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Fill your Monday with mimosas. By Anna Spiegel
Make Monday feel like Sunday with Bayou Bakery's breakfast biscuit sandwiches. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

While not all of us are lucky enough to have the "discovery" of America counted as a work holiday, those who do should spend an ideal Monday sipping mimosas and indulging in all-you-can-eat buffets.


Bayou Bakery

1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington

Chef David Guas keeps Sunday hours on Columbus Day, serving all-day breakfast from 8 to 4 with biscuit sandwiches, beignets, and other Louisiana-style fare.


B Too and Belga Café

1324 14th St., NW/514 Eighth St., SE

Both of Bart Vandaele’s Belgian-style eateries serve a long-lasting Monday brunch from 9 to 4. Starting the week with mussels and waffles—not to mention a mussel-waffle—can't hurt.


Copperwood Tavern

4021 Campbell Ave., Shirlington

An extensive brunch from 10 to 4 can be as simple as a local egg omelet or a decadent mix of French toast sticks, short-rib Benedicts, and a sampling of the Bloody Mary bar.


EatWell DC restaurants

Multiple locations

All of this restaurant group’s locations serve Monday brunch, including tasty breakfast quesadillas at Commissary, bacon-filled eats at the Pig, fresh fruit smoothies at the Heights, and more.


Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St., NW

Spend your holiday on the Georgetown Waterfront picking from an extensive brunch buffet, which includes salads, eggs, French toast, tacos, jambalaya, and more ($30 per person; $15 kids six to 12).


Founding Farmers

Multiple locations

All locations in Maryland and DC are open for Columbus Day brunch, with plenty of American fare like local egg scrambles, fried chicken, red velvet pancakes, and more.


Gypsy Soul

8296 Glass Alley, Fairfax

Why not check out a new restaurant on your day off? Chef RJ Cooper's brunch-time lineup includes an unusual variety of Bloodys (we like the idea of tequila and blistered peppers), Southern dishes such as an oyster pan roast or blueberry flapjacks, and a whole menu section devoted to mac and cheese.


Lavagna

539 Eighth St., SE

Head to Capitol Hill for Italian in honor of Cristoforo Colombo. The brunch menu includes bottomless mimosas for only $12, local egg Florentines, and focaccia toast.

Pearl Dive

1612 14th St., NW

This may be one of the best Mondays in Pearl Dive history: brunch from 11 to 3, trailed by happy hour from 3 to 7, and "oyster mania" from 5 to 11 with half-price bivalves on the half-shell and hot oyster appetizers for $6.


Richard Sandoval Restaurants

Multiple locations

All of restaurateur Richard Sandoval’s DC spots serve their indulgent all-you-can-eat-and-drink brunches for the holiday, meaning margs and tacos at both locations of El Centro D.F., Latin-Asian fusion at Masa 14, Balkan-style plates at Ambar, and more.


Sona Creamery

660 Pennsylvania Ave., SE

Start the week off with comfort fare like tomato soup and a grilled mac-and-cheese-stuffed sandwich. Brunch runs from 10 to 3, so there’s plenty of time.

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Bottomless feasts, Benedicts, and an '80s-themed party. By Anna Spiegel
A new item at Poste, perfect for fall: French onion soup with braised short ribs. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Fall is all about new starts, so why not apply that philosophy to brunch? Hot new restaurants including DBGB and Gypsy Soul are rolling out mimosa-filled menus, while old favorites such as Central are jumping into the Benedict game for the first time. Regardless of which you choose, there are plenty of eggs and Bloodys in store. 

Central

1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Michel Richard is jumping into the brunch game with a three-course Sunday menu for $25. The wallet-friendly offerings include a choice of sweet appetizers like creme brûlée French toast or pancakes, savory seconds such as eggs Benedict, and sorbet for dessert. Tack on bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, coffee, or juice for $15. 

When: Sunday 11 to 2:30.


Chez Billy

3815 Georgia Ave., NW

The restaurant's Petworth neighbors helped create the menu from chef Brendan L’Etoile by suggesting dishes they'd like to see: Croque Madames, apple-rum raisin French toast, and the “royale with cheese.”

When: Sunday 11 to 3. 


