FOOD: Places for Breakfast
By KATHLEEN NIXON
January 27, 2012
For me winter is about slowing down and taking life a little easier. Basically I am just taking a cue from Mother Nature, shut down, recharge and get ready for spring. One of my favorite things about winter is that mornings are later and I can linger a bit longer to start my day. This also means more time to enjoy breakfasts rather than just fortifying myself with cup of coffee.
When I say breakfast, I am not talking about brunch which I truly leave for a special occasion. Breakfast for me is anywhere from a latte and a scone to a cup of Joe alongside eggs, bacon, and hash browns or pancakes and sausage.
Around our area we have many wonderful options for breakfast from al fresco munchies at the Farmers Market to good old fashion diners and some places in between. Now being a curmudgeon, I tend to go back to the same places over and over again, so I have not tried all of our available breakfast venues, but I am sure many in our audience have!
Here are a few of my breakfast hangouts:
Falls Church Farmers Market – from the new donut lady with her hot fresh donut holes covered in powdered sugar to the Atwater’s Triple Ginger scones there is always something wonderful for breakfast on Saturday mornings.
Le Marche’ at La Cote D’Or – What I love about Le Marche’ are the breakfast options: fresh, piping hot croissants with a Café au Lait or omelet Parisien served with bacon and a baguette. Too many times omelets are huge like the chef is trying to put the whole dozen of eggs in there. At Le Marche the omelets are just right!
Buzz Bakery – An outpost of the Slater’s Lane Buzz Bakery is located in the Ballston area. While Buzz is known for its cupcakes, I truly believe its breakfast options are stellar. From the ham scone with great chucks of ham, cheese and scallions to the all in one breakfast waffle with maple syrup and bacon in the batter. This coupled with awesome coffee takes the chill off of any morning for me.
The Original Pancake House – What more can I say – it’s the pancake house!. You want pancakes this is where you go and you have many options including gluten free pancakes.
Linda’s – Don’t let the sign out front touting the Gyros and Burgers fool you, this is a great place for breakfast. The staff remembers you and your order. The breakfasts are large, delicious and just what you are looking for when you want a great dive for breakfast.
Silver Diner – I really enjoy the Sliver Diner over in Merrifield. It tends not to be as crowded as the other locations and even with the construction it is still easy to get to. When I have a group of folks who all want a wide variety of breakfast options this is where we will go.
Of course there is Starbucks, Panera and Cosi, but these seem to be good for a “grab and go” kind of breakfast rather than a sit, relax and catch up on life kind of breakfast.
The three I have yet to try are Famous Dave’s, Bentley’s and Mike’s Deli but I plan on visiting very soon.
Now I know this will cause some controversy, but I have only been to Anthony’s a few times and each time it was an abominable experience. I won’t go into details, but our family refuses to go back ever again. I am happy for the business that there are so many in the community that likes to go there.
By Kathleen Nixon
January 27, 2012