Food & Drink

7 New DC Brunches to Work Into Your Weekend

Published On 05/08/2015 Published On 05/08/2015
Mango Tree
Laura Hayes/Thrillist
Zentan
Rey Lopez
Compass Rose
Laura Hayes/Thrillist
Franz Mahr
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1. Mango Tree 929 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Downtown)

Mango Tree draws inspiration from Thailand's history and tradition to bring patrons an atmosphere and cuisine that'll make them feel like they're in the heart of Bangkok. The Thai titan also opted to keep things simple by pricing everything on their happy hour menu at $6, as if you need more incentive.

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2. Doi Moi 1800 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Logan Circle)

Doi Moi is bringing Vietnamese and Thai flavors and some serious heat, try cooling off with cocktails like a tamarind soda with peanut-infused bourbon. If you want to go big, get the whole fried fish, just share it so you have room for the also-fried coconut-battered bananas.

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3. Zentan 1155 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

From a Hong Kong-raised Iron Chef-contender who's built his rep on a slew of Toronto fooderies, Zentan's a sleek, slate-tiled, cross-Asian dining hall ornamented with finished black tables and hanging, razor-like pallets of faux-candles.

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4. SER 1110 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203 (Ballston)

The first thing this Spanish restaurant wants you know is that it's not a tapas bar. While there are small plates like croquetas and breath-destroying gambas al ajillo, the focus is on actual entrees. Alums of Taberna del Alabardero cook up paella, a catch of the day, braised pork cheeks, and other main dishes. None compare to the cochinillo, or roast suckling pig, which can feed two-three people. The skin crackles like a thunderstorm and Navarra potatoes soak up the jus for you. You’re drinking Sherry cocktails or Mahou on draft. SER serves lunch and dinner seven days a week.

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5. Compass Rose 1346 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Logan Circle)

Compass Rose’s culinary muse is, simply put, the globe. Its menu of sharing plates synthesizes street and market food from around the world, conflating Danish smorrebord with house-cured steelhead, dill-caper remoulade, troute roe, rye bread, and flowers with Indian bhel puri chaat, a dish of baby kale, puffed rice, sev, potato, tomato, peanuts, mango, mint, and tamarind chutney. Going to Compass Rose without trying the Georgian khachapuri is like going to Moscow and skipping the vodka -- it’s simply unthinkable. Resembling an almond-shaped eye, the delicacy has a crusty, bready lid, a bubbling, cheesy retina, and, best of all, an egg yolk pupil in the center of all the action, staring right at you.

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6. The Partisan 709 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Penn Quarter)

With 30+ charcuterie options, medium plates like sausages and corned beef belly, and feasts like a whole roasted pig's head, The Partisan will cater to your meat cravings, no matter your appetite.

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7. Casa Luca 1099 New York Avenue NW , Washington, DC 20001 (Downtown)

From Fiola's James Beard Award-winning Chef Fabio Trabocchi, Casa Luca is an osteria filled with hand-blown glass lamps that honors the cuisine of his upbringing in the Marche region of Italy.

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