Where to Find Brunch on MLK Day Around DC

Cap off the holiday weekend with Monday mimosas.

Egg-topped grits and grillades at Pearl Dive. Photo courtesy of Pearl Dive.

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The long weekend means restaurants are offering brunch on Martin Luther King Day (Monday, January 20). Here’s where to start the week with free-flowing mimosas, all-you-can-eat specials, and extended restaurant week promotions.

523 8th St., SE; 2901 Wilson Blvd., Clarendon
Savory pies, creamy spreads, and mezze platters are all part of Balkan brunch. For those eager to sample widely, try unlimited plates and brunch drinks (must be ordered by the whole table, $39 at the DC location; $34 with 25 cent drinks in Clarendon).

Belga Cafe
514 8th St., SE 
Barrack Row’s Belgian cafe is extending Winter Restaurant Week, another opportunity to try the $22, three-course menu. Entrees include a croissant and waffle hybrid dubbed the “croiffle” and short rib hash.

Brookland’s Finest
3126 12th St., NE
The restaurant is welcoming Denizens Brewing Company for a tap-takeover on Monday. Wash down blueberry ricotta waffles and fried green tomato Benedicts with the Maryland brewery’s beers.

B Too
1324 14th St., NW 
If you missed restaurant week, Monday is another opportunity to dine on the $22 brunch deal. Start with a fennel and citrus salad, choose between two egg dishes for the main course, and end with pumpkin tiramisu.

Chilaquiles are part of Buena Vida's unlimited small plates deal. Photograph courtesy of Buena Vida.
Chilaquiles are part of Buena Vida’s unlimited small plates deal. Photograph courtesy of Buena Vida.

Buena Vida 
8407 Ramsey Ave., Silver Spring; 2900 Wilson Blvd., Clarendon
All-you-can-eat small plates are on the brunch menu at the sibling Mexican restaurants. Head to Silver Spring for tacos stuffed with steak and eggs or Clarendon for breakfast sliders. Both locations have guacamole and huevos rancheros (must be ordered by the whole table, $35 at the Silver Spring location; $34 with 25 cent drinks in Clarendon).

1443 P. St., NW
Grab a brunch partner and order the breakfast for two ($55) featuring coffee, a pitcher of bloody Marys or mimosas, and an entree of your choice. Main course options include four combos of eggs and breakfast meats with home fries and toast.

Farmers Restaurant Group
Multiple locations in DC, MD, VA
A la carte and buffet brunches are available at all locations of this local American restaurant group. Pile plates with egg scrambles, breakfast jambalaya, and brûléed grapefruit.

Pancakes at Founding Farmers. Photograph courtesy of Farmers Restaurant Group.
Pancakes at Founding Farmers. Photograph courtesy of Farmers Restaurant Group.

480 7th St., NW
Sip the rotating mimosa flavor of the week while diving into the Spanish menu. Patrons can opt for a la carte dishes or order pick between two set menus of brunch tapas ($30 per person or $45 per person).

Le Diplomate
1601 14th St., NW 
Pastry chef Fabrice Bendano whips up a comforting basket of breakfast pastries for a chilly January morning. The 14th Street brasserie serves seafood platters alongside French classics like the ultra-cheesy onion soup.

Logan Tavern
1423 P. St., NW
If your long weekend is less about sleeping in and more about activities, there’s unlimited La Colombe Coffee for $4 at this Logan Circle restaurant. Stay fueled with burgers and Benedicts from a menu that strikes a breakfast-lunch balance.

Mi Vida
98 District Sq., SW
The Wharf’s Mexican spot is serving select brunch dishes with their weekday lunch menu for the holiday. You can order breakfast plates like huevos rancheros and banana custard French toast alongside queso fundido and enchiladas mole.

401 7th St., NW
José Andrés’ butterfly-laden dining room features handmade tortillas with corn ground in-house. Try them in fried mahi mahi taco, or bravely sample the Oaxacan signature: crispy grasshopper.

Chocolate chip and banana pancakes at St. Anselm. Photo courtesy of St. Anselm.
Chocolate chip and banana pancakes at St. Anselm. Photo courtesy of St. Anselm

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
1612 14th St., NW
The 14th Street seafood haven serves hot plates like oysters Rockefeller, grilled oysters wrapped in bacon, and a spicy seafood Benedict. There are also plenty of baked goods like ricotta beignets and pecan sticky buns.

The Pig
1320 14th St., NW
Pig out on a build-your-own breakfast meat board with options like bacon, andouille, and bierwurst. Pork-wild patrons can also feast on biscuits with sausage gravy or a pork belly benedict.

915 F St., NW; 186 Waterfront St., National Harbor 
While the menu has plenty of a la carte Southern fare, tables can opt for a Taste of the South brunch ($25 for adults; $13 for children 12 and under). The family-style meal includes sticky buns, collard greens with kimchi, fried chicken, biscuits, and more.

Teddy & The Bully Bar
1200 19th St., NW
Unlimited brunch for $53 lets diners select bottomless plates from the a la carte menu (also available on Monday). The all-you-can-eat deal also extends to the waffle and omelette stations, mimosas, and bloody Mary bar.

1205 11th St., NW
Georgian fare like khachapuri, cheesy bread with eggs, is on the Shaw restaurant’s brunch menu. The Instagrammable dish can include hearty toppings like potato, pork, and beef.

St. Anselm
1250 5th St., NE 
Some of the best buttermilk biscuits in the city can be found at the Union Market-adjacent restaurant. Pair with eggs and sweet pancakes or go full steakhouse and order the ax handle rib eye.

Daniella Byck
Lifestyle Editor

Daniella Byck joined Washingtonian in 2022. She was previously with Outside Magazine and lives in Northeast DC.