There’s something weirdly guilt inducing about celebrating MLK day by going to brunch but hey, this is the world we live in. Have a mimosa, partake in an intellectually stimulating but appropriately PC conversation, and enjoy the day off.
Tico is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. so you can camp out and eat all the food your heart desires until it’s almost dark out (!!). Bottomless mimosas and bloody marys go for $19 and the rest of the menu is full of other good stuff. You can get a bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, tomatoes, and capers if you don’t want to indulge in a batch of caramelized banana pancakes with crunchy hazelnuts. Also, there’s always the option of a bacon cheeseburger with a fried egg, smoked paprika, and homemade fries.
Copperwood Tavern’s brunch is going from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. which means you have plenty of time to wander over to their Arlington location after sleeping in. If you’ve ever wanted to try a Scotched Egg then this is your chance. Other savory stuff on the menu include Bruschetta; Duck Hash; traditional, blue crab, and smoked salmon Benedicts. But if you decide to say “whatever, fuck it” to your resolutions to eat (sort of) healthier then dive into the Buttermilk Belgian Waffles and Bananas Foster French Toast with a side of your favorite brunch cocktail.
If you want to wake up at the normal hour you would for work, but instead of working get an early start to your boozing (and then continue getting drunk all day) – Commissary is the spot for you. With bottomless bloody marys and mimosas from 8-4, it’s highly likely that you could black out before the sun sets. And hey! – maybe that will help you forget all about institutionalized racism. Be sure to check out their pulled pork benedict in the meantime.
The brunch at Malmaison is a bit more #sophisticated. Their French toast isn’t your average French toast. It has sliced almonds, frangipane, powdered sugar, and berries (side note: look up what frangipane is). They have plenty of options to fulfill your salad cravings if you happen to have those sometimes and you can either choose to make your own omelet or order from their selection of the chef’s specials, which include a quiche of the day, croque monsieur, and the Malmaison burger.
Texas Jack will be featuring their new brunch menu from 11-3. The menu includes classic brunch staples along with Mexican influences and tender smoked meats. You really can’t go wrong with their deep fried chicken served with sriracha pickles (Yep, thats a thing).
Ted’s might be one of your favorite DC restaurants or one that you’ve been planning to try for a while now. So there’s not really a reason for you not to go, you know? Rest your head on (or eat) a giant stack of fluffy pancakes and/or doughnuts, treat yo self to some Chicken ‘N Biscuits, or have your mind blown by their waffle bar.
If you haven’t been to Founding Farmers that is definitely something you need to change – MLK is the perfect opportunity to enjoy their fresh farm to table food. They will be serving classic American brunch fare, such as chicken and waffles, as well as some more unique plates like peanut butter banana toast with marshmallow cream (…drooling). Be sure to make reservations though because this place is POPULAR.
MLK day is also a great time to check out Founding Farmers younger sibling – Farmers Fishers Bakers. Farmers Fishers Bakers has succeeded in all the same ways as Founding Farmers in bringing delicious, fresh food to the table. Head down to the Georgetown waterfront to enjoy their brunch for just $30. They also have some amazing breakfast cocktails, including one deemed the “corpse reviver.” Have a few of those and then maybe have a go at the adjacent ice rink (Just don’t blame us if that doesn’t turn out so well).
The pig is an awesome spot that serves only the freshest pork. Plus, besides booze, we all know that bacon is the most important part of any brunch – and The Pig knows bacon. They even have a bacon tasting board with a variety of cuts and preparations. What better way to end the long weekend than with some premium bacon and a bloody mary? Brunch will be from 10:30 – 3 so don’t miss out.