Labor Day is a win/lose situation. We win by getting a bonus day off, but we lose because it officially signals the end of summer, and if you follow stuffy rules we’re no longer supposed to wear white. If you don’t feel like spending your extra long weekend rolling around in sweatpants (good for you), then you’re probably going to want to hit up at least one of these brunch specials. Since it’s a holiday weekend we’re going above and beyond our usual 5 brunch spots and highlighting 11. If anything can lessen the painful return of fall, bottomless mimosas and copious amounts of food are good bets.
H Street’s DC Harvest is embracing the change in the season by bringing change to their brunch menu. On Labor Day be among the first to try their PBT (a twist on the classic BLT featuring pea shoots, hence the “P”), coconut spelt pancakes, or tri-tip steak hash while drinking bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys.
If you don’t quite see the point of mimosas and would rather just get straight to the bubbly wine, then The Riggsby is the brunch spot for you. On Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. their sparkling wines and Champagne are 50% off to compliment their brunch menu.
If you love free food, social media, and California style restaurants then you should head to Summer House Santa Monica in Bethesda between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday. By either checking in on Facebook, or tagging Summer House on Instagram you earn yourself a free Eggs Benedict dish of your choice, while also letting your friends know that you’re cool enough to brunch. All of their other brunch dishes and cocktails are still on the menu if you’re averse to free eggs or just prefer pancakes.
Since you basically have two Sundays this weekend you might as well have two Sunday brunches. For your real Sunday brunch (Sep. 4), feel a little bit French by heading to Central for their three course, $27 prix-fixe menu, featuring French twists on American staples like fried chicken and waffles, Eggs Benedict and the new king of brunch- avocado toast.
If you want to take advantage of your extra day of weekend by laying in bed watching The Wire until 2 p.m. but don’t want to miss out on the rare opportunity for Monday brunch, fear not! El Camino is serving brunch all day from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. so you can still get your fix of Huevos Rancheros and horchata French toast and still have a solid lie-in.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pearl Dive offers you the opportunity to eat like either the fanciest adult around by indulging in their selection of oysters or letting your inner child out by eating their Mopsy pull apart bread, topped with an orange butter glaze, or their maple glazed cinnamon sticky buns. Either way you lean food wise, don’t miss the $20 bottomless mimosas.
Send off summer with a bang via Tico’s Labor Day disco themed brunch featuring $25 bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys and a selection of Mexican inspired brunch dishes.
If you live in Virginia, or want to escape the usual 14th Street brunch spots, or prefer grabbing your own food rather than having someone bring it to you, you can head to Alexandria’s Blackwall Hitch. On Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can catch their brunch buffet featuring a carving station, omelette and oyster bars and loads of seafood options for $34.99 a person.
Bar Pilar on 14th St. is serving their brunch menu all day on Monday featuring a variety of sweet and savory options including blueberry lemon-ricotta pancakes.
Embrace the last days of summer by brunching on Café Saint-Ex’s patio, eating summery foods like their Fried Green Tomatoes Benedict or Crab Cake Sandwich that can (temporarily) trick you into thinking the warm days will never end, or at least put you in a food coma until work on Tuesday.
Mulebone is ushering in the last days of summer by offering of their special Bottomless Brunch Punch for $15, 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Any day can be Labor Day if you believe in yourself. If you have a job or other responsibilities that limit your Labor Day celebrations to September 5, don’t worry because Mulebone is serving brunch on Monday, including their new special red velvet bread pudding.