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 and third week and fourth week’s, mmk??
Although Richard Sandoval’s Toro Toro hasn’t yet launched its brunch buffet, theres still a way to get your pan-Latin fix this weekend. Sure, everyone’s aware of the Masa 14 bottomless brunch, but have you tried Zengo’s never-ending menu? $35 gets you small plates and bottomless brunch cocktails like the sake sangria or their range of mimosas. Gorge yourself on Short Rib Hash (with poached egg, potatoes, rajas and caramelized onions), the Lobster-Chipotle Grits (with bacon, scallion and tomato), AND the Achiote-Hoisin Pork Arepas (with avocado, corn mesa, and crema fresca). No need to feel torn when you can have it all (and then some).
- Farmers Fishers Bakers
If you’re looking for one of the most all-inclusive brunch experiences this fine city has to offer, Farmers Fishers Bakers is a smorgasburg bar none. For $29.99 you’ll get slow-roasted Chuck Eye steak, breakfast tacos, a made-to-order eggs station, their incredible honey pot fried chicken, cheese grits, salads (go for the kale), bruleed pink grapefruit and so much more. Bring your eatin’ pants.
Now that the weather’s a bit more patio-friendly we’re recommending Vinoteca for some active (or passive, gluttonous) brunching this weekend. You have not one but TWO patios to choose from, with added bocce option. The menu’s not too shabby either with options like the Roasted Pork and Cauliflower Frittata (with Gruyère, Potato, Scallion and Tarragon Aïoli), the Duck Confit Benedict (with Morbier, Hollandaise, Rustic Bread, Frisée, Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette), and the French Toast with Blackberry Preserve or Ginger Butter orLavender Honey and Sweet Ricotta or Walnut Butter.
If you’re headed out to Union Market this weekend, stop by Bidwell for brunch by Chef Mooney. Their Modern American spin on the classic grilled cheese–a Raclette Truffled Grilled Cheese served with poached egg–is sure to please, as are the omelettes (though we hear the breakfast burrito with chorizo is truly the way to go). Many of the fresh herbs you’ll find in your dishes come straight from Mooney’s rooftop garden, so you know you’re eating local.
- Ovvio Osteria
And if you’re up for a trek out to Merrifield, Ovvio Osteria’s got some brand spankin’ new brunch items on their menu like Eggs in Purgatorio, which is to say that baked eggs, pepperoncino, tomato sauce and grilled bread all combine for one a-spicy dish. They’ve also got breakfast pizzas, breakfast bruschetta, a frittata and the “Ovvio” breakfast – two eggs sunny-side up, mushroom, potato and sausage, not to mention $1 mimosas.