DC Brunch Guide 2014
BYT Staff | Apr 17, 2014 | 9:00AM |

We love brunch. We love you. We present a combination of that love: The BYT-approved list of perennial favorites, bottomless brunches (drink up!), cool menus, parent-approved locations (Happy Mother’s Day! Coming May 10, 2014), and more. Let’s dig in! (Feel free to cross-reference this guide with our OUTDOOR EATING/DRINKING guide for maximum pleasure for your belly and an overall sense of well-being this spring/summer.)

IMPORTANT LINKS TO PERUSE BEFORE DIGGING IN TOO:

  • Our 2014 EASTER BRUNCH SPECIALS – This year 420 and Easter come together in one magical day, leaving you no other choice but to eat it ALL, all at once.
  • BEST BREAKFASTS IN DC – Because sometimes you’re in the mood for BREAKFAST, NOT BRUNCH (we know, we know)
  • Check out our FOOD SECTION EVERY THURSDAY for 5 NEW brunches to try at the weekend.

Let’s dive right in:

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Since Our Last Guide

Our 2013 Brunch Guide came out last May. Since Easter is this Sunday, we’re publishing the 2014 edition in April. In the last 11 months, some new restaurants opened and some old restaurants decided to convert to brunch. Here are those options.

  • ALBA OSTERIA – The brand new Alba Osteria just launched its also-brand-new bottomless brunch which includes breakfast pizzas, egg dishes, pancakes and meatballs along with four brunch cocktails. Is your mouth watering yet? No? What if we told you you could order fried eggs with tomato sauce and fried house-made meatballs with potato? Or the poached eggs with burrata cheese, house-cured salmon, green sauce, grilled ciabatta and fried potato? Maybe the buckwheat ricotta pancakes with with lemon and blueberries are more your style? Any way you choose, you can’t lose.
    Outdoor Seating: YES
  • OSTERIA MORINI – What to expect from the FRESHLY LAUNCHED brunch at Osteria Morini (click here for our first look of the place)? Executive Chef Matt Adler’s menu will feature classic brunch dishes infused with Italian flavors, such as Ricotta pancakes with whipped mascarpone and maple syrup, Frittata with mortadella and pecorino and Steak & Eggs with prime skirt steak, fried eggs and marinated peppers. The restaurant’s generous cheese and charcuterie board will also be available during brunch hours. Pastry Chef Alex Levin will provide a selection of breakfast pastries for a sweet start to the weekend, including housemade rosemary Parmesan scones, cinnamon raisin Danishes and spiced pepper muffins. Bonus: a bottle of Prosecco and a carafe of juice for $36.   Outdoor Seating: YES

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  • BEUCHERT’S SALOON – With all this gorgeous spring weather we can’t help but turn our taste buds toward the freshest ingredients possible. Fortunately for us, Beuchert’s brunch sources nearly all produce (as well as meat and some dairy) from its own family farm in Maryland; trust us, we’ve been there ourselves. Stop by for bottomless mimosas with fresh-squeezed orange or grapefruit juice, then order some delectable dishes like Chicken Confit Gravy & Biscuits (with black pepper biscuits, lemon confit and poached eggs), the Beuchert’s Monte Cristo (with corned beef, tomato jam, fonduta, fried egg and sourdough toast), or the Breakfast Sammie (with roasted pork, cheddar, fried egg and latkes). We might just see you there.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • THE ARSENAL RESTAURANT AT BLUEJACKET BREWERY – While we could bestow upon you the virtues of Bluejacket Brewery all day and night, let’s just keep it simple today: Bluejacket’s brunch is up and running with some absurdly mouthwatering options, not that we’d expect anything less. Stop by for some fresh-baked cinnamon rolls or creme fraiche biscuits from Buzz Bakery’s own Tiffany MacIsaac or chow down on dishes like Eggs Benedict with smoked ham, fried dragon creek oysters, cornbread and old bay hollandaise, or the Slow-Roasted Short Rib Hash with potatoes, pickled jalapenos, parsley, two sunny side up hen eggs.
    Outdoor Seating: No
  • BARCELONA – As if being super packed all night wasn’t enough for the 14th street wine bar, their brunch menu looks pretty stellar too: from Barcelona Benedicts with your choice of Serrano or Morcilla ham to Braised Oxtail Hash and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes (with lavander ricotta, natch) – there is plenty to look forward to. BONUS: the full meat and cheese menu is available too.  Outdoor Seating: YES

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  • AGUA 301 – And if you’re hoping to swing by Capitol Riverfront but were craving a Mexican brunch, might we suggest Agua 301? Remember when we took you inside for a first look? Well now they’ve got a full brunch with classics like Huevos Rancheros (fried eggs, refried beans, avocado, ranchero sauce, crispy corn tortilla) and breakfast tacos (chorizo, oaxaca cheese, green onions), as well as sweeter items like pumpkin pancakes served with spiced pepitas, ginger butter, chile infused maple syrup.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • FIOLA MARE – Fabio Trabocchi’s new Italian fine dining spot just opened in Georgetown and we’d say it’s the perfect place to enjoy some waterside brunch. Check out our first look and you’ll see that the space is gorgeous and prime for brunch perching whether you’re in the stunning enclosed patio or that beautiful main dining room. (The back bar and private dining rooms aren’t too shabby, either.) Enjoy brunch specials like Italian Shrimp & Grits with soft polenta and Red King prawns, the Uova in Camicia with two poached eggs, smoked salmon, rosemary hollandaise and warm chive biscuits, or the lemon mascarpone pancakes with apple butter, candied almonds and bourbon barrel aged maple syrup.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes, if you include the glass-ed in patio. (We do.)

