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There are two kinds of people in this world: indoor diners and outdoor diners. If you’re the latter you’ve succeeded in finding the right brunch guide for your liking.

THE RESTAURANT AT PATOWMACK

This place is a reason to make a trip outside of D.C. and to do so for the sake of the pursuit of delicious food. According to our recent Taste Test, the restaurant’s “brunch entrees like the okra griddle cakes showcase the kitchen’s creativity.” Have you ever thought of trying okra pancakes? Well, this is your chance. They’re “topped with sweet creamed corn and smoked parmesan; a sweet and savory dish where the okra and corn are bizarre compliments of each other.”

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BRIXTON

Inspired by your favorite English pub that may or may not exist only in your imagination, Brixton’s cool indoor and outdoor aesthetic only enhances its brunch offerings. According to our Taste Test, “the sticky toffee French toast [is] amazing. The outer crust of the bread [is] firm, but the inside [is] a warm custardy texture, soaked with sweet toffee flavor but not actually sticky and, miraculously, not overwhelmingly sweet.” Brixton’s roof deck is as ideal for dining as it is for drinks. Unless it’s dark. It’s a different place at night.

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MINTWOOD PLACE

Mintwood Place is DC Brunch Guide approved, it’s “just that perfect combination of classy-yet-casual-enough AND very delicious that the parents respond to very well. They recently took the sunchoke soup off the brunch menu, but the rest of the menu is still top notch. Try a variety of breakfast flammekueches, or perhaps some wood-fired heritage ham, broccolini and poached egg. No? Maybe the suckling pig hash with sunny-side-up egg or the breakfast succotash is for you. Regardless of your own brunch preferences, there’s something for everyone.” FYI, this is not a different place at night. It’s always great.

BLACKWALL HITCH

Blackwall Hitch’s waterside Old Town Alexandria location lends itself to helping mend your end of summer blues. Sometimes there’s just something about not being D.C. that makes you like D.C. more. Blackwall Hitch has a huge patio with plenty of seats for those of us who don’t make reservations. Nautical decor, refurbished antique chairs, and wood tables accompanied by a gluten free menu, oyster bar, and live music Wednesday through Sunday.

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LE DIPLOMATE

Le Diplomate’s French vibes remind you of what it would be like to dine in Paris without having to make the trek across the Atlantic. Our First Look and Taste Test of Le Diplomate tells us about their “mouthwatering spread of lunch salads and sandwiches and a large egg selection with items like Croque Madame, Steak and Eggs with sauce béarnaise, Eggs Benedict, Quiche Lorraine and more. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, their French Toast with brandied apples and hazelnut butter should do the trick. If you’re in the mood for something savory, their Smoked Salmon Tartine with rowe and crème fraîche looks especially appetizing; what we’re trying to say, if you hadn’t gleaned, is that you can’t go wrong.”

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