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hppyheather Jun 25, 2011 03:15 PM

Ah -- summer is here and with summer comes the weekend brunch routine. I am wondering if anyone has any good recommendations for brunch right now in DC? Anyone know of anything fabulous or unique right now? Anyone had a really stand-out brunch lately?

Prefer the city proper, but would be interested if there is something fantastic out in the suburbs.

  1. woodleyparkhound Jun 25, 2011 04:23 PM

    I had an excellent brunch at the Tabard Inn recently. I especially loved their homemade doughnuts and their thick-sliced bacon.

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    Tabard Inn
    1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

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      Jeserf Jun 25, 2011 06:57 PM

      my favorite brunch, though not lately because it's so gluttonous, is CoCo Sala. Amazing.

      I'd check out Dino and Palena as well - especially dino as the summer produce starts really coming in.

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      Palena
      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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        Steve Jun 26, 2011 02:48 PM

        What I've had from the alsatian-inspired Lyon Hall in Clarendon is a cut well above what you'll find in general. Plus it's reasonably priced.

        I recommend the the croque madame, the bacon poached eggs, shortrib frankfurter and sauerkraut, frisee salad with egg, bacon, figs, and pig feet galette. All $8 - $10.

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          Elyssa Jun 27, 2011 08:32 AM

          Personally my favorite brunch in DC right now is the brunch at Masa 14. They have a pre-fix all you can eat and drink menu for around $30. An AMAZING deal and you literally can order from the entire menu. I went with some friends and we were there for close to 2 1/2 hours just drinking, eating and chatting. So much fun! The highlights were the ancho chile grits---seriously good. But really almost every dish we had was great. You can also order ala carte.

          I also am a fan of Tabard Inn's brunch when it is warm out. The courtyard out back is incredibly charming.

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          Tabard Inn
          1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

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

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            DCLindsey Jun 27, 2011 09:38 AM

            Online, it says $35. Did they seem to mind you guys lingering? I think it would be a great long day drinking brunch, but would probably like to linger more than typical

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              doodle79 Sep 1, 2011 10:03 AM

              Do they have outside seating at Masa?

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                Elyssa Sep 1, 2011 12:06 PM

                Yes they have some outdoor seating.

                They didn't truly mind us lingering...they weren't outwardly rude. But the waiter was super chatty and cute at the beginning and by the end I think he was ready to turn the table over. But I'm sure they are used to it.

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            pyatachok Jun 27, 2011 09:21 AM

            We love Zaytinia and Cafe Atlantico.

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

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              crackers Sep 4, 2011 04:16 AM

              Cafe Atlantico is closed. No more Latin dim sum brunch.

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

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              katecm Jun 27, 2011 10:06 AM

              Rustik in Bloomingdale as $10 bottomless mimosas and bellinis, plus the sausage gravy and biscuit is reallllly good.

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                hibye Sep 3, 2011 09:47 PM

                I favor places that make most things in-house and use local,high quality ingredients. There are two brunches that fill the bill:
                Palena Cafe in Cleveland Park makes wonderful breads and donuts. I like their whole wheat pancakes.
                Black Market in Palisades also makes most things in-house. I like their egg dishes, granola and homemade jam. They specialize in seafood and have wonderful crabcakes.
                Blue Duck Tavern is good if you want an over-the-top, gorge yourself buffet brunch. Pricey.
                Leopold's in Georgetown also has very good food and wonderful people-watching to boot.

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                Palena
                3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

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                  David W Sep 10, 2011 01:50 PM

                  How tough is it to get a table for 2 at Palena Cafe on a Sunday, and it that parking I see on the map next to the place? Thanks.

                  And I would second Blue Duck Tavern-we had lunch there on a Saturday on our last visit and really enjoyned it (though it's true, it is not cheap.)

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                  Palena
                  3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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                    Jeserf Sep 10, 2011 04:39 PM

                    pay by the hour parking is available next to Palena. Can't attest to the wait, as I haven't been. But there is parking!

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                    Palena
                    3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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                      ktmoomau Sep 12, 2011 01:54 PM

                      It's easy to get into Palena for brunch, little to no wait.

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                      Palena
                      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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                        David W Sep 13, 2011 07:07 AM

                        Thanks to you both.

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                    dpan Sep 4, 2011 08:49 AM

                    Garden Cafe d'Italia at the National Gallery of Art.

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