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.
- Bearnaise Restaurant
Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s Bearnaise just launched a brunch and take it from us, it’s delectable. It’s got bottomless bloodies and mimosas, standard, solid dishes like steak frites and benedicts, and an adorably bright atmosphere that’s perfect for your weekend morning meals. From our review:
“Classics reign supreme. Chocolate croissants dusted with powdered sugar, unlimited La Colombe coffee and/or mimosas with fresh-pressed juices, a perfectly seared steak made to soak up egg yolk. That’s all I want to dig into when hearing what bar Ian Svenonius may have been playing soul deep cuts at the previous night.”
- Biergarten Haus
Or take advantage of this gorgeous weather and head down H Street for some traditional German fare and outdoor day drinking. Take a seat at one of the garden’s large wooden tables or barrels (its own version of high-top seating) and order a half (or whole) litre of beer and a hearty plate of eggs–if you’re feeling especially carnivorous, you can’t go wrong with the pork shank, eggs and home fries, or the King Ludwig platter (pork schnitzel cutlet served with two eggs, home fried potatoes and toast). If you’re feeling veg, try the New Amsterdam Honey Roasted Tomato Sandwich (with aged Danish cheese, honey roasted tomatoes and fresh Arugula) but you can always add bacon for the win. For more beer garden options, click here.
- Shaw’s Tavern
Take a leisurely bike ride or stroll to Shaw for more fabulous outdoor brunching, complete with bottomless mimosas. Here you’ll find modern southern classics like Lamb ‘N’ Biscuits (braised lamb in country gravy with Buttermilk biscuits), Steak & Eggs (short rib steak with Mushroom sauce, herb butter, and potatoes), or the Mac ‘N’ Cheese Skillet (with Andouille sausage, tri-colored peppers, red onions, two eggs and creamy cheese sauce). And because it’s the start of crab season, go on ahead and order yourself that Soft Shell Crab Sandwich. (Note: If you wind up sitting inside, fear not–it is gorgeous in there.)
- Taqueria Nacional
And if you’re in the mood for a spot of Mexican (it’s almost Cinco de Mayo, after all), stop by T and 14th’s Taqueria Nacional for breakfast tacos, breakfast quesadillas, huevos rancheros, or the cornmeal pancakes served with piloncillo syrup. Looking for some booze with that brunch? Taqueria’s got rotating boozy agua frescas (with your choice of rum or tequila), boozy horchata, and beer on tap.
- Curious Grape
And if you’re heading out to Northern Virginia this weekend, Curious Grape now offers lunch and brunch and because it’s a wine-focused restaurant you’ll find a variety of sparkling blends just perfect for your bubbly brunching needs, as well as flights of bloodies and pairings. On the food end, dive into spring with plates like Lavender French Toast (with hazelnut butter, toasted hazelnuts and citrus), the Spanish Breakfast Potato Torta (with Virginia Serrano-style ham, tres leches cheese and quince paste), or the Egg & Polenta (a soft poached egg with white truffle cheese polenta, seared & pickled mushrooms & porcini salt).