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  • IRON GATE RESTAURANT – Fans of the finer things, rejoice; the newly reopened Iron Gate launched its new brunch and it’s full of some incredible (and incredibly unique) options. For those interested in the sweeter side, sink your teeth into housemade Greek yogurt with candied pistachios and local honey, or the ricotta pancakes with black walnuts Granny Smith apples and local syrup. For those who skew savory, try the baked hen eggs with beef and pork meatballs, tomato and Burratta cheese, or perhaps the olive-oil fried eggs with crispy fingerling potatoes and salsa verde (with add-ons like oak-grilled pork belly, flank steak, or grilled Hen of the Woods mushrooms).
    Outdoor Seating: Yes

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  • LE DIPLOMATE – We’ve long been obsessed with Stephen Starr’s first D.C. restaurant, Le Diplomate. The classic French cuisine is reliably well-executed, bright, and fresh, and the ambiance is thoroughly adorable. (See our full review here.) Brunch, then, is a clear time to visit; the brunch cocktails are bubbly and clean and as you sip on one, you’re surrounded by natural light and decor that will, in essence, transport your mind to Paris. The menu is full of eggs–creative and classic–as well as sandwiches (try the lamb), tartines, and freshly baked breakfast pastries.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • KAPNOS – Mike Isabella’s 14th street church of Greek food now serves brunch. On the menu: lots of classic small plates, but also: pork & beans with soft egg and loukaniko sausage, greek coffee waffles with chocolate espresso beans and baklava french toast. Special Mother’s Day and Easter menus too. Sign us up! Outdoor seating: No

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  • MALMAISON – The Georgetown bistro serves up a great classic menu of crepes, egg dishes and salads, and bonus points for having a menu section called “delights”. BONUS BONUS points for bottomless champagne cocktails for a neat $22 too.
  • B TOO – The Belgian newcomer/sister restaurant to Belga on 14th street boasts a sturdy brunch menu (braised pork cheeks! skillet of eggs WITH LOBSTER!) and some truly great brunch cocktails, including a BLOODY BEER.
  • EAT THE RICH – Now you can head to Derek Brown’s Eat the Rich for the Fisherman’s Brunch with a Grand Chesapeake Boil for Two (seafood, smoked garlic sausage, new potatoes, cauliflower, coddled eggs, grilled bread and aioli). If you’re not in the sharing mood they also offer soft boiled hen egg with an oyster and toast points, as well as the Waterman’s Remedy (shellfish broth with seafood dumplings and squid ink noodles) a fish fry, omelets and more. And because it’s one of Derek Brown’s spots, you can bet the cocktails will be on-point.
    Outdoor Seating: No
  • TED’S BULLETIN (ON 14TH STREET) – We’re no strangers to Ted’s Bulletin brunch which, by the by, is served all day and night. The new 14th Street location, however, houses an expanded pastry program we just can’t get enough of featuring a slew of pop tart flavors, a plethora of housemade doughnuts and additional, ever-rotating breakfast baked goods. We can’t imagine a better hangover cure or all-around hearty brunch option that the T.U.B.S., the Ted’s Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich, with Texas Toast, fried egg, scrambled egg, sausage, bacon, cheddar and hash browns, or the massive Walk of Shame Breakfast Burrito (Sirloin steak, scrambled eggs, hash browns, cheddar, green chile sauce with hash browns).
    Outdoor Seating: No

