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Here’s Where You Can Ruin Your Future Eating Expensive Avocado Toast in DC

Cork Wine Bar avocado toast. Photo by Jessica Sidman.

The latest food-world internet outrage: assaults on avocado toast spending. The Twitterverse is in a tizzy this week about comments made by an Australian real estate mogul that millennials should curb their spending on the artisanal food item if they want to own a home.

“When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn’t buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each,” said Tim Gurner in an interview with Australia’s 60 Minutes. The quote was quickly twisted into headlines like “Stop Buying Avocado Toast If You Want to Buy a Home.”

In Washington, $19 for avocado toast is a stretch, but you can come close! (It wasn’t clear if Gurner was speaking about prices in Australia, where $19 is worth about $14 in US dollars. If you know of pricier avocado toasts around town, let us know in the comments). Here’s a ranking of local avocado toast prices. Now, good luck with that home search.

Ari’s Diner: $6 (olive oil, pickled onion, sesame seeds)

Slipstream: $6.50 (goat cheese mousse and chive)

Fruitive: $6.95 (basil-pesto mayo and oregano on flax and spelt bread)

Grapeseed: $8 (pulled pork and lime crema)

Nerds & Nibblers: $8.45 (sunny side-up egg and sliced boiled egg on multi-grain toast)

The Fainting Goat: $9 (pickled onions, togarashi, and arugula)

Tupelo Honey: $9 (farmer’s cheese, aleppo pepper, and red chili honey drizzle on rustic bread)

Northside Social: $9.50 (poached egg, market salad, pickled carrot, radish, sesame, and aleppo pepper on nine-grain toast)

Le Pain Quotidien: $11.50 (citrus cumin salt, chia seeds, extra virgin olive oil)

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Crisp Kitchen & Bar: $12 (runny egg, radish, and watercress chili oil)

Duke’s Grocery: $12 (radish, runny egg, red chili, and rocket lettuce on multigrain bread)

The Riggsby: $12 (Maryland crab, jalapeno, and pickled red onion)

The Majestic: $12 (za’atar, tomatoes, herbs, and poached egg)

Cork Wine Bar: $13 (toasted pistachios, pistachio oil, and sea salt)

Provision No. 14: $13 (arugula and fried egg on sourdough)

Chef Geoff’s: $13.95 (two sunny side-up eggs, turkey bacon, and pico de gallo on rustic multigrain)

Central: $14 (corn and sunny side-up egg)

Circa: $14.50 (marinated tomatoes, poached eggs, chili oil, feta, cilantro on Italian rustico bread)

The Smith: $16 (red pepper flakes and lemon on organic whole wheat)

Kingbird: $16 (tahini, feta, lime, and cilantro on grilled multigrain bread, add two eggs for an extra $5)

BLT Prime: $18 (breakfast radishes, baby spinach, poached egg, buffalo mozzarella)

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.