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First Visit to Washington DC. Brunch/Lunch on a Sunday - Suggestions??

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staceya02 Feb 7, 2011 04:54 PM

I am visiting the DC area for the first time in 2 weeks and the only time I will have to visit a good restaurant will probably Sunday for Brunch or Lunch. I'm hoping that someone might have a suggestion of somewhere good to go! The only thing I wouldn't go for is a seafood-related place, although I imagine that might not be an issue for lunch time. It could be just me, a couple people or a small group.

Help please! and thank you in advance!

  1. c oliver Feb 7, 2011 05:07 PM

    I gather DC is quite the brunch city so a search will probably show you plenty and hopefully people will pipe in. We had lunch, but they serve brunch, at Bodega in Georgetown and thought it was fantastic. Here's the link:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/752975

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      LPGourmet Feb 7, 2011 08:07 PM

      The best brunch in DC in my opinion is at the Four Seasons, with that said, it is super expensive and you may want something more unique to DC.
      I love Black Salt (on MacArthur Blvd - but I'm afriad it's "seafoody") and also like Brasserie Beck (near the convention center). Other good options are the Tabbard Inn and Clyde's in Georgetown.

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

      Four Seasons Cafe
      50 S Pickett St Ste 23, Alexandria, VA 22304

      1. hill food Feb 7, 2011 10:05 PM

        mais oui duh

        Cafe Atlantico

        although you may want to review the menu or call ahead re seafood.

        sorry if that sounded rude, meant to be just flippant and silly.

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

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          Elyssa Feb 8, 2011 07:43 AM

          There are lots of good Sunday brunch options. You didn't mention a particular area of town so I'll just mention a few favorites: Tabard Inn (reservations are a must for brunch), Bistro Bis, Art and Soul, Creme, and Acadiana.

          I also have heard good things about the brunch at Birch and Barley but have personally never been.

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

          Tabard Inn
          1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

          Acadiana
          901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

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

          Birch and Barley
          1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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            kallisti Feb 8, 2011 03:56 PM

            I just went to Birch and Barley on Sunday for their toffee bacon donut and brunch, and everyone was very happy with their meal (though I wasn't quite blown away by the donut -- good, but not mind-blowing). The "Boozy Brunch" is $30 and includes three donut holes, two drinks, an entree, and unlimited coffee or iced tea, but if that's a little steep, the brunch entrees all seem to be around $14-$15. Reservations might be necessary if there's more than one or two people -- it was pretty busy and a tad loud when I was there.

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            Birch and Barley
            1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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              J_DC Feb 8, 2011 06:23 PM

              I would second Tabard Inn. It is my go to for taking people out of town to brunch and therefore would recommend it for people in DC for the first time. It has the benefit of a unique atmosphere.

              I am dying to go to the Cafe Atlantico Dim Sum brunch, but my understanding is it is best if you are ready to be somewhat adventurous.

              I have not been to Birch and Barley for brunch but have been to the bar upstairs (Churchkey) which I love. I saw you mentioned kosher and might recommend against Birch and Barley if your friends don't eat meat out. Birch and Barley tends to have a lot of meet (often pork-based) in some of the more classic breakfast items.

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

              Tabard Inn
              1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

              Birch and Barley
              1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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              lilkimbo Feb 8, 2011 10:55 AM

              As others have said, there are a ton of good brunch options in D.C. Masa 14 is one of my favorites. They have a $35 all-you-can-eat tapas style brunch that also includes all-you-can-drink mimosas and bloody marys. And the food is excellent!

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              Masa 14
              1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

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                lilkimbo Feb 8, 2011 11:02 AM

                Oh, and also, Bitches Who Brunch and Brunch and the City are two great blogs that have reviewed many area brunches over the past few years. (I'm not affiliated with either, I've just found both of them to be good resources when looking for brunch options.)

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                  sekelmaan Feb 8, 2011 11:28 AM

                  I am a big fan of Againn. They make their own bacon and english muffins amongst everything else that is homemade. A great spot whether for brunch or dinner.

                  http://www.againndc.com/

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                    woodleyparkhound Feb 8, 2011 12:34 PM

                    Againn is no longer serving brunch, unfortunately.