DBGB Kitchen and Bar*

931 H St., NW 

Celebrity chef Daniel Boulud doesn't waste time. His first Washington restaurant, which opened last week for dinner, launches brunch this weekend. Menus haven't been released yet, but you can expect French-American fare, house-made sausages, and some decadent desserts such as ice cream sundaes and baked Alaska. 

When: Saturday and Sunday 11 to 3. 


DC Harvest

517 H St., NE

Farm-to-table brunch comes in the form of heirloom-tomato salads, Chesapeake crab scrambles, and spelt-buttermilk pancakes at this new Atlas District eatery (check out the menu for more).

When: Saturday and Sunday 11 to 2:30.


El Chucho

3313 11th St., NW

Breakfast burritos have arrived! Look for a new set brunch ($21.95) at this casual Mexican spot, which includes fresh chips and salsa, a burrito or other brunch entrée, and bottomless mimosas in either classic orange or hibiscus-tea flavors. 

When: Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10. 


Gypsy Soul

8296 Glass Alley, Fairfax

Come hungry for chicken-fried steak and eggs, blueberry flapjacks, and an entire section of mac and cheeses at chef RJ Cooper’s Virginia eatery. An unusual lineup of Bloodys rounds out the menu, including varieties made with bacon-infused vodka or absinthe. 

When: Saturday and Sunday 11 to 3. 


Macon Bistro and Larder

5520 Connecticut Ave., NW 

If deviled eggs, biscuits and bacon gravy, and a “pluckin’ bun” sound good, check out Macon’s new menu. Like what you eat? Stop by the takeaway larder for to-go items for home.

When: Sunday 10 to 2. 


Poste

555 Eighth St., NW

Newly appointed chef Kyoo Eom is changing up menus for fall, including brunch starting this weekend. French-inspired dishes include a grilled baguette with chocolate-hazelnut butter, smoked-bacon quiche, and fried chicken. 

When: Saturday and Sunday 8 to 3.


STK

1250 Connecticut Ave., NW

Half brunch, half party, all '80s-themed. Don your best neon outfit, sip bottomless cocktails ($18), and line your stomach with à-la-carte brunch items such as Thai-style fried chicken and a bacon-and-egg brunch burger. The Sunday Funday parties take on different themes, starting with "back to school" this week.

When: Sunday 11 to 6. 


Rural Society

1177 15th St., NW

Celebrity chef Jose Garces's Argentinean grill can get pricey for dinner, but items go for less on weekends. A big menu mixes Argentine pastries, egg dishes, sandwiches, grilled fare, and one of our favorites: fugazzas (focaccia pizzas). 

When: Saturday and Sunday 1o to 3. 


Urbana

The recently revamped Dupont eatery leans more Italian these days, with a brunch menu of panini, pizzas, and dishes such as wild boar hash with poached eggs and polenta. Thankfully the bottomless bellini bar with fresh fruit purées ($17) remains an option. 

When: Saturday and Sunday 8 to 3. 

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*Contrary to earlier information released by restaurant representatives, DBGB is still working on their brunch menu and will open for daytime weekend service at a later date. We'll keep you posted on the launch.

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Where to sip mimosas with your set menu. By Anna Spiegel
Get your Restaurant Week fix during brunch this weekend. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Summer Restaurant Week 2014 is nearly over, but you’ll have an extra opportunity to try the promotion this weekend at a number of spots offering brunch.

Check back in with us on Monday for a list of restaurants extending the lunch and dinner RW menus, and don’t forget to tell us about your experiences.


Bistro Bis

15 E St., NW

The Saturday and Sunday brunch menu at this Capitol Hill classic mixes French bistro fare like onion soup with brunch-y dishes such as biscuits and gravy and eggs Benedict.


Chef Geoff’s

Multiple locations

All four locations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia offer Sunday brunch for Restaurant Week (here’s a sample menu), with dishes such as bagels and lox and a breakfast burrito served alongside coffee or cocktails for $20.14.


Graffiato

707 Sixth St., NW

Good news for those who can’t make it in for chef Mike Isabella’s Restaurant Week brunch menu: Those pepperoni-sauced chicken thighs will be available on the extended RW offerings next weekend.


Lia’s

4435 Willard Ave., Chevy Chase

The regular lineup of “Lia’s classics” are offered on the Restaurant Week brunch menu and include a coffee, Bloody Mary, or mimosa.


Vermilion

1120 King St., Alexandria

A refined seasonal menu includes dishes such as chilled corn soup, baked eggs with grits and roasted mushrooms, and ricotta-poppyseed fritters with poached peaches.

