We celebrate the beginning of summer and mourn the end of it because winter sucks. Especially in D.C. But do you know something that’s worth celebrating? The fact that Sunday won’t really feel like Sunday because you don’t have work on Monday! Since it’s Labor Day Weekend we’re giving you more than 5 brunch options this weekend. Let’s party. And by party, I mean eat overpriced egg dishes.
I’m not great at math, but I do know that 70 x 2 makes a big number. Do you know who else knows that? The people over at Tico, where there are over 140 selections of tequila for you to choose from. If you aren’t into tequila then do not fret because Tico is also serving up bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas for $19 all day on Labor Day. The purposely graffiti-ed walls that decorate the perimeter of the restaurant also make for an eye-catching backdrop for your Instagram post. Read our First Look.
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
Maybe you love oyster brunches or maybe you have a friend who loves oyster brunches. If that friend invites you to Pearl Dive Oyster Palace then you should probably accept the invitation. Guaranteed to satisfy oyster enthusiasts and newbies alike, they have a large range of East and West Coast oysters to accompany your $4 orange or grapefruit mimosa.
Okay I know that it’s not the 4th of July, but Labor Day is still a reason to celebrate. Brookland’s Finest is celebrating – they’re serving from their usual brunch menu (which you can look at HERE if you’re the kind of person that needs to plan everything ahead of time) and from their collaborative menu with Sloppy Mama’s Barbeque. Brookland’s Finest is known for putting a twist on classic American brunch dishes. French toast is too boring on its own so why not stuff it with some Applewood Bacon? You can either eat and drink inside or in the restaurant’s outdoor bar – the best of both worlds.
When American BBQ starts to get old and you’d rather be in Spain than in DC, Boqueria might be the cure to your Labor Day blues. If you go overboard on Boqueria’s unlimited Sangria on Saturday and don’t make it out of the house until 3pm on Sunday, it’s okay because their Labor Day brunch goes until 4pm. And if you’ve ever woken up mid slumber from dreaming about Boqueria’s caramelized French toast, Spanish omelettes, and bean cassoulet then it might be the day your dreams come true. The Labor Day festivities continue out on Boqueria’s patio for an al fresco Happy Hour complete with more sangria, more draft beers, and more tapas. Read our Taste Test.
Consider the Balkans, and by that I mean consider Ambar. D.C.’s first Balkan restaurant is serving up the MVP of brunch menus for $39 a person. Take a bite of your lmond and walnut crusted fried chicken sandwich, have a sip of your champagne and peach Ambar mimosa, smile in satisfaction, and repeat. Ambar’s clean and modern aesthetic make for the perfect backdrop for a restaurant that can let its food do all of the talking, but you’ll also realize that the food will be all you want to talk about when you leave. Read our Taste Test.
El Centro DF
El Centro D.F.’s all you can eat brunch menu goes for $35 a person at the restaurant’s Georgetown and 14th Street locations. They’ve got jalapeño beef and chorizo sliders if you don’t want to think about pancakes, but they also do have buttermilk pancakes if you have been thinking about them. I can’t finish talking about an El Centro D.F. brunch without mentioning the drink specials. And what are those, you ask? Bottomless Mimosas, Micheladas, Bloody Marias, and El Centro Margaritas. Because sometimes Chipotle just doesn’t cut it. Read our Taste Test.
So you only have one day to brunch this weekend, do you go for Asian or Latin food? Masa 14 says, “come to us, we’ve got both!” They serve traditional Mimosas served alongside Lychee Bellinis, and Pork Belly Benedict alongside Chilaquiles. The prix fixe brunch goes for $39 and individual dishes range from $4-$13. The cool, relaxing atmosphere complements the restaurant’s flavorful menu. Read our Taste Test.
The more fusion the better, right? Zengo’s Thai Chicken Empanadas and Bacon and Scrambled Eggs Steamed Buns will satisfy your most adventurous flavor cravings. If you’re into the whole dessert for breakfast thing then don’t worry, they have strawberry guava sauce and whipped cream topped waffles too. As for drinks Zengo’s Sake Sangria, Passion Fruit Mimosa, and Guava Mimosa are a refreshing change from your traditional Bloody Mary (even though those aren’t missing from the menu). Read our Taste Test.