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The Very Best Brunch (not buffet) in D.C./NOVA/MD

coweepooh May 26, 2008 09:09 AM

I have heard from a few friends that Tabard Inn is very nice, would love to try that--can anyone give some feedback on their menu selection and what days they offer their brunch menu?

Also, what other places would you recommend?

Particularly interested in places that have

-Fresh Squeezed juices
-Eggs Benedict
-Nice homestyle breakfast/brunch cooking
-YUMMY bacon or special homemade sausage...

**Doesnt have to have all of the above, but if it does, thats even better...

Would be great too if they were close to the Tysons area :)

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  1. ktmoomau RE: coweepooh May 26, 2008 04:59 PM

    Tallula in Arlington does brunch, I don't know what days and they often have special bacon and sausage, their bacon is wonderful not your average, their pancakes with ricotta and cherries are amazing, and the corned beef hash is very good. Their pancakes are even better than Market lunch in my opinion. Although Market lunch is another good brunch place if you can get their Saturday morning.

    For eggs benedict, I really like Harry's Tap Room in Arlington which does a surprisingly good brunch.

    In DC Poste has an excellent brunch, I really like their doughnuts, french toast and croque madame. I believe Poste does breakfast and brunch.

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      ktmoomau RE: ktmoomau May 26, 2008 05:08 PM

      Oh and the Carlyle in Shirlington has good brunch, I have never been to brunch at the other Great American Restaurants, but I bet they would be pretty good too.

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        xena1441 RE: ktmoomau May 30, 2008 07:04 AM

        I second Carlyle! Their steak and eggs are spectacular every time (comes with perfectly cookes asparagus). My bf always gets the french toast with bacon and loves it. (The mimosas are pretty good as well:)

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        dckw RE: ktmoomau May 27, 2008 08:11 AM

        You read my mind! I love Tallula for brunch. All the classics, but most usually with a twist. Now that the weather is nice, be sure to get there early for patio seating.

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          daves_32 RE: ktmoomau May 30, 2008 06:42 AM

          I have never been to Poste for brunch but I have really been craving it the last couple of days. have you been recently? How does the seasonal produce look? I know that Poste's bread and butter is when the chef is able to pick from his garden adjacent to the bar there.

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          newtova RE: coweepooh May 26, 2008 07:07 PM

          The Ritz in Crystal City does have a buffett, but boy it is incredible. Oysters, lamb, and yes - fresh squeezed orange juice. I took someone there this past Sun and they were astounded.

          1. Aphioni RE: coweepooh May 26, 2008 07:58 PM

            dunno if it's the BEST brunch, but it's definitely a fabulous brunch- part buffet, part made to order. Cafe Panache in Ashburn... the buffet is smoked salmon with all the fixin's- capers, egg, onion, etc.- cold pasta and cesaer salads, pastries, croissants, bagels, and the like to start. Mimosas, OJ or champagne are complimentary. you order from the menu with choices ranging from flank steak and eggs to french toast with bosc pears. then it all comes together at the end with decadent desserts- like key lime pie, mango custard, our last visit featured a berry mousse with a blood orange sauce swirled throughout- it was unbelievable. look for a latin american flair there this summer...

            Cafe Panache features new dishes and different styles at will, and they never disappoint. it's a brunch woth checking out if you come to Loudoun County-

            Oh yes- the sausage- a homemade maple delight, the oj- i THINK it's fresh squeezed but mine is always diluted with champagne... and the benedict- very good, but not my fave anymore after having the original creation from Mimi's Cafe! (see your other post)

            1. crackers RE: coweepooh May 27, 2008 08:40 AM

              The Tabard Inn's brunch is wonderful, and so is the internet:


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                julialimei RE: crackers Jul 18, 2008 02:21 PM

                I had the best ever brioche french toast there with a strawberry-raspberry-blueberry sauce. Totally rich and delicious. On another occasion I had grits with fried oysters, which were fabulous as well. Mmmm, I'm getting hungry.

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                marcbjohnson RE: coweepooh May 28, 2008 12:02 PM

                Lansdowne Resort, near Leesburg, VA, is one of the best of the best brunch buffets in the DC Met Area. Aside from the variety and quality of the food, you also get a terrific view of the golf course, mountains and woods that surround the resort. And NO...I don't work for the resort...LOL!!!

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                  coweepooh RE: coweepooh Jul 16, 2008 05:04 PM

                  thanks everyone for their suggestions...def more places to try on my list but went to Tabard Inn over the weekend with the bf and amazingly it wasnt super crowded, in the past it was nearly impossible to book a brunch reservation for that Sunday if I called like Wed-Fri before...

                  The meal was delicious...I had eggs benedict with yummy ham and my bf had pork belly with poached eggs and we had an appetizer trio of pork belly, duck terrine and something else with mini french pickles...the OJ was amazing too--so much better than the last OJ I had at the Fairmont brunch which was a tad disappointing...this one def tasted FRESH SQUEEZED and pulpy...just the way i like it :)

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                    chriscatva RE: coweepooh Jul 17, 2008 10:33 AM

                    If you feel like a drive out into the Virginia countryside sometime, I can highly recommend the brunch (not buffet) at The Manor House at Poplar Springs Inn in Casanova, VA (near Warrenton) -- http://manorhouseatpoplarsprings.com/.... We love it for a special Sunday every now and then.

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                      xena1441 RE: chriscatva Jul 17, 2008 11:02 AM

                      Another one is L'Auberge Provencale in White Post. Just went last weekend (where bf proposed:) and everything was delicious. I even enjoyed the squab which I have never liked before.

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                        Bob W RE: xena1441 Jul 17, 2008 11:19 AM

                        Glad to hear things are good at L'Auberge Provencale! We spent our one-night honeymoon there lo those many years ago (1996). I get the impression the place has actually improved over the years. Great suggestion for Sunday brunch.

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