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. You might recall that in last week’s roundup we brought you brunch menus from The RAMMYS’ “Everyday Fast Casual Brunch” nominees. Today, we get fancy.
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–UPSCALE 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??
- Art and Soul
For a touch of both southern hospitality and comfort with your bunch fare, head to Art and Soul for an upscale twist on stick-to-your-ribs classics. With ingredients sourced from local farms, you’ll find yourself feeling good about whatever dish you pick (though we won’t blame you if it takes you half the afternoon to decide). For something fresh and light we recommend the Maryland Blue Crab Frittata (with stewed peppers and watercress) or the parfait with berries and housemade granola. If you’re looking to indulge, Art and Soul has your appetite covered with options like biscuits and pork sausage gravy, Shrimp and Grits (with andouille sausage, okra, Geechie Boy grits and dirty sauce) and Chicken and Waffles (with buttermilk brined boneless thighs and hot maple glaze).
- Blue Duck Tavern
Blue Duck Tavern has one of the most consistent brunches in town in that whatever you order will be delicious should you stray from the path of your favorites, or stick to the path; no matter how many times you order your favorite dishes, they will never disappoint. We’re mildly obsessed with the Short Rib Hash (with olive oil poached egg and horseradish sauce) and the Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich (with kale, Lamb Merguez sausage and sunny side up egg), ourselves. Blue Jacket also just added some healthy brunch items to the menu so you can eat your way through gluten-free, low-sugar, and egg white options or the variety of freshly baked, gluten-free coffee cake and muffins in carrot & apple, and chestnut & brown sugar. If anyone can make healthy delicious, it’s Blue Duck.
- Mintwood Place
And we highly suggest Mintwood Place if Adams Morgan is more your style. Try a variety of breakfast flammekueches–somewhat of a flatbread–or perhaps some wood-fired heritage ham, broccolini and poached egg. No? Maybe the suckling pig hash with sunny-side-up egg or the breakfast succotash is for you. The space is something to adore almost as much as the menu; with sunlight streaming through on a weekend, it’s feels like a perfect french bistro for your brunch perching. Regardless of your food preferences, there’s something for everyone and Chef Cedric Maupillier is guaranteed to please.
- The Source by Wolfgang Puck
We’ve told you before but it’s worth repeating one million times over if it get you to eat here; The Source is, hands down, on of our all-time favorite brunches in the city. Leave your palate in Chef Scott Drewno’s capable hands for Saturday Dim Sum Brunch, the dim sum tasting menu that will only set you back $32 for five tastes and $42 for eight; trust us, it’s worth every penny. Check out the Crystal Chive Dumpling (withKurobuta pork and Maryland crab), the duck or lobster bao buns (you can’t go wrong with either), The Hangover Cure (Chinese braised short ribs and 63° Egg), or the Sichuan “Dan Dan” Noodles with roasted pork and crushed peanuts. Are you hungry yet? (Check out our Taste Test and then get back to us.)
This Modern American menu is well worth the trip out to Old Town. Vermilion sources its dairy from Maryland’s South Mountain Creamery (always a plus) and skews southern so you’ve got a handful of hearty and delicious choices. How about baked eggs with cheddar grits, roasted mushroom, chorizo and fresno pepper, or perhaps some Grilled Ham Steak Benedict with poached eggs, cornbread, crispy onions and béarnaise? We’ll confess their lunch sandwiches look so good we might even stray from brunch items and go straight for The Goat Herder with peppered goat cheese, roasted beets, peppers and garlic confit. Maybe.