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  • REPUBLIC – And the newest Blacks Restaurant Group darling recently opened in Takoma park with brunch options galore. To start feast on appetizers of wood grilled bay oysters, slow-cooked corn grits, and beignets, then dive into some serious entrees like the Brioche French Toast with Black Rock Orchard pear compote and real maple syrup, or any number of poached farm eggs with barbeque butter-poached gulf shrimp and herb toast, slow braised pork belly, spicy black beans and avocado, or even wood grilled hanger steak, pommes frites and Sauce Béarnaise.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • GHIBELLINA – One of the best things to happen to 14th street this past year is Ghibellina (there, we said it). And adding to the great track record that their happy hour specials and all that dinner deliciousness has left in our hearts, their brunch menu is a refreshing, European take on the genre (though don’t worry, there is still a BREAKFAST AMERICANO for all you eggs and meat lovers). Grab a breakfast pizza, dive into some amazing brunch friendly cocktails all the while perching yourself on those great people watching storefront seats.
  • DAIKAYA IZAKAYA – Chinatown’s Daikaya Izakaya does traditional Sunday brunch with Japanese flare, not to mention an impressive brunch cocktail program. With small plates like chicken and waffles—a red-bean-paste-filled waffle in the shape of a fish, with tempura-fried chicken–or a croissant with uni butter, or even the poached egg with crab croquettes, you’ll be in brunch heaven in no time. You can check out our full review here.
  • Outdoor Seating: No
  •  CITY TAP HOUSE – A newcomer to DC and the brunch game, Chinatown’s City Tap House is beginning with a bang. Get ready for some decadent dishes like gourmet chicken & waffles and foie gras French toast in addition to crab cake benedicts and delicious flatbreads made in their brick oven. (We tried the truffle flaatbread and fell in love.) Need a drink? City Tap House has you covered with endless Bloody Marys and mimosas for $18 per person. Nothing not to love.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • LE GRENIER – We tasted our way through Le Grenier’s brunch menu and can attest–it’s well worth the trek to H Street. Their $18.95 deal gets you two courses and a glass champagne or a mimosa, and with items like Steak du Chef (grilled Angus beef steak served with shallot sauce, mustard drizzle, fries or salad), Crèpe Nutella or lemon-sugar crèpes, eggs benedict (poached eggs with Canadian bacon, toasted English muffins, sautéed spinach, & Hollandaise sauce, served with fries or salad) and more, we promise the only difficulty you’ll find is choosing your meal. (Read our full review here.)
    Outdoor Seating: No
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  • PIZZERIA ORSO – While pizza might be Pizzeria Orso’s claim to fame, their brunch ain’t too shabby, either. Feast your eyes/mouth/stomach on a selection of eggs (1000° Egg–oven-poached egg with marinara, sausage, onion, Fresno pepper and pesto) and baked goods (hellooooo, bacon sticky buns and Sourdough French Toast with caramel sauce and sea salt). And did we mention the best-of-both-worlds scenario? Yes, there is brunch pizza. Divulge in some seriously delicious options like the McLovin’ pizza (cream, oregano, chili flakes, spinach, egg, mozzarella, fontina and ricotta) or the Big Country pizza (cream, ham, bacon, sausage, egg, maple syrup drizzle, mozzarella and fontina) for best results.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • BIDWELL – And if you’re headed to Union Market, stop by Bidwell for brunch by Chef Mooney. Their Modern American spin on the classic grilled cheese–a Raclette Truffled Grilled Cheese served with poached egg–is sure to please, as are the omelettes (though we hear the breakfast burrito with chorizo is truly the way to go). Many of the fresh herbs you’ll find in your dishes come straight from Mooney’s rooftop garden, so you know you’re eating local.
    Outdoor Seating: No
  • RED APRON ON D STREET – This “brunch” is, we’ll be honest, the most low-key of brunches but if you’re a fan of breakfast sandwiches, you’re in luck. We already took you inside the new Chinatown/Penn Quarter Red Apron Butchery where you’ll find these tasty day-starters every day, but on weekend you can try out their brunch, a mix of breakfast sandwiches and specials. In addition to their mouthwatering tigelle breakfast sandwiches, each Saturday they serve a bologna and cheese sandwich on white bread that’s put into a French Toast batter and cooked on panini grill, then topped with fried egg. The Sunday special isn’t a sandwich; it’s country-fried pork drenched in ranch-scented flour, served over Anson Mills cheddar grits and gravy. Can you sense us salivating all over our keyboards?
    Outdoor Seating: No

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Best Drink Deals

  • ROCK AND ROLL HOTEL – every Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm, $13 bottomless mimosas and bloody marys, plus $3 tall boy PBRs if you’re NOT in the bottomless mimosas and bloody mary mood.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • WONDERLAND  – Eleven-dollar bottles of mimosas, plus some brunch favorites like their A++ huevos rancheros.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • MASA 14 and EL CENTRO DF – co-owned by the same team and sitting right next to each other on 14th street these two popular spots both offer $35 limitless all you can eat/all you can drink choices. At MASA 14 expect mimosas, lychee bellinis, Bloody Marys, bacon Bloody Marys, and lemon lager. At El Centro Micheladas, Bloody Marias, seasonal Aqua Fresca cocktails take center stage.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes for both

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  • IRISH WHISKEY – pretty simple: with any $10 entree purchase, you get $1 bottle of champagne.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • VERANDA – looking for a place in Logan Circle that is NOT always packed for brunch and with $13 bottomless mimosas? Well, you found it.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • RED ROCKS – Ten-dollar bottomless mimosas, $6 bottomless Bloody Marys (which, yes, we know sounds almost too good to be true). Go for their breakfast pizzas; you won’t be sorry.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • DISTRICT COMMONS – Eleven dollars for bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys, as long as you purchase an entree.
    Outdoor Seating: No
  • OVVIO OSTERIA – And if you’re up for a trek out to Merrifield, Ovvio Osteria’s got $1 mimosas with any purchase of brunch entree. (ONE. DOLLAR.) Drink as many as your heart desires whilst you munch on Eggs in Purgatorio, which is to say that baked eggs, pepperoncino, tomato sauce and grilled bread all combine for one a-spicy dish, or their breakfast pizzas, breakfast bruschetta,and  a frittata and the “Ovvio” breakfast – two eggs sunny-side up, mushroom, potato and sausage.
    Outdoor Seating: No
  • VINOTECA – Fifteen-dollar bottomless Champagne cocktails, glass mimosas, bellinis or kir royale? We’re sold. Plus you have not one but TWO patios to choose from, with added bocce option. The menu’s not too shabby either with options like the Roasted Pork and Cauliflower Frittata (with Gruyère, Potato, Scallion and Tarragon Aïoli), the Duck Confit Benedict (with Morbier, Hollandaise, Rustic Bread, Frisée, Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette), and the French Toast with Blackberry Preserve or Ginger Butter orLavender Honey and Sweet Ricotta or Walnut Butter.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes

