The Ten: Best Breakfast Bites

Photo courtesy of Blue Duck Tavern

Photo courtesy of Blue Duck Tavern

So many choices, so little time. The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer.

Mom always told us that we should never skip breakfast. According to her, it’s “the most important meal of the day, so do your body a favor and eat something in the morning.” When we order these sunrise specials, we’re glad that we’re taking her advice. 

Red Truck Bakery & Market
Baker Brian Noyes’ granola is worth the drive out to Old Town Warrenton, Va. Sweetened with maple syrup, honey and brown sugar, the irresistibly addictive cereal is rife with crunchy walnuts, voluptuous raisins, sticky date bits, tangy dried cherries, coconut shards and rolled oats.

The Milan is no ordinary breakfast sandwich. A soft-yet-study roll is packed with crispy pancetta, Gorgonzola crumbles, peppery arugula, slightly runny eggs and a slather of punchy garlic mayo.

Blue Duck Tavern
These gloriously gooey sticky buns (seen above) are the best in D.C. Pecans punctuate the swirl of sweet dough, adding a little crunch to the glucose overload. Truly the breakfast of champions.

Take the indecision out of your brunch order by opting for this platter packed with Korean takes on American breakfast classics. Think chive and zucchini pancakes standing in for a short stack of flapjacks or barbecued beef instead of sausage links.

We love a clever two-for-one special. That’s why we’re smitten with these Greek coffee waffles, which unite a pair of A.M. faves.

Trummer’s on Main
Perfectly griddled French toast is tough to beat. Unless, of course, you stuff it with foie gras, Nutella, bacon and banana ice cream. Ridiculous, and yet ridiculously awesome.

The only way to make a maple-glazed doughnut even more gluttonous is to split it open and pack it with sausage, scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese. Take that, cronut!

Brasserie Beck
The plain pancakes that Dad used to make on Saturday morning were always crowd pleasers, but now we’re looking for something a little more fancy schmancy. That’s why we’ve turned to this fluffy lemon soufflé pancake that arrives in a cast iron pan with rustic blueberry compote and maple syrup.

Perfect for hangovers or when you want to eat your feelings, the Code-ster is an epic open-faced breakfast sandwich. A fresh baked biscuit is split open and crested with chicken fried pork belly, cheddar cheese, a ladleful of sausage gravy and a fried egg. A side of potato pancakes is perfect for sopping up every last bit.

We firmly believe that any day that begins with a great doughnut has a darn good chance of being a great day. That’s why we love these freshly fried brunch bomboloni (that’s Italian for “life alteringly awesome doughnut rounds”) with a side of blueberry compote.

Is your favorite missing? Disagree with one (or more) of my choices? Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter @nevinmartell.