Find Anna Spiegel on Twitter at @annaspiegs.

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A crawfish boil and barbecue to go are among the delicious options. By Vicky Gan
Society Fair in Alexandria is offering a “BBQ bag” for your holiday weekend cravings. Photograph by Erik Uecke.

Looking to indulge in a leisurely brunch (or crawfish boil) this weekend? Plenty of restaurants are serving up everything from Benedicts to boozy specials.

Bar Charley

1825 18th St., NW; 202-627-2183

Sample a new selection of tiki cocktails every Sunday night starting May 25, and dig into half-price burgers and $5 orders of wings from 10 PM to midnight Monday through Thursday and from 11 PM to 1 AM on Friday and Saturday, now through the end of June. Both Bar Charley and its sister restaurant, El Chucho, will open for brunch at 10 on Memorial Day.

Bayou Bakery

1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington; 703-243-2410

Chef/owner David Guas channels his New Orleans roots with a crawfish boil this Saturday starting at 4. The Louisiana mudbugs will be served for $12 a pound with corn and new potatoes. Also look for Abita beer specials.

Commissary

1443 P St., NW; 202-299-0018

Try the pastrami Benedict, available only on Memorial Day, along with other brunch staples such as omelets, scrambles, and pancakes. With the restaurant’s new Breakfast Club app, you can also get a free coffee or tea with your entrée. Sister restaurants The Pig, Grillfish, Logan Tavern, and The Heights will also serve brunch on Monday. The Pig’s bourbon happy hour will run from 3 to 7 PM.

Copperwood Tavern

4021 Campbell Ave., Arlington

Enjoy $1 oyster happy hour from 4 to 7.

Irish Whiskey Public House

1207 19th St., NW

Champagne is $1 a bottle with any $10 food purchase from 10 AM to 4 PM Saturday through Monday.

Jack Rose Dining Saloon

2007 18th St., NW; 202-588-7388

Dress like a pinup to win prizes at Jack Rose’s Memorial Day party, which will feature a cookout, $5 Fordham & Dominion beers, and Sloop Betty vodka cocktails. The winner of the pinup contest gets a trip to Delaware’s Dover Downs casino and a spot on Fordham & Dominion’s pinup calendar, while runners-up take home a boozy gift basket or tickets to Rams Head Live or Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore. The fun starts at 2 PM.

Policy

1904 14th St., NW; 202-387-7654

In the mood for Old Bay? For $45, indulge in an all-you-can-eat crab feast this Sunday at Logan Circle hangout Policy. The restaurant’s fourth annual Crab Festival also includes hushpuppies, corn on the cob, and hot dogs, along with live music and $5 Atlas Brew Works drafts. Space is limited, so buy tickets in advance online.

Shake Shack

1216 18th St., NW; 800 F Street, NW

In a Memorial Day tradition, Shake Shack brings back its seasonal Shack Corn Dog ($4.50), served with Rick’s Picks sweet corn relish. Chase it with the pecan-pie concrete ($4.25/$6.50), a vanilla frozen custard blended with an entire slice of pecan pie.

Society Fair

277 S. Washington St., Alexandria; 703-683-3247

Take your weekend feast to-go in a “BBQ bag” that includes pulled pork, kielbasa, potato salad, and honey cornbread. Each package is $75 and serves four; for an additional $38, you can get a strawberry-swirl cake that serves six. Call to reserve one for pickup on Friday or Saturday.

Also open on Memorial Day:

Kimpton Hotel restaurants—including Firefly, Urbana, Poste, and Jackson 20—are open for brunch on Monday.

Richard Sandoval’s DC eateries—El Centro D.F. (Georgetown and 14th Street locations), Ambar, Zengo, Masa 14, and Toro Toro—are offering bottomless brunches on Monday.

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A College Park favorite stretches its fins. By Anna Spiegel
Popular sandwiches from Fishnet's College Park location include fried hake (left) and grill mahi mahi (right). Photograph by Scott Suchman.

When we heard that Ferhat Yalcin was expanding Fishnet from College Park to Shaw, we were relieved that much would remain the same. The 40-seat eatery, which officially opened Monday, remains a casual spot devoted to the freshest fin fare. The no-frills menu remains the same, for now—ideal for a fish sandwich or taco fix, or to try one of the Turkish specialties Yalcin recreated from his native Istanbul (we’re fans of the walnut-studded Turkish tartar).

