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It’s happening. There are no more piles of old, dirty snow and you know what that means! That awkward time before spring officially starts where you’re sick of wearing your winter jacket but can’t go out expecting it to be 75 degrees because it’s still March, you know? But the sun is out and that’s enough reason to go outside. Our brunch picks for this weekend have dining areas with great views so please, for us, enjoy the weekend.


Using ‘al fresco’ to talk about your dining experience seems appropriate when you’re at a nicer restaurant. Maybe that’s just me. If you’re not sitting outside on the canal-front patio you can still get a pretty good view. The brunch menu at the Capella Hotel’s Grill Room and Rye Bar features dishes like the Shakshouka; Chorizo and Potato Hash; Fried Hen Egg Burger; and a Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwich.



The outdoor seating area at Mintwood Place isn’t huge so get there early to secure your spot. People who overstay their welcome at their tables are always the worst until you become one of those people. But hey, it’s okay! The brunch menu has dishes like the Celebration Pancakes; Chicken and Waffles with Creme Fraiche Gravy; and Basque Country-Style Pig Hash with a Sunny Side Up Egg.

AGUA 301

Agua 301 is (conveniently and probably not-coincidentally) located next to the water fountains at Yards Park. The “Modern Mexican” restaurant’s weekend brunch goes form 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. so there’s plenty of time to make it there and enjoy the view. You can opt for one of their taco platters that are each served with rice and black beans, a torta, or a frittatta. The ‘classic’ brunch options include Huevos Divorciados; Huevos Rancheros; Chiquiles, and Tepita-style Migas. Oh and there’s bottomless sangria, margaritas, Bloody Marys, and mimosas.

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We know, there are two Chez Billy locations. If you want to sit outside, we’re suggesting that you go to the Petworth location. The brunch menu has dishes with names that are just challenging enough to make you feel embarrassed when ordering but I assure you that it’s worth it. The hors d’oeuvres include Rillettes, Foi de Volaille, and excargots á La Bourguignon. Entree options include Steak Frites, Saumon Poele, Confit De Canard, and Poulet Roti.

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Go for the cool vibes of a brewery and stay for the good food. The brunch menu at Arsenal has savory options like the Mushroom Omelet; Pastrami Benedict; and Duck Confit Hash and sweet ones like the Pretzel French Toast and Cinnamon Rolls. Bloody Marys and Mimosas are available too so what’s there not to like?Bluejacket Brewery DC Photos Brightest Young Things6