I’m going to the beach this weekend. I will not be able to dine with you this weekend. But I imagine that you will want to be with me in spirit. Heading to the beach can elicit all sorts of nostalgia, the smells, the stores, the trash, teenagers fighting on the boardwalk. So for this week’s brunch offerings, we bring you restaurants that call to mind the immediate ocean vicinity, for reasons that may or may not be related to the cuisine. These are five beach brunches you should try this weekend.
I’m beach-bound and you can B Too. Even if you’re here in D.C., you’ll start to feel like you’re on a trip seaward with the right type of grub. My favorite type of seafood? Definitely water mollusks. B Too, the Belgian bar down by Logan Circle, will get you fed with some delectable moules-frites. But maybe you hear “Belgian” and “brunch” together, and like most normal humans who aren’t fixated on morning shellfish, you think waffles. They’ve got a ton of those too. The rest of the expansive morning menu includes egg offerings, steak tartare, and a strong assortment of brunch cocktails. Brunch runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekends, and there’s plenty of natural light flowing into the restaurant to help you feel like you’re flowing by the shore too.
Want to take your bi-valve brunch to even greater heights? How about the fresh assortment of both local and West Coast oysters at Pearl Dive? They also offer a selection of swimmers like a Salmon & Latkes dish, a Wood Grilled Gulf Redfish, and po’ boys featuring catfish, oysters, and gulf shrimp. 14th Street is really starting to feel like a surfside destination now, isn’t it? Brunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and you can peep the menu here.
Maybe 14th Street is too much of a bustling strip in this city that you can’t take your mind away from it all? Well then, first of all, you should probably listen to Christopher Cross. Next, you should probably get closer to the water. So we’ll take you down to the Navy Yard to this waterfront abode at Yards Park. You’re not going to get the wonderful marine dining that we’ve been pining for, but they do boast an intriguing a la carte and prix fixe Italian brunch menu. They also have pastries from 2016 Rammy Winning Chef Alex Levin. Brunch runs 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Keepin’ it going with the waterfront restaurants that don’t serve waterfront cuisine. We’ve given you Italian, so how about some modern Mexican? Also down at Yards Park, just steps away from Osteria Morini, is Agua 301. Their brunch menu features bocaditos, taco platters, tortas, frittatas, all at extremely reasonable prices. The bottomless drink options look bountiful here as well. Choose from mimosas, sangria, margaritas and bloodys. Brunch runs 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As a DMV native, my childhood vacations through high school senior week through nostalgic collegiate and post-collegiate trips to Seacrets meant that Ocean City was the likely destination for a good playa sesh. Locals learn to love that greasy boardwalk air, and those greasy boardwalk fries. You know Thrasher’s right? Of course you do. Since the beach makes me think of french fries, I’m sending you to a spot with some solid D.C. brunch fries. The parmesan fries at the Pinch aren’t the soggy malt vinegar mess that you get in OC, but they’re definitely on point, as are the sweet potato waffle fries. The CoHi establishment has very well-priced grub, some sexy looking burgers, and the should-be industry standard $15 bottomless mimos/bloodys. Brunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.