Still the move into an evolving stretch of Shaw—also home to Uprising Muffin Company and Derek Brown’s three-bar crawl—calls for new touches. Dishes can be washed down with a larger selection of beers and wines, plus cocktails in the coming months. As of next week Yalcin also plans to open for Sunday brunch, bringing dishes like brioche French toast, salmon Benedicts, and shrimp and grits to the menu alongside mimosas. Weekly specials are also in the works such as shrimp casserole and fried mussels, a popular street food in Turkey.

The most ambitious aspect to come: a reservations-only tasting menu. Yalcin is still working out the details, but in a few months you’ll be able to book Fish Nook, a four-seat counter within the kitchen for a (roughly) six-course tasting menu. He says dishes may have anything from Turkish to Japanese influences, and true to format, will be decidedly less casual than in the main restaurant. The estimated cost is around $60, with optional beverage pairings.

Stay tuned for more details.

Fishnet. 1819 Seventh St., NW. Current hours: Open daily, 6 to 10:30. Starting May 12: Monday to Saturday, 11:30 to 10:30; Sunday 1 to 9:30.

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From bottomless feasts to picturesque meals with a water view. By Anna Spiegel
Dig into a mortadella frittata accompanied by DIY mimosas and a waterside view during Osteria Morini’s new brunch. Photograph by Anthony Jackson.

Need an excuse to dine out this weekend? Try one of these newly launched brunches, which offer a little something for everyone, from food-loving yoga fans to those looking for a hangover cure or a water view.

Béarnaise

315 Pennsylvania Ave., SE; 202-450-4800

Chef Spike Mendelsohn launches brunch on Sunday at his Capitol Hill eatery. Look for très Français dishes such as crème brûlée French toast, ham-and-Brie omelets, and the “chef’s hangover cure,” a crispy pig’s feet hash topped with eggs and the restaurant’s namesake sauce. To drink: $14 bottomless mimosas and Bloodys or tableside bottle service with a carafe of sparkling wine and your choice of liqueurs such as St. Germaine for $35.

Details: Sunday 10 to 3

Fiola Mare

3050 K St., NW; 202-628-0065

You can watch the Potomac River flow by from the windows—or from the soon-to-open outdoor patio—at this elegant Georgetown waterfront spot. The brunch menu includes Italian morning specialties such as lemon-mascarpone pancakes and baked eggs with creamy mushrooms, as well as the restaurant’s signature seafood pastas and grilled fish.

Details: Saturday and Sunday 11:30 to 2:45

Heavy Seas Alehouse

1501 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-879-4388

This new Arlington brew spot, a spinoff of the Baltimore original, just launched Sunday brunch. True to its Maryland roots, the menu offers dishes including a crab frittata with roasted corn and cotija cheese, and a fried-oyster Benedict with tasso-ham hollandaise and pickled jalapeños.

Details: Sundays, 11 to 4 (Saturday brunch will launch later).

Osteria Morini

301 Water St., SE; 202-484-0660

While this Capitol Riverfront Italian eatery has been open since November, it just recently started serving the brunch menu. A 100-seat outdoor patio overlooking the water will be the place to sit once the weather warms. In the meantime, you can warm up with DIY mimosas (a bottle of bubbly and carafes of juice) to pair with Italian pastries and dishes like a porchetta panino.

Details: Saturday and Sunday 11 to 3

Ritz-Carlton Georgetown yoga brunch

3100 South St., NW; 202-912-4100

You don’t have to be an overnight guest at this swanky hotel to enjoy its Saturday yoga brunch. The morning begins at 10 with an hourlong vinyasa class in the Ritz’s garden, followed by brunch on the terrace with new dishes from Degrees. Look for cardio-centric fitness brunches on Sunday, beginning May 18.

Details: $45 per person; Saturday at 10

Satellite Room

2047 Ninth St., NW; 202-506-2496

You may be more familiar with this spot behind the 9:30 Club for late-night eats, but it’s now serving weekend brunch. There’s a “hangover helper” breakfast plate for those who partied too hard at the concert, as well as an egg-topped burger, huevos rancheros, and a peanut-butter-and-bacon sandwich.

