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Best Breakfast Restaurant In DC, VA: Daily Meal

Patch logo Patch 1/21/2019 Deb Belt
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WASHINGTON, DC — There's so much to love about a great breakfast, from ham, bacon and sausage, to home fries, grits or biscuits. It's all yummy, and let's not forget waffles or pancakes drenched in syrup to give us a sugar rush to go with a caffeine buzz. Breakfast doesn't have to be fancy to be great.

The food writers at The Daily Meal website say breakfast at a restaurant while reading a newspaper can set the tone for the day. In the foodie website's search for the perfect, eye-opening breakfast served at a restaurant in every state, there were certain criteria: Is it open bright and early every morning? Does it serve all the expected classic breakfast dishes, prepared from scratchusing fresh, high-quality ingredients? Does it offer some regional specialties worth exploring, as well as options for the health-conscious? ... And is it beloved by locals and out-of-towners alike?

"The best breakfast spots are at their heart humble and free of pretense, with a team of skilled short-order cooks in the kitchen working tirelessly to turn out perfect renditions of dishes that we all know and love, day in and day out," the Daily Meal writes.

The foodie site's selection for Best Restaurant for Breakfast in Washington, D.C., is Founding Farmers. Here's what The Daily Meal says of the restaurant's breakfast experience:

"Founding Farmers, which is located on Pennsylvania Avenue a stone’s throw from the White House (and has several additional locations further afield), was founded by a fourth-generation farmer and President of the North Dakota Farmers Union, and it’s collectively owned by the more than 47,000 family farmers in the union; it also sources much of its ingredients from hundreds of family farms. The resulting food? Delicious and ethical. Beignets with a trio of sauces, chicken and waffles with scrambled eggs and white gravy, sausage and gravy or crab Benedict, roasted vegetable pan scramble, maple cured ham or a ranch steak and eggs, waffles with strawberries and cream, buttermilk pancakes with whipped blueberry butter… There’s good reason why this place fills up quickly. It opens at 7 a.m. daily and 8:30 on weekends."

And the Daily Meal's pick for Best Restaurant for Breakfast in Virginia is Dixie in Petersburg. Here's what the authors said of breakfast there:

"An old-school swivel-stool lunch counter, Dixie is a Petersburg icon that fills up with regulars from the moment it opens at 7 a.m. daily (it’s closed Sundays). It’s been in business since 1939, but in 2011 it was purchased by Charlie Rawlings, who fixed it up and revitalized it while keeping the menu of simple Southern breakfasts and lunches largely unchanged. Today the restaurant is warm and welcoming, and diners line up for buttermilk biscuits topped with sausage gravy or creamed chipped beef, buttermilk hotcakes, French toast, salt herring, scrapple and eggs, country ham, grits, and omelettes topped with cheese and their famous chili sauce."

What's your favorite brunch spot? Tell us in comments.

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