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Fueled by Flour at Bread Line in Washington, DC

January 13, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – In the same way that every middle-school cafeteria has its cool-kids table, every grown-up city has its cool-kids cafeteria. Hollywood movie stars and record-label royals in Los Angeles vogue for the camera at The Ivy. A-list Bohemians in New York hang low at Pastis. And in Washington, DC, Capitol Hill staffers and sometimes even congressional VIPs grab their midday meal at Bread Line.

Those hungry politicos have to get in line behind everyone else−and believe us, the Bread Line line is considerable when the lunch hour rolls around (though it does move efficiently). But that doesn’t deter Breadheads from queuing up for the good stuff, and we can see why. The bready options here, like walnut wheat and brioche, are prepared fresh daily in the open bakery and have a rep for being the best in town.

And what’s between the slices is pretty tasty too. The menu keeps it international with a diverse and eclectic array of dips and spreads—guacamole, hummus, tomato jam—plus tasty meats, grilled veggies, and specialty cheeses. And the soups and salads that complement the sammies are seriously savory. Tuesdays, for instance (the menus change each day of the week), bring spicy peanut & ribollita soup; Fridays bring a green bean and potato salad.

But it’s more than just top-of-the-line treats that keep the Senate Floor coming back here for more. Bread Line, open only on weekdays, is perfectly set up for lunching legislators. There’s free Wi-Fi for firing off high-pressure memos to aides and assistants. In the spring and summer, the alfresco-inclined can seat themselves at an outdoor table, while those who wish to chomp on their sandwiches in private can hide out upstairs or get their orders to go. Important politicians who are too cool to show up in the first place can simply get delivery—or call in Bread Line to cater their 1:00pm staff meeting.

That’s some serious flour power.

Read more about Bread Line in our Washington, DC Guide.

Bread Line
1751 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC
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