Details: Saturday and Sunday starting at 11

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Fresh options for dining and drinking. By Anna Spiegel
Get Rappahannock Oyster Bar’s super-fresh bivalves for only $1 during a new happy hour. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

It’s a particularly good week for drinkers, with new happy hours, bar deals, and a rare BYO offer—but breakfast fans get some love, too.

Happy hour and later closing at Rappahannock Oyster Bar

1309 Fifth St., NE; 202-544-4702

One of our new 100 Very Best Restaurants for 2014 launches a $1 oyster happy hour, which also includes $4 beer and wine. Even better news: The deal runs from 7 to 9 Tuesday through Saturday and 6 to 8 on Sunday. The Union Market spot has introduced the deals in conjunction with extended hours, now closing at 9 and 8 on the aforementioned days. 

Brunch for dinner at 1905

1905 Ninth St., NW; 202-332-1905

Breakfast lovers can head here for a brunch-for-dinner menu, which will be offered every Tuesday starting this week. Think fried chicken and waffles, a truffled egg sandwich, and, of course, bottomless Bloodys and mimosas for $15. 

Half-price wine, Tiki Thursday, and other nightly specials at Tryst

2459 18th St., NW; 202-232-5500 

This Adams Morgan spot has been around since 1998 and continues to keep things fresh with specials, the latest of which bring a different scene to the bar every night of the week. Highlights include black-and-white movies on Tuesday with $5 Old Fashioneds and live jazz; half-price bottles of wine and discount cheese and charcuterie on Wednesday (with more live jazz); and Tiki Thursday, with surfer movies and $24 volcano bowls. 

New mixologist/happy hour for Water & Wall 

3811 Fairfax Dr., Arlington; 703-294-4949

Barkeep Steve Oshana (formerly of BLT Steak) has landed at Water & Wall. Look for a new cocktail menu in the coming weeks, and in the meantime, take advantage of the recently launched happy hour Sunday through Thursday, featuring rotating specials and a three-course dinner for $35 per person (bar only). 

BYO at Malmaison

3401 K St., NW; 202-817-3340 

You’ll have to wait until next week to try it, but Malmaison just announced free corkage on Mondays so guests can bring their own bottle of wine at no cost. Even better: Give chef Gerard Pangaud 72 hours’ notice and he’ll design a menu around the bottle.

Revamped bar menu at Logan Tavern

1423 P St., NW; 202-332-3710

The beverage menu gets an overhaul: You’ll find more local beers, expanded whiskey offerings—including two flights—and new cocktails, such as the appropriately named Samantha Jones, a riff on a Cosmo with house-infused cranberry vodka and sparkling wine. 

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Fresh options for dining and drinking. By Anna Spiegel
Menu MBK opens this week with options for a quick-grab lunch in the market and the chance to lounge upstairs. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Check out a new restaurant for weekend brunch, sip discount daiquiris, or grab a sandwich (and some free wi-fi) at a new market opening Friday. 

BRUNCH

Jaleo (Penn Quarter, Crystal City, and Bethesda locations)
José Andrés announced this week he’ll switch up the brunch offerings at Jaleo starting Saturday, February 1. Look for sweet and savory small plates such as crispy bread layered with goat cheese and smoked salmon, fried eggs and potatoes (with optional sea urchin), and churros dunked in hot chocolate.

Medium Rare Barracks Row
515 Eighth St., SE; 202-601-7136
The Capitol Hill sibling to Cleveland Park’s steak frites spot just opened on Monday, and is serving its first brunch this weekend. The $23 set menu includes bottomless mimosas (or screwdrivers for more ambitious drinkers), fruit salad, and a steak-portobello mushroom Benedict. 

LUNCH

Menu MBK
405 Eighth St., NW; 202-347-7491
The first phase of chef Frederik de Pue’s new restaurant opens on Friday. While the sit-down restaurant portions don’t debut until later, you can head to the first-floor market for lunch. The lineup includes sandwiches, salads, coffees, and pastries; settle in at the top-floor bistro with your haul and take advantage of the free wi-fi.

Silo 
919 Fifth St., NW; 202-290-2233
The new Mount Vernon Triangle spot Silo just launched lunch. Look for French- and Swiss-inspired dishes such as a seafood salad with cider vinaigrette and a dry-aged burger with Guinness-caramelized onions and Gruyère.

