Hey all you Brunch lovers,
Here in the District, Brunch is like the fourth meal. It’s a staple of the weekend here, and as much as I love a bloody mary, racking up these brunches can get pretty expensive. That’s why I have compiled a list for your culinary pleasure of places (some unexpected) in the city that does a good brunch for $10 or less per entree. I know, how ever very f&F?
1. Busboys & Poets – 4TH & V 2021 14th St NW or 5TH & K 1025 5th Street NW
This place is hipster, flat out, but it’s a really relaxed place to eat. Lounging on couches and surrounded by books, it’s got a real study place vibe. This place is good to go with just one other friend as the seating can be awkward with bigger groups. Last time, I had the greek salad and it was phenomenal.
2. Firefly – 1310 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
This restaurant did not make the list primarily because of food, although the food is good. The real kicker here is $2 Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Not enough places do this anymore and my brunch beverage bill gets a little out of control or I’m not allowed to have more than one and I get really cranky. Bottom line, this is a cute accessible place in Dupont with a great atmosphere.
3. Hotel Tabard Inn – 1739 N Street Northwest
This little cute inn has a fabulous brunch menu and has a true 1920s feel. You may dine in the lounge, a little more romantic, or at one of the tables inside the restaurant. This is a great place to go with your boyfriend on a Saturday morning. Must get: Tabard’s own Freshly Fried Donuts. To.Die.For. If you don’t mind waiting 30-40minutes, its a good idea to make a res since the hotel guests will get first priority.
4. Le Pain Quotidien – 2815 M Street Northwest
The only chain in the city I would trust to do brunch the right way. I’m sure you’ve heard about this place before, sometimes called “LPQ” but I was surprised to stumble upon it on a Sunday afternoon at peak brunch hours. They always have a fabulous array of delicious pastries and their bread is amazing with their hazelnut and white chocolate spreads. Worth checking out if your’re headed to Georgetown for the day.
5. Founding Farmers – 1924 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Warning: Drinks are expensive (but really strong) AND make a reservation
This place is an old favorite. As a recent grad of GW, I have been going to this place for about five years and I’m obsessed. My friend Dana and I call it our date place since we go there so often. I said it once and I’ll say it again, make a reservation! That is, if you don’t want to sit at the bar. Waiting for tables is the worst at this place. Favorite items on the menu? Drag through the Garden scramble and Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup. Also, it should be noted that the mashed potatoes side is out of this world.
I hope you guys are ready to brunch! xoxo M