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The best place to brunch in 15 DC neighborhoods

Your neighborhood brunch guide has arrived. But, if you’re looking for some fruit and granola parfaits in this list, you’re in the wrong place. Also, you're the wrong dining companion. We spared no calories in selecting the finest brunch spot in 15 prominent DC 'hoods.

Jen Heller

Dupont Circle

Scion (address and info)
Scion is generally appreciated for their killer craft beer selection, but don’t count them out when it comes to brunch. Start with bottomless beermosas for $13 and an order of potato nachos smothered with bacon, cheese, tomatoes, and fried jalapeños. Then build your own omelet or opt for something decadent like lobster hash. Bonus: there’s now a second location in Silver Spring.
Brunch hours: Sat-Sun 10am-3:30pm
Laura Hayes

Shaw

Howard Theatre Gospel Brunch (address and info)
This is more of a one-time experience than an every-weekend occasion, but with a promise that their “homestyle Southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul”, how can you not give it a whirl? Every Sunday, the Harlem Gospel Choir takes the stage to sing their hearts out as you hit up a brunch buffet over and over again for $35 in advance or $45 day-of. The French toast goes the fastest -- probably because it tastes like deep-fried funnel cake -- and then there’s fried chicken and chicken fried chicken. Don’t worry, even though there’s a churchy vibe -- there are still libations. 
Brunch hours: Sundays only 11:30am-2pm
Elizabeth Parker Photographie

H Street

Granville Moore’s (address and info)
In need of something to stop the bad men using a jackhammer in your skull? Make an appointment with The Good Doctor sandwich at Granville Moore’s. They load a potato roll with everything awesome: scrambled eggs, cheddar, bacon, avocado, and chipotle mayo. Not feeling it? There’s also Chicken and Muffin or Brisket Hash. Because it’s Granville Moore’s, you can also get five types of mussels. Brunch drinks are on the cheap -- like a $6 Bloody Matt made with bacon, lime, and Old Bay.
Brunch hours: Sat-Sun 11am-3pm
Laura Hayes

Navy Yard

Osteria Morini (address and info)
Pasta and "paninos" can be just what you need to soak up last night. So round up some buddies that have well-paying jobs and snag an outdoor table one morning before a Nats game. The porchetta panino comes in strong with its spit-roasted pork loin and shaved fennel. Breakfast purists have their pick of ricotta pancakes, frittatas, steak & eggs, and more. Don’t skip the pastry basket or you’ll regret it midway through the second inning.
Brunch hours: Sat-Sun 11am-2:30pm
Laura Hayes

Logan Circle

Birch & Barley (address and info)
Kyle Bailey was still slinging winners at one of the original brunch beasts on 14th St before the neighborhood blew up like... someone who eats one of his brunches! Go breakfasty with fried chicken and waffles or a simple-sounding sausage, egg, and cheese -- or opt for one of their famous flatbreads. But know this: no meal is complete without an order of freshly fried donuts.
Brunch hours: Sunday only 11am-3pm
Greg Powers

U Street/14th Street

Kapnos (address and info)
Go Greek. And we’re not talking Sig Ep. Mike Isabella’s Greek spot specializing in spit-roasted meat is just as good, if not better, in the AM. Favorites include this bowl of “pork & beans”, Greek coffee waffles, and baklava French toast. Where else can you get spit-roasted lamb as a brunch side!? Try one of four kegged lemonades; they give a whole new meaning to "kegs and eggs".
Brunch hours: Sat-Sun 11am-3pm
L’Enfant Café and Bar

Adams Morgan

L’Enfant Café and Bar (address and info)
The La Boum Brunch at L'Enfant has a serious reputation, in a very good way. It’s one of the most unique Saturday afternoon experiences in DC. Rated 21+, this brunch is akin to a French house party that’s gotten out of hand: dimmed lights, drawn shades, DJs, bar top dancing, sparklers, burlesque, and pretty much anything naughty. Try this “right of passage” at least once, but note that reservations are required.
Brunch hours: Select Saturdays 2pm
Laura Hayes

Shirlington

Copperwood Tavern (address and info)
Experience brunch underneath a moonshine station in what seems like the coolest cabin you’ve ever seen. Come starving because there’s buckwheat banana BEER pancakes, a super savory duck hash, five different Benedicts, a breakfast burrito, and shrimp and smoked Gouda grits. Hit up the Bloody Mary bar, but know that you can also try 10 varieties of moonshine and cross off the rest of your day.
Brunch hours: Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
Open City

