Cheap Eats 2008: Breadline
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Breadline
Address: 1751 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-822-8900
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: Breakfast, American, Deli/Quick Bites
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut West, Farragut North
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Barbecue pork sandwich; falafel; prosciutto, mascarpone, and fig jam on walnut-raisin bread; fried oyster po'boy; fried softshell crab sandwich; fried cod sandwich; BLT; Persian chicken salad; chocolate cookies stuffed with mascarpone.
Price Details: Sandwiches $6.90 to $9.95; salads $5.95.

Why go: This is the definitive source for fresh-baked bread and sandwiches, as the long lines of office workers, White House staffers, and World Bankers who stream in every weekday attest. Look for creative sandwich combos, hearty house-made soups, and main-course salads that go beyond chicken Caesar.

What to get: Egg salad on olive bread; prosciutto di Parma with mascarpone and fig jam on walnut bread; Toast-tite, an über-grilled sandwich made with five cheeses; rosy Madrange ham on a baguette; Persian chicken salad with spinach; a nutty salad of Puy lentils with feta; flaky, elegant croissants; top-notch brownies, chocolate-chip cookies, and Whoopee Pies with mascarpone filling.

Best for: An al fresco breakfast or lunch or lunch to go; inside, with high ceilings and crowds, it can be deafening.

Insider tip: Those in a hurry can skip the lines and choose among fresh premade sandwiches and mini-pastries in the boulangerie-style case.

Open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch.

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