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Saturday Brunch and a unique late afternoon snack in DC

My boyfriend has just moved up to DC (I am moving up soon as well) and hasn't had time to explore the restaurant scene yet, but I will be visiting for Valentine's weekend. I wanted to find a place for Saturday brunch (or brunch + lunch) as well as something light for late afternoon/early evening (maybe a wine bar or brewpub).

For Saturday brunch, I know I saw some places on the pricey side, but would like to keep it under $30 per person including drinks.. any recommendations for nicer places (maybe with a celebrity chef) around DC?

And.. any suggestions for some unique places where we can grab a drink and tapas/something light in the afternoon?

Any comments would be appreciated!

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  1. You could see if Tabard Inn has any reservations left for the 13th. I scored one, but I made the reservation a couple weeks ago.
    Georgia Brown's
    Logan Inn

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    1. re: monavano

      The Tabard Inn is also my recommendation. You might also enjoy Darlington House for brunch. Both have charming, comfortable environments with good food.

      For drinks and tapas in the afternoon you might want to try Jaleo or Cava.

    2. For Saturday brunch I think Zaytinia would work (under $30/person, celebrity chef, convenient to Gallery Place Metro).

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      Zaytinya
      701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      1. Wow! Thank you for all your speedy suggestions... I will definitely check them all out!

        I was reading about Tabard Inn last night, and saw that it got great reviews... A couple other places I saw were Perry's, Beacon Bar & Grill, and Cafe Atlantico. Would you recommend those?

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        1. re: Megan8178

          I've been to the drag queen brunch at Perry's on Sun. Very fun and crowded scene, but the food wasn't that great. I wouldn't make a special trip to go there. I've read great stuff on this board about the Latino dim sum brunch at Cafe Atlantico - but they do that kind of brunch only on Sun.

          1. re: Megan8178

            Cafe Atlantico has a celebrity chef and an amazing and unique latin dim sum brunch. I don't know if you can get in and out under $30 though...it's been awhile since I've been.

            Beacon Bar has a brunch buffett (I believe). The one piece I do remember is bottomless mimosas and bloody marys :)

          2. I would pick Againn or Jaleo. I think another reviewer meant "Logan Tavern" by Logan Inn, but they are lacking the chef creds that you are looking for. Mimosas are $5 at Againn's brunch, and the bloody mary's are practically brunch by themselves.

            I haven't been yet, but people seem excited about Masa 14 for the afternoon, or you could go to Proof and sit at the bar. If your BF is really into beer, early afternoon might be the only time you can count on getting a booth or chair of anykind at Churchkey, which has an *amazing* atmosphere. And if your BF likes beer, he'll love you for it (and the snacks are great also). All these places are either Chinatown or Logan Circle.

            FYI, for your future reference, the Washingtonian's cover story this month is "great dates." I thought it was *packed* with great suggestions (except that the "lounges" listed are really clubs) - pick up a copy.

            Welcome to the District!

            1. Thanks again for all the suggestions! I tried making reservations for Tabard Inn for the 13th last night, but they are booked solid... guess we'll have to go once I move up there.

              And yes, Raids, my bf loves beer - his favorite are (high gravity) Belgian beers. I looked at your suggestions, and will definitely make the trip over there sometime!

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              1. re: Megan8178

                For "high gravity" Belgian beers, don't miss Brasserie Beck. They also have fantastic mussels and frites, lentils and sausage, etc.

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                Brasserie Beck
                1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

              2. Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions! I tried making reservations and some of the recommended spots, but a lot were booked up.

                We ended up wandering around the Mall area and had late reservations for Jaleo, but were starving and ended up at Ping Pong. That was definitely a fun experience. Maybe not the best food ever, but we had a good time.

                We also ate at Zaytinya for brunch. Really good food and we will be heading back for dinner sometime!

                Since I will be moving up soon, I am looking forward to trying all your other suggestions soon! Thanks again!