HAPPY HOUR 

Bar Pilar
1833 14th St., NW; 202-265-1751 
Newish chef Jesse Miller just revamped the food menu to include some interesting dishes—think pork sliders with pickled-pig-ear slaw, bison pot pie, and Old Bay-spiked crab mac and cheese. Try them alongside the new happy hour offerings: trotter tots, rum daiquiris, and glasses of wine, all for $5. The deals run Monday through Friday 5 to 7:30. 

Shake Shack (Dupont and Penn Quarter locations)
As if we needed another reason to be tempted by Shake Shack, the burger chain now offers happy hour. Head in for half off red and white wine and draft beer, including Brooklyn Brewery’s Shackmeister Ale. The deal runs Monday through Friday 5 to 7.

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Need a decadent brunch dish for a crowd? Try this make-ahead pastry. By Anna Spiegel
This make-ahead French toast is a decadent crowd-pleaser. Photograph courtesy of Blue Duck Tavern.

One of the rules to making any festive gathering less stressful is preparing a dish in advance. Brunch is trickier; many egg dishes and morning sweets tend to be a la minute operations. Thankfully chef Sebastien Archambault was willing to share his popular twist on French toast from Blue Duck Tavern’s menu, no last-minute frying involved.

You’ll need to start two days in advance so that the bread and croissants can sit overnight in crème anglaise (a light vanilla custard), and then chill overnight after baking to fully set. The fruit compote can be made up to a week before. Once your guests arrive, all the legwork is done: just rewarm the French toast and sweet pear-apple mixture, and pour yourself the first mimosa.

Pear and Apple French Toast
Serves 12

Ingredients for the French toast
14 egg yolks
¼ lb sugar
1 pint heavy cream
1 pint milk
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped (use seeds only)
Salt
½ lb country bread
3 oz plain croissants

Ingredients for the pear and apple garnish
½ lb pears, diced
½ lb apples, diced
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
Salt, to taste

Assemble the French toast
Whisk the first six ingredients in a mixing bowl and set aside.

Cut the country bread into 1-inch slices. Leave the croissants whole. Place both the bread and croissants into a large plastic container with a lid. Pour cream mixture over the baked items and stir to coat. Make sure all bread is submerged. Cover and let soak in the refrigerator overnight.

Bake the toast
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Cook in a greased 9-by-13-inch cake pan for two hours. Make sure the center of the bread pudding is set before removing from the oven. There should be no liquid flow when pressed lightly near the center.

Place the cake pan on the counter. Top with a sheet pan or cookie tray and press the toast for one hour. Remove the tray, and let the toast it chill in the fridge overnight.

Make the pear and apple garnish
In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, melt the sugar to dark caramel over a medium flame. When the sugar is completely melted, add all remaining ingredients. Do not stir.

When the sugar loosens up, stir and cook until the apples start to look glassy, about eight minutes (the sugar will seize up because you are adding cold ingredients, but it will loosen and melt).

Remove from heat and let the mixture cool down to room temperature. Place the mixture (including the juices) in a quart container and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it. This can be made up to a week in advance.

To serve
Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.

Cut the toast in the middle lengthwise, and then slice into 1-inch pieces. Warm in the oven until heated through.

Meanwhile, re-warm the compote in a sauce pan over medium heat (if the fruit has absorbed all the liquid, add a little apple sauce or apple juice). Top the French toast with the fruit garnish, plus whipped cream and maple syrup if desired.

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Where to say hello to 2014 (preferably with bottomless mimosas). By Anna Spiegel
Welcome in the new year at the recently opened Agua 301 in Navy Yard for New Year’s Day brunch. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Who says the bubbly has to stop flowing on New Year’s Eve? Plenty of spots around Washington offer New Year’s Day brunch on an unconventional Wednesday, whether you’re looking to stave off a hangover with bottomless mimosas or toast 2014 with a celebratory meal. Read on for pig roasts, all-day brunching options, and a cold pizza special (yes, that’s a thing).

Agora

1527 17th Street, NW; 202-332-6767

Bottomless is the word at this Dupont Mediterranean spot, where you can sip endless mimosas, bloodies, and booze, and eat your fill of hot and cold mezze, egg dishes, sandwiches, and more. The price tag is fairly gentle at $33 (a la carte is also available).

When: 11 to 3 (last seating at 2:30).

