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Langrrr Nov 26, 2006 08:48 PM

I'm planning a brunch for a friend who is going overseas for a few months, and while Whitey's was the standard for a while, we're older and, of course, Whitey's is gone.

I'm looking for something in the mid-price range - I'm hoping to not have to go the route of the Key Bridge Marriott, though that's apparently on the table.

Buffets are fine, but not essential. Not sure if Bebo does brunch, but that was a possibility.

What I do need is a place that can accomodate about 20 people. And it has to be either NoVA or DC, as most of the guests will be coming from there.

Thanks.

- Andrew Langer

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    Langrrr Nov 26, 2006 08:53 PM

    And, as I just discovered that the JW's atop the Key Bridge Marriott is no more, I now no longer have even that standby.

    Hmmmmph....

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

    1. Meg Nov 27, 2006 03:20 PM

      Maybe too far west in Northern VA but just had a great brunch (non-buffet) at Lightfoot in Leesburg yesterday. And they can easily handle large parties.

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        BRL Nov 27, 2006 04:08 PM

        I would recommend the following places in Arlington/Clarendon:

        Harry's Tap Room -- www.harrystaproom.com (menu -- no buffet
        )Boulevard Woodgrill -- www.boulevardwoodgrill (menu -- no buffet
        )Whitlow's -- www.whitlows.com (menu and great buffet

        )

        All the websites list their brunch menus. Harry's would be the most upscale, followed by Boulevard Woodgrill and then the very casual Whitlow's.

        Let us know where you go and how it was.

        BL

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          weezycom Nov 27, 2006 04:38 PM

          Carlyle in Shirlington does brunch now both weekend days, I think starting at 10-10:30 on Saturdays.

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            chowser Nov 27, 2006 05:00 PM

            I was just going to ask if anyone has been to Artie's for brunch. I received a postcard from them for free dessert but it was about their brunch which sounded good. I assume it'll be similar to Carlyle? I don't know if the seating at Artie's handles 20, though, since they have so many booths.

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            mai Nov 27, 2006 07:50 PM

            Carlyle Grande is one of the best brunch spots in the area as the food and service have always been consistently good. I don’t think they have the room to handle a group of 20 though. Talula and Evening Star both serve brunch and I think they can handle large groups. http://neighborhoodrestaurantgroup.co...

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              TerriS Nov 27, 2006 08:07 PM

              Are you willing to do dim sum? China Garden does a lot of large parties.

              Also check out the Del Merei in the Del Ray area - might be a squeeze on space but they might be able to work with you.

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                EricDC Nov 27, 2006 09:14 PM

                Just a guess, but I don't believe that Whitlow's would handle 20 people (although, maybe they would?) Just always seems SO packed and also rather pressed for space - I imagine they could do it, though, in the room between the general dining room and the room where they put the buffet table. Or the way-back room, maybe. I take it back, I guess they could do it.

                I would say Whitlow's is kinda downscale... like, appropriate for a 20-person family brunch, but not really the right choice for a "going away" brunch, IMO...

                I would suggest Levante's in Dupont. Outstanding brunch, less than $20 per person with tax and tip, and the ambience is quite nice (unlike Whitlow's).

                1. jpschust Nov 27, 2006 10:23 PM

                  Also, the Beacon might be able to accomidate- I really like them as it is also an all you can drink $25.00 brunch buffet from noon to 3.

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                    icejew Nov 27, 2006 10:29 PM

                    Colorado Kitchen at 14th and Colorado NW has one of the best brunches around, at a very reasonable price considering the quality of the food. Only downside is that the place is small so you might not be able to get seating together for everyone.

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