The Ten: Best Breakfast Sandwiches to Start Your Day

Photo courtesy of Red Apron

Photo courtesy of Red Apron

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

Whether you’re on the move, sitting at your desk or pausing for a moment to enjoy a moment of calm before the madness truly begins, nothing beats a breakfast sandwich. To help you start off your day in the most enjoyable way, we’ve rounded up our favorite handheld brekkie bites.

Buenos Dias
Hello, good morning, happy day! Red Apron’s pretty pressed pucks known as tigelle come with a variety of fillings, but our current fave (seen above) includes chorizo, cheddar, pickled onions, sour cream and, of course, an egg.   

Mexico City
Back alley favorite Sundevich finds inspiration South of the border for this winning ‘wich. A chewy roll is slathered with chipotle butter and filled with smooth avocado slices, tomatoes, briny ham and a sunny side up egg.

Chicken Biscuit
Chef-owner Jeffrey Buben’s team at WTF knows how to make a stellar sandwich. Case in point is this fowl-centric number with crispy fried chicken, bacon, sharp cheddar and smoked honey butter.

Big Apple Classic
When we’re feeling homesick for NYC, we hit Bethesda Bagels, which has locations in Bethesda and Dupont Circle. We keep it simple – a toasted everything with a generous schmear of full fat cream cheese, lox and some red onion ringlets.

Choice Chorizo
We’ve made a tradition out of stopping by Takoma Park’s La Mano Coffee Bar on Saturday mornings to pick up a latte and a breakfast sandwich. Our go-to packs spicy chorizo sausage, a runny egg and cheddar between the halves of a toasted round from Georgetown Bagelry.

Breakfast Quesadilla
Brightwood’s Wapa Café offers a Mexi-minded breakfast sammich. Scrambled eggs, avocado, tomatoes, mozzarella and parmesan are flattened between two whole grain tortillas to create a morning bite that we’re sure Napoleon Dynamite would love.

Badass Biscuit
If you’re looking to sit down and splurge, make a beeline for this Westend winner. Blue Duck Tavern’s start-me-up features a sunny side up egg, wilted kale dressed with mustard vinaigrette and lamb merguez sausage bulging out of a fresh baked biscuit.

Gourmet Croissan’wich
When we don’t care about our blood pressure or cholesterol count, we head over to Blind Dog Café. Egg frittata is generously shoveled into a buttery croissant along with a couple of crispy rashers and a thick layer of goat cheese.

Photo courtesy of Taylor Gourmet

Photo courtesy of Taylor Gourmet

Queen Lane
It’s breakfast time all day at Taylor Gourmet. This AM styled hoagie (seen left) comes packed with spicy Italian sausage, broccoli rabe, gooey provolone and a golden egg that pops open when you take a bite. 

Southern Standout
Society Fair knows that sometimes keeping it simple is the key to success. They pack an über-buttery biscuit with scrambled eggs, slightly sweet aged cheddar and your choice of bacon, turkey or ham. 

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

  • Gladys

    I love the all day breakfast sandwich from WAPA. The ingredients are fresh and a perfect combination.

  • impeachemall

    Can’t believe Highlands Cafe on 14th St NW ( highlandsdc.com/‎ ) isn’t listed here. Great atmosphere and superb food — breakfast, lunch and dinner!