In addition to its spiritual significance for pagans and wiccans around the world, May 1 is also International Workers’ Day. People rarely utter the phrases “weekend brunch” and “labor movement solidarity” within the same sentence, but brunch does not have to be just for the bourgeoisie. Grab a drink and some food fitting a worker’s wages this weekend at one of these cheap brunches and live large for less.
Smith Commons – Some of the items off of the “grill” section of Smith Commons’ brunch menu are a little too pricey for a tight budget, such as the shrimp & grits for $14. However, the menu is jam-packed with flavors from around the world, many of which can fill you up for under $10. Try the smoked salmon hash for just $9, or the Smith Biscuits and gravy, served with Sriracha for only $7. You can also wet your whistle with a $15 bottomless Mimosa or Peach Bellini.
The Pinch – Located in Columbia Heights, the Pinch also has an affordable brunch that will leave you stuffed. Start off with a $15 bottomless Mimosa, Bloody Mary, or Screwdriver. Pancakes are only $7, and most of the other food on the expansive brunch menu is priced around $10, including a variety of omelets and burgers, and the Boston Crème French Toast.
El Rey – That’s right, there’s a brand new brunch at El Rey. Drop down to U Street for a breakfast burrito or try the chilaquiles (which are kind of like loaded breakfast nachos). They also offer bottomless Micheladas and Mimosas for $20, and if you stick around long enough, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth.
Red Derby – Get an egg & cheese sandwich with a side of tater tots for just a measly $7 at this 14th street bar. There’s also the $8 Derby Breakfast Bowl: a hearty melange of potatoes, cheese, eggs, onion and tomato. You can also get tipsy on a budget with your choice of a variety of breakfast cocktails for just $3. You can also grab one of the free-to-play boardgames to help pass some lazy moments with your friends. Just have some respect for the holiday and avoid Monopoly for the weekend.
Blind Dog Cafe – Blind Dog Cafe, situated on Florida Avenue, offers breakfast all day on weekends. Unfortunately they don’t serve any alcohol, but they’re experts with coffee. Everything on the breakfast menu falls under $6, including a selection of different egg and cheese croissant sandwiches.