Brunch culture is alive and well in DC, but ambitious new restaurants are giving Washingtonians another reason to get out of bed in the morning: breakfast. Skip the yogurt for something way more interesting—some of the city’s best chefs are dishing up Asian congee, breakfast tacos, and a full steakhouse menu of meats and eggs.
921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
We imagine any morning could be bettered by starting at Little Pearl, the casual sibling to chef/owner Aaron Silerverman’s Barracks Row restaurants (Rose’s Luxury, Pineapple and Pearls). The cafe menu includes treats like a fresh masa breakfast wrap stuffed with eggs, potato, and gruyere or warm vanilla doughnuts (Silverman’s personal favorite). In addition to classic coffee drinks, you’ll find specialty sips like coconut-nutmeg lattes, house-made sesame and hazelnut “milks,” and London fogs brewed with strong Earl Grey tea. Come evening the place turns into a wine bar. Tuesday to Sunday, 8 AM to 2:30 PM.
1770 Euclid St., NW
Hotel breakfasts often aren’t worth seeking out for non-guests—who wants to pay lobby prices for eggs? But Maketto chef Erik Bruner-Yang is shaking things up at the new Line hotel in Adams Morgan. His restaurant, which specializes in American food prepared through a Taiwanese and Japanese lens, serves an Asian set breakfast for $25 per person. The savory meal includes traditional Asian breakfast foods like cooked seasonal fish, a warm egg custard, and porridge-like congee. Daily, 6:30 to 11 AM.
1595 I St., NW
If steak and eggs is your thing, you’ll want to check out this “Midwest friendly” steakhouse and its new breakfast menu. There’s a full range of cuts, from tenderloin medallions ($27) to a whopping 26-ounce dry-aged T-bone ($75), all served with eggs, hash browns, toast, and the house steak sauce. Not a die-hard carnivore? The morning lineup is pretty big, with healthy options like house granola yogurt ($10), breakfast enchiladas ($16), and for the seafood fans, oysters Rockefeller n’ eggs ($16). Weekdays, 7 to 10 AM in the downstairs tavern.
1749 International Drive, Tysons
Restaurateur Mike Isabella’s massive new food hall inside Tysons Galleria serves a wide variety of cuisines (Greek! Sushi!) at all hours. Customers can start the day at his coffee shop. In addition to pour-over brews, fresh pastries, and quiches, look for unusual finds like nutrient-rich keto coffee spiked with butter and coconut oil. (Health nuts love it.) And on the opposite end of the spectrum, there are morning cocktails like a fancy white Russian with vodka, coconut milk, and cold brew. Monday through Saturday, 7 AM to 8 PM; Sunday 7 AM to 6 PM.
777 I St., NW (Inside Del Campo)
The good news is twofold for chef Victor Albisu’s Taco Bamba pop-up inside his fancier South American grill, Del Campo. First: the counter-service taqueria will become a permanent fixture inside the Penn Quarter restaurant. And second: breakfast will launch in the coming weeks. No fixed date has been set, but if the lineup is similar to the three stand-alone Taco Bambas in Virginia, expect morning dishes like chorizo and egg-stuffed breakfast tacos, sopes, enchiladas, and more. Launch date and times TBD.