Best Breakfast Sandwiches in Washington, D.C.

April 2, 2014 9:00 AM

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For breakfast, some Washingtonians want it all packed neatly into a hand-held option. From the classic breakfast sandwich to vegan options or an egg squeezed between a doughnut or waffles, D.C. has some of the most unique breakfast sandwiches in the nation.

The Coupe
3415 11th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 290-3342

At The Coupe in Columbia Heights, breakfast is served all day long. Washingtonians have several hand-held options to choose from. The breakfast burrito is scrambled eggs mixed with chorizo and onions smothered in cheddar and served with a salsa verde and queso blanco. Another breakfast classic is the bagel and lox. The Coupe cures its salmon in house and serves it on a plain or everything bagel with cream cheese, red onion, capers and hard-boiled egg. Or for the more adventurous, try the waffle sandwich, which is two waffles slathered with a sweet maple butter and then stuffed with eggs and your choice of chicken sausage, ham or bacon, topped with cheddar cheese.

1323 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 524-5210

When you’re looking for a delicious sandwich that will fill you up, check out the lil’ chicken biscuit, which is a fried chicken thigh on GBD’s house-made creme fraiche biscuit with spicy honey. Or grab the uncle buck, which is sausage, egg and cheddar on a maple doughnut. For weekend brunch, GBD offers a croissanwich with frittata egg, havarti cheese and bacon on a croissant. And for breakfast that starts in the p.m., be sure to grab the infamous luther. It is a massive sandwich consisting of a fried chicken thigh and bacon sandwiched between a brioche doughnut that is glazed in a chicken jus with maple and topped with buttered pecans.

Sticky Fingers Bakery
1370 Park Road N.W.
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 299-9700

For those keeping a vegan diet, breakfast can be one of the greatest challenges. For a sandwich that reminds you of the traditional ham and egg on an English muffin, head over to Sticky Fingers Bakery in Columbia Heights. The yellow tofu scramble will remind you of eggs and the tempeh bacon adds the right smokiness all on an English muffin. Grab one on the go in the front cooler and either nuke it in house or at the office. If you have a little more time, wrap your hands around the breakfast burrito, featuring a tofu scramble, black beans, tomatoes, spinach and Daiya (vegan) cheese all wrapped up in a whole grain tortilla for a delicious and filing breakfast sandwich with no cholesterol.

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Ted’s Bulletin
1818 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-8337

If you’re searching for the classic breakfast sandwich, head over to Ted’s Bulletin on 14th street. The newest location of this Capitol Hill classic is in the trendy 14th Street area south of U Street NW and has more seats to accommodate Ted’s fans. It offers two sandwiches. The ultimate breakfast sammy consists of scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, cheddar and another fried egg on Texas toast served with a side of hash browns. Then there’s the walk of shame breakfast burrito, which is a wrap filled with sirloin steak, scrambled eggs and hash browns with cheddar cheese and a green chile sauce. Be sure to grab Ted’s house-made pop tart too.

Wicked Waffle
1712 I St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 944-2700

Wicked Waffle, located near Farragut Square downtown, is the go-to place to grab an unusual breakfast sandwich that is sure to fill you up without weighing you to down. This spot toasts up several breakfasts that are sandwiched between two waffles the size of a slice of bread. The fillings include just scrambled eggs or additional bacon, eggs and cheese. Balancing the perfect blend of sweetness, the waffles are light and spongey, making them a great alternative to bread. Wicked Waffle also offers gluten-free waffles.

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isn’t enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at