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Weekends will be different. The summer is ending. And with it goes my inclination to sit outside on patios pouring endless rounds of mimosas so that I can go back to bed at 3 p.m. Didn’t take advantage of this enough during the past few months. And now as the days grow shorter, my weekends filled with football and regret, opportunities for brunching will be fewer and further between. Here are five brunches that you should try before it’s too late.


My experience with chef Mike Isabella has primarily been fostered through a love of sandwiches at his adjoining restaurant G. But I’ve only heard good things about the brunch at Kapnos. My roommate went last weekend, which only served to sink me further into the brunch disenchantment I mentioned above. Isabella’s unique take on Greek brings you lots of awesome spreads, cold mezze, gyros, in addition to more traditional breakfast fare. This brunch also proves you can throw a fried egg on a rack of lamb and call it a morning meal. Sold.

BYT takes a first look at Mike Isabella\'s new Greek themed restaurant, Kapnos.

The Riggsby

Boston-based celeb chef Michael Schlow has had great success in the D.C. area with TICO. His ode to mid-20th century retro vibes can be found at The Riggsby, located in the Carlyle Hotel in Dupont. Their morning libation list is really attractive, and anything from steak frites to spaghetti can be found on the brunch menu. The “morning after” sandwich with eggs, prosciutto cotto, pecorino, and cracked black pepper is exactly what I’m looking for when I can’t get out of bed to go get it.

Dino’s Grotto

Solid moves for a Sunday brunch in Shaw. It’s small and unassuming; I walk by here almost every day without noticing. But the two-story row house serving up Italian fare has drawn praise for their prix fixe menu. $29 proves to be more than fair for your choice of a bottomless brunch beverage, a starter, and a main course.


This restaurant on the waterfront is offering a brunch that’ll leave you with the fondest memories of a summer come and gone. Nick and David Wiseman opened the joint in May, and their new brunch menu, running ’til 3 p.m. on the weekends, is bound to become a staple at the Navy Yard. We had our taste test this past weekend and we were floored by their selection of seasonal catches. You need to check out the whole thing here because it’s a feast for your eyes as well: “The unique dishes, pleasant atmosphere, eye-catchingly classy nautical aesthetic, and excellent service mean brunch at Whaley’s is not to be missed, especially by seafood lovers. If you’re not a seafood lover, don’t stress out if you get dragged along by friends, the chicken fried oysters and other fishy twists on classic brunch staples are bound to convert you.”

Waleys August 2016 Brunch-20

DC Harvest

Maybe you can take the streetcar like two stops to get here. At the beginning of the H Street corridor sits this farm-to-table modern American kitchen. You mean you couldn’t tell that the food starts at a farm, and ends at your table? Just look at their name. It has the word “harvest” in it. That’s some SEO nomenclature if I’ve ever seen it. They’ve also got rustic wooden tables, wood paneling, and a faux fireplace that really lend to that aesthetic. Bright summer greens, strong cocktails, and bottomless drinks are all you ever really needed for your mornings in Northeast.