Tomorrow marks the first day of Spring (finally). Start the weekend off right with a brunch that makes you feel as alive as the flowers that ought to be blooming by now.
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Where better to say good-bye to winter than by the Georgetown waterfront? Orange Anchor, the latest addition to the Washington Harbor, recently added a brunch menu that’s guaranteed to please. If the bright interior and anchor-covered walls don’t make you feel warmer already, don’t worry. The brunch menu includes everything you need to be transported to a nearby sea shack, including oysters prepared four different ways and beer-battered crab fritters. If the weather still isn’t your ideal, signature cocktails like the classic mimosa and orange crush will add some extra warmth.
Commemorate the changing of seasons by stuffing yourself to the brink with offerings from Farmers Fishers Bakers. The Farmers Market Brunch for $29.99 features everything you could ever want, including fried chicken, sweet bread french toast and thick-cut bacon. Add on other favorites such as fluffy biscuits, eggs benedict and pizza (yes PIZZA) to complete your meal. Drinks are extra, but cocktails like the corpse reviver with bombay gin will make you happy to have survived the colder times. Plus, views of the thawed Potomac River, a sign that the worst has already past, are sure to warm your heart.
Now that it’s bearable to be outside again, the outdoor patio seating at Barcelona on 14th St is the perfect place to ring in spring and remember what being outdoors felt like before our long-lasting winter. Classic brunch options like barcelona benedict and brioche french toast will bring back the smiles in no time, and the tapas menu offers delicious Spanish dishes such as spiced beef empanadas and spinach-chickpea cazuela that are perfect for sharing. Other delicious ways to indulge include the foie gras and hanger steak. With a cocktail on the side, who will even remember how horrible the weather was a few weeks ago?
Enjoy venturing outside again by swinging by Union Market and Bidwell for some delicious eats. The roof-to-table restaurant specializes in locally grown produce (with the majority sourced from the market’s own roof garden) and even offers roof tours on Saturdays and Sundays. But the hype isn’t just in the ingredients. Bidwell’s brunch menu is chock-full of staples such as lobster tacos and steak & eggs benedict that will fulfill all your hunger needs. There’s also sharing items such as roasted brussel sprouts with double smoked bacon, but we don’t blame you if you keep it for yourself. Bottomless cocktails are $20, so feel free to keep the drinks coming.
Nothing says post-Winter comfort like a cozy Italian brunch in the district’s northwest. Al Dente, located within a shopping mall on New Mexico Ave, offers a $19.95 brunch prix fixe, as well as the option to order items separately from the dinner menu. Must-try brunch dishes include the frittata of porcini mushrooms, ricotta bruschetta and the lasagnette. If these Italian delights don’t leave you warm inside, nothing will. Al Dente also has outdoor patio seating when the weather permits, and now that it’s officially spring, that means it’s time to grab a seat outside and enjoy some nice, fresh air. And maybe with a bloody mary or two on the side.