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  • POSTE – Sixteen-dollar bottomless mimosas in a place that really doesn’t seem like it would serve anything bottomless (so-if you need to seem like you’re taking your family somewhere super nice but need to squeeze some serious drinks in without seeming suspicious, this would be our #1 picks of this round for a good family-visit brunch). PLUS they have a gorgeous outdoor patio and food like Harissa Skirt Steak and chorizo with eggs and spiced pork sausage, stewed tomato, potatoes, roasted pepper and baked eggs.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • FIREFLY – Stop at this staple for $2 mimosas all brunch long. (Dreams coming true all over the place.)
    Outdoor Seating: No
  • AGORA – Not in the mood for mimosas? $29.95 gets you both a prix-fixe meal AND limitless drinks, and not just brunch themed drinks, ALL DRINKS.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • RIS – Food is done tapas style, and the specialty mimosas come bottomless for $18 (think flavors like Rhubarb Ginger and Pomegranate Spice). Bonus: outdoor seating.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • BAR PILAR – Or check out the always delicious Bar Pilar with $15 bottomless specialty cocktails with the purchase of brunch and $20 without. Their food menu changes fairly often but we promise–you can’t go wrong with any of it.
    Outdoor Seating: No

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Prixe Fixe

  • ARDEO+BARDEO – The Cleveland Park Ashok Bajaj mainstay offers a great $28 deal: two-course menu and bottomless mimosas or Champagne. (please note there may be some changes to this on Mother’s day specifically)
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • BOQUERIA – $39 gets you both unlimited tapas (hi, Nutella churros!) AND unlimited drinks. The only catch? The deal has to be ordered by the whole table.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • FARMERS FISHERS BAKERS – If you’re looking for one of the most all-inclusive brunch experiences this fine city has to offer, Farmers Fishers Bakers is a smorgasburg bar none. For $29.99 you’ll get slow-roasted Chuck Eye steak, breakfast tacos, a made-to-order eggs station, their incredible honey pot fried chicken, cheese grits, salads (go for the kale), bruleed pink grapefruit and so much more. Bring your eatin’ pants.$29.99 gets you all this, plus complimentary coffee and iced tea. Please note: Alcoholic drinks are not included.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes

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  • CUBA LIBRE“Unlimited Piqueos” (small Cuban plates) such as one eyed ropa vieja hash or Tortilla de Huevos a la Cubana for $26 per person (much like at Boqueria-the deal has to be ordered by the whole table). BONUS:  Bottomless morning cocktails such as Cuban Mary (Bloody Mary), Classic Mimosa, Mimosa Rojo with Watermelon Juice, Lychee Mimosa, the Red or White Sangria, as well as the daily beer selection can be added  for another $14 per person
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • BOMBAY CLUB – $27.95 bottomless Champagne with Indian food buffet. Bonus: being transported to another place and time (namely the 1920s in the West Indies)
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • RIPPLE – This well-executed brunch that comes in both a la carte and prix fixe. The prix fixe brunch gets you a housemade breakfast pastry (choose between cinnamon rolls, chocolate scones,  lemon pound cake, a muffin, or a housemade english muffin), one entree, and bottomless breakfast cocktail, all for $28. (Dreams do come true!) On the more indulgent side you’ll find the Code-Ster (fried pork schnitzel, sausage gravy, fried egg, cheddar and a biscuit), the Lamb Shank Hash (potatoes, onions, harissa, fresnos and sunny eggs) and the Brioche French Toast (made of last summer’s peaches and vanilla bean). On the lighter side you can pick some equally delicious choices like the Egg White Frittatta (with wild mushrooms, leeks and organic greens) or the Oatmeal Brancakes (with maple ricotta and last summer’s peaches).
  • KENNEDY CENTER ROOF TERRACE – $39.95 gets you a drink plus unlimited access to house specialties such as prime rib, raw seafood bar, seasonal gourmet salads, as well as traditional breakfast foods, including made-to-order omelets and homemade scones, muffins, and danishes, all served in the chef’s impressive kitchen, as well as a whole separate dessert room.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • SEQUOIA – $34.95 gets you access to a raw bar and brunch buffet, plus bottomless mimosas (Brunch is served ONLY on Sundays here)
    Outdoor Seating: Yes

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  • MEDIUM RARE – a great overall value (and variety) where $23 gets you one brunch entree and unlimited Bloody Marys, screw drivers, or mimosas
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • BLACK’S BAR & KITCHEN – Chef Black’s offering a new brunch buffet with his trademark fresh seafood and classic dishes; you can still order a la carte but go big or go home, right? The new buffet ($55 with unlimited champagne, $43 without) includes everything from artisanal cheese spreads and charcuterie to a full raw sea food bar and a carving station (with molasses-peppercorn rubbed prime rib) and a cooked-to-order egg station using local organic eggs. Hello, this is everything.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • ZENGO – Thirty-five bones gets you small plates and bottomless brunch cocktails like the sake sangria or their range of mimosas. Gorge yourself on Short Rib Hash (with poached egg, potatoes, rajas and caramelized onions), the Lobster-Chipotle Grits (with bacon, scallion and tomato), AND the Achiote-Hoisin Pork Arepas (with avocado, corn mesa, and crema fresca). No need to feel torn when you can have it all (and then some).
    Outdoor Seating: No
  • TABLE – Want fresh and ALL THE FOOD? Might we suggest Frederik De Pue’s Table? He’s updated the brunch format since last year’s brunch guide, so it’s only fair we update you on one of our favorites. Thirty-five dollars gets you five courses from De Pue’s list of delectable options–it’s a harder task than it sounds, considering the fare. The menu brunch menu changes every weekend but you can pick between dishes like Crepes & Lox (with house smoked salmon and maple cream cheese), Eggs Benedict (with potato hash, poached egg and bacon hollandaise), as well as Pork Cheek Bolognese (with ricotta, gnudi and spinach). Add bottomless mimosas for $13 more.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes

