Looking to indulge in a leisurely brunch (or crawfish boil) this weekend? Plenty of restaurants are serving up everything from Benedicts to boozy specials.
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.
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.
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.
4021 Campbell Ave., Arlington
Enjoy $1 oyster happy hour from 4 to 7.
1207 19th St., NW
Champagne is $1 a bottle with any $10 food purchase from 10 AM to 4 PM Saturday through Monday.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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
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).
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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).
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).
This Navy Yard modern Mexican spot just opened, and is serving its first brunch on New Year’s Day.
When: 10:30 to 3.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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 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).
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
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)
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.
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.
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
Brunch: it’s not just for Sunday anymore. Plenty of restaurants are celebrating the holidays with weekday brunches, as well as several options for Christmas Eve and Day dining. Get in a festive mood (or tackle the stress) with unlimited bubbly, eggs Benedict, and more.
1837 M St., NW; 202-558-9545
Unlimited brunching just got more expansive. This Dupont Spanish spot offers bottomless tapas and brunch drinks over the course of four days before and after Christmas. Plenty of tortilla Espanola and sangria for all. [Menu]
Details: December 23 through 27 (closed Christmas Day) from 10:30 to 2; $39 per person.
1310 New Hampshire Ave., NW; 202-861-1310
Visiting family may call for discount brunch cocktails. Drop by for traditional brunch with dishes like lemon-ricotta pancakes and eggs Benedict, plus $3 mimosas and $4 Bloodies. [Menu]
Details: A la carte brunch is served from 9 to 2.
480 King St., Alexandria; 703-842-2790
Early birds, take note: you could be sipping mimosas before 10 am (or 8, but that’s less acceptable). Dishes include the likes of biscuits and gravy or eggs Chesapeake. [Menu]
Details: A la carte brunch is served from 7 to 2:30.
1201 24th St., NW; 202-419-6755
Looking for an elegant and delicious way to spend Christmas? This airy Park Hyatt spot delivers both. A choice of seated entree and sides is bookended by a generous appetizer buffet to start (think raw bar, salads, and cheeses), and a dessert station to finish.
Details: Served 10:30 to 3:30; $95 per person and $42 for children between six and 11 (kids under 6 are free).
2401 M St., NW; 202-429-2400
The Fairmont’s special occasion brunch features live music and stations for sustainable seafood and eggs Benedict alike. The price includes unlimited bubbles and valet parking. [Menu]
Details: Served from 11 to 2; $99 for adults, and $50 for children.
1050 31st St., NW; 202-617-2424
This Georgetown boutique hotel serves a three-course meal with items like chopped lobster salad, pastrami hash, and classic eggs Florentine.
Details: Two seatings at 10:30 and 2; $75 per person.
2208 14th St., NW; 202-986-8729
Looking for a casual Christmas option? Piola offers their all-you-can-eat pizza brunch (including egg-topped pies), bottomless cocktails, and a few holiday specials.
Details: Open at 11; $15.95 for unlimited brunch pizzas, and bottomless cocktails for another $15.
2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-342-0444
The typical Seasons brunch stars an impressive raw bar, unlimited bubbly, and multiple stations for carved meats, omelets, salads, and more. Christmas generally brings an expanded version of the same. [Sample menu]
Details: Served 10 to 3; $110 per adult (which includes unlimited mimosas)
277 S. Washington St., Alexandria; 703-683-3247
Those who prefer to brunch in their pajamas on Christmas can pick up a “breakfast bag” from Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong’s market. Think cinnamon rolls, an egg casserole, and fresh juice. [Menu]
Details: Orders must be picked up by Wednesday, December 24 before 5; $40 per basket.
1847 14th St., NW; 202-265-7839
Get Fido in the holiday spirit with a “Wagtime Brunch” Think doggies in a blanket and hot drinks for humans, and homemade treats for pets. Dress your dog in it’s holiday best worst for the Ugly Fashion Dog Show.
Details: Sunday, December 15 from noon to 3.
2700 F St., NW; 202-416-8555
This is the last of three brunches with Santa at the Kennedy Center’s restaurant. You’ll find a buffet with everything from a raw bar to French toast, kid-friendly foods, and a gratis glass of bubbly for adults.
Details: Sunday, December 22 with seating beginning at 10; $45 adults, $20 kids ages 4 to 11.
9048 John S. Mosby Hwy., Upperville; 540-592-9020.
Head out to the Middleburg environs for Boxing Day Brunch in Virginia’s hunt country. The regular lineup of pub-y items are offered, so save room for bubble n’ squeak and chicken pot pie. [Menu]
Details: Thursday, December 26 from 11 to 2:30
7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 240-330-4500
Catch Nat “King” Cole’s brother, Freddy Cole, over brunch at Bethesda’s concert venue-restaurant.
Details: Sunday, December 29 at 11; $50 per person.
We like relaxing at a Four Seasons Champagne brunch as much as anyone, but with the government shutdown edging into its second week, purse strings are getting tighter. Browse our list of more affordable options, from truly cheap dishes to deals at fancier restaurants and mimosas galore.
1319-C Rockville Pike, Rockville; 301-251-7878
Your tab will depend on the number of dumplings, chili-oil-slicked wontons, and dan-dan noodles you order, but nothing on the Northern-style menu will burn a hole in your wallet—dishes typically run $1 to $6. Even better: Dim sum is a daily affair, meaning you can brunch on a weekday.
Details: Monday through Friday 11:30 to 9 and Saturday and Sunday 10 to 9.
Also check out: Hong Kong Pearl. The Falls Church dim sum house is among the best (and still inexpensive), with standout dumplings and roast pig.
3195 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-465-9360
Hearty eaters get plenty of bang for their buck at Liberty’s $21 all-you-can-eat spread. The breakfast table is heaped with fluffy scrambled eggs, breakfast meats and pastries, fried chicken, smoked salmon, and more. Drinks will cost you extra, but not much—a Bloody with a beer back is only $6.
Details: Saturday and Sunday 9:30 to 3; $21 for adults, $8.50 for kids.
Whether you’re looking to check out a new restaurant, dine al fresco, or get silly over bottomless mimosas, here are seven recently debuted brunches to try this weekend.
2400 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-827-8745
Glover Park’s Italian newcomer just rolled out brunch service with dishes such as lemon pancakes, soft-scrambled eggs with prosciutto and ricotta, and a mozzarella-egg sandwich. Not in the morning mood? You can still get pizza and limoncello slushies. Check out the front patio on nicer days.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 to 3
1218 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-4100
Hungry and thirsty? The Georgetown spinoff of Richard Sandoval’s 14th Street Mexican spot offers an all-you-can-eat-and-drink brunch for $35. Get your fill of egg and chorizo tacos, chilaquiles, shrimp ceviche, and more, washed down with micheladas and agua fresca cocktails. The courtyard patio is open during these final summery days.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 to 4