8 Power-Breakfast Spots in DC

By Rina Rapuano  |  November 14, 2013
Credit: Morgan Lynn Photography

When it comes to brokering deals and negotiating terms, no meal is off-limits in Washington. The weekday power breakfast has been a long-standing tradition in DC, and we’ve rounded up some new places and some traditional spots where you’ll see folks from the business world and the Hill breaking bread (or croissants) with a side of coffee and a dash of compromise.

  • Casa Luca

    This Italian restaurant started serving breakfast mid-October, and business crowds have flocked here to talk turkey over the frittata del giorno, the panino all’uovo - a breakfast sandwich of egg, prosciutto di Parma and Stracchino cheese - as well as the grilled crescia flatbread with smoked salmon, herbed mascarpone and butter lettuce. It’s tough for any conversation to get too heated when there are cream-filled bomboloni on the table.

    1099 New York Ave. NW (entrance on 11th St.); 202-628-1099

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    Art & Soul

    Its location within walking distance from Senate and Congressional offices makes this a natural spot for power players to gather for a meeting of the minds. The buttermilk lemon pancakes and the BLT Benedict have sweet and savory covered, and the menu features Art Start Breakfasts, which draw from chef Art Smith’s healthy-eating cookbooks.

    415 New Jersey Ave. NW; 202-393-7777

  • Blue Duck Tavern

    Many places have a chef’s table for dinner, but how many restaurants extend that benefit to breakfast? Its proximity to Embassy Row and The World Bank means a steady stream of Washington’s diplomats take advantage of the family-style chef’s-choice breakfast that usually includes three entrees and two sides plus juice and coffee. Free WiFi and valet parking sweeten the deal.

    1201 24th St. NW; 202-419-6755

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    J&G Steakhouse

    As if being in the shadow of the White House weren’t reason enough for the movers and shakers to gather here, who wouldn’t want to indulge in the occasional Jean-Georges Vongerichten breakfast? The modern dining room rolled out a new farm-to-table breakfast earlier this month with pour-over coffee and an à la carte station. Diners can order French toast with sautéed apples and bacon, or have dinner for breakfast with the prime NY strip served with two eggs any style.

    515 15th St. NW; 202-661-2440

  • Poste Moderne Brasserie

    Being situated at the nexus of the FBI, the U.S. District Court and the Smithsonian Institution means you never know who will walk through the door for the Norwegian breakfast plate of smoked salmon, toasted bagel, cream cheese, pickled red onion, capers and chopped egg, or the Irish breakfast with fried egg, blood sausage, Irish bacon, baked beans, charred tomato, mushrooms and potatoes.

    555 Eighth St. NW; 202-783-6060

  • Seasons

    Under-the-radar meetings among the most powerful people in the world have been held in this Four Seasons dining room for 34 years. Senators, diplomats, ambassadors and corporate executives count on the staff’s discretion - and can often count on receiving their preferred table and favorite breakfast dishes without ever having to ask for them. Popular items include the huevos rancheros and the lemon-ricotta pancakes with housemade lemon curd and fresh raspberries.

    2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-944-2000

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    Founding Farmers

    It’s not difficult to imagine how many important breakfast meetings are held in a restaurant located in the IMF Headquarters 2 building. The restaurant was also named Power Dining Spot of the Year from RAMW in 2012, and lines form out the door before the restaurant opens, with patrons hungering for a taste of its red-velvet pancakes and its heaping plates of hash.

    1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-822-8783

  • Old Ebbitt Grill

    Also steps from the White House, this oldy-but-goody hosts senators, members of Congress, White House staffers and DC councilmembers each morning in its classic setting for the Athens Delight, a dish of Greek yogurt, granola, fruit and honey, and the Breakfast Club - a ham-and-bacon-stuffed French-toast sandwich with Vermont maple syrup and a side of fruit.

    675 15th St. NW; 202-347-4800