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27 DC Boozy Brunches Your Weekend Needs

Published On 09/10/2015 Published On 09/10/2015
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1. L'Enfant Café 2000 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

If the miniature Eiffel Tower on the roof is any indication, this Adams Morgan bar and cafe is a little piece of Paris in DC. Open from 6pm to 12am during the week (and 1am on Fridays), L'Enfant is a great place to go for a glass of wine and a late bite (the menu is classic French with crepes, steak frites, and duck confit). Its claim to fame, though, is the weekend party brunch. The so-called La Boum Brunch is a three-hour Saturday and Sunday event that takes brunch to the next-level with a DJ, champagne, and plenty of dancing. Reservations are required and it fills up fast, so book a few weekends ahead of time.

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2. Perry’s 1811 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009

Perry’s offers traditional Japanese cuisine in Adams Morgan, and exceptionally good service. Their Sunday Drag Brunch buffet is not to be missed!

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3. Southern Hospitality 1815 Adams Mill Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

Southern Hospitality lives up to its name with classic comfort foods like chicken and waffles, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and eggs Chesapeake. This American eatery also has a rotating happy hour menu and bottomless mimosas during brunch.

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4. Policy Restaurant & Lounge 1904 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Although Policy features a diverse menu with selections like sweet potato gnocchi, biscuits and gravy, Mandras curry lamb, and Argentinian sliders, the restaurant's claim to fame is its endless Bloody Marys and mimosas during brunch.

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5. The Tap & Parlour 2001 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Located above Bohemian Caverns, a historic jazz house, Tap & Parlour is a casual restaurant that serves homestyle food and craft beer.

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6. The Fainting Goat 1330 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

The Fainting Goat has an impressive selection of craft brews on draft, along with a tiered food menu (Nibble, Graze, Chomp, and Feed) to make sure you don't resemble their namesake after too many beers.

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7. 1905 Bistro & Bar 1905 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

This bar's English-tavern-meets-Western-saloon aesthetic, paired with its more modern rooftop space, makes it perfect for brunch, dinner, or just a beer. 1905's menu offers homestyle foods and changes seasonally.

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8. Shaw's Tavern 520 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

A massive neighborhood watering hole where lanterns light exposed brick walls and an outdoor patio, Shaw's wood-burning oven cooks up fare like roasted branzino (with clams in a warm shellfish vinaigrette), and Granny Smith-topped Vermont pizza. The cocktails are highlighted by an amped-up Bloody garnished with a house-pickled carrot, called the "Pickle Mary" -- good enough to produce a "Jesus!".

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9. Table 903 N St NW, Washington, DC, DC 20001 (Mount Vernon Sq)

Run by the chef behind Smith Commons, Table boasts a menu of "classic European sensibilities" served in an old Mt Vernon auto body shop now jacked-up with a minimalist open kitchen, long banquettes, and two outdoor seating areas, or as they call them in Europe, "lifts".

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10. DC Harvest 517 H St NE, Washington, 20002

For a brunch that's on the healthy-side, check out DC Harvest's scrambles made with organic eggs and either spicy lamb sausage, seasonal mushrooms, or smoked bacon. Also try spelt buttermilk pancakes with a seasonal fruit compote and sorghum syrup.

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11. Smith Commons 1245 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002 (H Street Ne)

There's something to please everyone at Smith Commons: a sweet, exposed-brick, vintage atmosphere and 3rd floor roof deck, delicious offerings like short rib tacos and Sous Vide Moulard Duck Breast, and a craft beer list full of drafts from nine different states.

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12. Vendetta 1212 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002 (H Street Ne)

Located in the old Red Palace, Vendetta is an Italian spot on H Street with two oyster shell/gravel bocce courts.

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13. Farmers Fishers Bakers 3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007 (Georgetown)

Yes, you guessed it, there are farmers, fishers, and bakers involved in this Georgetown restaurant to bring you fresh seafood, sushi, steak, and baked goods (like beignets with raspberry coulis, hot fudge sauce, and bourbon caramel sauce). A true farm-to-table set up, Farmers Fishers Bakers has a partnership with the North Dakota Farmers Union to provide a seasonal menu of regional farm-sourced comfort food.

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14. Ardeo + Bardeo 3311 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (Cleveland Park)

Combining the two adjoining Cleveland Park heavy hitters, Ardeo + Bardeo's the aptly named meal-merger from nationally hailed Ashok Bajaj, with an extensive brunch and dinner menu, and a million-dollar facelift.

