Spots for weekday breakfast?

Blue Duck Tavern serves breakfast all week.


I know some great places in DC to get brunch on the weekends, but
what about breakfast during the week? I'd like
to treat myself, and all I know of are hotel restaurants. Any ideas? -

Amanda says:

I know you're looking for places beyond hotel restaurants, but my top
pick for weekday breakfast would be Blue
Duck Tavern
. (Sure it's in the gorgeous Park Hyatt, but its
soul is a real DC restaurant.) Chef Brian McBride is a huge supporter of
local farms, meaning you can get a plate of Amish eggs with
Pennsylvania scrapple, oatmeal-crusted Shenandoah trout and great
seasonal fruit.

You could also go for a Southern style breakfast like Creole grillades
and grits at Johnny's Half Shell on
Capitol Hill, or try the extensive menu (including fresh doughnuts!) at Founding Farmers.

And I'm sneaking one more hotel past you to recommend The Tabard Inn's restaurant,
with breakfast dishes like eggs over grits with pork belly confit,
brioche French toast and housemade granola.

For more casual options, I'd opt for a stack of hot cakes at good ol' Ben's Chili Bowl and, serving
breakfast all day, The Diner in
Adams Morgan or the one-of-a-kind Jimmy
on Capitol Hill.

Weekday breakfast

Blue Duck Tavern, breakfast
served Mon.-Fri. 6:30-10:30 a.m.
Johnny's Half Shell,
breakfast Mon.-Fri. 7-9:30 a.m.
Founding Farmers,
breakfast Mon.-Fri. 8-11 a.m.
The Tabard Inn,
breakfast Mon.-Fri. 7-10 a.m.
Ben's Chili
, Mon.-Fri. 6-10:45 a.m.
The Diner, 24 hours
Jimmy T's, Tues.-Fri. 6:30
a.m.-3 p.m.