Summer is winding down. Kids are going back to school. The temperatures are becoming slightly more sane. The tourist population is slowly dwindling. You only have so many days to get drunk in the sunshine, so take advantage of them and spend this weekend drinking by the water. Navy Yard is hustling and bustling with activity these days, which means you have a plethora of brunch options to go for. Hell, you could even do a brunch crawl. Is that a real thing? Please let that not be a real thing.
Because nothing is better for a hangover than a seafood tower. If you’re looking to power brunch (to be honest, I don’t 100% know what that means and I don’t want to know what that means), we can’t think of a better place. There are the aforementioned seafood towers that are heaped with shrimp and mussels and clams or you could grab a couple oysters and call it a day. Want some hot food? Check out the scallops and grits, the softshell crab sandwich or the buttermilk pancakes. Throw a couple of cocktails in the mix and you’re ready to take on the day.
If the idea of starting your morning with a ton of raw seafood makes you queasy, head on over to the Navy Yard’s premiere southern restaurant, Due South. There’s an entire section of the menu dedicated to biscuits and we suggest you start there first. Whether your more of an apple butter and biscuit person, or you want to go for that sweet fried chicken biscuit, Due South will take care of you. Just make sure you save room for the Due South cheese burger with pimento cheese. Finish it all off with a Florida/Georgia Line cocktail because no one likes bro country more than you.
In the mood for Italian? Osteria Morini has your back. They have a full brunch menu to peruse, filled with home made pasta, paninis, burgers and so much more. Enjoy two courses for $30, three courses for $35 or feel free to order a la carte. Just make sure you start (or end) with the warm basket of parties, including a cinnamon pecan danish, a chocolate croissant, a rosemary orange scone and a blueberry muffin. If you’re going to jump start your day with a ton of carbs, you might as well go all the way.
An old standby, Bluejacket is always a good go to spot if you find yourself in Navy Yard and don’t know where the hell to go. Start off with a beer sampler (let your server / bartender guide you, they know what the hell they’re talking about) and dive head first into the menu. You’ve got your classic Benedicts and omelettes, but skip a little further down the menu and you’ll find some real treasures. There’s the pretzel french toast (which I need in front of me right now) and the fried mumbo chicken sandwich, both of which are A+ options. Just be sure to skip the mimosas and bloody marys. You’re at one of the best breweries in D.C. Take advantage of it.
Okay, you caught me. Bon Chon doesn’t technically have a brunch menu, but they are open at 11:30 a.m. every single day of the week, and you know what? That’s close enough in my eyes. Once you settle in, I recommend you go straight for their double fried wings and don’t look back. I know you’re going to look at the menu and want to do a full order of the spicy or a full order of the garlic soy, but the best possible choice is half and half. The spicy wings will knock you on your ass, so it’s nice to have the soy garlic to help cool down. Still hungry? You can’t go wrong with their potstickers. Goddamn I love Bon Chon.