Eatonville: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012

Named for the Florida hometown of author Zora Neale Hurston, this sprawling dining room with chandeliers and paddle fans is a lively spot for a Southern-style repast. That means fried chicken with jalapeño-sausage gravy (ask for a bone-in thigh instead of the boneless breast) and custardy mac and cheese or the odd-sounding but delicious fried poached eggs over bacon-studded potato hash. The frittata, with its woodsy shiitakes, feta, and arugula, is a departure from the Dixie theme, but it works. Flaky biscuits come with a few plates—if they don’t, order a round. And don’t overlook the marvelous lavender lemonade, served in a Mason jar. Saturday and Sunday 9 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.