Ris: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012

Ris: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012
Photo by Scott Suchman

Bottomless mimosas and Benedicts are standard fare at many a brunch spot, but this quietly elegant dining room takes them to the next level. Mimosas—$18 for an endless supply—come in unusual flavors like cucumber-melon and bracing elderflower-peach and are so refreshing it’s easy to get your money’s worth. The kitchen gets poached eggs right, and you can pierce their runny yolks atop Benedicts with house-smoked salmon, traditional ham, or a jumbo-lump crabcake dolloped with orange-scented hollandaise. Other midday pleasures span the globe and include crunchy, pepita crusted chiles rellenos, Scandinavian-inspired pickled herring with apple-horseradish cream, and warm buttermilk biscuits. Sunday 10 to 3.

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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.