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Favorite Brunches in Washington
During the week, this is a power-breakfast town, but weekends bring a more leisurely meal. Here are our favorite reasons to get up before noon on a Sunday. By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano, Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published May 1, 2009
Blue Duck Tavern in DC’s West End gilds the lily at brunch, from the freshly baked croissants to the five kinds of Bloody Marys. Photograph by Scott Suchman

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Best alternative to hash browns: The crackly-edged latkes ($7) at Black Market Bistro (4600 Waverly Ave., Garrett Park; 301-933-3000) make us forget about any other breakfast potato. Dip one bite in thick sour cream, the next in the house-made applesauce.

Meal on wheels: On weekends, you’ll usually find a line out the door of our favorite dim sum house, the wonderfully chaotic Hollywood East Cafe on the Boulevard (2621 University Blvd. W., Wheaton; 240-290-9988). The carts hold treasures galore: filmy noodles wrapped around fried crullers, steamed barbecue-pork-filled buns, and spicy shrimp wontons.

Not just any eggs: You can find omelets and scrambles on most brunch menus, but an Egg 63? The deliciously runny egg—cooked at 63 degrees Celsius and draped over a sauté of mushrooms—was created for the menu at Minibar but is now offered at “Latino dim sum” at Café Atlántico (405 Eighth St., NW; 202-393-0812). At Jackie’s (8081 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring; 301-565-9700), we like the kitchen’s twist on the British “eggs in a nest.” Instead of serving the poached egg with toast, it’s nestled in wilted greens atop a crisp round of hash browns.

Cafe society: Whether you take your morning brioche on the leafy sidewalk cafe or inside the bar, Café du Parc (1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-942-7000) feels like just the place to crack open some Ezra Pound.

If you’re not in the mood for pancakes: Want more lunch than brunch? It’s tough to say no to the bison burger at Cashion’s Eat Place (1819 Columbia Rd., NW; 202-797-1819), stacked with tomato and a perfectly poached egg and served with a side of potatoes and béarnaise.

And if you are . . . : Art Smith’s dinner-plate-size pancakes at Art and Soul (415 New Jersey Ave., NW; 202-393-7777) have a ladies-who-lunch aura—they’re ultrathin, lemon-scented, and topped with honey and a spoonful of mascarpone butter—but are satisfying and not too sweet.

Brunch with a twist: The late-morning meal at Poste (555 Eighth St., NW; 202-783-6060) is full of surprises: breezy, herb-infused cocktails, a buttery Reuben with duck pastrami, softly scrambled eggs with salmon and crème fraîche. Our favorite might be the Eggs Hussarde, a mess of poached eggs, bacon, and potato skins gussied up with marchand de vin sauce.

Most unexpected find: Indian restaurants are better known for lunch buffets than for brunch. The elegant Angeethi (645 Elden St., Herndon; 703-796-1527) does both well. Each Saturday and Sunday, East-West dishes such as masala omelets share space with puffs of fry bread, freshly griddled cornbread, and Burmese hakka noodles.

Brunch that won’t break the bank: Domku (821 Upshur St., NW; 202-722-7475) might look like a whimsically cool coffeehouse, but its Scandinavian-minded kitchen puts out more than the usual snacks. We like Swedish hash with salmon and a poached egg, Danish abelskiver—a cross between a doughnut hole and a pancake—and a cardamom waffle with lingonberry preserves.

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