5 Brunches to Try on New Year’s Day

Ring in 2018 with bottomless mimosas and stuffed French toast
Brioche French toast will be available for New Year's day brunch at Pennsylvania 6. Photo courtesy Pennsylvania 6.

Maybe hold off on that New Year’s diet just one extra day, because you’re going to want to indulge for brunch on January 1. Here are five options for bloody mary bars, bottomless mimosas, and eggs galore on Monday.

Bar Pilar
1833 14th St., NW
For one of the best hangover brunches in the city, head to this 14th Street haunt. The bar’s cure is a big bowl filled with biscuits, sausage, gravy, home fries, and eggs. You’ll also find breakfast burritos, buttermilk-fried chicken pancakes, and pork hash. It all goes great with a jalapeño-infused bloody mary or a boozy slushie.

The Black Squirrel
2670 Avenir Place, Vienna, Va.
Start your year off with good fortune by getting you black-eyed pea fix early. Beginning at 10 AM, the new Black Squirrel in Dunn Loring will serve a menu of “lucky” Southern staples such as cornbread, collard greens, fried catfish, and pork belly grits. Foods in the shape of a circle are also supposed to bring good fortune, so naturally, there will be cookies—with chocolate milk.

Alta Strada
465 K St., NW
The Italian restaurant is expanding brunch from 11 AM to 5 PM. Share some bomboloni fritters then try the eggs Benedetto with duck ragout and blood orange hollandaise or the “everything bagel spice” pizza topped with smoked salmon and mascarpone. Bottomless mimosas go for $22 per person.

Brookland’s Finest
3126 12th St., NE
Roll out of bed by 11 AM for French toast stuffed with bacon, Taylor pork roll, and cheddar eggs or a 10-ounce prime rib with fried eggs and potato hash. The restaurant will also have a bloody mary bar where you can mix and match the spirit (or beer) of your choice with a traditional tomato mix or a tomatillo one. Upgrade your garnish game with pickled okra, smoked shrimp, or bacon.

Pennsylvania 6
1350 I St., NW
Stay in your pajamas for this “Flannel & French Toast” New Year’s day brunch. Anyone dressed in flannel from 11 AM to 3 PM will get a complimentary appetizer. The menu includes brioche French toast and eggs Benedict with crab croquettes. Bonus: the bottomless Champagne bar is half-off ($9.25).

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Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.