Food & Drink

9 New Must-Hit DC Brunches

Published On 08/14/2015 Published On 08/14/2015
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1. Provision No. 14 2100 14th St NW, Washington, 20009 (U Street)

Located on the 14th St strip, Provision No. 14 has the trifecta of a sweet space, food that doesn’t hold back, and a trendy bar program. Sip frozen drinks on an enviable patio, or pound a burger that doesn’t hold back on luxury.

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2. Rasika West End 1177 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 (West End)

Rasika is an elegantly designed contemporary Indian restaurant with a boundary-pushing menu that still keeps its roots in traditional Indian cuisine. Its wine list also spans across the globe and is hand-selected to complement the menu.

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3. Centrolina 974 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, 20001 (Chinatown)

Situated in Chinatown, Centrolina is a bright and stylish Italian restaurant with an on-site market, meaning you can either pick up coffee, prepared foods, and specialty groceries for an authentic Italian meal at home, or dine in with refined plates including gnocchi with beef ragu, and pappardelle with roasted mushrooms. The menu's standout items are those that are wood-grilled, such as lamb chops with celery root crema. Expect the utmost freshness at Centrolina, as the roster changes based on seasonal ingredients and the pasta is made in-house daily.

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4. Stanton & Greene 319 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Capitol Hill)

The Green Burger at this Hill hotspot serves as the great equalizer. That’s because everyone from senators to staffers are reduced to hungry, messy toddlers when they take on the towering stack of two bacon infused patties, smoked Gouda, bacon aioli, (more!) bacon, and onion rings. Come up for air between bites to reflect on the science-defying fact that 319 Pennsylvania Ave used to be Pour House. Now it’s a cocktail bar with a classic feel of a bygone era. Erik Holzherr -- who is behind reliable watering holes like Church & State and Wisdom -- did the drinks. Try them in the first floor bistro area or the lofty, beautifully lit second floor.

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5. Nido 2214 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, 20018 (Noma)

This Mediterranean eatery boasts a dining room that is equally as Euro-inspired as the menu, with repurposed white-washed woods and expertly curated floral arrangements. The food, mainly drawn from Italian and Spanish cuisine, consists primarily of tapas-like small plates and snacks -- think beef tenderloin carpaccio and warm lentil salad with house goat cheese -- while there are a handful of larger pasta and meat-based entrées available. The weekend brunch menu is divided into two subsets: sweet and savory, and brunch -- like dinner -- is always an occasion for imbibing at Nido. Needless to say, the bi-level Woodridge eatery maintains a philosophy rooted in the importance of good company and great food, served in a place that is every bit as comfortable as it is charming.

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6. Sally's Middle Name 1320 H St NE, Washington, 20002 (Noma)

This D.C. eatery puts restaurants serving "seasonal fare" to shame, offering all-new brunch and dinner menus almost nightly. The rotating food rosters, while limited in scope, are miraculously fresh, offering the best of local meats and veggies. With small plates like peach and goat-feta salad, in addition to sizable entrees like fried catfish battered in Maryland IPA, the kitchen manages to toy with an impressive range of techniques and flavor palettes, while still exclusively making use of the absolute freshest ingredients available. The minimal, white-tiled space is lined with cherrywood tables, all of which are topped with delicate flower arrangements and block-printed cloth napkins, and like the kitchen, the bar maintains a garden-to-glass policy, offering house cocktails crafted with local herbs, spirits and sweeteners.

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7. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab 750 15th St NW, Washington, 20005 (Downtown)

Joe’s takes steak and wine pairings very seriously, specializes in some of the best surf and turf around. The swanky space has two floors, with sky high ceilings, marble pillars, and an abundance of dark wood. The restaurant was made famous for serving hand-harvested Florida stone crab claws, served chilled over mustard, and enjoyed best with side dishes such as hashed brown potatoes and creamed spinach.

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8. Fig & Olive D.C 934 Palmer Alley, NW , Washington, DC 20001 (Downtown)

This City Center restaurant's upscale environment, (featuring a bar, lounge, dining room, and patio), brings Mediterranean flavors to DC. They use flavored olive oils in their preparations, including carpaccios, crostinis, cured meats, olives, a raw bar, pasta, and meats. It's also a great spot for a weekend brunch.

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9. Chaplin's Restaurant & Bar 1501 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Shaw)

This Charlie Chaplin-themed bar, featuring a movie poster-style mural of the man himself, serves inventive drinks from the Wilder Cocktail Brothers alongside a large selection of ramen and dumplings. Two solid choices the Chaplin A.S.S. bowl, which brings together Asian spicy sour chicken, scallions, lemongrass, coconut milk, red chili paste, and pork butt, and, on the dumplings side, the chicken & shrimp shumai with water chestnut, garlic, onion, and oyster sauce.

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