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.
- Water & Wall Restaurant
Absolutely worth the trip out to Arlington, Tim Ma’s new restaurant is a sure bet for your weekend brunching needs. Their cocktails are inspired by spring and summer and the dishes pop with seasonal flavor you’ll be raving about (and instagramming) to all your friends.
From our full brunch review:
“Don’t mistake either establishment for a fusion spot. Both offer American dining with Asian influences, a subtle homage to Ma and Hernandez’s American dream come true. Ma knows better than to glaze half the menu in soy sauce or toss it all into a wok. He studied at the French Culinary Institute, and paired this with an externship at David Chang’s Momofuku Ko. While the influences are subtle, the flavors are far from subdued. A great example is the Short Rib Hash, which is made mesmerizing with an Asian churri featuring sesame oil, Thai basil and rice wine vinegar.”
- El Chucho
El Chucho just extended its brunch hours, now opening at 10:00am on Saturdays and Sundays for all you early-to-rise diners. Beat the crowd and secure a spot on that roof (unless it’s raining, in which case secure a spot indoors) to enjoy breakfast burritos, torta french toast, and–my personal favorite–the huevos rancheros. BONUS: Their brunch cocktails are cheap, maxing out around $5, and include standards like bloodies and mimosas, as well as margaritas and micheladas.
We also checked out brunch at Urbana, your new favorite Dupont spot for classic egg dishes done right. BONUS: They’re got a rooftop herb garden.
For our full review:
“Under Executive Chef Ethan McKee, the restaurant offers a diverse brunch menu worth sampling from, since no side nor main dish misses anything. The jumbo lump crab cake sandwich will make you pine for your mom’s crustless sandwiches, and the Chesapeake. Plus, the eggs florentine mentioned above comes with potatoes that you better not douse in ketchup.”
- Fainting Goat
U Street’s new darling JUST started its brunch program and if dinner is any indication, we’re all in for a culinary treat. Their brunch follows a kindred format to their standard menu with plates divided into categories: Nibble (small plates), Graze (shared plates) and Chomp (sandwiches). Here you’ll find items like Burrata (with potato, chorizo, mustard and parsley), lilly bulbs (with romesco, buttermilk and lemon), bread pudding (with apricot, raisin and apple), and goat sausage (with peppers, olives and potatoes).
- Del Campo
And if you’re in the mood for meaty, head down to Victor Albisu’s Del Campo for Latin American spins on American classics with flare, char, and a whole lot of flavor. The menu’s got range and ambition; try a bite of the Cast Iron Local Eggs (with caviar, crab toast, and asparagus), the Ramp Omelette (with provolone, pork chicharones, and sweet potatoes), or the Cast Iron Pancakes (topped with maple and butter ice cream). Whatever you choose, be sure to order a grilled cocktail–my own personal favorite is the Limonada Sucia–but you’ll also find innovative bloodies like the Sol de Ica Acholado Pisco (fresh lemon, fish stock, red onions, celery, squid ink, apple-wood smoked tomato juice, horseradish, worcestershire sauce, fresh pepper, Moldova salt, and drilled Rocoto), as well as a full coffee program.