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6 New Brunches to Try This Weekend

Wash down Aunt Lila's pancakes at Marcel's with half-price bottles of wine (including all the bubbles!). Photograph courtesy of Marcel's

Pizzeria Vetri

2221 14th St., NW

San Marzano bloodies and egg-topped pies are the main event for brunch at Marc Vetri’s new 14th Street pizzeria. We like the sound of the “PLT” with scrambled eggs, prosciutto, and arugula, plus a grapefruit mimosa to ease into the day. Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm

Marcel’s

2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

In the mood for a brunch splurge? Try chef Robert Wiedmaier’s elegant West End dining room, which just started a summertime brunch special: half-off any bottle of wine in the restaurant’s impressive cellar. That means you can pair Dom Pérignon with your Belgian waffles and Chantilly cream for just a little less. The special runs through August. Sunday, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Alta Strada 

475 K St., NW

Chef Michael Schlow’s Italian eatery in Mt. Vernon Triangle launches brunch this weekend, with dishes both sweet (Nutella crepes) and savory, like the burrata-bacon-egg panini. Wash them down with bottomless mimosas for $21, which can be mixed with fresh peach or blood orange juice in addition to the usual suspects. Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm

Junction Bakery & Bistro

1508 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria

Expect plenty of delicious breads and pastries from Del Ray’s new bistro, which doubles as a retail bakery/coffee bar. Chef Nathan Hatfield (formerly a baker at Le Diplomate)  offers a global array of carb-licious options, including artisanal toast, cheddar-chive biscuits with eggs, and an “everything” croissant that lives up to its name. Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm

Zaytinya

701 Ninth St., NW

José Andrés’s Mediterranean restaurant launches a new brunch menu this weekend. Chef Michael Costa’s creative dishes include duck shakshuka—a duck egg poached in spicy tomato sauce with duck confit and pickled chilies—and the “LBLT” with house-cured lamb bacon. Wash it down with a classic mimosa and/or Turkish coffee. Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 2:30 pm

Kingbird

2650 Virginia Ave., NW

Head to the newly-revamped Watergate Hotel for a swanky brunch—we’d go for strawberry bellinis on the terrace if weather allows. Chef Michael Santoro’s menu includes luxe options like lobster-potato quiche, or a lox plate from New York’s Russ & Daughters. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm

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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.