If there’s one thing that gets runners through that last mile of a race, it’s the thought of brunch afterward. Loading up on pancakes, waffles, bacon, and mimosas after months of early morning runs and training? There’s no better reward.
Here, we share our top brunch spots for runners based on Washingtonian’s list of 50 Great Breakfast and Brunch Spots. Got a favorite brunch place of your own? Share it with us in the comments section!
For runners with bottomless appetites, head to: Liberty Tavern
On the weekend, Liberty Tavern in Clarendon is a hot spot for the post-race crowd, thanks to its $20 all-you-can-eat buffet. Think crispy bacon and fried chicken, French toast, yummy beet-and-goat-cheese salad, and a table piled high with house-made pop tarts and desserts.
For a good old-fashioned breakfast, head to: Silver Diner
The word “diner” may imply greasy plates of eggs and homefries, but expect a healthier twist on your favorite breakfast meals at Silver Diner with just-right portion sizes. Another perk: a hefty list of tasty smoothies and milkshakes to top off your meal.
For a quick grab-and-go, head to: Bayou Bakery
If you’re short on time and don’t want to deal with crowds, order a breakfast sandwich on a flaky biscuit at the counter of this Courthouse restaurant. Also worth a try: beignets, house-made croissants, and a muff-a-lotta sandwich.
For the vegetarian runner, head to: Busboys and Poets
If you’ve got a vegetarian or vegan runner in the group, Busboys and Poets has a good number of meatless dishes. The Oaxacan-style omelet with black beans and guacamole never fails, and most meals are $10 or less.
For a true celebratory brunch, head to: the Hamilton
For the music-loving type, head to the Hamilton near the Metro Center for its $30 Southern buffet with a free alcoholic drink. Then chow down on all-you-can-eat buttermilk biscuits and gumbo to the sound of live music.