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Doh Feb 8, 2011 05:50 AM

Help? I'm trying to figure out where a group of six (varying ages) could go for brunch on a Sat. before an afternoon Kennedy Center event. Sat. brunch options are limited (Tabard Inn is long since full up), and we are driving in from Bethesda so places convenient to Bethesda/Georgetown/ maybe Dupont are more convenient than say Brasserie Beck or Birch and Barley (although if Birch and Barley does do Sat. brunch it might be worth the extra hassle). Any brilliant ideas?

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

Kennedy Center
2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20256

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

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    Elyssa Feb 8, 2011 07:39 AM

    In the Dupont area I like Darlington House for brunch. Cafe Dupont also has a decent brunch (there cornbeef hash is pretty good). Both take reservations.

    If you are willing to head over to 14th St. (near Birch and Barley) Masa 14 is also an option with their $35 all you can eat and drink brunch (although you might not want to go to the Kennedy Center afterward...you might just want a nap). Also in that area I like Cafe St. Ex for brunch.

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    Cafe Dupont
    1343 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

    Kennedy Center
    2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20256

    Darlington House
    1610 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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

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

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      Elyssa Feb 9, 2011 12:19 PM

      Firefly also has a good brunch and is near the Kennedy Center.

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      Kennedy Center
      2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20256

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      David W Feb 8, 2011 09:26 AM

      I've been considering the same issue for a visit in early summer, and have been looking at the Blue Duck Tavern menu-we had a very good dinner there the last time we were in town-maybe someone else who's had brunch can comment...
      http://www.blueducktavern.com/gallery...

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      Blue Duck Tavern
      1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

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        nytdct Feb 8, 2011 01:29 PM

        I've not been to the brunch at Ris but geographically would be right - anyone with input on the food?

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          Elyssa Feb 9, 2011 12:19 PM

          I went to brunch as Ris and it was so-so. I think their lunch/dinner menu is much stronger.

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            spinachandchocolate Feb 9, 2011 04:29 PM

            Their service is pretty lousy during dinner can't imagine what it's like during brunch.

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          Doh Feb 9, 2011 06:06 AM

          Thanks very much for all the suggestions. I think we'll go to Blue Duck because it's the closest to the Kennedy Center and I've been wanting to try it (Ris doesn't seem to have Sat. brunch).

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          Kennedy Center
          2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20256

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            David W Feb 9, 2011 09:02 AM

            Please report back what you think of it - I was really impressed by dinner when we were there.

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              Doh Feb 20, 2011 04:54 PM

              Blue Duck worked out great for us. It's a very nice space (as I guess you know), and the food was good. I will say that the pancake and french toast were a little sweet. A little extra sweetness is to be expected from "cinnamon roll french toast", and it was ordered by the youngest member of our group and I think he was okay with it. But I thought even the "sourdough pancake" was a little too sweet and cake-y (although I only had a taste or two).

              On the more savory side, I had the short rib hash and it was very nice, with a poached egg on top and horseradish sauce on the side. Others had the eggs benedict and quiche of the day and seemed happy as well.

              We found on street parking and ended up walking to the Kennedy Center, but I think the hotel has $10 parking on Saturdays as well.

              Thanks again for the suggestion!

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              Kennedy Center
              2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20256

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                David W Feb 21, 2011 06:10 AM

                I'm glad Blue Duck worked for you-I'll probably be heading there in June.

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