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                      sekelmaan Feb 8, 2011 03:35 PM

                      That sucks. It was my favorite.

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                        woodleyparkhound Feb 8, 2011 04:44 PM

                        It stopped serving brunch before I had a chance to try their brunch! :-(

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                          Raids Feb 10, 2011 12:18 PM

                          They may be bringing it back, FYI. Not sure how certain this is or when, but keep an eye out. And they serve brunch at the Rockville location still, not that it does me any good.

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                    staceya02 Feb 8, 2011 11:42 AM

                    Thanks for all of the suggestions!! I don't really know what part of town would be best for us, so for now, anything is a possibility! (In respect to the seafood thing - fish is ok, but I'm going with people who are kosher so no-go on any kind of shellfish). I can't wait to get home from work so I can read about all of them!

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                      sekelmaan Feb 8, 2011 03:34 PM

                      None of the restaurants are kosher that have been mentioned.

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                        hill food Feb 8, 2011 06:31 PM

                        if they are strict Kosher observant that throws a HUGE monkey wrench into things.

                        but if they are bendy in that there are just some things they won't eat, you should be able to find somewhere that will please everyone.

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                          Elyssa Feb 9, 2011 05:34 AM

                          FYI there is only 1 kosher restaurant in DC, Eli's in Dupont Circle. And while it is open on Sundays....it's not very good.

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                          c oliver Feb 8, 2011 05:42 PM

                          Throwing kosher into the mix (anywhere) is going to present rather big issues, I imagine. Maybe you posted on the Kosher board also?

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                            Elyssa Feb 9, 2011 05:33 AM

                            Chances are if they are willing to go out for brunch they just will still away from non-kosher foods.

                            The poster didn't say it needs to be a kosher kitchen so I'm guessing any vegetarian or parve dish would do.

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                              hill food Feb 9, 2011 11:14 AM

                              that was kind of my impression too, and even the people I know who maintain the rules at home tend to relax them when traveling (not the food types, just the prep).

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                                staceya02 Feb 15, 2011 04:25 PM

                                Sorry for my delayed response... the people who are Kosher just don't eat meat when we go out to restaurants, for the most part!

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                          dining with doc Feb 8, 2011 05:14 PM

                          obvious choice is latin dim sum sunday brunch at Cafe Atlantico

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

                          1. GraydonCarter Feb 10, 2011 06:16 AM

                            Founding Fathers has a weekend brunch:
                            http://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com/m...

                            Robert Irvine recommended their Devil-ish Eggs on FN's Best Thing I Ever Ate.

                            I think I'd like to try the “Red Flannel” Hash - Goat Cheese and Red Beets Pan Roasted with Shredded Leek Hash Browns and Poached Eggs

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                            Founding Farmers
                            1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

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                              Elyssa Feb 11, 2011 08:01 AM

                              I've been wanting to try that hash as well.

                              Although I have to say I went to Founding Farmers for a late brunch a few Saturdays ago. I ordered those deviled eggs because I also saw them on tv. The regular deviled eggs were great except for the fact that 2 of them had shell in them which is gross and quite honestly unforgivable for a restaurant.

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                              Founding Farmers
                              1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

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                              jenniferpdc Feb 11, 2011 08:25 AM

                              I second Four Seasons, although it is quite expensive. We went a couple of weeks ago and brunch for two set us back over $200. It is all you can drink champagne though, and we took great advantage of that. One of my favorite parts though is the raw bar, so if you're not into seafood it may not be your choice anyway.

                              Acadiana has a really nice brunch, and the last time I went mimosas (they make an excellent blood orange one) were $1 each. I used to really like Bistro Bis when it was a fabulous deal for a three-course prix fixe, but they changed that years ago.

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

                              Four Seasons Cafe
                              50 S Pickett St Ste 23, Alexandria, VA 22304

                              Acadiana
                              901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

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