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  • AMBAR – Those looking for something filling and different can now check out Ambar’s unlimited weekend brunch for $35/person. (Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.) For a touch of Balkan culture, try some classics with a twist like the Eggs Benedict with Ajvar, prosciutto and Kajmak sauce or the Cinnamon Sweet Sourdough with a choice of Nutella or homemade jam.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • DGS DELICATESSEN – DGS not only cornered the happy hour game and the deli game, but they’ve now got the brunch game on lock. They offer two courses and a drink for $27 as well as an a la carte menu with items like the DGS Pastrami Hash (sunny side up eggs with roasted peppers, potatoes and mustard sauce), the Challah French Toast (with toasted almonds and apple maple syrup), and The Benedictberg (poached eggs, DGS smoked salmon, latkes, and Sumac hollandaise). Don’t worry, veggies; they’ve got a solid spread of non-meat options, too, like the Eggplant Reuben and the Shakshouka (poached eggs, tomato and roasted pepper stew, and grilled bread).

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Impress-Your-Family Approved

(also, if you choose to impress your visiting parents ALL DAY LONG, and not just at brunch, check out our ULTIMATE GUIDE TO IMPRESSING YOUR PARENTS)

  • SEASONS (AT THE FOUR SEASONS) – One of my favorite memories ever, was waking up somewhat early on New Year’s Day this year, grabbing a group of my favorite dude friends and heading to the all you can eat brunch buffet at the Four Seasons.  Don’t get me wrong, this is not your average buffet — with everything from Dry Rub Quail with BBQ Jus, to Charcoal-Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Chimichuri this is definitely a “TREAT YO’SELF” kind of meal. The best part? A jovial omelet chef who’ll make your eggs any way you want ‘em and the never ending exceptional service (especially when it comes to refilling your Mimosa glass).
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • MARI VANNA – This Russian spot on Connecticut offers a menu of such Eastern European comfort favorites as Borsht, Blinis and every pickled vegetable known to man. Bonus: THE PLACE IS EXTREMELY ADORABLE and there are LIMITLESS mimosas for ladies and LIMITLESS ice cream for kids.
    Outdoor Seating: No
  • BLUE DUCK TAVERN – Blue Duck Tavern just added some healthy brunch items to the menu in honor of American Heart Month. Eat your way through gluten-free, low-sugar, and egg white options like the Egg White Frittata with potato, charred onion, kale and Romesco, or the variety of freshly baked, gluten-free coffee cake and muffins in carrot & apple, and chestnut & brown sugar. If anyone can make healthy delicious, it’s Blue Duck.
    Outdoor Seating: No

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  • DINO – an old school Italian eatery in Cleveland Park that is both parents friendly AND affordable: $25 Italian style brunch with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. Can’t go wrong.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • RASIKA / RASIKA WEST END – In our opinion, Rasika and Rasika West End are always on top of our dinner-with-parents reservations list, SO it only makes sense that taking them here for brunch would do wonders for your “favorite offspring” cred.
    Outdoor Seating: No / Yes
  • BIRCH & BARLEY – Kyle Bailey’s dishes are what classy yet comforting brunch dreams are made of (house brined hash with duck eggs, kale caesar salads and more) but Tiffany MacIsaac’s pastries are absolutely worth blowing all your and your Mother’s diet resolutions on: the warm brioche sticky buns with brown sugar caramel, pecans and cream cheese are in particular to die for.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • JALEO, ZAYTINYA or OYAMEL – Parents love Jose Andres, and that is a stone cold fact. Whether they’re in the mood for Spanish, Mexican or Mediterannean small plates, any of these three will do a great job. Plus-the cocktail programs are outstanding.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes / Yes / Yes
  • MINTWOOD PLACE – Mintwood is 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.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • TABARD INN – You don’t really need us to explain why parents love Tabard, right?
    Outdoor Seating: Yes

In The Mood for Something Different

  • PING PONG DIM SUM – Twenty-five-dollar unlimited dim sum, $15 bottomless mimosas, served ALL DAY (11am – 10pm) on Sundays.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes to Dupont / No to Chinatown
  • GBD – Fried chicken and doughnuts; it’s all we want and while they still call it “breakfast,” the presence of a full bar and the fact that it is served 10:00am to 2:00pm on a weekend makes us consider this a brunch and there is nothing anyone can do about it.
    Outdoor Seating: No

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  • THE MANSION ON O STREET – “over 100 rooms and 32 secret doors to explore”, plus $65 per person  ($85 on Mother’s day) gets you an unlimited brunch buffet and champagne and afterwards you can embark on a self guided tour or one of their many treasure hunts.
    Outdoor Seating: No
  • ANGLER’S INN – plan yourself a day of hiking at the Great Falls park and then squeeze a meal in at the restaurant where the Kennedys used to party in tiny, leopard carpeted rooms. Regularly, the meal is $28 for two courses, but for Mother’s day they are doing a $75 three course prix-fixe.
    Outdoor Seating: No
  • L’Enfant’s LA BOUM – Happening sporadically, this party involves being locked inside L’enfant for 3 hours to eat, drink, dance and pretend like the outside world does not exist. Read our full review of the experience here.
    Outdoor Seating: No
  • ODYSSEY CRUISES – Set sail for your most important meal of the weekend. For Mother’s day it will set you back $79.90 for adults for a brunch buffet.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • MANDU – Head to both Dupont or K Street for a Korean take on American brunch classics, like Gim Bap (rice, egg and vegetables wrapped in seaweed in sliced), Korean omelets made with thin layers of egg fried and stuffed with diced vegetables, or Bu Chu Jeon, which is a Korean pancake made with chives and zucchini.
    Outdoor Seating: No to K St / Yes to 18th St
  • TAAN – Ramen Brunch, which comes at a very reasonable $15 prix fixe, and includes ramen of your choice, a terrific little pickle plate (and we know, everyone loves a pickle) and a little potato salad/lettuce taco that you’ll wish was way bigger because it is that delicious ! PLUS: $5 Bloody Marys! Super solid beet ramen vegetarian option.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • JACK ROSE – Your favorite whiskey library, cigar perch+ general excellent hangout spot now has a brunch menu and they have a LATE-NIGHT BRUNCH MENU. READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • JALEO – Treat yourself to a slew of alternative new brunch tapas like sautéed rice served with tomato, fried egg and Ibérico pork belly as well as pancakes made with Spanish extra virgin olive oil. You can even taste your way through organic fried eggs and fried potatoes with sea urchin add-on, and fried baby shrimp with an organic free range fried egg. This should be a no-brainer. You can check out our full Taste Test here.
    Outdoor Seating: No