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15. Ripple 3417 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008 (Cleveland Park)

Boasting a linen-lined, curtained rear dining room and a 40ft tiled bar backed by huge mirrors and flower-patterned lightboxes up front, Ripple's a casually airy, beige-walled winer n' diner.

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16. The Heights 3115 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010 (Columbia Heights)

Along with a range of shared plates and sandwiches, The Heights has a killer patio and a sweet happy hour for you to enjoy upon it ($6 craft cocktails and $2.75 Natty Bo bottles).

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17. Georgia Brown's 950 15th St NW, Washington, 20005 (Downtown)

They do Southern fare right at GB's, which such fine foods such as ham, shrimp, grits, bacon, home fries, and more, which are all available in their delectable buffet.

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18. Lincoln 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005 (K Street)

Lincoln reps the former head-of-state not only in name, but in taste as well, spotlighting some of his favorite eats, which apparently included oysters and gingerbread. Lincoln's small plate menu focuses on contemporary American cuisine sourced locally from farmers and fishermen in the region. Nothing says 'merica like infused bourbons and a full list of moonshines approved by honest Abe.

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19. B Too 1324 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Logan Circle)

Belgian cuisine and culture are the driving forces behind B Too, a bright and comfortable space in Logan Circle. You'll want to make yourself at home as you watch the team in the open kitchen whip up some Belgian waffles for the ages. Some of their brunch waffle options include one with lobster bisque, another with a poached egg inside, and one with fried buttermilk chicken. You really can't go wrong, especially when you pair it with the Belga's Bloody Mary.

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20. Masa 14 1825 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

The culinary lovechild of chefs Kaz Okochi (Kaz's Sushi Bistro) and Richard Sandoval (Zengo), Masa fuses the talents of both into a pleasing array of Latin/Asian small plates, in a handsome, open-kitchen 100-seater.

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21. Cafe Saint-Ex 1847 14th Street NW , Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

Named for aviator/ author of The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Cafe Saint-Ex also holds a dual identity. Upstairs is a classy cafe where you can enjoy delicious offerings like Sriracha Chicken Liver Mousse or Slow Roasted Pork Belly, while downstairs a dance party awaits your full-stomached dancing (wait 30 minutes!).

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22. M Cafe & Bar 1634 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Logan Circle)

Legit Italian grub in a ritzy space that doesn't match the less-than-skyhigh prices.

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23. Ted's Bulletin 505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

This casual brunch spot has three locations in DC and supplies classic American eats and breakfast throughout the day. Fan favorites are the homemade pop tarts and boozy milkshakes, with all the eats being perfectly worthy of Instagram. Try the Grasshopper milkshake with creme de menthe and Kahlua or The Nutty Professor with Hazlenut Liqueur. The space is open and modern, with ample seating.

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24. Medium Rare 3500 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (Cleveland Park)

Brought to you from the guys behind BGR, Rare's waitstaff asks only a single question in regards to their single dish ("how do you like your steak?"); the space itself gets more expressive, with a bathroom playing pick-up lines translated English-to-French.

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25. Del Campo 777 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Penn Quarter)

Using a wood-fired grill is one way to cook a steak, and at Del Campo, that smoke helps add another level of flavor to the meat. This upscale Argentinian restaurant in Chinatown is a beautiful tribute to Argentinian grilled meats, all served in an elegantly rustic space outfitted with oak wood floors and leather sling-back barstools- perfect for enjoying the 48oz ribeye on the menu.

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26. Zengo 781 7th St NW, Washington, DC , DC 20001 (Chinatown)

Named after a Japanese word meaning "give and take," this Asian- and Latin-inspired spot in Chinatown serves up small plates ideal for sharing with beautifully presented sushi rolls, ceviche, crispy tofu, and thai chicken empanadas, among a slew of others. Just like its red and orange motif, even the cocktails seek to combine cultures and flavors with ginger- and orange-flavored creations like the Kimono Kiss and the bold sake sangria.

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27. NoPa Kitchen + Bar 800 F St, NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Penn Quarter)

The chef helming this Penn Quarter brasserie comes from Manhattan's Japanese/Peruvian Nobu 57, so you know you're getting more than your go-to American or French cuisine here. Chef Matt Kuhn puts an Asian twist on staples with dishes like carrot-infused spaghetti, farro and black quinoa risotto, chilean sea bass, and pork shoulder cassoulet, all served in a chic, industrial setting with whitewashed brick and dark wood walls, plush red velvet chairs, and comfortable leather booths.

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