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May 8, 2010 01:51 PM

help! mom wants to go to brunch last minute

I'm visiting DC with my parents this weekend doing the tourist things. Today my mother says: "Oh, I've always wanted to out to brunch for Mother's Day." (She's a professional baker, and this is the first year in 20 that she's had it off.) Help!!! I had been planning to make a nice brunch at our rental apartment, but now, I'd love to take her out if that's what she wants. Of course, we have no reservations.

Does anyone have some advice? we're staying in the Capital Hill neighborhood, It doesn't have to be fancy - in fact, a fairly normal breakfast place with a brunch menu would be great. And having a chance of getting in would be great too :)

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  1. Although I am sure it will be busy, how about Tabard Inn (street I am unsure of) or Creme
    (U Street) or Matchbox (Chinatown, but not Chinese) or Coco Sala (Chinatown, not Chinese, specializes in chocolate!) All in DC and very good.

    Tabard Inn
    1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

    1. Wow - I don't envy you!

      I started spinning through the rolodex in my head, including places I saw today at Cleveland Park (I pulled M-Day one day early). But I kept quickly going back to how slammed places are going to be. C-Park will be ridiculous. So then I went to places like Clydes - but the sheeple'll be all over places like that. And then don't even go lower scale for food or craziness.

      But there are gems, and for anyone in western FFX that is up against the same, Cafe Monmartre has a good brunch (in fact we did this for after our civil union a few years back). (PDF)

      1. Barracks Row (8th Street, SE from the Eastern Market Metro down to the Marine Corps Barracks) is restaurant heaven. Wall to wall. Everything from Belga to Cava, the newly opened Ted's Bulletin, Banana Cafe's Latin fusion, plain old Molly Malone, etc. Lots of choices. They may be slammed however because brunch is a normal big deal and when you add Mothers Day, yikes! But lots of them don't take reservations, so you can take your chances.

        Or try the 300 block of Massachusetts Ave, NE. Several places have lovely, large front patios, giving them a lot more space. Bistro Cacao serves brunch both Saturday and Sunday. Great food, excellent prices, terrific service. Probably one of the most underrated restaurants around.
        Cafe Berlin has beautiful German specialties.

        For a great festive Irish Breakfast, try the Dubliner at N. Capitol and E Street, very close to Union Station. Great breakfast place, super Bloody Marys. and no reservations.

        Bistro Cacao
        320 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002

        1. You could try Art and Soul or Bistro Bis, especially if you wanted to go on the earlyish side.

          Bistro Bis
          15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

          Art and Soul
          415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

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            I'd do Charlie Palmer Steak as I like Matt Hills cooking. A little pricy but good & quiet.