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It’s the 18th year of the Dog Days Sidewalk Festival this weekend and we are excited about it. Covering just one city block for its maiden voyage in 2000, Dog Days has grown to expand across 25 blocks of the Mid City neighborhood and includes over 100 participating local businesses. The 14th and U corridors are some of the most exciting areas of the city in terms of culinary options and brunch is the best time to explore.

Café Saint-Ex

In the game of D.C. brunches, bonus points are automatically awarded to places with a food section titled, “hungover”. Try the slow roasted brisket or a fried green tomato BLT. Meat sweats are probably a good way to release the hangover toxins. If you’re more of a “hair of the dog” type of person, check out their mimosa deal where the first glass is $10 and every subsequent drink is $1.

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Ghibellina

Anyone that has ever told you, “It’s too early to be eating pasta and pizza,” are wrong. Ghibellina’s Italian brunch is everything you have ever needed in your life. From brunch classics like shakshuka, steak and eggs, and lemon pancakes, to delicious originals like goat cheese and mushroom pizza or squah and farro salad, Ghibellina will satisfy your carb cravings. Swing by between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday or Sunday to try out this favorite 14th street gem for brunch.

The Prospect

Sports bars and brunch go together like pickles and ice cream. But The Prospect’s loaded veggie benedict and bottomless cider mosas for $12 definitely make it a worthy brunch stop during the Dog Days Festival. Check out their extensive list of wing sauces, including Korean BBQ and honey sriracha flavors. Brunch is served weekends until 3 p.m.

Hawthorne

Anywhere with a bottomless brunch option is doing something very right. For $35.99, you can get any brunch entree, plus bottomless orange crushes, mimosas, bloody marys, and Bud Lights (you can mix and match), plus a complimentary pastry basket and shot of whisky. Basically, you can get very drunk for a very reasonable price and have some delicious chicken and waffles or eggs Florentine to go along with your drinks.

The Fainting Goat

If you’re a vegetarian or looking for a place to bring your meatless friends, TFG is a great option. Try the fondue, avocado toast, or vegetables, ricotta, and egg whites wrapped in pastry dough. The Fainting Goat has it all, from delicious craft brunch cocktails (including bottomless bubbles with fresh juice or Bloody Marys for $17), to an extensive food menu featuring lots of seasonal ingredients.

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