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Mar 30, 2011 10:10 AM

English breakfast in DC

A friend asked me where she could get a full English breakfast in DC and I'm drawing a blank. Anyone know of an establishment in DC or nearby that can satisfy her craving for eggs, beans, black pudding, etc?

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  1. Againn - I have never been - they aren't serving black pudding you maybe able to find this item at your local Cariberran market or restaurant (may only be available on Friday and Saturdays usually)

    1099 New York Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20001

    1. Againn. I believe they are serving brunch again now. If you call ahead and ask nicely, maybe they'd even work something out for you regarding the black pudding?

      1. The Irish Inn at Glen Echo advertises a "Traditional Irish Breakfast" on its Weekend Brunch Menu. I don't know if there's a big difference between the Irish and English versions but it appears to include the items your friend wants. It's a pretty place, too.

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        1. re: OldSchool

          That looks like a winner to me thanks for the info Old School

        2. The Royal Mile in Wheaton has brunch on the weekends, they don't post the menu so give them a call.

          1. New place opening on H Street will have English breakfast, the Queen Vic:

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            1. re: hamster

              Had "the Full Monty(their name for a full English breakfast)" for brunch at the Queen Vic this afternoon. I'm happy to report that it's very good, even if it doesn't fully recreate the experience.

              In my view, an English breakfast should include the following: Fried eggs with a runny yolk, beans, tomato, back bacon(more similar to an American ham steak than bacon made from pork belly), sausage, tomato, mushrooms and toast. All of these elements were there and of good quality, though there was definitely room for improvement.

              The eggs were sunny side up and cooked perfectly. This is the most important part and they nailed it. Rather than the Heinz baked beans that are ubiquitous in England, they served white beans in a tomato broth. They obviously made these themselves and would be good on their own, but I missed the sweetness of more traditional baked beans here. Also, because the broth was so thin it ran all over the plate and made the toast(actually crostini) soggy.

              The back bacon was fine, if pale and colorless. There was nothing wrong with it per se, but it didn't really contribute anything. Next time I'll ask them to leave off the back bacon and add extra sausage(which, despite a small portion, was excellent). The tomato was fine, just a peeled whole tomato from a can that seemed to be heated through. Not bad though.

              The mushrooms were good, just baby button mushrooms sauteed in a little butter. Finally, rather than traditional toast, they put a piece of crostini on the plate. Unfortunately, it wasn't nearly enough to deal with everything that needs to be sopped up. Next time, I'll ask for extra.

              Overall, it was a welcome breakfast for this former Londoner. I'll be back.