breakfast in D.C.
- greglor Oct 10, 2007 11:13 AM
My wife and I are having a child-free weekend in D.C. I have our evening restaurant plans (Sonoma and Restaurant Eve, thanks all!), but I need 2 breakfast places. We're staying at the Hyatt near the Mall, but we'd be willing to drive a bit. I'd like at least one of those breakfast places to be the kind of place that we can get mimosas and/or good chocolate. I.e. I'd like at least one of them to be a little outrageous.
Anyone have any ideas?
Thanks for the Perry's info -- I'm not really surprised, since the food (well, the sushi) I've had there was so bad. But I have gotten some fairly trustworthy positive reviews of the brunch from friends, so thought I'd throw it out there.
I really wouldn't go to Tabard Inn. I had such a bad service experience there, with out-of-town guests, for brunch (really bad). I know it's not always like that and can be lovely, but for a one-shot special occasion, I just wouldn't risk it, myself.
Not outrageous....but my favorite place(s) in town for breakfast is still Teaism. You have one branch not terribly far from your hotel, at 8th and D NW. Cilantro scrambled eggs, or oh-so-bad for your French toast, side of chicken-apple sausauge, and a chai - now that's a good way to get your day started. Eastern Market suggestion is also right on.
Leave the car in the garage!
Right, absolutely no reason at all to drive anywhere within DC, just don't do it. Use public transp or cabs, and if you're up for walking, it's a great city for it.
I love, really love, the chai at Teaism (it's spicey, not just sweet) -- which you can get all day, not just b'fast. If you do consider it for b'fast, keep in mind they serve no coffee, which matters a lot to some. It *might* be a better stop for a midafternoon break, especially if you're doing the Mall.
These might not be near your hotel but Bistro Bis does an amazing brunch I am sure they have mimosas as I have had them, and probably have chocolate, but you could check the website for this, and I also recommend Eastern Market for fun and some more casual breakfast.
Georgia Brown's has an amazing number of desserts for their brunch and I am more than sure they have chocolate and mimosas. But it tends to be a little busy and loud.
My favorite spot for a weekend breakfast/brunch is Bistro Bis up on Capitol Hill. They have a great 3-course brunch for a cheapish price. Champagne and dessert are available. And if the weather is nice outside they have a few tables on a small patio outside. Bis is only a few blocks away from Union Station Metro (red line). The food has some classic french choices and others with more modern interpretations...great food.
For something a little more out there you might want to check out Cafe Atlantico's Latin dim sum brunch. It served tapas style with some delicious and inventive dishes. They also have some pretty fun drinks to choose from.
Also in the Penn Quarter/Chinatown area there is Poste which has a pretty good brunch. Nothing too crazy but solidly good, with a great bloody mary.
I also enjoy Bourbon in Adams Morgan for a yummy brunch. I haven't been in awhile but their french toast in particular was very good when I had it a couple of months ago. They also have an outdoor porch if the weather is nice.
I'm a big fan of the breakfast at Mandarin Oriental -- Cafe Mozu, not CityZen. Great Illy coffee and lots of breakfast selections. I've had the bento box breakfast and the egg white omelet. There's nothing bad on the menu.