Food & Drink

Where to Eat Brunch, According to 10 DC-Area Chefs

Published On 03/02/2015 Published On 03/02/2015
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Brasserie Beck
Michael J. Colella
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Oriental East
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Bread Furst
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1. Estadio 1520 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (U Street)

If you don't order a slushito at Estadio, you're doing it wrong. These frozen boozie slushies are the star of this vibrant spot, and come in two variations: cranberry, ginger, brandy, and cava, or pistachio, manzanilla, sherry, and gin. Be sure to dig into their scrumptious and colorful Spanish tapas and bocadillos (sandwiches), too, like the sautéed chorizo picante.

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2. Brasserie Beck 1101 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005

From noted chef Robert Wiedmaier comes the European-style Brasserie Beck in McPherson Square. Brews include classic Belgian styles like dubbels, tripels, and saisons, while eats count options like a ratatouille crepe, classic steak frites with bearnaise and bordelaise, and Maine lobster pappardelle. Maine is notably not in Belgium, but doesn't that sound damn good?

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3. Bombay Club 815 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

Based off the old clubs of India, The Bombay Club offers top-notch Indian fare in an elegant dining room.

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4. Hong Kong Pearl Seafood Restaurant 6286 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044 (Falls Church)

Deemed one of the best dim sum spots in the DC/Northern Virginia-area, Hong Kong Pearl Seafood offers Chinese brunch every Saturday and Sunday with spectacular dim sum options.

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5. 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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6. Oriental East 1312 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (Silver Spring)

Located in Silver Spring's Blair Park Shopping Center, Oriental East offers some of the DC/Maryland-area's best dim sum. Pro tip: on weekends, arrive by 10:00 or 10:30am to get a spot in a line before the place opens at 11:00am.

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7. Mintwood Place 1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)

The Mintwood Place is an American Restaurant that has an "Oregon Trail" vibe thanks to the wagon wheels on the wall, wood on the tables and bars, and cast iron gears. Pull a chair up to the bar for some draft beer or try any of the delectable tastes on the menu, including the cast iron chicken w/ cippolini shepherd's pie.

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8. To Sok Jip 7211 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003

This hole-in-the-wall Korean spot in Annandale offers delicious, authentic dishes like Daegoo Maewuntang, a spicy codfish stew served in a hot pot.

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9. 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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10. Bread Furst 4434 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008 (Van Ness)

This Van Ness/Forest Hills bakery offers delectable baguettes, buttery croissants, and top-notch ham & cheese scones -- among other must-have baked goods.

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11. Mark's Duck House 6184 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044 (Falls Church)

The Falls Church spot is always jam-packed and bustling with energy. Be sure to try the dumplings, honey-glazed crispy duck, Chinese broccoli, and noodle soups. They’ve been at it for 20 years, so you can trust them.

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12. The Coupe 3415 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010 (Columbia Heights)

Thankfully you can get a pad Thai omelette whenever the hell you want at The Coupe, 'cause it's open 24hrs a day.

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