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.
9 New Must-Hit DC Brunches
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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. 142100 14th St NW, Washington
2. Rasika West End1177 22nd Street NW, Washington
3. Centrolina974 Palmer Alley NW, Washington
4. Stanton & Greene319 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington
5. Nido2214 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington
6. Sally's Middle Name1320 H St NE, Washington
7. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab750 15th St NW, Washington
8. Fig & Olive D.C934 Palmer Alley, NW , Washington
9. Chaplin's Restaurant & Bar1501 9th St NW, Washington
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.
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.
Pop in to this sleek Italian market and restaurant from Chef Amy Brandwein, some nights to pick up fresh pasta to boil at home, inevitably impressing the pants off someone. Other nights, dine-in, treating yourself to a menu with brag-worthy dishes like rare tuna served alongside bone marrow or a fritto misto that shows Amy isn’t afraid to fry lamb, chicken or sausage. The market is open Mon-Sat from 8am-9pm and Sun 9am-9pm, and the restaurant serves weekday lunch, nightly dinner and eventually, weekend brunch.
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.
This Woodridge spot is serving inspired dishes from Italy and Spain, including small plates & pastas, in a whitewashed restaurant that makes you almost feel like the Mediterranean is right outside. Check out weekend brunch, with of-the-moment cocktails and dishes like Tortilla Española and sweet muffins with apricot preserves.
This restaurant is inspired by fresh, local ingredients. Each night features a different menu, all with a New-American angle and some unique combinations. For them, the weekend includes Monday -- brunch is a Saturday-Monday affair.
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.
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.
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.