We all know there are endless brunch options in DC, but how does one choose where to go based on who they are going with or what they are in the mood for? Not all brunches bring the same satisfaction, my friends. So, I put together this easy guide for where you should brunch this Spring.
~ For the “Yo, let’s go grab some booze and brunch” friend ~
Head to Boundary Stone right on Rhode Island Ave, NW in Shaw for a chill brunch with friends. Hungover? This is your place. Start with some bomb deviled eggs for $5 and try to decide between the unreal pork belly & egg sandwich or the fried chicken and french toast both for under $15. Their cold-brewed Irish coffee with Jameson for $12 can really put some hair on your chest, or take some $14 bottomless mimosas or bloodies for a spin until 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Check out their full brunch menu here.
~ For the best friend visiting DC or brunch date with bae on the patio ~
Sophisticated, intimate, and oh so classy – no, I’m not talking about myself. Hazel is all that and more. Located on V Street NW right off of Florida Ave, Hazel is the coolest kid in town offering Dim Sunday brunch, which let me tell ya, is pretty dang good. You have 11 small dishes to choose from or you can just do what they call “The Whole Shebang” for under $100 for you and bae. The whole shebang is worth it guys, trust me. Grandma’s Zucchini Bread with Foie Gras Mousse, the Matcha Donuts and Kimchi Scramble are my faves. Head out to dine on the patio this Spring or indoor for a more intimate dinner. Find out more about what Hazel has to offer here.
~For the quiet and “I’m just gonna sit here and take in the wicked cool vibe of this place” type friend~
We all are well aware of my obsession with Ambar – it’s pretty hard to hide. So when owner Ivan Iricanin opened his latest concept, the 56-seat BABA, on March 20th, Bex was pretty excited. Located in the heart of Clarendon, BABA, which translates into ‘Grandmother,’ brings a warm vibe with craft cocktails, unique offerings and a live DJ on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Brunch is served every day (yes, every single day) from 8 am until 3 pm. Their Tiramisu Oatmeal is to die for, if you can’t tell by just looking at that beautiful shot above. Oatmeal, espresso mascarpone, organic almond butter, dark chocolate granola, and prunes with maple syrup make this dish so unique. Along with Baba’s Turkish Coffee and the array of small plates, this a great brunch right outside of DC. Read more about BABA here.
~For the sake-loving, sushi-obsessed group of buddies you see at least once a week~
Hit up Sakerum for a Latin-Asian fusion unlike any other. Located right on 14th Street, Sakerum offers a bento box brunch that is crazy delicious. You can’t go wrong with any of the 6 bento box options all for $29. The spicy sambal edamame for $8 with a Lychee Mimosa or Grey Hound cocktail for under $15 make for a perfect start to your brunch experience. Make sure you come with an appetite because these bento boxes sure are filling! Check out more about Sakerum’s $5 Sake Hour and Social Cigar Mondays here.
Blue Duck Tavern
~For the brunch that Mom and Dad are paying for during their visit to DC (hehe) ~
A Michelin star upscale restaurant, Blue Duck Tavern is an absolutely amazing joint located in the Georgetown neighborhood. The restaurant is set in the elegant Park Hyatt Hotel and is a hub for travelers as well as local residents who gather for their daily breakfast. Whether it be breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, your meal at Blue Duck is guaranteed to be one of the best you have ever had. Check out their menus here.
Farmers Fishers Bakers
~For the day when you accept that you’ve lost all control of eating healthy and go hog wild~
Ah, but what would DC be without bottomless food for brunches? Farmers Fishers Bakers located right near the waterfront in Georgetown offers a Farmers Market Brunch for $29.99 a person that allows you to explore their unreal buffet of options from the Butcher’s Table, Gardener’s Table and Dessert Table. If you don’t come hungry, you’re in trouble because not only do you have free roam of the buffet, but servers come around to your table throughout the experience to bring you warm cinnamon buns, eggs benny, shrimp cocktail and more. Oh, yeah – your Sunday dreams have now come true. While drinks aren’t included, you and your friends can still order some awesome tiki cocktails for one or to share. Open from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Check out the buffet menu and the Tiki Bar options here.
~ For the “I want bottomless everything in my mouth right now but just spent all my money at the bar last night” friend~
Oh, you thought I was going to have a Brunch Guide without my favorite place in it?! What were you thinking! Ambar is the perfect place to head to this Spring. Set right on Barrack’s Row in Capitol Hill area, Ambar offers the Balkan Experience, which includes bottomless small plates and brunch drinks for only $39 with a 2-hour limit. You better hit up the Mango Mimosa, Ham & Cheese Crepe, Cinnamon Sweet Sourdough (pictured above) and Poached Pear Waffle, which are all easily my favorite brunch options. Their evening Balkan Experience may also happen to be one of my faves as well, just saying. Check out more about Ambar here.