by October 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm 2,574 2 Comments


Breakfast all around Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

Breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day, it’s also the best meal of the day. Think about it — breakfast is so good that it’s sometimes served twice a day (breakfast for dinner, anyone?) or, if you’re lucky, all day.

To celebrate the gloriousness that is breakfast, the Washingtonian recently dedicated an entire issue to the meal worth waking up for. And guess what, Borderstan? Several of the best breakfast (and brunch) spots are right in your backyard.

If you don’t have this month’s issue, don’t worry. We’ve done the work for you. Here’s the run-down on where to find breakfast favorites in the neighborhood:

  • Florida Avenue Grill (1100 Florida Avenue NW): Good for all of your breakfast staples, such as fried eggs, buttermilk biscuits and hot cakes.
  • Busboys and Poets (2021 14th Street NW): This beloved 14th Street restaurant and bookstore serves breakfast daily, as well as brunch on the weekends. On the menu you’ll find bagels and lox, omelets and egg wraps.
  • The Diner (2453 18th Street NW): While technically in Adams Morgan, The Diner is too good to be left off the list. It’s open 24 hours and, wait for it, serves breakfast all day (and night).
  • Peregrine Espresso (1718 14th Street NW): The espresso is sure to wake you up and get you going.
  • Filter (1726 20th Street NW): Try the “pour over” coffee. And make sure you watch how it is made.
  • Birch & Barley (1337 14th Street NW): This Logan Circle favorite landed a profile in the Washingtonian for its pastries and breads. Fresh, fried donuts? Yes, please.
  • Estadio (1520 14th Street NW): Think tapas, but brunch style with a variety of sausages, eggs and breads.
  • Bar Pilar (1833 14th Street NW): Washingtonian writers were blown away with Bar Pilar’s bulls-eye toast, which includes “fat slices of ‘Texas Toast’ with a poached egg in the hollowed-out middle.”
  • Bistrot du Coin (1738 Connecticut Avenue NW): If we’re supposed to eat like the French, then I am all in! Bistrot du Coin has a brunch menu overflowing with eggs and omelets.
  • Eatonville (2121 14th Street NW): Southern style food at its finest with specials like biscuits, steak and eggs and eggs and hash.
  • Howard Theatre (620 T Street): Breakfast and a show? You heard that right. Each week, the Harlem Gospel Choir entertains an audience that also dines on brunch favorites.
  • Bistro Bohem (600 Florida Avenue NW): Serving Czech favorites (a Bavarian Bratwurst and Potato Frittata) to the Shaw neighborhood.
  • Cork Wine Bar (1720 14th Street NW): This wine hot spot now serves up a brunch that caught the eye of the Washingtonian with its mimosa flight.

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by February 24, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,498 0

"Borderstan""14th Street NW" "People Walking"

The 14th Street NW corridor. (Luis Gomez Photos)

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]

The app Popularise, when it came out, was touted as one of the best real estate apps ever. A year later, it seems the app is indeed complying with its projection.

The Millers, the developers, stopped by the local ANC meeting to say that they have big things planned for the 14th Street corridor. Both Ben and Dan Miller are residents of the 14th Street Corridor (hi, neighbors!) and may be doing some cool stuff with all the real estate developments around that strip.

A tool that allows residents to help plan the future of their neighborhoods via input on what is needed, what it should look like — coming to one of the fastest growing areas of town, with lots of NIMBY controversy?

Sounds like one heck of a good idea to us. Thanks to Washingtonian for the tip!

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by November 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm 1,749 0

Harry Jaffe, Borderstan

Harry Jaffe. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Talk to me on Twitter @MichLancaster, email me at [email protected].

The answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life?” may still be 42, but for all your other burning questions, there’s “Ask Harry and Louise.” The column is written by Harry Jaffe and his wife, (you guessed it) Louise. It’s in the Washingtonian and is a pretty entertaining read.

While this is (as far as we know) Louise’s first foray into journalism, Harry is a longtime DC veteran. Jaffe currently writes for The Washington Examiner and Washingtonian magazine. His specialties are the DC government, crime and the local media itself (he writes a column on The Washington Post called “Post Watch”). Jaffe is currently known for his prolific stories and columns on crime and the DC police.

The couple moved to the Borderstan area in the past year, after raising three daughters in the Chevy Chase section of DC.

And, yes, yours truly did a profile on him back in June: Harry Jaffe Unfiltered (Isn’t He Usually?)

by February 28, 2009 at 1:04 pm 1,537 0

ggwIf you read this blog, you know that Greater Greater Washington is one of my favorite blogs. Yes, it’s wonky (that’s its purpose after all), but founder David Alpert and his team do a great job at providing intelligent and analytical pieces dealing with urban issues and metro planning. And, no, I do not read every article from top to bottom. I pick and choose. Do not be intimidated by some of the postings–they can feel a bit intimidating if they’re on topics about which you don’t know the details. So, if you follow GGW, you will like this piece on Alpert and GGW at “The Blogger Beat” at


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