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. The RAMMYS understand this, of course, which is why this year they’ve introduced not one but TWO brunch categories.
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 and, let’s be honest, if it’s good enough for the RAMMYs, it’s definitely worth looking into. We’re here to help with five new brunch specials–EVERYDAY CASUAL BRUNCH EDITION–to try this weekend for maximum foodie nirvana. Take a peek at this year’s nominees and get brunching. 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, mmk??
- DGS Delicatessen
DGS not only cornered the happy hour game and the deli game, but they’ve now got the brunch game on lock. They offer two courses and a drink for $27 as well as an a la carte menu with items like the DGS Pastrami Hash (sunny side up eggs with roasted peppers, potatoes and mustard sauce), the Challah French Toast (with toasted almonds and apple maple syrup), and The Benedictberg (poached eggs, DGS smoked salmon, latkes, and Sumac hollandaise). Don’t worry, veggies; they’ve got a solid spread of non-meat options, too, like the Eggplant Reuben and the Shakshouka (poached eggs, tomato and roasted pepper stew, and grilled bread).
- Et Voila!
For a touch of Belgian cuisine, Et Voila! serves up classic (and classy) brunch dishes like Steak & Œuf sauce Bordelaise, salade verte et frites (essentially steak and eggs), Galette de Sarazin, épinards, saumon, fromage, tomate et oeuf (Buckwheat Crêpe served with spinach, salmon, cheese, tomato and egg), steamed mussels, croque-monsieurs (or madames).
- Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
Pearl Dive just revamped its brunch menu with a new taste of the south. Get yer mitts on the Sweet Potato Andouille Hash with two poached eggs and a cheddar-scallion biscuit or some Grillades and Grits served with braised pork cheeks, cayenne stone grits, two sunny side eggs, a chipotle ham hock broth and crispy onions. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE. If you’re looking for something sweet, try the Sticky Cinnamon Roll in a cast iron skillet with cream cheese frosting and caramel bacon sauce, or the Daily Doughnuts in rotating flavors like Boston Cream and and Spiced Sweet Potato.
- Pizzeria Orso
While pizza might be Pizzeria Orso’s claim to fame, their brunch ain’t too shabby, either. Feast your eyes/mouth/stomach on a selection of eggs (1000° Egg–oven-poached egg with marinara, sausage, onion, Fresno pepper and pesto) and baked goods (hellooooo, bacon sticky buns and Sourdough French Toast with caramel sauce and sea salt). And did we mention the best-of-both-worlds scenario? Yes, there is brunch pizza. Divulge in some seriously delicious options like the McLovin’ pizza (cream, oregano, chili flakes, spinach, egg, mozzarella, fontina and ricotta) or the Big Country pizza (cream, ham, bacon, sausage, egg, maple syrup drizzle, mozzarella and fontina) for best results.
- Ted’s Bulletin – Barracks Row
We’re no strangers to Ted’s Bulletin brunch which, by the by, is served all day and night. We can’t imagine a better hangover cure or all-around hearty brunch option that the T.U.B.S., the Ted’s Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich, with Texas Toast, fried egg, scrambled egg, sausage, bacon, cheddar and hash browns, or the massive Walk of Shame Breakfast Burrito (Sirloin steak, scrambled eggs, hash browns, cheddar, green chile sauce with hash browns). Throw in a housemade pop tart or two and we’re sold–and full.