“It is always a treat to breakfast there, as you are likely to bump into a friend, teaming partner or competitor that you haven’t seen in a while,” he said.
Along with the more “upscale” Market Street, Dale Luddeke, executive vice president of corporate business development at CACI, is also a fan of The Virginian.
“The Virginian is more like a diner,” he said. But, “both places offer quiet, comfort and good food.”
Another diner, the Silver Diner in Fairfax, Va., won the heart of Brad Antle, CEO of Salient Federal Solutions. With a chrome façade and personal jukeboxes, it’s the perfect place for a breakfast business meeting, he said.
“But for the menu, food and ambiance, it is hard to beat Eggspectation,” an egg-themed breakfast spot, he added. “The service is great, it is easy to hold a conversation … and the food is amazing.”
Some executives abandon the greasy spoon in favor of a more elegant setting, such as the Tower Club in Tysons Corner, Va. At this exclusive spot, visitors are likely to exchange business cards amid the latest discussions of quarterly earnings.
“It’s the ideal place to take a customer or colleague: quiet, intimate and the right atmosphere to conduct business,” said Suzan Zimmerman, senior vice president of corporate development for QinetiQ North America. “And, the cuisine is exceptional.”
These executives prove that all you really need for a productive power breakfast is delicious food — and a spot for your iPad. ♦