Food

5 New Breakfasts and Brunches to Try This Weekend

Plus a Monday night bottomless deal for industry folks.

Tasting menu restaurant Gravitas launches a la carte brunch in Ivy City. Photograph courtesy of Leading DC.

Gravitas
1401 Okie St., NE
Chef Matt Baker’s tasting menu restaurant in Ivy City launches a more casual a la carte brunch menu this weekend. The lineup includes cheffy spins on classics—think sourdough pancakes with glazed blueberries or a crispy poached egg with chicken confit—plus entrees like cioppino seafood stew. Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Mama Chang
3251 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax
You might know famed Chinese chef Peter Chang for his scallion bubble pancakes—though they’re really the creation of wife/pastry chef Lisa Chang. The matriarchs of the family get the spotlight at the newest restaurant in the Chang empire. The all-day menu features dim sum-style small plates like dumplings, sesame shaobing pastries, cumin duck wings, and sweet-and-sour ribs. There are also family-style platters. Friday and Saturday, 11 AM to 10 PM; Sunday to 9 PM

Mama Chang Peter Chang Chinese Szechuan Dim Sum Fairfax
Sesame shaobing rolls at Mama Chang. Photograph by Rey Lopez

Little Beast
5600 Connecticut Ave., NW
The Chevy Chase neighborhood spot has revamped its daytime service and starts three days of brunch this weekend (in addition to dinner). Chef Naomi Gallego is behind a crowd-pleasing menu—plus one for kids—that includes egg dishes, tartines, salads, pizzas, and homemade baked goods such as cheddar biscuits (best eaten in fried-chicken sandwich form). Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 9 AM to 2 PM
[Little Beast owner Aaron Gordon is the author’s brother-in-law]

Busboys and Poets
2004 Martin Luther King Jr Ave., SE
The newest location of Andy Shallal’s progressive cafe opened this week in Anacostia. Breakfast and brunch dishes span the globe from Iraqi corned beef hash to Mexican-style omelets and shrimp and grits. Vegan dishes are plentiful for those who prefer “eggs” over eggs, and there are lots of vegetarian and gluten-free selections, too. Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 11 AM; until 3 PM on Saturday and Sunday

Sunny bowls of pasta at Osteria Morini. Photograph via Facebook

Osteria Morini
301 Water St., SE
Restaurateur Michael White’s waterfront Italian just launched a pasta brunch that incorporates eggs and/or cured meats into the noodles (we have our eye on malfadine with house-cured pancetta, spinach, and a poached egg). Dishes can be ordered a la carte or as part of a prix-fixe that includes two ($30) or three ($34) courses plus a brunch cocktail. Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM to 2:30 PM

And heading into the week…

Tico
1926 14th St., NW
Restaurateur Michael Schlow is serving “brunch after dark” on Mondays for service industry folks (or just people who like eggs for dinner). The regular weekend lineup is available, including breakfast tacos, duck-and-green-chili hash, and waffles. Diners can order a la carte, all-you-can-eat ($29 or $39 with bottomless drinks). Monday, 5 to 10:30 PM

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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.