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Breakfast in Georgetown

I am visiting DC in two weeks and staying in Georgetown. I rather have breakfast in neighborhood restaurants instead of the hotel. Any suggestions?

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  1. There's really nothing noteworthy in Georgetown.

    If I were you I'd walk over to the Columbia Heights area and try Keren's and get the fuul with two eggs.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Keren's is not all the way to Columbia Heights. It's on the border of Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan. It is a nice walk from Georgetown, though.

      Walk from Georgetown over the Q Street bridge until you hit 22nd Street, which turns into Florida Avenue as you turn left. Then Florida just past 18th St where it meets U Street.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I really disagree. Patisserie Poupon, Pauls, Leopold's, Epicurean ....all really good!

        1. re: laraffinee

          Patisserie Poupon is fine for baked goods and sweets, but for breakfast I really want something savory, and Patisserie Poupon is just not substantial enough.

      2. If you like pastries for breakfast, Patisserie Poupon on Wisconsin is lovely. I'm a bit of a croissant snob but they really are good.

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        1. re: helen_m

          I've never been to their Georgetown location but the original in Baltimore is really good.

          1. re: helen_m

            I have to second this. PP has the best pastries---very authentic! And the espresso's not bad, either.

          2. Leopold's Kafe Konditorei in the Cadys Alley complex.....like a bit of Vienna in Georgetown.....

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            1. re: maypo

              Agreed. The other best place to get pastries in Georgetown, particularly cakes and tortes. I hear good things about brunch, too.

              1. re: maypo

                and Leopold's is not Vienna as in Vienna, Virginia... (sorry for that bit of snark to my NoVA friends)

                1. re: hill food

                  Ach, shut your Wolf Trap, HIll <snark snark>

              2. La Madeleine, 30th & M Street has a nice bakery/breakfast with good croissants, coffee and other egg things if you wish. Order cafeteria style and tables to sit and read paper and drink coffee.

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                1. re: wegolf

                  Oh, this reminds me, I have not been for breakfast, but Cafe La Ruche in Georgetown is a nice place to have a cup of coffee and dessert. I also enjoyed their salade Nicoise. Their patio/garden seating is quite soothing.

                  1. re: wegolf

                    The La Madeleine in Georgetown is, I believe, still closed (the building it is in had structural problems, and everything it housed is no longer in operation, at least for now). It closed in July 2012.

                  2. Le Pain Quotidien there are several locations including one in Georgetown. You may either grab quick French pastry with coffee to go or sit down breakfast. A little pricey but have had consistent luck;)
                    http://m.lepainquotidien.com

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                    1. re: Terriwth4

                      I find LPQ -- not just DC specific ones -- severely mediocre and like you said, pricey.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        I'm sorry that has been your experience, obviously if it had been mine I wouldn't have recommended it. My only reservation on suggesting it is as mentioned that it is on the expensive side,especially for breakfast. My daughter lives in Georgetown but went to Americsn University and we frequented the one down the street most often . I have ordered their omelets more often than anything and found it to be consistant. Free wifi, so a good place to sit over a good cup of coffee/ a pastry ;)

                        1. re: Terriwth4

                          Their "peasant rye" bread is also a dead ringer for German rye / Bauernbrot, for anyone who cares. I think the boiled egg and bread basket combo is actually a pretty nice breakfast. The pastries alone don't blow me away, but a well made coffee, bread basket, and soft-boiled egg is one of life's pleasures.

                          1. re: ChristinaMason

                            I've only had the brioche with jam.... The other pastries look yummy, thats disappointing to hear that aren't as good as they look!

                            1. re: Terriwth4

                              Patisserie Poupon is the place to go for legit pastries!

                              1. re: ChristinaMason

                                I will make a point to check it out....thanks for passing it along. I'm visiting my daughter this week, we are from Boston but spend a lot of time in DC <3

                            2. re: ChristinaMason

                              " ... but a well made coffee, bread basket, and soft-boiled egg is one of life's pleasures."

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                              I'll eat to that!

                          2. re: ipsedixit

                            Totally agree with you - In fact, much worse than mediocre

                              1. re: Jay F

                                Probably all pretty much on par with one another, although if memory serves, LPQ has a larger breakfast selection than ABP.

                                Those two, along with Corner Bakery, all seem entirely interchangeable to me. I will eat there only when traveling and only if (1) it's close and I'm in a rush or (2) in an airport I need something simple and relatively healthy.

                                Never will I go out of my way to eat at LPQ, ABP or CB. Ever.

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  ABP was my least favorite place to go in DC, but the one in Foggy Bottom was convenient for non-work meetings with a particular group of people I was part of during the '90s. It was so bad, eating there could actually make me feel sad.

                                  LPQ and CB are after my time.

                                  1. re: Jay F

                                    ABP has one great item -- iced coffee. The oatmeal is pretty good. Many of the pastries are ok, but the calorie counts are incredible. The bagels are so bad, they make Dunkin Donuts bagels look good.

                                    I'd put ABP on par with Panera, with CB a notch above.

                                    1. re: Bob W

                                      Panera doesn't look filthy dirty like ABP.

                                      1. re: Jay F

                                        Well, the only ABP I ever go to in DC is the one on I between 14th and 15th, and it never has seemed dirty to me. Other locations certainly could be gross.

                                        1. re: Bob W

                                          The only one I've been to in the last decade is in Pittsburgh, and it looks and feels (under the feet) as if it is coated in grease and grime, just like the ones in Foggy Bottom and 19th & M (IIRC) used to.

                          3. re: Terriwth4

                            We visited a couple of times for breakfast/brunch whilst we were finding the lay of the land here - they do a great breakfast deal: a basket of bread, a pastry, coffee/ tea and juice.

                            Not that inspiring, I agree, but it's dependable.