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What's the best brunch in DC right now?

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.

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  1. 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

    1. 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

      1. 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.

        1. 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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          1. re: Elyssa

            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

            1. re: DCLindsey

              Do they have outside seating at Masa?

              1. re: doodle79

                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.

          2. We love Zaytinia and Cafe Atlantico.

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

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            1. re: pyatachok

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

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

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

              1. 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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                1. re: hibye

                  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

                  1. re: David W

                    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

                    1. re: David W

                      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

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