Going to take sunrise pictures at the National Mall in the morning and was wondering where a good place to eat breakfast near there would be.
For a more involved/fancy-ish breakfast, I like Cafe du Parc at the Willard Hotel. I believe they open at 7am. If you’re looking for more of a fast-casual experience, my favorite is Protein Bar (Penn Quarter - also a location at Farragut Sq), but it looks like the PQ one doesn’t open till 11am weekends and Farragut Sq is closed weekends (both 7am weekdays); there are also a number of Così locations scattered about that are convenient to the Mall and it looks like those open at 6:30am/8am weekends.
It really depends on where on the National Mall you’re going to be. Towards the Capitol you’re close enough to walk to Eastern Market with lots of options, including the market itself, which is open for breakfast every day but Monday when it’s closed. Near the Art Gallery, there are Paul (at the Archives metro stop) and Teasim (8th and D). Towards the Washington Monument Old Ebbitt (open every day for breakfast, 7:30 during the week and 8:30 on weekends) and the Hamilton are not far.