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Best Week Day Breakfast

Elyssa Sep 28, 2012 08:02 AM

Hi All,

My birthday is on Monday and I have the day off from work. My fiance is unfortunately taking a noonish flight out of DCA so we won't be able to do a big birthday lunch or dinner. Instead we thought it would be fun to do a delicious breakfast or brunch.

Does anyone have a favorite weekday breakfast/brunch that won't break the bank and maybe serves past 10am (not totally required but we certainly won't be having a 7:30am breakfast)? We are in Dupont so anything near by would be great---otherwise DC proper.


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    Elyssa Oct 2, 2012 10:28 AM

    We ended up having a wonderful breakfast at the Hay-Adams. We decided to do it up, get a little dressed up and go over there in the morning. We had a really nice experience. The service as you can imagine was top notch and the food was great. My fiance got the oatmeal souffle after reading about it on a food blog. It was really tasty and came with a sweet yet delicious strawberry sauce.

    I opted for the smoked salmon eggs Benedict. The eggs were perfectly poached and runny, how I like them (a relief after breakfast the day before at the Hamilton where one poached egg was done correctly and the other was cooked all the way through---so disappointing). The hollandaise sauce (which i ordered on the side) was light and lemony---a great version of the sauce.

    They offered us pretty much any newspaper we wanted while we waited for our breakfast to arrive and kept our coffee and water glasses full at all times.

    Really a nice experience overall and was special since it was my birthday.

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      iambecky Oct 1, 2012 07:33 PM

      Ted's Bulletin in Eastern Market has a great breakfast and serves all day.

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        doodle79 Oct 1, 2012 05:54 PM

        If you are not looking for fancy, Florida avenue grill is good cheap breakfast.

        1. ipsedixit Oct 1, 2012 07:42 AM

          Luna Grill and Uptowner.

          Both are serviceable, price-conscious and in good place to grab a bite eat near the Capitol / Dupont area.

          If meeting all of those criteria qualifies as "best" then these can be considered as such. If you're just judging by food, then, no, these are not the "best".

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            Jeserf Oct 1, 2012 07:10 AM

            any Kimpton hotel has a good breakfast option - Urbana, Firefly....

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              ipsedixit Oct 1, 2012 07:48 AM

              The Helix Lounge makes a great crabcake sandwich for breakfast.

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              DCDOLL Sep 28, 2012 01:10 PM

              Elyssa, does Tabard Inn serve breakfast/brunch during the week? If not i bet some ot the other dupont hotels do...i stayed at the Washington Hilton on CT ave one time before i moved here and they had a really nice breakfast.

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              1. re: DCDOLL
                Elyssa Sep 28, 2012 04:19 PM

                Good call! Tabard does do breakfast during the week it appears.

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                Milocat1 Sep 28, 2012 08:48 AM

                Not sure how helpful this will be but the October issue of The Washingtonian has a cover story on good places for breakfast. May be worth checking out to see if anything interests you.

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                1. re: Milocat1
                  Elyssa Sep 28, 2012 04:17 PM

                  Yes a lot of those places seem to be weekend brunch spots but there is a list of weekday breakfasts. I was just hoping to cross reference with some Chowhound's favorites.

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                  drewpbalzac Sep 28, 2012 08:06 AM

                  Breakfast in bed! Make the dude show you his cooking chops!

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                    Elyssa Sep 28, 2012 04:17 PM

                    Ummmm ya....those don't exist! Hence having to go out for breakfast.

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                      drewpbalzac Oct 1, 2012 07:20 AM

                      Dump him. It only take a little practice to learn hou to churn out a first rate frittata or good french toast with the right bread.

                      Cut you losses.

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                        Elyssa Oct 2, 2012 10:26 AM

                        Very helpful advice.

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