Agua 301

301 Water St., SW; 202-484-0301

This Navy Yard modern Mexican spot just opened, and is serving its first brunch on New Year’s Day.

When: 10:30 to 3.

Ambar

523 Eighth St., SE; 202-813-3039

Ring in 2014 with bottomless brunch cocktails and plates like the Balkan burger, eggs Benedict, and more for $35 (here’s a menu). Extra good news for night owls: the “morning” meal runs until 4.

When: 10 to 4.

Bar Pilar

1833 14th Street, NW; 202-265-1751

Late-risers can get brunch all-day at this 14th Street staple. Given you may have over-indulged, dim lighting and ample bacon are draws.

When: 11 to close.

Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St., NW; 202-419-6755

If you’re bouncing instead of dragging out of bed, why not treat yourself to an elegant meal at the Park Hyatt? The short rib hash with poached eggs with a side of gouda grits is hard to pass up (here’s a sample menu).

When: 11 to 2:30

The Coupe

3415 11th St., NW; 202-290-3342

This Columbia Heights spot is open 24-7, so it’s no surprised they’re dishing up New Year’s Day brunch. The special of the day is bubble and squeak, a pub staple of corned beef, fried potatoes, and brussels sprouts topped with two eggs.

When: All day.

The Diner

2453 18th St., NW; 2-2-232-8800

It’s a casual affair at this Adams Morgan staple, with pitchers of mimosas ($22 vats serve six), and brunch specials like pumpkin pancakes and a Reuben benedict.

When: All day, but Benedicts end at 3.

El Centro DF

Both Georgetown and 14th Street locations.

The only thing better than Mexican brunch? Unlimited Mexican brunch. These twin cantinas pour bottomless micheledas and agua frescas and offer endless plates of ceviche, huevos rancheros, tacos, and more for $35 (check out a sample menu).

When: Georgetown (10:30 to 4), 14th Street (10:30 to 3).

Firefly

1310 New Hampshire Ave NW; 202-956-6650

Cheap cocktails may be in order after a night of splurging. Head over for $3 mimosas, $4 bloodies, and dishes like eggs with country sausage and red eye gravy.

When: 9 to 2.

Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St., NW; 202-298-8783

A big night out calls for a big meal the next day. The Farmers Market buffet brunch should do the trick (and it’s a good deal at $30 per person).

When: 10 to 2:30

Founding Farmers

Both Downtown and Rockville locations

We think 2014 should be the year of more brunch. Sister Founding Farmers spots agree, offering their weekend afternoon menus on both New Year’s Eve and Day.

When: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 to 2.

Granville Moore’s

1238 H St., NE; 202-399-2546

It’s a no-frills New Year’s Eve at this no-cover spot, followed by a casual “hangover brunch” the next day.

When: 11 to 3

Masa 14

1825 14th St., NW; 202-328-1414

Masa serves its usual decadent brunch: an unlimited selection of small plates, lychee bellinis, bacon bloodies, and more for $35. You can order a la carte, but what's the fun in that?

When: 10 to 3 (last seating at 2).

Mussel Bar & Grille

Both Bethesda and Arlington locations

Start the year off with a warming bowl of mussels and some grilled bread for dunking at Robert Wiedmaier’s sister restaurants.

When: 10:30 to 3:30

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace / Black Jack

1612 14th St., NW; 202-986-8778

The regular brunch menu is in effect at Pearl Dive, while Black Jack is throwing it’s great all-day happy hour starting at 3 (half-price beers! two-for-one oysters!). A hangover special may prove handy: a dive burger and Shiner bock for $10.

When: Pearl Dive (11 to 3); Black Jack (3 to close)

Poste

555 Eight St., NW; 202-783-6060

Start 2014 with a pig roast (why not?) and bloody Mary bar during an all-day brunch-tacular. The aforementioned swine is served starting at noon, but early-risers can order from the normal brunch menu at 8.

When: 8 to 4.

Urbana

2121 P St., NW; 202-956-6650

Here’s something different: a $10 cold pizza special that includes a chilled margherita pie and bloody. If you prefer something less leftover-like, the regular menu is served.

Zengo

781 Seventh St., NW; 202-393-2929

Richard Sandoval is all about bottomless brunch. You’ll find more of the same at his Latin-Asian spot, this time with drinks like passion fruit mimosas, ceviche, sushi rolls, dim sum, and more.

When: 10:30 to 2:30

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