Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Washington DC & Baltimore >
Jan 13, 2010 10:26 AM

Weekend lunch/brunch.

Why is it that all of the places I really want to visit are only open for lunch on weekdays? Any weekend suggestions other than Cafe Atlantico, Johnny's, and Hank's?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. There are plenty of places open for lunch on the weekends: Art and Soul, Cashion's Eat Place, Bistro Bis, Commonwealth, Poste, Hook, WestEnd Bistro, Zentan, and the new Ris (which I haven't been to yet.)

    4 Replies
    1. re: Elyssa

      Elyssa: Now that's the kind of can-do chutzpah I was hoping for. Thanks for those suggestions! More are welcome.

      1. re: ulterior epicure

        Also Brasserie Beck I think is open---but double check.

      2. re: Elyssa

        Don't go to Art and Soul for brunch though, well you can, but I wouldn't I didn't think it was very good at all foodwise or service and have read similar reviews of late.

        1. re: Elyssa

          I'd also suggest Tabbard Inn. They serve brunch on both Saturday and Sunday. Don't forget reservations here though...they book up fast.

        2. Brunch at Againn is right now one of the best meals in town. Corned beef hash, curried cauliflower soup, potted pork. The attention to detail here is breathtaking.

          12 Replies
          1. re: Steve

            I'm going to sound like a k'vetch here, but I hate brunch menus. I understand why restaurants have them (because they are cash cows), but for a traveler who wants to eat the restaurant's regular fare, it's most disheartening to travel all the way to an otherwise unique restaurant's only to be left with that restaurant's version of an omelet or some variation on a stack of sweet carbs. The lunch menu at Againn looks great. The brunch menu looks greatly abbreviated, with the large majority of the real estate devoted to stuff that I can make at home (more or less).

            Sorry, I guess I simply could have simply left it at, "I'd prefer to avoid brunch." My snarky side has a terrible way of overriding the code. :)

            1. re: ulterior epicure

              I agree with you in general, but not in this case specifically.

            2. re: Steve

              Oh, and the slot I'm trying to fill, currently, is Saturday lunch. Sadly, Againn isn't open for Saturday br/lunch.

              1. re: ulterior epicure

                All the places I listed above are open Saturdays.

                1. re: Elyssa

                  Brasserie Beck isn't. And all of the ones - though great suggestions (I used to eat at Bistro Bis for lunch quite often when I lived in D.C.) - you mentioned have brunch (as opposed to lunch) menus.

                  1. re: ulterior epicure

                    Do want weekend lunch or brunch suggestions? I have several Sunday brunch suggestions if you are interested.

                  2. re: ulterior epicure

                    Bistro D'Oc has lunch on Saturdays. On Sundays they do brunch, which I also don't care for.

                    1. re: Hal Laurent

                      Thanks Hal. I'll take a look at their menu. Any other suggestions?

                      1. re: ulterior epicure

                        I know Jaleo serves brunch on Saturday, but they also serve their lunch menu, I believe, but you might call to check that, Zaytinya, as well. What about Indian, I doubt Indique has a brunch menu?

                        1. re: ktmoomau

                          If Zaytinya serves their regular lunch menu, I"m much more inclined to go there, since I have never been - I missed it when I lived there. Jaleo is old hat to me. I'd like to try something new. Thanks for that note!

                2. Is one location preferable to the other?

                  Hank's in Alexandria or D.C.?

                  Johnny's Half Shell Capitol Hill or Dupont Circle?

                  2 Replies
                  1. re: ulterior epicure

                    The Dupont Circle location of Johnny's Half Shell is no longer moved to Capitol Hill.

                    1. re: Elyssa

                      So I see: in the George Hotel. Thanks!