You’re hip. You’re widdit, right? So you know what’s happening this weekend. Capital Pride, it’s kind of a big deal. You know it’s a week to celebrate acceptance, love, and the interconnected nature of humanity that binds us. You know it’s not just for gays. You know we’re throwing an awesome party and you probably already have a ticket. You’ll be raging for sure, but ya gotta eat, right? IF you should be so lucky, and IF you should be so fortunate, you might be able to snag a table outside at a restaurant along the parade route on Saturday. In that case, any brunch this weekend is a gay brunch, and we’re sure you’ll make the most of it. But if you need a little bit of direction for your bougie ass brunchings, we’ve got five iconic and special event brunches occurring throughout the weekend that’ll get you the fuel you need to act a fool through the rest of the afternoon.
At the crossroads of Adams Morgan, Dupont, and U Street sits the mecca of gay greasy spoon establishments. It’s long been a cherished artifact of queer culture in the District, adorned with a classic vertical neon sign giving the place a touch of that 1950’s time machine Americana aesthetic. But this ain’t your old school countertop seating, nor is it your griddles in the background, boring ol’ diner food. This weekend, support your LGBTs with a FGBLT, that’s a fried green tomato BLT. They have a great selection of brunch drinks, including a mimosa with cold pressed juice. Pitchers, anyone?
Located at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar in the “not-quite the West End but the west end of Dupont,” this little Italian spot is looking like it’s about to be so freakin’ fab this weekend. Why? On Saturday, they’re hosting the second annual “Crack of Noon” Parade Day Pride Brunch. It’s a ticketed event with a fee that’s admittedly pretty steep, but they’ll be breaking out some of their gourmet brunch fare, offering complimentary mimosas, and hosting a slew of special guests. You’ve got excellent sight lines on the parade route and three hours to enjoy yourself once it kicks off at noon.
Here at BYT, we acknowledge that you Arlington folks are people, too. Well, there is a little bit of debate over this. In any case, this weekend is about acceptance, so today we bring you Virginians into the fold. This Crystal City spot, complete with pink flamingos, glitter, and arguably one too many rainbows, definitely has no qualms about letting its freak flags fly. Island vibes are par for the course here, and you don’t normally see a place offering you four eggs on your breakfast entree, but I’m a four eggs kinda guy. The chicken and waffles also looks like a delightful mouthful.
It seems like there’s a lot of joints claiming to have the best or the biggest or the most fabulous drag brunch in the city, but THIS very well may be the longest-running drag brunch in the city. Breakfast sushi is the best type of sushi, and there are waffles and stuff if you’re boring like that. Sunday starting at 10 a.m., let the queens take your order, chide you over your stellar pride-themed outfit, and belt out a ballad over the microphone while you nom. They now take reservations, so you can rest assured that it will fill up this weekend if it hasn’t already.
East of Dupont’s big gay circle is this sweet joint on R. Their Disco Brunch has been a staple of the D.C. scene in Dupont. For what it’s worth, they’ve got standard brunch fair that won’t knock your socks off, but the patio will be exquisite for taking in this weekend’s weather and from this vantage point. You’ll be able to get your eyes on the parade route as it crosses down 17th Street. Bottomless mimos, obvi, but be aware of the 90 minute table times and do werrrkkkk.