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GLUTEN FREE Brunch (courtesy of our GLUTEN FREE DC GUIDE)

  • Busboys and Poets-We miss their buckwheat pancakes like crazy, but Busboys has plenty of other grain-free brunch options– including vegetarian and vegan ones, too. It may be a rookie choice for brunch, but it’s one of your best bets for district newbies and out-of-towners. Another option with clearly labelled options and very impressive dessert to boot.
    Outdoor Seating: Varies by Location
  • Founding FarmersWhile not as well-labelled as its peers, the vast majority of Founding Farmers’ brunch menu is inherently gluten free if you steer clear of breadlike items. Pan scrambles, cast iron skillets, and farmhouse hashes are your best bets.
    Outdoor Seating: No
  • Masa 14-Of all the fixed price brunch spots in DC, Masa 14 has the most gluten free food and drink options. In fact, gluten free brunch has its own menu. Almost all the brunch beverages are already gluten free, and the adobo-marinated flank steak is too good to be gluten free.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Maple-A polenta-based brunch entree is a smart brunch entree. Maple has a couple, and lots and lots of expertly done eggs that put anyone else’s to shame.
  • Bistro Bohem –The best brunches are the ones where you have to second guess each bite because your entree quite literally tastes too good to be gluten free. Bistro Bohem offers that kind of brunch in an environment where you’d least expect gluten free food. No clearly labelled menu, but the servers typically know what you should and shouldn’t order.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Boundary Road -Boundary Road makes all your gluten-filled comfort food brunch items accessible with incredible ease. It’s easy to avoid waffles and pancakes here if you’re going for something heartier. Not much of a beer selection, but the appropriate brunchtime drinks do quite nicely.
    Outdoor Seating: No

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Brunch & A SHOW

  • THE HAMILTON – If the spirit moves you, head to The Hamilton for an incredible brunch spread with items like benedicts, corned beef hash (house made corned beef, crispy potato cake, baby kale and sunny-side-up duck egg), The Elvis (fried bananas, brown sugar, maple house cured bacon and peanut butter sauce), shrimp and grits (stone ground cheese grits, andouille sausage, spinach, and buttery Creole sauce), and Brioche French Toast (winter citrus, cardamom whipped cream, orange marmalade and maple syrup). The space is huge, light, and comfortable, making for a lovely Sunday-morning-into-afternoon spot for perching. BONUS: They also throw the occasional gospel brunch, typically with two separate seatings and a stellar buffet. Check their schedule for upcoming shows.
    Outdoor Seating: No
    HOWARD GOSPEL BRUNCH –  Every Sunday, Howard Gospel Choir performs a rousing set for the Southern food loving audiences at the historic theatre. Doors open at 11:30, performance is at 1pm.
    Outdoor Seating: No
  • NELLIE’S DRAG BRUNCH – And let’s add a little spice (and a whole lot of sass) to your brunching over at Nellie’s. Join the fabulous Shi-Queeta Lee for champagne chicken with saffron rice, eggs, waffles, sweet plantains, roasted pork loin, gnocchi and more. Sure, there are two seatings, but they fill up fast. Book that sh*t ASAP.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • PERRY’S – you know the drill-buffet, drag queens, and more. A brunch everyone should experience at least once.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • SAX – Bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys, plus burlesque performances every 10 minutes.
    Outdoor Seating: No

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BYT Forever Favorites

Svetlana’s Picks:

  • HANK’S (Dupont) – my favorite sandwich of all time is a reuben. My favorite breakfast meat of all time is a smoked salmon. Hank’s features a smoked salmon reuben on their brunch menu. The end.
    Outdoor Seating: Varies by Location
  • CASHION’S – One of the classiest brunches around. Not cheap per se but a great value through sheer serenity and relaxation. I recommend sitting at the bar, ordering an aperol spritzer (or 3) and digging into the hash.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • 2 AMYS – the pro tip when it comes to brunching at 2Amys is to show up right at noon, walk past the family masses vying for the main dining room and park yourself in the bar area. Order pizza yes, but also order the insane burrata, the egg and anchovy salad and indulge in their very fine beers.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • CORK – I love CORK any time of the day but I may actually like it a little more for brunch. Here are a few reasons why: they serve you these tiny cinnamon buns in hot little skillets that are the single tastiest, richest thing you’ll put in your mouth before noon. The avocado toast is still on the menu in the morning. There are mimosa flights. EVERYTHING IS DELICIOUS and somehow, even if you over-order, it turns out not to be that pricy.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • THE DINER – My #1 brunch problem is that I have no clue whether I want something sweet or savory and so I often order 2 entrees (#noshame). I love the Diner Breakfast Royale because for $12.95 it completely eliminates this stress from my life: pick the way you want your eggs (sunny side up), what meat you want (sausagesssssssss), french toast or pancakes (pancakes), potatos or grits (grits, with extra butter on the side), and what type of toast you want (wheat, with some more extra butter on the side) and you’re all set.
    Outdoor Seating: No
  • THE SOURCE – the dim sum brunch is one of the best deals and finest meals in town (and I love it so much I don’t even care that sentence cheesily rhymed). $32 gets you 5 dishes, and $42 gets you 8 (which is plenty for two people, trust me) and you can read our full review/fawning adoration of it right here. In addition to fantastic dim sum, they also have four different kinds of Bloody Marys such as the District Mary with a housemade half-smoke garnish, the Chesapeake Mary with crab garnish, my favorite, the spicy Shanghai Mary with pickled Szechuan chili and the Classic Mary with an Old Bay rim.
    Outdoor Seating: No

