Food & Drink

9 New Must-Hit DC Brunches

Published On 08/14/2015 Published On 08/14/2015
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Brunch has gotten so big that some newcomers are willing to serve it all day. Others are now offering it on Mondays. But shhhh, don’t tell brunch about its continued ascent up the favorite-meal ladder, it already has a big enough head. Here are nine new options to add to the rotation.

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Provision No. 14

14th Street
This 14th Street newcomer’s take on chicken and waffles will have you saying, "what the funnel cake," because that’s what you’re getting instead of waffles. The dish that comes with a whole fried chicken and maple-infused gravy is one of five communal boards -- the giant family-style platters the restaurant is known for. Other highlights include stuffed biscuits, a crab Benedict, and bacon Bloody Marys. Brunch is offered Saturday-Sunday from 11am-3pm.

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Rasika West End

West End
Wake up your senses with Indian brunch at Rasika West End. There are egg dishes like kedgeree (basmati rice with egg, ginger, and mango chutney), “Sunday curries,” and something for those with a sweet tooth like coconut jaggery pancakes with fresh coconut, cardamom, and caramel. Go bottomless for $15 with your choice of mimosas, Bloody Marys, or prosecco. Brunch is offered Sundays from 11am-2:30pm.

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Centrolina

CityCenterDC
CityCenter’s airy Italian market-meets-restaurant just debuted brunch. Warm up with pastries from the mercato like cinnamon-sugar bomboloni and sticky buns before moving on to the main event. The Calabrese breakfast is a winner with sunny-side farmers eggs and 'nduja salami on toasted palladin bread, as is the uovo pomodoro (eggs baked in San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil). There’s even brunch pasta: ricotta gnocchi with apricot sage butter and toasted black walnuts. Of course, there are cocktails and coffee. Brunch is available Sundays from 9:30am-1:30pm.

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Stanton & Greene

Capitol Hill
This all-day brunch is not for the post-yoga green-smoothie-drinking crowd. Not when the chow includes chorizo breakfast sandwiches, tasso-spiced pork belly hash, and red velvet pancakes layered with whipped cream cheese frosting. Wash it all down with inventive and classic brunch cocktails including the Cheeky Hugo -- a beertail that calls for Budweiser, St. Germain, Angostura bitters, and fresh lemon. Brunch is available Sundays from 11am-9pm.

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Nido

Woodridge
The Spanish- and Italian-inspired brunch at Nido is fresh and simple. Warm up with muffins and apricot preserves then dive into a series of small plates including a textbook version of tortilla Española, braised pork shoulder over patatas bravas, and an heirloom tomato tartine. Drinks are available by the glass or carafe and star the booze of the moment: vermouth. Don’t knock vermouth & fresh OJ until you try it. Brunch is offered Saturday-Sunday from 10:30am-2:30pm.

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Sally’s Middle Name

H Street NE
If Monday brunch sounds like a good idea, you’ll dig Sally’s Middle Name because it keeps the weekend going one day longer than everyone else. The menu, which you’ll find scrawled on the walls, is always changing but recent highlights have included lamb hash with a poached egg, fried chicken & a biscuit, and pound cake with nectarines. Brunch is offered Saturday-Monday from 10:30am-3pm.

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Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Downtown
If white tablecloths in the morning don’t bother you, swing by Joe’s for a swanky brunch. Of course seafood makes an appearance in the form of a lump crabcake Benedict and poached eggs Oscar with Alaskan king crab. Plus no one’s stopping you from ordering some stone crab claws to suck on. If you don’t like to start your day with the ocean, opt for strawberry rhubarb waffles, Joe’s fried chicken, or scrambled eggs loaded with sausage, cheese, and veggies served with a golden potato cake. Sip on a boozy punch or Bloodys. Brunch is available Saturday-Sunday from 11:30am-2:30pm.

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Fig & Olive

CityCenterDC
You can make a whole meal out of Fig & Olive’s crostini. No really, there are 11 of them. But that would mean missing out on things like brioche French toast or quiche lorraine. The daytime drinks are equally refined (read: this is where to take mom for brunch). Take the Summer in Provence for example, with gin, house-made rosemary thyme syrup, muddled blackberries, and fresh lime juice. This European-inspired brunch is offered Saturday-Sunday from 11am-4pm.

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Chaplin’s

Shaw
Ramen in the afternoon? Yes please. This newcomer to the brunch scene is offering its ramen bowls with brunch boosts like the addition of “stamina eggs” and Japanese bacon. You’re pairing your steaming-hot bowls with frozen cocktails for a taste of vacation. Or, if you brought a lot of friends, you can buy a bottle of Veuve Clicquot for $45. It’ll arrive with carafes of yuzu, tangerine, and strawberry-rosemary fresh-pressed juices to make your own mimosa. Brunch is offered Saturday-Sunday from noon to 4pm.

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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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