6 New Breakfasts to Try in DC

By Rina Rapuano  |  August 18, 2015
Credit: Scott Suchman

It seems as if chefs and restaurateurs are finally paying attention to the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Several new spots have opened with morning offerings ranging from breakfast sandwiches to breakfast pizzas to breakfast arepas. Here are six new places to get three squares:

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

The brand-new suburban offshoot of the Downtown original will offer an expanded breakfast menu thanks to the addition of a flat-top grill. You’ll of course find the shop’s popular donuts each morning starting at 7:30, but early diners will also be able to order breakfast sandwiches until 11 AM on weekdays (3 PM weekends), including fried egg (pictured above) and fried chicken options served on a savory donut or potato roll.
7511 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church; 703-356-0800

Cava Grill at DCA

If you’re flying out of Reagan National Airport's Terminal B in late August or beyond, congratulations! Your bon voyage options just got a lot more tasty. Cava Grill will open its newest location with the welcome addition of build-your-own breakfast bowls, Greek yogurt topped with fruit, granola and honey, and Compass Coffee. Choose rice or roasted potatoes as a base, then top with a choice of meatballs, bacon or falafel and plenty of toppings and dressings.
Reagan National Airport, Terminal B, 2401 Smith Blvd., Arlington


Whether you need a funky pair of sneakers or a kombucha or a bowl of noodle soup or a killer croissant and a cortado — Maketto’s your place. The upstairs cafe opens at 7 AM daily serving some of the city’s best coffee from Vigilante, and on the bar downstairs sit some of the city’s best pastries baked on premises by Frenchie’s. The morning bun and the meringues are particularly transcendent. Find the full cafe options here. (Photo by Barbara L. Salisbury)
1351 H St. NE; 202-838-9972

The Riggsby

This newcomer in The Carlyle Hotel from chef Michael Schlow recently added breakfast, which will be served weekdays from 7–10:30 AM and from 8–10:30 AM on weekends. Since it’s a hotel restaurant, the menu is pretty extensive and includes everything from bagels and Greek yogurt to pancakes and omelets.
1731 New Hampshire Ave. NW; 202-234-3200

The Royal

The new LeDroit Park hot spot opens at 7 AM weekdays and 8 AM weekends serving up Counter Culture coffee and espresso drinks, loose-leaf teas, freshly baked pastries and South American–inspired savories. Expect plantain bread, arepas stuffed with fried eggs, cheese and avocado, fresh juices and a dish called calentado — a layering of rice, roasted potatoes, peas and a fried egg. Find the full menu here. (Photo by Barbara L. Salisbury)
501 Florida Ave. NW; 202-332-7777


This fast-casual Downtown pizzeria serves breakfast pizzas and calzones from 8–10:30 weekdays. The price is right — you can eat well here for $5 — and you can either choose one of the house combos or choose your own toppings or fillings. “Curated” options include The Pig pizza topped with scrambled eggs, bacon, mushrooms, red onions and three cheeses. See the full breakfast menu here. (Photo by Renee Comet)
1828 L St. NW; 202-290-1910