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If you’re anything like us you love two things in this world; one is brunch. The other is planning your brunch and looking forward to every last well-earned morsel you’ll be putting in your mouth this weekend, come Hell or high water. While D.C. is chock-full of incredible brunches–you can find them in our extensive 2014 D.C. Brunch Guide here–the seasonal menus and specials rotate faster than you can scarf down that cinnamon roll. Fear not. We’re here to help with five new brunch specials to try this weekend for maximum foodie nirvana. Dig in, D.C. BONUS: check out our first week’s list of new brunch editions too as well as our second and third week  and fourth week’s, and fifth week’s, mmk?? We’ve also got this year’s new RAMMY Best Brunch nominees in both casual brunch and fancy/treat-yourself brunch categories.

  • Cafe Saint-Ex
    Of course we’ve long been fans of Cafe Saint-Ex, one of our favorite go-to 14th Street spots before 14th Street really blew up. Between their patio and a menu manned by Chef Jesse Miller, we’re honestly amazed we’re not there every weekend. Hungover? Try the Slow Roasted Pork Belly (with tomato & smoked gouda grits, salsa verde, crispy onions and poached eggs) or the Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Biscuit (a house patty on butter biscuit with scrambled egg, buttermilk ranch and fries). We’re also swooning over items like the Crab Melt (Maryland-style crabcake with avocado, romesco, cheddar and house-cut fries) or the All-Natural Beef Brisket (bourbon glazed and served with eggs over easy and spicy cheddar hash brown). We’ll just forget swimsuit season is right around the corner…
  • 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.
  • Zaytinya
    And if you missed Zaytinya’s Greek Easter Festival, we know you can take solace in their brunch jam-packed with Lebanese, Turkish and Greek specialties. Munch on small plates of Patata Harra (fried egg with loucaniko sausage, potato, cilantro, allepo pepper) and Ashta (traditional Lebanese-style French toast served with  bananas and orange blossom honey) while you sip your Turkish coffee, then opt for a few of the standard and always-delicious Zaytinya plates like the Moshari Souvlaki (grilled grass-fed veal breast with butter lettuce, lemon and tzatziki).
  • The Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown
    And if you’re feeling classy, head on over to the Ritz-Carlton where you’ll find an impressive brunch spread AND a live jazz performance by Elin’s Quartet. Go prix fixe with three small plate options and a bottomless bloody or a mimosa for $40, and you’ll find an array of mouthwatering options like the Local Crab Cake, the Breakfast Flatbread (with eggs, goat cheese, spinach and bacon jam), the Huevos Rancheros Wrap (with scrambled eggs, queso fresco, beans, and ranchero sauce) and the Chicken Sausage and Belgian Waffle Sandwich.
  • Odyssey Cruises
    And we just taste-tested our way through Odyssey Cruises’ brunch on the Potomac and really do recommend it for all ages and levels of sea travelers, especially during Cherry Blossom season.
    “What’s better than being able to use boozy brunch beverages as an excuse to constantly remind other’s that you’re on a boat? Very little. The weekend buffet has something for every type of diner. Some people want steak and eggs, some people want bagels and lox with all the fixings, and some people can’t decide between breakfast and lunch, but they don’t have to. The ship moves at an incredibly steady pace that you barely notice, so no need to worry about sea sickness here.”

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