Enjoy the outdoor patio at this Louisiana-inspired dining room, and order from the three-course brunch menu ($29 per person; $35 with unlimited raw bar). To start, you’ll find New Orleans-style French toast; charbroiled oysters; a bacon-lettuce-and-tomato salad; and a trio of deviled eggs. Entrées include blackened tilapia with sweet-corn pudding; crawfish étouffée; and sautéed Gulf shrimp with cheddar grits. Get your sugar fix with a bite of pecan tart; warm vanilla bread pudding; beignets; or a selection of sorbets. Brunch is served from 11 to 3:30. Dogs are welcome, too—there’s even a special canine menu.
Alain Ducasse’s outpost in the stately St. Regis Hotel is offering a five-course lunch menu ($80 per person). You’ll start with a cherry-blossom-inspired cocktail and an amuse bouche. For appetizers, choose from lobster velouté; pressed chicken and foie gras; and a poached egg with wild morels. Entrées include olive-oil poached cod; artisanal pasta with spring-green vegetables; and a saddle of lamb with pommes boulangères. On the sweet side, there’s pistachio/passionfruit vacherin and a chocolate dessert. The menu is available from 11 to 4.
Chef Wesley Morton is putting together a three-course menu ($55 per person) at this British-style gastropub. For the appetizer, choose either six North Atlantic oysters with shallot mignonette, or potted pork with pork-shoulder confit and onion marmalade. Entrées include crabcake Benedict with a house-made English muffin, and roasted leg of lamb with crushed-mint vinaigrette. For dessert, you’ll find warm hot-cross buns with currants and apricots, or a chocolate Cambridge pudding with whipped crème fraîche. The menu is available from 11 to 4.
This Cleveland Park eatery is serving a three-course brunch ($35 per person) that begins with a choice of beef carpaccio; shucked oysters; squid-ink risotto; or roasted-beet salad. Entrées include braised lamb breast with root-vegetable hash; carrot-and-mascarpone ravioli; eggs Florentine; and seared scallops with cauliflower purée. For dessert, there’s warm Valrhona-chocolate cake; cider-poached quince; espresso crème brûlée; or bread pudding with Medjool dates. The menu is available from 11 to 2:30.
Art and Soul
Celebrate with a Southern-accented three-course menu ($35 to $45 per person, depending on the choice of main course) at Art Smith’s Capitol Hill restaurant. Among the starters are asparagus soup; French toast with macerated strawberries; shrimp and grits with Virginia ham; and a salmon-and-caviar hoecake. Entrées include crabcake Benedict; lemon-yogurt pancakes; roasted leg of lamb with spring-onion risotto; and fried chicken with mashed potatoes. End on a sweet note with a chocolate terrine; cinnamon-bun pie; or a selection of pastry chef Lauren Whitledge’s baby cakes. The menu is available from 11 to 4.