Woodley Park

Open City (address and info)
Open City for the win -- they serve brunch from open until close seven days a week. If that wasn’t enough, the patio is sunlit and charming and the food is super comforting. Go with a no-frills hash brown bowl filled with two sunny-side eggs with jalapeños, mushrooms, onions, cheddar, and bacon, or go big and get the chai waffle. They claim the Royal Reviver will save your Sunday -- it’s made with cava, gin, lemon juice, triple sec, and a little absinthe. We see no reason to argue with them.
Brunch hours: Sun-Thur 6am-12am; Fri-Sat 6am-1am
Big Bear Cafe

Bloomingdale

Big Bear Cafe (address and info)
Your coffee at Big Bear Cafe will probably come out with some kind of ornate foam flower insignia, but look past that because the name of the game at Big Bear Cafe is simple and cheap. The steepest brunch orders -- a bacon bagel or a lox bagel -- will run you $6. The vibe leans a little crunchy Colorado, but you are destined to leave cooler than when you went in, and also quite caffeinated.
Brunch/Breakfast hours: Mon-Fri 7am-12pm; Sat-Sun 7:30am-1pm
 
Range

Chevy Chase

Range (address and info)
Bryan Voltaggio’s Chevy Chase restaurant just launched brunch and it is bold. His rendition of chicken and waffles translates to fried chicken livers atop blue cheese waffles drizzled with balsamic syrup. Too out there for you? Order crispy French toast served with strawberries, smoked cream cheese, and maple syrup. Or, there are always Range’s signature wood-fired pizzas. Try a Bloody, too -- Dane Nakamura’s concoction starts with a consommé.
Brunch hours: Sat-Sun 11:30am-2pm
Kangaroo Boxing Club

Columbia Heights

Kangaroo Boxing Club (address and info)
Show up at this pork-centric brunch ready to throw back some pig product. Annihilate the Aporkalypse -- a pork patty topped with cheddar, tomato, fried egg, and maple syrup -- or head to the "Morning PORC" section of the menu and follow three simple steps. First, pick from pulled pork, pastrami, and brisket. Second, decide between the sandwich or platter route. Third, draft your picks for sides: biscuits, home fries, fruit cup (boo!), johnny cakes, or mac & cheese.
Brunch hours: Sat-Sun 10am-3pm
Laura Hayes

Downtown

The Source (address and info)
For purists looking for little Chinese ladies pushing rickety carts toting fried chicken feet, this gussied up dim sum experience might not be for you. But, if you love Scott Drewno’s cooking and a sweet deal, make a reservation for The Source’s dim sum brunch. Choose from five tastes for $32 or eight for $42 and then pore over 27 options including lobster bao buns the size of baseball gloves, a "hangover cure" that comes with a 63-degree egg, dan dan noodles, and more. Get the District Bloody because it comes with a cute little half smoke.
Brunch hours: Saturday only 12-3pm
Farmers Fishers Bakers

Georgetown

Farmers Fishers Bakers (address and info)
We had to get one expansive buffet in the mix and that’s definitely the deal at Farmers Fishers Bakers. For $29.99 you can fill up on honey pot fried chicken, French toast topped with bananas foster, a whole lot of desserts, and too much more to mention. Don’t miss the traveling trays toting eggs Benedict. There are eight different ways to make it a boozy brunch -- including a punch bowl that serves two-four people.
Brunch hours: Sat-Sun 10am-2pm
Laura Hayes

Eastern Market

Barrel (address and info)
Brunch at a bourbon bar? Sure, why not. The chef is from Charleston, SC so DO NOT LEAVE before trying his biscuits, especially when they come with fried chicken, sausage gravy, and blood orange jam. Then there’re rabbit pupusas with parsnip and avocado slaw covered in a spicy tomato vinaigrette and runny eggs. You’ll be building your own Bloody Mary by selecting a vodka, hot sauce, and salt rimmer, and finally deciding whether you want a bacon brick, ham-wrapped scallop, or andouille sausage as a garnish.
Brunch hours: Sundays only 10:30am-4pm

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1. Scion 2100 P Street nw, Washington, dc, DC 20037

Atypically for an Asian fusion resto, the bamboo-floored Scion actually has "a great craft beer selection” (as well as no lack of confidence!), letting you wash down braised veal and gorgonzola ravioli or a brandy maple apple cider pork chop with drafts like North Coast’s Belgian golden ale PranQster, B-town’s own Pratt Street Oliver Strongman, and a He’Brew Belgian called Rejewvenator, which sounds like a B horror flick where the monster lulls his victim into a false sense of security with pithy observational humor.

