Food

7 New Brunches to Try in Washington This Weekend

Where to find fresh biscuits, bottomless mimosas, and bagels in a beer garden.
Tupelo Honey Cafe dishes up egg and pimento cheese tacos as part of their late-night brunch menu. Photograph courtesy of Tupelo Honey Cafe.

Ankara

1320 19th St., NW

Traditional Turkish breakfasts are spun into brunch at this new Dupont eatery, beginning on Saturday. A set menu includes plenty of variety, including complimetnary sweet and savory snacks, stuffed omelets, feta-topped flatbreads, and more. The prix-fixe ($37 per person) includes tea, brunch cocktails, and all-you-can-eat small plates.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11 to 3:30.

A must-order at Bayou Bakery: the freshly-baked biscuits. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Bayou Bakery Capitol Hill

901 Pennsylvania Ave., SE

Chef/owner David Guas rolls out brunch at his new Capitol Hill eatery, a spinoff of the Arlington original. Louisiana-style dishes include freshly-baked beignets, bacon-cheddar grits, and biscuits smothered in gravy with Virginia ham. Wash it all down with chicory coffee, or a Bayou bloody spiked with creole seasoning.

Hours: Open on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 7:30.

Brine

2985 District Ave., Fairfax

The Mosaic District seafood spot from Rappahannock Oyster Co.’s Travis Croxton is now open all day on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 11. Head in for spicy bloodies, briny oysters, and a wood-grilled burger topped with red onion jam. A large sidewalk patio is a good spot to take down cold beers and chilled shellfish on warm days.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday, starting at 11.

Dacha Beer Garden

1600 Seventh St., NW

This popular Shaw beer garden just keeps getting better, and a new brunch menu is no exception. Fill up on Belgian waffles, grilled sausages with eggs, or a bagel sandwich stacked with bacon, a fried egg, and crispy green tomatoes. Bottomless mimosas are an option if a stein of cold beer doesn’t sound appetizing.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 to 2.

Sally’s Middle Name

1320 H St., NE

Cashion’s alum Sam Adkins and wife/business partner Aphra are behind this locally-minded boutique eatery on H Street, which serves its first brunch this weekend. Expect seasonal plates such as house-made brioche and jam, and bacon smoked by pals DCity Smokehouse.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 to 3.

Take a spin around the Southern-style buffet at Smokehouse Live, which begins brunch this weekend. Photograph by Rey Lopez.

Smokehouse Live

1602 Village Market Blvd. SE, Leesburg

The largest barbecue joint in the area launches brunch this weekend, and like everything else about the eatery, it’s going to be big. A Southern-style buffet features scramble stations, creamed spinach Benedicts, and Texas toast with smoked sausage gravy ($19.95 for adults; $8.95 kids four to ten; under four is free). Live music sets the scene.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 to 3.

Tupelo Honey Cafe

1616 N. Troy St., Arlington

A ten-garnish bloody Mary is one of many indulgent brunch offerings at the Arlington branch of this southern chainlet. Diners can pick between dishes like fried chicken and biscuits or an overstuffed “cheesy grill”—essentially pimento grilled cheese filled with meats and fried green tomatoes. More of a night person? Check out “moonrise brunch” on Friday and Saturday from 10 to 1 for a menu of breakfast-y small plates and cocktails.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 9 to 3; moonrise brunch Friday and Saturday, 10 to 1.

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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.