Seems like many other cities have great places for creative, not-too-expensive breakfasts. Am I missing one in DC? Looking in downtown area,

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  1. Yeah, can be difficult. But are you talking about a weekday breakfast, or a weekend brunch?

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    1. re: Raids

      This is for a business meeting on a weekday, but we both like good breakfasts and are trying to avoid a hotel.

    2. Check here, though all but Founding Farmers is very casual, might not be what you're looking for.

      I would recommend Pain Quotidien over in Georgetown OR in Dupont Circle on P and 20th. They have a fun bread basket and lots of tasty spreads/jams you can enjoy.

      Or, Luna Grill just south of Dupont Circle:

      Founding Farmers
      1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

      1. OH, Just bite the bullet and go to Old Ebbit' Grill. Their eggs benedict is old-school, but still wonderful. The people watching is amazing, every time I am there I see famous political types. It's near the White House.


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        1. re: Diane in Bexley

          GREAT lunch and dinner. I never though to visit for Breakfast.

        2. Teaism in Penn Quarter is quite nice, though not a traditional breakfast.

          2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

          1. For a business breakfast, I'd second Old Ebbitt. Do they still have the breakfast club?

            1. Tabard Inn has a nice breakfast, but not inexpensive. Florida Ave grill, and Ben's chili bowl also do lunch counter style breakfasts

              Tabard Inn
              1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

              1. Waffles!

                Luna Grill & Diner
                1301 Connecticut Ave NW Frnt 1, Washington, DC 20036

                1. DC is a vacuum for breakfast restaurants - the city's scene is seriously lacking creativity and affordability. Places like Trios in Dupont or Belga on Capitol Hill on the weekends are what DC thinks of as breakfast options. There's a diner on East Capitol Street, Jimmy T's, which puts out food that is barely palatable, yet people wait in line on the weekends to eat there.

                  The options folks have posted on this thread are good (I too didn't know Ebbitt did breakfast during the week - good tip!), but most are chains ( Le Pain Q, for example) and/or expensive for what you're getting (I can't get out of Pain for breakfast for less than $20).

                  Maybe it's the cost of real estate, but if you opened a diner-style eatery that served solid breakfast that wasn't fancy, but featured pancakes, waffles, hashes, etc., you'd be crowded all the time.

                  My contribution for a downtown breakfast suggestion would be the Willard or Hay-Adams, but both are going to set you back a few bucks.

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                  1. re: fisherdm

                    Have you tried Florida Avenue Grill?

                    Florida Avenue Grill
                    1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

                  2. How about Kafe Leopold in Georgetown? It's tucked down a flight of stairs just off of M St, which makes it feel like a cozy little oasis. It's breakfast with a German twist. They have some nice pastries, good coffee, and if it's warm outside, they have a good area for outdoor dining. Breakfast prices aren't too bad either.

                    Edit: My bad - just saw that you're looking in downtown, but I'll give them a shout out anyway, should you or someone else be willing to head to Georgetown.

                    1. Also not downtown, but not too far - the Market Lunch at Eastern market - Crab cakes and Eggs!

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

                      1. Breakfast or brunch places?

                        Not cheap but open weekdays for breakfast and could be considered fun: J& G's Steakhouse at the W and Founding Farmers.

                        Ted Bulletin's in Cap Hill

                        Luna Bar & Grill (on Conn Ave): serve breakfast all day. really like this place

                        Founding Farmers
                        1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

                        1. Highly recommend Old Ebbit for a business breakfast if you are trying to avoid hotels and still want good breakfast options, great service, and DC style! Founding Farmers is also a good choice!

                          Nix Tabard Inn - good breakfast but noise levels are horrendous! And nix Luna Grill - a bit casual for business IMO.

                          Tabard Inn
                          1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

                          Founding Farmers
                          1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006