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Stephanie’s Picks:

  • GRANVILLE MOORE’S – I’m a sucker for a perfect breakfast sandwich and Granville’s struck gold with The Good Doctor–scrambled eggs, choice of house made pork or veggie sausage, smoked salmon or applewood bacon, cheddar cheese, avocado, chipotle mayo on potato kaiser roll served with home-frites. It is, essentially, everything you could ever want and then some, piled high and just waiting to cure your hunger/hangover. (ProTip: order their housemade sausage and get a side of truffle aioli for those homefries; you won’t regret it.) Plus, the whole restaurant is fairly low-lit so if you are indeed nursing a hangover, this is ideal all around.
    Outdoor Seating: No
  • BOUNDARY ROAD – Speaking of H Street, you can always count on Boundary Road for fresh-baked breakfast pastries to go along with that always-killer playlist and brunch options like The Rueben Eggs Benedict, the Hoppin’ John Hash (with pork confit, black eyed peas, braised collards, and fried egg), or the Peanut Butter & Banana Monte Cristo (go “Elvis-style” and add bacon for the win). There’s no place like Boundary Road to ease your way into your weekend, I promise.
    Outdoor Seating: No
  • BRIXTON – On the very rare occasion I’m craving something sweet for brunch, I’m all about Brixton’s Sticky Toffee French Toast. It’s sweet and creamy, topped with even more toffee sauce and a variety of toasted nuts. It’s salty, it’s sweet, it’s textured and it’s filling, all somehow without being too rich. Plus, if you’re looking for ambiance, Brixton’s clearly got it. The ground floor feels like a British pub, the second floor a hunting lodge, and the roof deck is fantastic.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • BOUNDARY STONE – An oldie but a goodie, Boundary Stone is one of my favorite spots for unpretentious weekend relaxing with friends (but not too many friends; the space is intimate, remember). They’ve got bottomless drinks for cheap and multiple fun takes on the Bloody Mary, plus or minus their full menu at any given point of the day. So if you’re not into the chorizo, egg and cheese sandwich (again with the breakfast sandwiches), their burgers are melt-in-your-mouth good and they’ve got an ever-changing board of specials. (Plus, you know, their beer selection isn’t too shabby either.)
    Outdoor Seating: Technically yes, but it’s small and dark
  • PEARL DIVE OYSTER PALACE – I’m a big fan of just about everything Chef Black serves, so his brunch with sweet potato andouille hash with eggs and a cheddar-scallion biscuit or some grits with braised pork cheeks, eggs, a chipotle ham hock broth and crispy onions are clearly a pro move, though you can’t go wrong with the Sticky Cinnamon Roll with caramel bacon sauce, or the Daily Doughnuts in rotating flavors like Boston Cream and and Spiced Sweet Potato.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes

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  • PIZZERIA ORSO – Pizzeria Orso is worth a drive to Falls Church, and as Chef Will Artley will tell you, it’s not just a pizza place. You could easily get through a course from every other section of the menu and have no room left for a neapolitan style pie. The same idea applies to brunch. Orso puts their specialty sourdough to good use in waffles and french toast, and the McLovin’ and Big Country breakfast pizzas put omelets to shame.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • ORIENTAL EAST – If you find yourself in Montgomery County or generally looking for a brunch spot that doesn’t include a two hour wait, Oriental East gives you both of those things and a dim sum brunch much cheaper than some of its district counterparts. It also promises authentic Chinese cuisine. Weekend brunch means service in the form of rolling carts. Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • DUKE’S GROCERY – The menu at Duke’s changes daily and depends on seasonal and local produce, so the menu is posted to their facebook page each morning. We do know this: there are bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys, the beer selection is solid, the price is great, and there will always be good eggs. Most of the fare is London pub-inspired, so count on blood pudding, banger sausages, and a proper English spread among your options.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes

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Shauna’s Picks:

