Evening Star Cafe: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012

Evening Star Cafe: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012
The Brimstone Burger at Ray's Hell Burger, which has locations on every metro line. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Fifteen years on, this Del Ray fixture has evolved from a quirky neighborhood standby to a destination for a fun and unpretentious brunch. A recent renovation brought textured wallpaper, dangling lights, and erector-set tracks poised high above diners’ heads, modernizing the setting without compromising its funky character. The same might be said of the appealing roster of brunch staples (two Benedicts, French toast, quiche, and hash) that chef Jim Jeffords, who cooked previously at Sou’Wester, supplements with Southern indulgences—chicken and waffles, biscuits and redeye gravy, house-cured bacon, and stone-ground grits. There’s a trip north, too—a warm, gooey sticky bun that would melt a Philadelphian’s skeptical heart. Saturday 11 to 2:30, Sunday 10 to 2:30.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.

Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.