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loml95 Feb 11, 2009 05:46 AM

looking for a place to have breakfast on sunday morning after a weekend of meetings for a business trip in mid march. not necessarily fancy. i like both ends of the spectrum from fine dining to dives. thanks for any suggestions. oh, and i hate waiting forever!!!

  1. steve h. Feb 13, 2009 01:45 PM

    best sunday brunch is cafe atlantico, jose andres' place. the tasting menu (nuevo latino dim sum!) will run you $35 bucks or so and has no counterpart. the barkeep makes wonderful drinks. best sunday brunch in dc. sit upstairs on the fourth floor so you can see everything below.

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      VirginiaPepper Feb 13, 2009 01:37 PM

      We enjoy Founding Farmers (Penna Ave & 19th) and also Tabaq on U St.

      FF opens at 8am with excellent bloody marys, several different hashes and eggs bennies.

      Tabaq has a glass covered retractable rooftop (gorgeous on a sunny day) tastey bloodys (with two large olives), and really cheap eggs benedict.

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        fisherdm Feb 13, 2009 10:32 AM

        I'm surprised nobody has mentioned The Tabard Inn. Located in Dupont Circle on a quiet street off of Connecticut Ave. on N Street, the boutique hotel has an amazing kitchen, attentive staff, and quiet, comfortable environment. Try the housemade donuts to start. Everything on the menu is sublime. During the warmer months, they've got a great patio.

        My favorite brunch in the city.

        http://www.tabardinn.com/

        1. ktmoomau Feb 13, 2009 06:50 AM

          If you don't want a buffet Poste has a really good brunch menu. Bistro Bis offers a great pix fixe menu that is wonderful. Also Cafe Atlantico has a latin dim sum brunch I really like. Lastly it isn't always known for great food, but I think Chef Geoff's does a pretty decent brunch. All you can make reservations for.

          1. Smiles2008 Feb 12, 2009 11:26 AM

            The Diner in Adams Morgan is nice for breakfast, but depending on what time there can be a wait. It is open 24/7. It is right next to and owned by the coffee shop Tryst.

            http://www.trystdc.com/menu/

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              CuriousGrrl Feb 11, 2009 10:22 AM

              The best breakfast in DC on a sunday is DEFINITELY at The O Street Mansion. It is definitely on the high end of the spectrum at $55, but worth every penny! Includes unlimited champagne or mimosas, and has a tremendous buffet selection. The best bacon ever! Amazing desserts! In a beautiful surrounding...The O Street Mansion is a fantastical castle which you can also tour after you are done eating. Reservations required....

              definitely check this place out.

              Every Sunday:
              Sunday Champagne Brunch
              11a.m. to 2 p.m.
              $55/person
              Price includes champagne, juice, soda, hot tea and hot coffee. Brunch includes an omelet/crepe/waffle bar and a large variety of international and regional food and award winning desserts. Plenty of vegetarian options.

              http://www.omansion.com/events/

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                MakingSense Feb 12, 2009 07:33 PM

                Gotta agree.
                You can get breakfast and brunch in lots of places but if you're looking for an "experience" there are only a few places in DC that are not run-of-the-mill.
                The Mansion on O qualifies.
                At the other end of the spectrum - at least ambiance-wise - is the Florida Avenue Grill. Old Southern style breakfast with grits and eggs. You can still get smothered pork chops with that - my personal favorite. Just seedy enough for atmosphere. Sadly, too many yuppies to be as cool as it once was. No booze.

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                  monkeyrotica Feb 13, 2009 03:06 AM

                  I gave up on Florida Avenue Grill years ago. If you're tired of the yuppies, go a couple blocks over to Torries at Wilson. Better soul food. Better prices. No yuppies. Try the pork chops, liver and onions, or chitlins.

                  http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/restaurants/torries-at-wilson,1143380.html

                  Henry's on U Street also makes killer soul food, but they're noted for their sweet potato pie.

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

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                  Henry's Delicatessen Carry Out
                  1704 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

                  Torries@Wilsons Restaurant
                  700 V St NW, Washington, DC 20001

              2. monkeyrotica Feb 11, 2009 08:26 AM

                Market Lunch. Bluebucks and the Brick sandwich. Or Pete's Diner by the Library of Congress. Good, greasy, fast, and cheap.

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                  chicken kabob Feb 11, 2009 12:42 PM

                  I recently tried the Market Lunch bluebucks & bacon-and they are SOOO good!

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                    mselectra Feb 11, 2009 06:54 PM

                    But they don't serve breakfast on Sundays (unless that's changed recently).

                    I really like Sunday brunch at Cashion's, fyi, and it has very good service. Don't know that it's the best, though.

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                    chaussonauxpommes Feb 11, 2009 07:45 AM

                    This past Sunday I had a great brunch at Belga Cafe in Eastern Market. My oeufs coccotte with chorizo was very good, as were my friends liege waffles, and decent Bloody Marys. You should make a reservation (they are on Open Table), and that will avoid the waiting issue. Service was brisk even though the place was packed. Also, I found the prices reasonable for the area, about $10 breakfast entrees.

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