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Feb 16, 2010 10:53 AM

Sunday Brunch DC

The boyfriend and I will be in DC for brunch this weekend. We are staying in the Foggy Bottom area. We were thinking about going to Bistrot Du Coin for brunch but are open to suggestions. Both of us are adventurous eaters. Prefer a place that is moderately priced.

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  1. You can easily walk to two great brunch places in Georgetown. Both are a little pricey (you'll probably spend $15 per person not including a drink), both definitely have a strong foodie yuppie vibe, both have high quality food.
    Pain Quotidien, where you must get the bread basket and try all the different chocolate/nut spreads and preserves (they also have a location in Dupont Circle, which is also not too far); or
    Leopold's, where they serve Eastern European-inflected dishes. I was just there for brunch this past weekend, and they served some prepared dishes like omelettes, pancakes, quiche, roast chicken, salads, etc. but also they have an incredible selection of pastries: macarons, lovely fancy cakes, some savory tarts (I enjoyed the olive tart), tea sandwiches. The place feels pretty high-end but the prices are not outrageous.

    Although I haven't tried it, I actually got a recommendation from a trusted foodie friend that brunch at Mie n Yu (also on M Street, in Georgetown) is good and an excellent value.

    1. Not sure what moderate price is for brunch, but Blue Duck Tavern has a really nice brunch.

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        We dined at Blue Duck Taver for dinner, the food was fantastic, it's on my top 5 favorite restaurants list. Love the ambiance there also and friendly service. :)

        1. re: syrahgirl

          Blue Duck Tavern hands down. Mie n Yu is a complete rip off.

      2. Bistro du Coin is a good choice. Prices are gentle. The small tartiflette is still plenty to eat and only $8. Same for the smoked mackerel salad.

        1. For adventurous eaters, a great option is Cafe Atlantico's Latino Dim Sum brunch. Maybe a little on the pricey side for brunch, but WELL worth it. Delicious and non-typical brunch food, many courses, great drinks. If you are brunch people, you need to check it out.

          I also like Cafe St. Ex's brunch very much. Its small and quiet and most of the food is locally sourced and seasonal. The daily strata is always excellent and they have homemade muffins that are good enough to have their own fan club. Coffee is great as well.

          Finally, if you are looking for something a little more typical, but very nice, check out the Tabbard Inn. A little typical (benedicts, omelets etc) but very delicious and they make their own doughnuts.

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          1. re: caphil07

            I'll second Cafe Atlantico, the Latin Dim Sum brunch is just plain AWESOME. Hmmmm think its about time to hit that up again! hah

          2. While I can't vouch for their brunch, I've found the food and service at Bistro D'Oc to be superior to Bistro Du Coin.

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            1. re: monkeyrotica

              I've been to D'Oc before- looking for somewhere new. What about DuPont Circle area brunch options?

              1. re: claraclairvoyant

                Tabbard Inn....
                Firefly (they have $1 mimosas....)

                1. re: Jeserf

                  I'd agree with Tabbard Inn. Would also suggest Cashion's and Vinoteca.

                2. re: claraclairvoyant

                  I recall Sign of the Whale having a decent brunch and bloody mary bar. Mad Hatter as well, but I can't vouch for their new location on Connecticut.


                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                    Not that I care if OP goes there...but Tabbard has a very good bloody mary.

                    1. re: Arabella09

                      i second my 1st reply(ahem) to Bistro Du Coin.
                      however...PainQ is nice. had it for breakfast/lunch recently. Enjoy, Clara.

                      1. re: LuLuBlaubugunder

                        haha, alas, it is still the bistro for brunch most likely. i'm sure you heard by now that charleston is open for lunch lulu. this is wonderful news- if i lived in baltimore i would probably go all the time.