Breakfast sandwiches are typically sloppy affairs, with their runny egg yolks or oozing cream cheese. So pastry chefs have found a more portable solution: breakfast “bombs.” Cousin to Texan kolaches, the balls of dough come stuffed with all kinds of goodies. Buttercream Bakeshop (1250 Ninth St., NW) supplies one of the best versions around. Warm milk-bread envelops scrambled eggs and a rotating variety of meats, such as maple sausage with fontina or poblano sausage with pepperjack. A close second: the bagel bomb at Momofuku Milk Bar (1090 I St., NW), with smoky-bacon/scallion cream cheese inside and everything-bagel spice outside.
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