There are a lot of characteristics that comprise a perfect brunch: a lot of food, good, food, greasy food to soak up your hangover, good mimosas (preferably bottomless) to cure your hangover, and a patio where your dog is more than welcome so they can enjoy the morning with you and your friends. With the cold weather gradually kicking in, get to some of these spots with outdoor seating before the snow would make you (and your dog) cry.
The patio at Café Deluxe is a perfectly welcoming spot for pups. I walk by the Cleveland Park location on my way home from the bus stop and I’ll tell you, there are usually plenty of dogs. Their brunch menu includes items like the deluxe breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, breakfast potatoes, and a buttermilk biscuit, and the southern breakfast sandwich – featuring bacon, cheese, eggs, and field greens. Hell yeah.
This Columbia Heights restaurant opens up for weekend brunch on Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. They have a patio so it’s basically the place to be when you have a dog in tow. They have some amazing bloody Mary’s, too.
The first time I went to Dacha I thought having a dog was the substitute for a cover charge. Everyone brings their dogs, so not only does that make it super easy for you to be comfortable bringing your pup, but your pup could potentially make a friend. Humans aren’t the only ones that make friends in the close proximity of the patio at Dacha. They open up for weekend brunch at noon Friday – Sunday.
Café Saint-Ex has some of the most amazing brunch options I’ve ever seen. Between a crab cake sandwich, deep dish veggie quiche, and fried green tomato eggs benedict, I’m about to drop everything I’m doing and head over there right now just to keep my mouth from salivating. And you don’t even need to worry about leaving your dog at home alone last-minute because they’re quite the dog-friendly location. That’s the whole theme of this brunch list, after all.
The Diner in Adams Morgan is super easily accessible, with the 96 bus stopping right across the street. Of course, if you’re bringing your pup you might not want to be taking the bus, so use the parking right down the street. My favorite thing about brunch at the Diner is their hash browns. I could cry over a plate of the Diner’s hash browns. They also have pretty amazing eggs benedict, and challah French toast. Their menu features some pretty amazing vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
And of course, head over to our Dog Guide to see other dog-friendly restaurants and where to adopt.