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Weekend in DC-Ideas?

My husband and I are spending 3 full days in the city this weekend. We have been to DC several times already, the last 2 years ago. so we've gone to some of the staples. We are looking for something a little off beat or is worth the time/effort/money for brunch on Sunday and lunch and dinner both Friday and Saturday. Also, any suggestions on coffee shops in Dupont Circle that has good coffee and pasteries/breakfast items for on the go that isn't a chain?

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  1. Dupont Circle area has the Fractured Prune on P St. It has donuts made to order and some other breakfast items. Excellent.

    Off the beaten path: Hit Colorado Kitchen for dinner Friday or Saturday night. Diner ambience with some serious cooking.

    1. Good coffee on Dupont is a rare commodity outside of starbucks, but I really adore Marvelous Market right on Connecticut for regular coffee and great pastries, and there's a Firehook bakery right around the corner that makes great pastries and has all the frou frou coffee drinks I don't drink as well :)

      A little off beat that doesn't get mentioned so much right now is Luna for lunch- I really like the place.

      Dinner- Viridian doesn't get a lot of mentions on here as of late either, and it's over in Logan Circle- situated in an area that I enjoy walking around once you get up near T street (Virdian is closer to Q or R).

      Is there any kind of food you are really seeking out?

      1. For Sunday brunch, Perry's Drag Brunch in Adams Morgan is more than a little off beat. Buffet service coupled with drag queens lip synching.

        For dinner, Michael Richard's Centrale is new since your last visit and definitely worth one meal while you're here.

        1. I'd recommend "adjusting" your breakfast thoughts for a moment - and instead of coffee and pastry on the go, go to Teaism where you can get a wonderful chai and ginger scones to go. You'll be glad you did. R St at Connecticut.

          1. I'd suggest Komi for dinner, if you haven't been yet - it's a couple of blocks from Dupont Circle. Call now for reservations though.


            1. Sunday Jazz Brunch at Georgia Brown's is great. I definitely recommend that, and it is a great value. They offer you a high quality southern spread including a chef making omelettes on the floor. Then when you're finished filling up on all those fixins, they let you order an entree from the menu (an abbreviated sunday menu). The entree is included in the brunch cost. The food is high quality and delicious. Reservations required a couple weeks in advance.

              Caribou Coffee at 14th and Rhode Island Ave is a chain, but their coffee is superb. The also have little baked items, but why waste calories on something like that. Get a real breakfast!

              I'm not sure if I'd call it "offbeat," but it's off the beaten path for breakfast spots in DC - that's the Florida Avenue Grill. It is a delicious greasy spoon that has a good reputation for a good reason. Down home breakfast at its finest.

              I recommend stopping in to Heritage India on Connecticutt Ave right off Dupont Circle for Happy Hour. Sit at the bar and order some Indian "street food." I love Indian cuisine more than any other, and I've never found this sort of offering at any other Indian restaurant.

              If you like greek food and you're looking for a weekday lunch, head to the Greek Deli on 19th St between L and M streets - a short walk from Dupont Circle. You will be able to identify it by the line out the door. It's a to-go only spot, but if it's a nice day, grab your food and find a nice spot outside to eat it. The line moves quickly and you get a lot of delicious authentic greek food for your money. The daily specials are always out of this world.

              Let us know where you end up...

              5 Replies
              1. re: mdatwood13

                Last I recall it was a Gospel brunch, not a jazz brunch at Georgia Brown's- is that not the case anymore?

                1. re: jpschust

                  Gospel?! Really?! I don't think so. I have been 3 times, and it was a live, low key, not too loud jazz band performing. And their web site (www.gbrowns.com) says "Sunday brunches are spiced with live jazz..."

                  1. re: mdatwood13

                    I'm going off memory, but that was quite a while ago for me. So I'm going with you being right :)

                2. re: mdatwood13

                  I LOVE Greek food, so the Greek Deli is for sure on the list of places to go. I also like the idea of Heritage India too. The more ethnic the better for us, we will try almost anything!

                  We thought breakfast on the go would be better rather than a real breakfast so that we actually had time to do things, rather than sit and eat all the time, but maybe it will become big breakfast, lunch on the go and a good dinner.

                  Thanks for the suggestion!

                  1. re: Francis

                    Since you're big on the ethnic, Labanese Taverna is another very good DC restaurant located in Woodley Park. I recommend sampling several of their appetizers to really get a feel for the variety of middle eastern delights that they offer.