Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! I hope that you were able to get some inspiration from last week’s post to plan for and enjoy the day tomorrow. Here are some great spots to get you fueled and ready on Black Friday morning for a day filled with shopping at some of Arlington’s most popular shopping districts . . .
If you haven’t lost your sweet tooth after all the pumpkin pie, Sidekick (an offshoot of Ted’s Bulletin) is the perfect spot to grab an early morning treat before hitting the new shops at Ballston Quarter. Choose from Sidekick’s wide assortment of Ted’s Tarts (home-made pop-tarts), croissants, and eclairs. Or, if you really want to splurge, try the Cinnamon Toast Crunch banana bread . . . yum! If you want something a little more savory, check out the Sidekicks – slider breakfast sandwiches made to order on black sesame sweet potato brioche. To wash it all down, Sidekick offers a broad selection of coffee and tea to choose from. Their chai latte with oat milk is my absolute favorite chai latte in all of Arlington. There is not a lot of seating in the actual bakery side, but you can grab a seat at Ted’s Bulletin if you need to. Sidekick opens at 7am on Black Friday, just in time to make it to those shops like Scout and Molly’s that will be having early morning sales. See the full menu here.
If your Black Friday radar is set on the Market Common in Clarendon, there are a lot of great options for breakfast. I recommend heading down the street a bit further, though – a few stoplights east – to the NOLA-inspired Bayou Bakery. I stumbled on Bayou Bakery one rainy morning while showing condos nearby. My client and I had some time to kill and popped in to get out of the rain and grab a coffee. Then I saw the menu. Needless to say, we got a little more than coffee. Bayou Bakery is now my go-to spot when I am in the mood for a warm hearty breakfast. I love their grits (be sure to get them “dressed” with bacon, cheese, and scallions) and when I am especially hungry, I add a biscuit – so good! My son loves their beignets. Bayou Bakery will be open at 8am on Black Friday. Shop hours vary, so check with your favorites for the best time to go. See the full menu here.
Commonwealth Joe’s (“CJs”) is more of a grab and go option, but I recommend it if you are heading to Pentagon City Mall. First of all, you probably won’t have a lot of time to sit and eat if you want to tackle the mall. Secondly, their coffee is hands down my absolute favorite in our region. Especially good is their cold-brew latte; it tastes like a milkshake! Their prepared breakfast food includes egg sandwiches, chia pudding, and overnight oats, as well as a pretty good selection of pastries. If you do want to stay and eat, keep in mind that the seating fills up fast! CJs opens at 7am on Black Friday. Pentagon City Mall opens at 6am. If you want to go that early, you might just have to hit up the Starbucks.
A fan of the D.C. location, I was thrilled to learn that Busboys and Poets has a Shirlington location. I stumbled upon it one Saturday morning after a pug meetup at Shirlington Park. (Yes, pug lovers, there is a pug meetup at Shirlington Park!!!). I love the vibe there, as well as the food. The menu has options for everyone, from vegan to omnivore. Although I am not a vegan, my favorite is the tofu scramble breakfast wrap. And if you like eggs benedict, they have three to choose from. Busboys and Poets will be open at 7am on Black Friday. Shop hours at The Village at Shirlington vary, so please check with your favorite shops for their Black Friday business hours. See the full menu here.
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