Bread and Brew

1247 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036


Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown

Cuisines: American, Breakfast, Deli/Quick Bites

Opening Hours:
Open Monday 8 AM to 3 PM, Tuesday through Friday 8 AM to 11 PM, Saturday 9 AM to 11 PM, and Sunday 9 AM to 6 PM.

Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Needed


Best Dishes:
Pizzas; carrot-and-ginger soup; bearnaise chicken salad sandwich.

Special Features: Kid Friendly, Breakfast

Dirt Cheap Eats 2009: Bread and Brew

It’s rare to find locally sourced ingredients in made-from-scratch dishes at cheap prices, but this cozy coffeehouse/lunch counter/bar pulls it off. Pizzas ($10), which could feed two, have the sophistication of boutique pies: The dough is made daily, and toppings include such ingredients as arugula and fresh mozzarella.

Coconut milk gives a carrot-and-ginger soup ($4 cup, $6 bowl) a nice twist, while a large slice of spinach quiche ($7) has a flaky, buttery crust and comes with a hearty side salad with cranberries and walnuts.

Sandwiches ($7.50)—we like the grape-studded béarnaise chicken salad—come not with a pale pickle spear but with half of a snappy cucumber done bread-and-butter style. The downstairs bar has happy-hour-like prices all the time: Most wines by the glass are less than $7.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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