The Best Post-Run Breakfasts in DC
With nice weather seemingly here to stay, it’s an absolute joy to head out for those long weekend runs. Whether you’re training for a race or not, Saturdays and Sundays are ideal for fitting in that high mileage because you don’t have to race off to work immediately after finishing your workout.
It’s important to fuel your body before (and often during) your run but the post-workout snack is absolutely crucial for recovery. Here are a few of our favorite post run breakfasts in the district.
1. Slice of quiche and a cappuccino from Bread Furst
If you’re not familiar with the exquisite cuisine at Bread Furst, it’s time you ventured up into the Van Ness neighborhood for a taste. Located just across from the new Park Van Ness apartment complex, this quintessential French bakery offers so much more than pastries. While their pain au chocolat is not to be missed, their eggy, flavorful quiches are chock full of vegetables and/or protein-rich meat. Grab a small cappuccino or espresso drink and enjoy breakfast on the small patio. While it can be quite crowded on a weekend morning, there is decent turnover and it’s usually possible to find a seat.
2. The Big Mark Breakfast at Ted’s Bulletin
How hungry are you after a run? Starving? The Big Mark Breakfast can either feed a famished marathoner, or a family of four for a week! With eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, toast, and a famous homemade pop tart, Ted’s Bulletin has some of the best food around. There are a few locations to choose from throughout the city, but the 14th street location has excellent donuts that you can’t get at the original restaurant in SE. For the ultimate post-run breakfast, head to Ted’s before 10 am so you’re more likely to snag a seat.
3. Mintwood’s Sides
If you’re finishing up a run in Rock Creek Park and pop up into the Adams Morgan neighborhood, Mintwood Place has a fantastic weekend brunch. They don’t open until 10:30 so you can fit in a long run, shower, and make it in time to beat the crowds. The best order isn’t a main brunch dish (although everything is tasty!) but rather a mix of various sides. Order 2 or 3 of their famous griddled pancakes (blueberry is best!) and a side order of bacon and a side order of eggs. Everything will come together for a sweet and savory treat that’s perfect for aching muscles in need of protein.
DC has lots of great options for runners. Next time you’re in the nation’s capital for a weekend, re-fuel with one of the best breakfasts in the city!