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2. The Howard Theatre 620 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Howard Theatre is great for catching a show here and there, but the most unique draw here is the Gospel Brunch, with a promise that their “homestyle Southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul”.

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3. Granville Moore's 1238 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

A self-pronounced "gastropub with a healthy Belgian fetish", you can bet that Granville Moore's pumps out a ton of mussels and french fries, along with hosting a great weekend brunch with cheap, restorative drinks.

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4. Osteria Morini 301 Water St SE, Washington DC, 20003

This delicious Italian haunt has the cure for your hunger, whether it's in the form of a number of different pasta dishes, their happy hour menu full of cheap and tasty bites, or any other of their consumables.

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5. Birch & Barley and ChurchKey 1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

This two-story affair starts up top with the ChurchKey Bar, outfitted with plush yellow couches, cast-iron chandeliers, and a long wooden bar serving a ridiculous 500 bottled beers, 50 taps, and 5 cask-conditioned ales. Downstairs, the woodgrain-columned, garage-door fronted B&B serves up creative-casual fare like charred octopus and braised beef cheeks.

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6. Kapnos 2201 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Mike Isabella's Kapnos is where you'll be inhaling the sweet smell of charred & wood-fired meats in a space w/ drapes, cushions, and millwork panels to create an atmosphere reminiscent of mountain homes & gypsy caravans.

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7. L'Enfant Café 2000 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Stop by the cafe for their dinner or brunch menus. Or have a drink at the bar. According to L'Enfant, their barkeeps can make your troubles disappear with a smile and and an aperitif. Test them on this.

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8. Copperwood Tavern 4021 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

The guys who have been slinging you beers for years at The Mighty Pint are behind this spot that gives a serious shout out to the late moonshiner Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton. Bison meatballs and chops, six kinds of moonshine, and a massive dog-friendly patio ensure you won't want to leave.

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9. Open City 2331 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008

A sweet little diner serving all-day breakfast.

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10. Big Bear Cafe 1700 1st St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Big Bear Cafe is the place to go for latte art that is as easy on your eyes as their brunch prices will be easy on your wallet -- check out any item on their menu for $6 or less.

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11. RANGE 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015

Piloted by Executive Chef and restauranteur Bryan Voltaggio, RANGE is separated into various open-cooking coves where chefs prepare seasonal ingredients from the Mid-Atlantic. Stations include a salumeria, raw bar, rotisserie, wood-fired hearth, and bakery that whip up some culinary ingenuity while you sip a mezcal-infused "Mexican Warhead" cocktail or people watch through the all-glass interior wrapping around the Chevy Chase Pavilion.

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12. Kangaroo Boxing Club 3410 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Kangaroo Boxing Club walks the line between cool and bizarre: church pews, sconces made from Singer sewing machines, and vintage photos of DC in the '20s set the scene for drinks like the Grandpa's Revenge (Old Grand-Dad and house-made spiced tonic) and plates of BBQ and fried chicken.

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13. The Source 575 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

This Asian fusion resto at the Newseum's brought to you by Wolfgang Puck, and serves up tasty fare like garlic chive dumplings, curried crab shumai, and something called "lacquered" Chinese duckling. Ooh, shiny!

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14. Farmers Fishers Bakers 3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Yes, you guessed it, there are farmers, fishers, and bakers involved in this joint, who bring you fresh seafood, sushi, steak, and bake bangin' beignets with raspberry coulis, hot fudge sauce, bourbon caramel sauce. A true farm-to-table set up, Farmers Fishers and Bakers has a partnership with North Dakota Farmers Union that provide seasonal ingredients for a diverse menu of regionally-inspired farmhouse comfort food.

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15. Barrel 613 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

With a fresh, modern look upstairs and a Colonial-looking downstairs room, Barrel is a great place to come and enjoy something from their sweet barrel-aged whiskey program along with some fare from their unique kitchen, like their Carolina BBQ pork sticky buns.

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