BEST BREAKFAST SANDWICH
3211 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-465-0145
If there are better breakfast sandwiches in Washington than those at Northside Social, we haven’t found any. Lots of the sandwiches’ high-end ingredients—including thick bacon and English muffins—are made in-house or at sister restaurant Liberty Tavern. Our favorite—maple sausage, a runny poached Virginia egg, and Vermont cheddar—is the best use of a five-spot in the morning.
BEST TWIST ON BACON-EGG-AND CHEESE
901 Slaters La., Alexandria, 703-600-2899; 818 N. Quincy St., Arlington, 703-650-9676
What’s better than a fist-size buttery brioche? One stuffed with eggs, sausage, cheese, and Peppadew peppers—Buzz Bakery’s spin on a breakfast sandwich. We’re not the only fans: They sell out quickly, and they’re best early, when they’re still warm.
2275 L St., NW; 202-730-2500
The Sunday brunch menu at Ris has lots of typical choices: doughnuts, beef hash, eggs Benedict. But the Mexican huevos rancheros steals the show with its smoky sauce, crunchy corn tortilla, black beans, and fried egg.
BEST SOUTH AMERICAN MORNING MEAL
Jaymar Colombian Breeze
348 Main St., Gaithersburg; 301-869-0023
The colorful mom-and-pop joint Jaymar Colombian Breeze has an all-day breakfast lineup that includes cheese-stuffed arepas—thick pita-shaped corn cakes—with a side of scrambled or fried eggs.