Order Booze-Filled Brunch From These DC Spots
From winter wonderland patios to to-go mimosa kits.
This year, it’s been brutal to watch DC restaurants take hit after hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, this time being ordered to close indoor dining entirely through at least January 15 in an attempt to combat a rising number of cases. These new guidelines, first instituted on December 23, also come just a few days after the city was forced to reduce indoor seating capacity from 50 to 25 percent. And while these regulations are necessary to keep people safe, it also means that the fate of our local restaurants continues to hang in the balance.
With all the wild changes to our city’s dining scene also comes the inevitable absence of one of the District’s all-time favorite pastimes: brunch. The most celebratory of meals, brunch has always provided Washingtonians with a joyous way to banish their Sunday scaries or perhaps bid adieu the end of a hard work week (or year). Washingtonians are notoriously obsessed with the act of brunching because it’s so much more than just sitting down to indulge in a questionable number of mimosas and a heaping pile of French toast—it’s a rare time to bond.
Despite all the social distancing though, all is not lost. There are tons of local restaurants still serving up brunch for takeout and delivery that could greatly benefit from your patronage. And we know you could benefit equally from a delicious meal that doesn’t require any dishes to be cleaned. Many local spots have also pivoted to provide patrons with some pretty epic wintry outdoor dining—bedecking their spaces with faux igloos, heat lamps, and more to keep you warm while you toast and feast. So, check out our list of the best at-home brunch options around, and don’t forget to send us that Zoom invite once you place your order.
This popular spot just debuted a “winter wonderland” patio complete with heated igloos for single parties of up to six people. Igloo dining, which has become extremely popular in DC, is perfect for those who are COVID-free and coming from the same household. HalfSmoke’s will set you back $75 a pop, and you’ll be invited to experience their breakfast pop-up Morning After Next and egg sandwich pop-up Butter Me Up.
How to order: Pick up or delivery online, or book an igloo by following these instructions.
Get your brunch on at Belga Cafe in Barracks Row, a popular Belgian spot by chef Bart Vandaele. There, guests can call in advance to reserve private outdoor greenhouses for single parties of up to four. Egg dishes galore and sweet and savory waffles ensure that there is something there for everyone’s brunch needs.
How to order: Pick up or order delivery online, or dine-in Friday 11 am to 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 3 pm
Stop by Chef Colin McClimans’ New American restaurant Nina May to pick up brunch items like homemade pastries, egg sandwiches on fresh biscuits or muffins, or more lunch-y items like a house burger and winter radish salad with radicchio. Complete your order with some beer, wine, or one of their bottled cocktails. The patio is also now open for outdoor dining if you feel like venturing out of the house for an extended period of time.
How to order: Pickup on Tock or dine on the patio Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm.
This cozy Swiss restaurant had begun offering private indoor dining chalets before the new restrictions went into place, but weekend brunch options are still available for takeout and delivery, including fondue and raclette to-go. Patrons can grab brunch items like Swiss doughnuts, fresh biscuits and gravy, potato rösti, or a spätzli casserole while getting their Bloody Mary fix, too. Don’t forget to check out cocktails like Mountain Xanax with chamomile and gin, as well as their selection of beer and wine.
How to order: Order pickup or delivery online Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm.
Little Red Fox
A charming neighborhood café that doubles as a market, Little Red Fox is offering pick up options that range from blueberry muffins and croissants to a whole quiche and lunchtime favorites like their famous Fox BLT. It’s the perfect option for those who want to pick up a tasty brunch dish and their groceries for the week at the same time. Did we mention they also have a huge variety of beer, cider, and wine?
How to order: Order online Monday through Sunday, 7:30 am to 5 pm.
This beloved gastropub is known for having one of the city’s best burgers, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home or from the outdoor patio at either location. Add a runny egg to it for an extra brunch-y oomph and don’t forget their “bottomless” mimosa option, which comes with two bottles of bubbly and some orange juice. Healthier options like a berry grain bowl with Greek yogurt are available too, if you have new year’s resolutions to uphold.