  • NAPOLEON BISTRO – Located close to everything, Napoleon is not just a dirty dancing stomping ground. In fact, it’s a beautiful tucked away oasis of brunch heaven on the weekend, especially if the weather is right and you can get one of their patio spots (people watching over eggs? yes please!). The food is divine, specializing in french influences on classic American breakfast options (try the any of the savory crepes, apple beignets , the Bison Sausage with Eggs and a Blood Orange Mimosa — yum!). The best part however is the incredible selection of coffees, espressos, teas and lattes they have at their disposal. Definitely an old favorite and just far enough off the AdMo strip to not make me want to roll my eyes at Frat boys.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • 1905 – Another rooftop staple with an amazing selection of breakfast goods, 1905 is like the classier older brother of Red Derby. Go here on a morning-after date (only if you like the person enough) or go because the view and food are both impeccable. Bottomless alcoholic breakfast drinks will run you a cheap $15. Plus the Truffled Grits and Pork Belly are literally the breakfast foods of dreams.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • RED DERBY – No frills and no fuss! Red Derby is the exact place you want to brunch if you have the hangover from hell. The options are basic, but delicious and most definitely the cheapest of any recommendation on this list. Get their a little bit earlier than your fellow party comrades and you could score yourself a most excellent rooftop view. Plus every entree is served with Tater Tots, which makes this place a forever winner in my book.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes

Sepie’s Veg-Friendly Picks (for more MEAT FREE GOODNESS-CHECK OUT OUR DC VEGETARIAN GUIDE-ed):

Being vegetarian or vegan in D.C. can certainly be challenging at times. Brunch is overwhelmingly meat-dominated so expect even more slim pickings. Here are a few go-to spots should you opt for the meat-free route:

  • BUSBOYS & POETS – Arguably one of the more vegetarian/vegan-friendly restaurants in the District. This is a great brunch destination that will appease all parties. I typically will spring at any opportunity for a breakfast burrito whether it’s a tofu or egg-based. Busboy and Poets’ Egg Wrap and Vegan Egg Wrap are no exception here. If you’re looking to get your hollandaise on, the Florentine Benedict is a great vegetarian dish. Keep an eye out for the home fries as a side — they’re epic.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • MERIDIAN PINT – Chances are you were here the previous evening and nursing a hangover. I cannot think of a better way to shrug off that headache than to revisit the scene of the crime and grab a great, local beer (enter: hair of the dog) and comparably awesome meal. I am a huge fan of the Curried Tofu Scramble and more often than not, I might just opt to skip the breakfast portion and hop on over to the lunch — after all, “-unch” is in the word “brunch”. When I audible with this maneuver, I spring for the Homemade Lentil-Barley Burger with Sweet Potato Wedges.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • DOS GRINGOS – Continuing with the theme of breakfast burritos, the clear choice here is the Scrambled Tofu and Plantain. To make a “total fat kid move,” slap on an extra side of plantains. If you’re in Mt. Pleasant and want a more laid back approach to brunch, come here!
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • TORTILLA CAFE – While they do not boast very much in the way of vegan options, Tortilla Cafe in Eastern Market can certainly accommodate vegetarians. The Breakfast Burrito and Eggs Rancheros are the right call here. This Salvadorian/Mexican hole in the wall prominently plays (on repeat) their cameo in Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives — so there’s that too. PS – they’re Horchata is AH-MAY-ZING.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • FOUNDING FARMERS – Founding Farmers in Foggy Bottom is a more traditional DC brunch spot (i.e. requires a reservation or hour long waits). While I do not have much of a sweet tooth, I always order the Stuffed French Toast with Fresh Strawberries and Whipped Cream. Think of this dish as more of a dessert for breakfast meal than anything else. If you’re not feeling 100%, this might just be what you need to get you there.
    Outdoor Seating: No

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Ashley’s Picks

  • KAFE LEOPOLD – Tucked away in Georgetown’s charming Cady’s Alley, Kafe Leopold is a small European outpost in a distinctly American city. The interior is small, sunny, and modern, but the primary reason to come here is the patio. Private and quiet with very few seats, Kafe Leopold is at its best in the afternoon when the sun is flooding the alley. You’ll be surrounded by a trickling fountain, cheerful flowerpots, and chic Georgetown families with (mostly) well-behaved children and adorable dogs. The second reason to come is the food. Their entree menu is extensive and on offer during brunch hours, and their brunch menu is full of traditional favorites that heavily favor butter, cream, and carbs: The Kaiser-schmarrn mit Zwetschgen-roster (or scrambled souffle with plum-compote and currants) is a perfect example. Make sure you have one of their specialty cocktails and at least one fresh-made pastry and/or dessert; they know their chocolate. There’s a formidable wait on weekends but it’s worth it. They text you when your table is ready, so have a stroll through Georgetown while you wait.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • THE ARGONAUT – An H Street staple, The Argonaut is the perfect place to shelter your puffy eyes while clutching a cup of coffee and enjoying one of their many vaguely southern-influenced brunch dishes. Cheddar grits and fried green tomatoes are available along with more traditional brunch dishes like Eggs Benedict and and french toast. You can take a seat in the cozy, slightly dive-y interior or park yourself on their patio on sunny days.
    Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • CEDAR – While Cedar probably belongs in the “Impress Your Family Approved” section of this article, it’s my favorite for several non-family related reasons: The service, the tea, and the food. The service: Flawless every single time. I love the small touches, like a host who actually waits for you to shed your coat and get settled in your seat before placing your menu on the table. The tea: They offer you their selection in a beautiful, fragrant wooden box, then bring you your own little tea service complete with cup, saucer, pot, and tiny pitcher of cream. The food: Their brunch menu is delicious and original. You can choose from things like Chilled Leek and Potato Soup, Braised Pork Belly BLT, Wild Game Sausage and Eggs, and Shrimp and Grits. They also have an extensive selection of coffees and teas for your pleasure. Come here with your significant other, your best friend, or your mother (as long as she’s not too loud); this is a place for intimate conversations, not boisterous debates.
    Outdoor Seating: No

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Feel free to tell us your favorites in the comments.