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Jun 23, 2010 07:41 AM

Searching For Brunch and Afternoon Tea in Downtown DC July 4 weekend


My friends and I are meeting the Thursday before the July 4 weekend in DC to check out the fireworks. I was wondering if there are nice places for afternoon tea and July 4th brunch there you would recommend? We're staying in the downtown area of DC and figured we could walk or take the Metro.

Thank you!

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  1. Brunch on a Thursday might be hard to find.

    For tea, I believe the Willard Hotel, which is gorgeous, does tea, but it might be only on the weekend. However, if you aren't looking for anything too luxe, consider Teaism, which offers two different afternoon tea menus, one traditional and one Asian.

    Seven days a week from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

    Traditional Menu 20.00
    Tea sandwiches, ginger scone, cookies, lime curd tartlets,
    chocolate truffles & a pot of tea

    Asian Menu 20.00
    Rice balls with pickle & sesame, tea cured salmon and nori, tofu
    with ginger, green tea ice cream, mochi, chocolate truffle & a pot of tea

    2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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    1. re: katecm

      Loved Willard and Teaism when we were there. I would suggest Mayflower or the Jefferson as well. The Hay Adams is my all time, but I know there must be places we've missed b efore. :)

      2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

    2. You'll be here from Thurs. through the weekend and are looking for a place for Sunday brunch, right? I plugged the date into Open Table, focused on Penn Quarter and came up with Cafe Atlantico (great things are said about their Latin dim sum Sunday brunch - I haven't tried it yet), Jaleo (I love their brunch) and Zaytinia, among others. A reservation would be a must though, as the holiday weekend will be mighty crowded.

      Cafe Atlantico
      405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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      1. re: woodleyparkhound

        Hm, latin dim sum? LOL. Um, the restuarant itself sounds cool but alas, dim sum is what we make/serve fir breakfast up here. We'll be coming from NY and half of us are dim sum chefs/coyrse designers. So they might not want dim sum of any kind considering they just got off working on dim sum the day before. LOL.

        But I think for regular dessert or dinner, this place looks like a nice choice. Thank you!

        1. re: yunnieman

          I would pass on that Latin brunch. When I went, half of the courses consisted of malanga paste. I really hate that they call it dim sum. Why can't they just call it tapas since the place is owned by a Spaniard?

          See if you can get a table for Perry's drag brunch in Adams Morgan. I think that would be more fun with plenty of local color.

          1. re: DCDeb

            Yeah, not sure why it's called dim sum. Maybe they were trying to be cute? Trendy? Haha.

      2. Two other places that are said to have an excellent brunch are Againn -- -- and the Tabard Inn --

        Two places I've been for brunch recently that I can't particularly recommend are CoCoSala and Cashion's Eat Place.

        Tabard Inn
        1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

        Cashion's Eat Place
        1819 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009

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        1. re: woodleyparkhound

          Matchbox is very good, especially if you have kids.

        2. Anyone been to Busboys & Poets or Firefly? I know there were recs around about them but they were from a year before. I checked out their sites, their prices seem decent and atmosphere seems sedate which is what we want.

          Anyone knows if it'sblaring with live jazz like most places I've been searching through? What's with the jazz? I like jazz but not when I want to talk to my friends!

          Busboys & Poets
          1390 V St NW, Washington, DC 20009