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 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 week’s, mmk??
- Iron Gate Restaurant
Fans of the finer things, rejoice; Iron Gate launches its brunch this weekend and it’s full of some incredible (and incredibly unique) options. For those interested in the sweeter side, sink your teeth into housemade Greek yogurt with candied pistachios and local honey, or the ricotta pancakes with black walnuts Granny Smith apples and local syrup. For those who skew savory, try the baked hen eggs with beef and pork meatballs, tomato and Burratta cheese, or perhaps the olive-oil fried eggs with crispy fingerling potatoes and salsa verde (with add-ons like oak-grilled pork belly, flank steak, or grilled Hen of the Woods mushrooms).
- Red Apron on D Street
And we already took you inside the new Chinatown/Penn Quarter Red Apron Butchery, but this weekend you can try out their brunch, a mix of breakfast sandwiches and specials. In addition to their mouthwatering tigelle breakfast sandwiches, each Saturday they’ll serve a bologna and cheese sandwich on white bread that’s put into a French Toast batter and cooked on panini grill, then topped with fried egg. The Sunday special isn’t a sandwich; it’s country-fried pork drenched in ranch-scented flour, served over Anson Mills cheddar grits and gravy. Nothing not to love.
- The Heights
Celebrate Mardi Gras at The Heights with brunch additions like classic New Orleans cocktails (from the French 75 to the Hurricane), fried oyster po’boys, beignets and more. Their standard brunch fare is a fun mix of cuisine, as well, with items like turkey hash (with potatoes, eggs, cheddar, and white wine cream sauce), french toast (with caramel pecan sauce, bacon and home fries), BBQ pulled pork (with corn cakes and mango-jalapeño crème fraiche), and the spinach, cremini and goat cheese omelet.
- Acadiana Restaurant
Keep the Mardi Gras spirit alive with Acadiana’s live jazz brunch this Sunday and get an earful of music and a mouthful of three-course prix fixe brunch. (Don’t forget about the $2 brunch cocktail specials, either, with offerings like Blood Orange Mimosas and Cajun Marys.) Try the eggs acadiana (two poached eggs, louisiana crawfish crabcakes, tasso ham hollandaise), the southern shrimp & grits (sautéed gulf shrimp, cheddar cheese grits cake, tasso ham), the french market beignets (with chicory coffee crème anglaise), the louisiana crawfish étouffée and so much more.
Urbana’s not only bringing back its bottomless bellini brunch; it’s adding a slew of new menu items for a revamped and ready-to-eat selection of foodie heaven. Try the Fried Eggs Basque (spicy lamb merguez piquillo peppers, fingerling potatoes, and basil), the Nutella french toast (with caramelized bananas and hazelnuts), the crab and leek omelette (with chive creme fraiche and baby lettuces), or the tasso and egg pizza, straight from the oven with fresh tomato, sunney-side-up egg, tasso, and shaved Manchego.