Food & Drink

Where to take any type of mom on her special day

Leo Schmid Published On 05/05/2013 Published On 05/05/2013
Seasons in DC

You know how you keep putting off planning for Mother's Day? And you know, ever doing anything nice at all for you mother? Well, it's now crunch time, so we're here to help with this handy list of the best mommy brunches in town, categorized by mom-type

Nervous Regarding the World Mom Virtue Feed & Grain 106 S Union St; Alexandria; 571.970.3669 If your mom only seems to remember the DC of the '90s, head across the Potomac to settle her nerves with a stroll through ever-welcoming Old Town, and escort her down towards the water to Virtue Feed & Grain for pastries and classic Eggs Benedict. There's also a swing to sit it in, but just don't push her too hard. More on Virtue after this jump
Foodie Mom The Source 575 Pennsylvania Ave NW; Penn Quarter; 202.637.6100 Let Wolfgang Puck impress mom in ways you never could, and take her to the Newseum-side palatial glass eatery for the dim sum brunch tasting menu with standouts like millet congee w/ red braised pork belly & pickled butternut squash relish. More info from this source on The Source
Mom Who Hates Your Life Choices Seasons at The Four Seasons 2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW; Georgetown; 202.342.0444 Prove to mom that you're more than macaroni (either crafted or eaten), and treat her to the most expensive brunch in town: for $80-100 per person, feast on unlimited bites like roasted quail with honey sherry gastrique and espelette seared tuna with piquillo pepper. Read on about Seasons, here
Party Mom La Boum at L'Enfant Cafe-Bar 2000 18th St NW; Adams Morgan; 202.319.1800 Mom can let her mom-hair down and mom-party like it's 1978 at this three-hour afternoon rage fest where they lock the doors and close the blinds to let guests uninhibitedly dance on tables and spray Champagne, which is all summed up by their quote: "No Kids, No Chores, No Errands, No Laundry, come ready to party…" More on La Boum, right through here
Very Old Mom The Tabard Inn 1739 N St NW; DuPont Circle; 202.785.1277 Located in one of DC's oldest & most historic hotels, this place opened up in 1922, so it's perfect for the mom with a similar start-date. Also it's really quiet, especially if you reserve one of the private rooms, including Room 51, where you'll enjoy Victorian style and basted eggs over corned beef hash. This place is quaint as f*ck. Read more about The Tabard Inn

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1. Seasons | Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC 2800 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20007

Look no further for elegant, exquisite dining here at one of DC's fanciest hotels.

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2. Virtue Feed & Grain 106 S Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Alexandria)

Harkening back to the warehouse’s original purpose as a feed mill, Virtue features exposed brick, hand-crafted furniture from recycled wood, shabby chic accents, and a warm, industrial feel. This casual, American tavern, located near Old Town’s waterfront, is known for its long tap list, stellar happy hour, and delicious brunch options like the Eggs Chesapeake that goes swimmingly with the loaded Virtue Bloody Mary. During the patio months, Virtue is happy to throw your dog a bone … literally.

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3. The Source 575 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Penn Quarter)

The name Wolfgang Puck attached to this Penn Quarter restaurant should tell you two things right off the bat -- this place isn't messing around with its culinary technique, and dinner here isn't going for cheap. The sleek dining area, brightened by cheerful yellow accents and floor-to-ceiling windows, is always full of people (many of whom are tourists, given the location) vying for a taste of Asian-inspired cuisine like chili oil-poached Nordic Cod or soy-marinated lamb chops. On the other side of the restaurant, the bar and lounge are a little bit calmer and offer a slew of classic and specialty cocktails along with, of course, an impressive wine list.

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4. 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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5. The Tabard Inn 1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

Just 5 blocks from The White House, Tabard is DC's "quintessential small hotel" situated on a peaceful tree-lined street. It also has a full restaurant and bar, so get after it.

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