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They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this season, when things can be a little stressful, there's something comforting about sitting down to a big plate of hearty bacon and eggs, benedict, or pancakes.
Sure, many restaurants feature their big gourmet Sunday brunch menus with specialty cocktails and grand buffets, but there’s just something about breakfast that satisfies sweet and savory tastebuds, and in Arlington, guests can sample all of that and more with some of these robust morning specialties. Take a look at some of these insider favorites – the places where Arlingtonians like to go for that favorite morning bite.
It’s not unusual to see residents of Arlington’s Shirlington neighborhood strolling along its promenade-like streets each evening, glancing at store window displays or waving hello to diners sitting at outside tables, but Shirlington is also one neighborhood that’s just as lively in the early hours. Local favorites like Busboys & Poets or Luna Grill and Diner serve up everything from traditional classic meals to local spins on the classics, including Busboys’ extensive vegetarian and vegan options.
Along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, you’ll be sure to mingle with plenty of Arlington locals en route to work or holding an early meeting at favorites Northside Social in Clarendon or Bayou Bakery in Courthouse. Northside’s specialty quiches and savory breakfast pastries have loyal followings, and the N’Awlins tastes of Bayou Bakery (try the beignets. Seriously.) from the Travel Channel’s own David Guas bring crowds each morning.
Explore a little bit further into Arlington, and you’re sure to find even more breakfast hangouts. Along Lee Highway, stop in the Metro 29 Diner (enjoyed by Vice President Joe Biden) or District Taco, where the breakfast tacos and huevos rancheros are out of this world. Or, savor a classic breakfast at Cassatt’s, A Kiwi Café, located in the Lee Heights Shops and renowned for its great food, coffee and fellowship. Along Columbia Pike, visit an Arlington institution, where the staff at Bob & Edith’s diner have been serving up classic diner fare 24 hours a day for years.
So whether you’re craving French toast or Florentine benedict, bacon and eggs or beignets, try Arlington’s local favorites for breakfast. You won’t be disappointed.
Author: Cara O'Donnell