By Priya Konings
The bottomless brunch craze in DC has grown so much that even the Ritz-Carlton is joining the bandwagon. Yup, you read that right: the Ritz-Carlton is offering a bottomless brunch deal, it’s actually affordable at $45, and unlike most places in DC (which use the cheapest sparkling wine in the world, resulting in an inevitable headache) Degrees, the restaurant at the Ritz, uses Chandon in their mimosas. Classic, American sparkling wine that is perfect for brunch. Don’t want the OJ? Just ask your server, and chances are, he will hook you up.
So what do you get for $45 besides Chandon mimosas? A decadent three course meal, and a free yoga class. At 10 a.m., before brunch starts, you can join in a yoga class on the grassy knoll in the front of the hotel. Afterwards, eat and drink back the calories you burned tenfold.
Now let’s talk about the food (which is what we are really interested in and fantasizing about while attempting to look graceful during downward dog pose). You can choose three small plates, which are served to you one at a time. There are more than a dozen choices, and keep in mind these plates aren’t exactly small even though that’s what they are called, so choose wisely! Also, they will be brought to you in the sequence that they were ordered in, so place your order with that in mind.
I would recommend starting with something light: the asparagus salad is fresh and earthy, as is the colorful beet salad. Next, get an egg dish. The huevos ranchero wrap is hefty choice; the tortilla can barely contain is delicious ingredients, which include beans, eggs, cheese, and ranchero sauce. The breakfast flatbread is as good. The flatbread is layered with spinach, tomato jam, and goat cheese, and ultimately topped with two over easy eggs. Deviled eggs, scallops, and a crab cake are other options.
Once you finish the savory, it’s time for the sweet. French toast stuffed with mascarpone is a tempting choice, but don’t give in. Get the lemon ricotta pancakes, which have to go on a DC’s greatest hits list. The lemon curd is tart and bitter, the pancakes are light and fluffy, and the sprinkling of sugar is sweet and powdery. Alternate bites with sips of Chandon, and suddenly, you’re having the best.day.ever.