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.
- DGS Delicatessen
We checked out DGS Delicatessen’s new $27 prix fixe brunch menu and found the bottomless mimosas are worth the price alone. We also scoped out some of the best entrees, plus gave you some advice on desserts and the must-order sides. TL;DR go to brunch at DGS. You can thank us later.
From our full review:
“As for entrees, there are many choices but here are a few highlights: Scrambled Eggs with Matzo are savory and well-cooked, with a kick from horseradish and green onion. Shakshouka, which is poached eggs served in a tomato stew, is hearty and different than your run of the mill brunch entree. The stew is especially flavorful, sweet and earthy at the same time. It comes with grilled bread, which is an added bonus.Eggs Benedict come served on latkes is perhaps the best option of all: eggs + crispy latkes + hollandaise is clearly a win. An eggplant Rueben, challah French toast, and smoked fish platter are available as well, all of which have proved to be popular.”
- Copperwood Tavern
If you’re heading out to Arlington, might we suggest Copperwood Tavern? This farm-to-table brunch offers the traditional (Bagels & Lox with house-cured salmon, avocado, tomato jam, pickled red onion, and cream cheese), the unique (Cajun Benedict features house-made tasso ham, grilled tomato, and Cajun hollandaise), and the upscale classics we’ve all come to know, love, and expect from a well-rounded brunch (like Duck Hash with duck leg confit, potatoes, onion, carrot, bell pepper and two poached eggs). You’ll also find an assortment of cocktails, namely those made with moonshine from local manufacturers.
- Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
Or perhaps stay closer to the heart of the city and check out Pearl Dive’s brunch; they do have that quaint patio, after all. Sit down to southern fare done well and order some oysters while you’re at it. Fill up on stick-to-your-ribs dishes like Grillades and Grits (with braised pork cheeks, cayenne stone grits, two sunnyside eggs, chipotle-ham hock broth, and crispy onions) or Sweet Potato-Andouille Hash (served with two poached eggs and a cheddar scallion biscuit). If you’re in the mood for something sweet, we recommend the French Toast (with cinnamon-nutmeg custard, powdered sugar, maple butter, and syrup) or the daily doughnut.
- The Pig
And if you’re feeling especially carnivorous, try one of our go-to brunches for full bellies. The Pig’s brunch is rife with rich, artfully done comfort food packed with pork in all its varying forms and glory. If you don’t begin with their buttermilk biscuits with country ham and peanut butter, bacon & jelly butter, you’re doing it all wrong. Next, order one of their mouthwatering egg dishes–any will do, but we’re partial to the Pulled Pork Benedict (with cheddar, potato hash, and BBQ hollandaise) and the BBQ Pork Steak & Eggs (bonus points if you add cheddar grits on the side).
- Menu MBK
And if you’re in the mood for lighter fare, try Chef Frederik De Pue’s rotating brunch menu at his Chinatown/Penn Quarter spot. The three-course prix fixe menu offers classic French, Belgian and American bistro staples like Smoked Salmon Mille-Feuille, crepes, Steak & Eggs, House-made Granola Parfait, and Coddled Egg; the menu shifts seasonally (typically monthly) but don’t let that stop you–regardless of what you order, you’re in De Pue’s capable hands.