974 Palmer Alley., NW
Chef Amy Brandwein serves the first Sunday brunch this weekend at her CityCenterDC Italian market/restaurant. Seasonal dishes include a Calabrese breakfast sandwich with fried eggs and nduja salami, cinnamon-sugar bomboloni (doughnuts), and fresh-squeezed orange juice mimosas.
When: Sundays, 9:30 to 1:30
1501 Ninth St., NW
Brunch gets a Japanese twist at this Shaw spot, which serves breakfast ramen with a poached egg and bacon. Drinkers can pick between half-price frozen cocktails from the bar, or fancy mimosas made with Veuve Clicquot and a choice of three fresh juices.
When: Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4
934 Palmer Alley, NW
This stylish Mediterranean newcomer to CityCenter begins brunch this weekend. The kitchen trades butter for olive oil and tends to keep things light, creating dishes like a chilled cucumber soup with pink peppercorns, and truffled scrambled eggs with fontina cheese. A peach liquor-spiked bellini sounds like the perfect patio drink.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 11 to 4
750 15th St., NW
Half-price cocktails, wines, and beers are good incentives to check out Joe’s during their new brunch. Pad the stomach with hearty dishes such as strawberry-rhubarb waffles and poached eggs Oscar with Alaskan crab, asparagus, and hollandaise.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 to 2:30
201 Upshur St., NW
Petworth’s new punk-inspired burger bar just poured its first whiskey on Thursday, but they’re ready to dive into Sunday brunch this weekend. Details are still in the works, but co-owner Gordon Banks says the format may be similar to sibling restaurant Bar Charley: bottomless brunch cocktails and the choice of a main course from the regular menu (exact price TBD, but it’ll be in the low $20’s).
When: Sunday, noon to 8
319 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
We’ve heard of long-running brunches, but Stanton’s new offering may be the lengthiest: 11 am to 9 pm. The kitchen creates a few novelties—chorizo sausages dunked in pancake batter, fried, and drizzled with blueberry syrup—as well as crowd-pleasers like pork belly hash. New brunch cocktails like a mix of coffee liqueur and whiskey join the classic bloodies and mimosas.
When: Sunday, 11 to 9