The Best DC Brunches You Can Enjoy From Home
Send some Mother’s Day brunch to mom.
One of the hardest hit industries in the country during the coronavirus pandemic is undoubtedly hospitality -- restaurants and bars have been forced to pivot hard to stay afloat, with typically dine-in establishments turning into takeout spots or even makeshift grocers seemingly overnight. And with all the changes to our nation’s current dining scene also comes the inevitable absence of one of the District’s all-time favorite pastimes: the spring brunch. An ode to the return of favorable weather and a celebration of a hard work week come, brunching is a notorious obsession amongst Washingtonians.
Despite all the social distancing though, all is not lost. There are tons of local restaurants still serving up brunch 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. Plus, with Mother’s Day coming up, you can even send a brunch package to mom so she can live her best life during the quarantine. 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.
Nothing says “Happy Mother’s Day” like the Fainting Goat’s newly launched, at-home version of its Bottomless Brunch. If you’re spending the day with mom IRL, the meal will cost $45 for two, and each of you can choose your own brunch entree while sharing caramel-drizzled homemade coffee cake, potato hash, and two 750ml juice box pouches of mimosas.
How to order: Order pickup or delivery from Caviar Saturday through Sunday 11am-3pm
Stop by Chef Colin McClimans New American restaurant Nina May for items like homemade pastries, egg sandwiches on fresh biscuits or muffins, or more lunch-y items like a house burger and crispy oyster bowl with poached eggs. Don’t forget to complete your order with some beer, wine, or one of the spot’s bottled cocktails.
How to order: Order online for pickup Monday through Sunday, 7am-3pm.
This cozy Swiss restaurant has added Saturday brunch options to its takeout lineup, which also includes 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 the “mountain xanax” with chamomile and gin, as well as their selection of beer and wine.
How to order: Order online for pickup Saturday 10am to 2pm
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 pickup from Chownow Monday through Sunday from 7:30am to 7:30pm
Sometimes you just want something simply satisfying, and that’s where beloved dive Boundary Stone comes in to serve your weekend brunch needs. Comforting options like maple bacon grits and fried chicken and French toast are getting our mouths watering before the food even arrives at our doorstep -- always a good sign.
How to order: Order delivery from Caviar Saturday 12pm to 3pm
Mount Vernon Square
No pants, no problem for this bottomless deal, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch. Options include a “by yourself” package ($14) with a bottle of bubbly and pint of orange juice, or a “group house” version ($38) with three bottles and more OJ. Don’t just drown your sorrows -- the full menu of pizzas, salads, garlic knots, and other goodies is available.
How to order: Alcohol with food available for pickup only from 11am-9pm
This popular catering service has a special at-home meal kit delivery option for Mother's Day, including a brunch entree, four sides, two dessert options, local flowers from Lynnvale Flower Farm & Studio and a Mother's Day card from hip local favorite Salt & Sundry. Make her afternoon even more special with some fun a la carte items like a Bloody Mary kit or DIY Mother's Day cookie set.
How to order: Order delivery online Saturday from 11am-4pm and Sunday 8-10am
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.
How to order: Order pickup or delivery from Caviar Tuesday through Sunday 8:30am-2:30pm
Moms with a serious sweet tooth have met their match with Astro’s special Mother’s Day Doughnut. Order her a box of the pillowy lemon meringue pie doughnut for a sugary surprise. Stuffed with marshmallow fluff and topped with a lemon glaze, graham cracker crumble, and cute Mother’s Day icing, the treats make a great addition to her special day. Add a signature fried chicken sandwich to the order to make it a full (and seriously decadent) brunch.
How to order: Order for pickup or delivery from ToastTab Saturday 9:30am-4:45pm and Sunday 9:30am-2:45pm
Your favorite spot for freshly made pasta has also cooked up something special for Mother’s Day, allowing you to safely secure the spotlight as the favorite child. If ordering brunch for her wasn’t enough they have you covered with a dinner for two for $95 that includes fancy items like squid ink Casarecce, as well as the option to order a floral bouquet from H. Bloom and a bespoke self care basket for $165.
How to order: Pre-order online for pickup or delivery on May 10
One of DC’s brunch-time favorites remains that way even in times of quarantine, as the popular farm-to-table joint is offering the Southern comfort food we all need right now. Items like shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles pair perfectly in your living room with Vietnamese Irish Coffee and an afternoon of binging Normal People.
How to order: Order pickup or delivery online Saturday through Sunday from 12-4pm
One DC’s most beloved Mexican restaurants is open for business, offering pickup and delivery of its vast brunch menu. Standouts include huevos rancheros and hangover-curing chilaquiles, or you could go for something on the sweet side like Texas French toast.
How to order: Order pickup or delivery online Saturday through Sunday 10am-3pm.
Award-winning Venezuelan chef Enrique Limardo opened Seven Reasons with no shortage of media buzz, making reservations hard to come by. Luckily for you, brunch from the pan-Latin restaurant is now available for pick up and delivery. The $40 Brunch at Home package goes all out, too, including items like a salmon croissant, pastrami sandwich, corn pancakes, truffle steak fries, and even a Wagyu burger. You can also add a bougie beverage package to your order, like the make-your-own Aperol spritz and bellini pack or three bottles of rosé all day.
How to order: Order pickup and delivery online from 10:30am-1:30pm
H Street Corridor
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 grilled pineapple or a spring vegetable scramble to fill yourself up this weekend with all flavor, no guilt. The cocktails come pre-mixed, just add ice, and serve from two to six people (but we won’t tell if it’s all for you).
How to order: Order carryout online or delivery from Postmates Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm
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 and eggs, all available for delivery. 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: Order pickup and delivery from Chownow Saturday through Sunday from 11:15am-2:45pm
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