How to order: Order takeout through Toast or delivery through Caviar delivery Monday through Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm
I Egg You
The culinary minds behind ChiKo, Anju and Mandu, aptly named the Fried Rice Collective, are back at it again with a breakfast pop-up operating out of ChiKo’s Capitol Hill location. The cheekily named I Egg You offers breakfast sandwiches with something a little different in the form of pillowy milk bread and three kinds of crispy potatoes with varied amounts of toppings. Bellinis in a bottle and cups of local RAKO coffee are also a must-order.
How to order: Order takeout through Toast or delivery through Caviar delivery Saturday and Sunday, 8:15 am to 1:15 pm
Big Bear Cafe
Looking for something nutritious and delicious? DC’s most charming farm-to-table cafe is now serving pick up and delivery of its breakfast favorites, like the veg-friendly falafel wrap or breakfast burritos with farm fresh eggs and aged cheddar. Don’t forget to add in a dose of your daily caffeine fix from their coffee menu, and those in search of something a little stronger will appreciate their beer and natural wine menu. Okay with braving the cold in the name of brunch? Their outdoor patio is also open.
How to order: Order takeout or delivery online, or dine-in Tuesday through Sunday, 8:30 am to 3 pm.
Farmers & Distillers
A DC brunch mainstay, Farmers & Distillers is known for having a ridiculous array of international items that all lend themselves to hangover busting. Luckily, its Brunch at Home is no exception. Designed to feed two, the brunch packs include everything from baked goods and eggs to housemade pasta and meat from their carver’s table. Alcohol is only available to add to pick up orders.
How to order: Order takeout online, delivery through Doordash or Uber Eats, or make a reservation to dine Saturday and Sunday, 8:30am to 3pm
Why limit brunch to weekends? Commissary is making the midday meal an everyday thing with their daily brunch menu, complete with to-go pitchers of mimosa and comforting classics like pancakes and Southern fried chicken breakfast sandwiches. Those feeling adventurous can try something a little different, like ricotta blintzes or a dulce de leche grilled cheese.
How to order: Pick up or delivery through UpServe Monday through Sunday, 8 am to 2:30 pm
We’re as excited for the healthy but tasty brunch entrees that locavore DC Harvest has for delivery as we are for batch cocktails. Choose from vegetarian faves like brioche-baked French toast with spiced pumpkin butter or a winter vegetable scramble to fill yourself up this weekend with all flavor, no guilt. Their cocktails come pre-mixed, just add ice, and serve from 2 up to 6 people (but we won’t tell if it’s all for you). DC Harvest has also opened their heated patio for outdoor dining.
How to order: Pick up, delivery, or dine in through Tock Wednesday through Sunday, 11am to 4pm
You want it, Homestead’s got it. The family-style Southern restaurant is now featuring a robust brunch menu with everything from challah French toast to steak & eggs, all available for delivery or to enjoy on their outdoor patio. Add in some tempting sides like funnel cake puffs and buttermilk biscuits and you’ve got a recipe for brunch-time success, especially when topped off with a mimosa kit.
How to order: Pick up and delivery through Chownow Saturday through Sunday, 11:15am to 2:45pm.
Provost is all about serving sustainable and organic dishes—perfect for getting healthy in the new year. Their heated rooftop is open for brunching, where diners can dig into crab cakes, avocado toast or even whole red snapper with grits.
How to order: Make a reservation via OpenTable Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm
Another igloo bedecked patio can be found at Del Mar, chef Fabio Trabocchi’s Basque restaurant with a seafood emphasis. To combat the cold they’ve set up luxe domes on their second-floor terrace, ensuring some pretty nice waterside views for diners while you get down on paella and easy to share tapas. Those who would prefer to dine at home can order their tapas and brunch booze for pick up or delivery.
How to order: Order takeout takeout or delivery online or dine in Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 am to 2:45 pm