It’s still cold outside, we know. But as much as we feel your pain, there’s only so much pandering we can do. Get off your couch, throw on a few layers and call a taxi, Uber, Lyft, who cares. Just GET OUTSIDE and GET TO BRUNCH! Here are five new places to try with deals that will make it worth your while:
Don’t forget to consult our MASSIVE DC BRUNCH GUIDE
It’s new, it’s Spanish and it’s 20 percent off. Really. SER is slated for a soft opening on Thursday, and for the next week they’re offering diners a discount, since they’re still getting started. Which means that this weekend, you’ll be getting a variety of Spanish food for an insanely cheap price. For the risk-averse and the hungover, there are simple yet satisfying dishes like fried chicken sandwiches and croquetas, but if you’re feeling adventurous try their Spanish seafood bar. From octopus picadillo to baby eels, you’re in for an adventure. Pair this with three kinds of sangria, and it’s probably the most exciting thing to happen to you all winter (no, finishing House of Cards in one weekend does not compare). If you’re still not sure, check out our preview. We vouch for it.
If you haven’t heard (from here, here or here), it’s National Women’s Month. One way to support women in D.C.? Eat brunch at STK D.C. Opened last year, the restaurant is run “by
women, for women”, with a Sunday brunch perfect for anyone who wants to show their appreciation for women? They’ve got all the basics, sure, but their specialty is seafood, with a raw bar and dishes such as grilled octopus. Their other selling point is their dessert menu, which includes banana cream pie in a jar and butterscotch sticky buns (with bourbon sauce). Speaking of which, it’s only $18 for 2 hours of unlimited brunch cocktails, which means Prosecco, mimosas, bellinis and Bloody Marys. Just don’t go too fast.
If you’d rather have a beer over wine, then you’ll be happy to hear that until March 10, Denizen’s Brewery has taken over the beer taps at all Tryst restaurants. They’re offering nine different brands and four beer cocktails, including Southside Rye IPA and Third Party Triple. And while you’re probably going there for the drinks, Tryst has a solid brunch menu. With six different types of waffles and an array of gourmet bagels and sandwiches, it’s a classic menu done extremely well. Plus, it’s a D.C. staple – you can’t NOT try it. Especially when almost everything on their brunch menu is under $10. And of course, Bloody Marys and mimosas for just $5. It’s a steal.
Of course, as much as Washingtonians love Tryst, we all know it’s almost IMPOSSIBLE to get a seat there – especially on weekends, and most definitely for large groups. Lucky for you, their sister cafe, Open City, is offering the same beer specials until March 10. And for breakfast traditionalists, their menu might be more suited to your needs. With only slight variations on the classics – eggs, hash browns, bagels, pancakes and waffles – it’s a have-it-your-way menu. And if you’re hungry, we’d recommend the Open City Royale, which comes with two eggs (any style) AND bacon/ham sausage or chicken sausage AND buttermilk pancakes or French toast AND hashbrowns or grits AND a white, wheat, rye or English muffin. All for just $12.50. You’re welcome.
This week is National Harbor Restaurant Week, and the Walrus is one of a number of restaurants to offer a special prix fixe menu for lunch and dinner. No, this doesn’t quite apply to brunch, but really – how much cheaper can they make their menu? For just $12-$16, you can get one of a number of classic options, including Country Fried Eggs, a Jumbo Lump Blue Crab and Egg Skillet Pie and the house special, the Mamma Walrus. Sides are just $5, but the real deal is their drinks. For $15, you get your choice of any three of their cocktails. And these aren’t just any cocktails – they include specials such as The Baltimore Crush, Harbor Master and the Bloody Maryland. If you haven’t tried them before, check out our taste test, where beverage coordinator Kriss Carr made us some of their specials. I mean just look at these: