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Nov 3, 2011 12:41 PM

Oh no sudden Sunday Brunch for 6 people!

I just found out that I was meant to make reservations for 6 people for Brunch this Sunday. I'm freaking out a little bit!!!
Tabard Inn, Masa 14 and Founding Farmers have no availability. I am on the waitlist for Blue Duck Tavern.
My parents, grandparents and sister are staying in Georgetown, and we would like to go someplace special for brunch. The problem is that we have to go relatively early, 10 AM would be ideal, but 11 might just cut it. Any suggestions for good, earlyish brunches? In Georgetown is a plus, but will travel.

EDIT: Also, my family is coming to visit from France, so i would prefer not to take them to a French place....

I am hesitating between:
Martin's tavern (This is where I currently have reservations)
J Pauls
Chef Geoff's
Has anyone tried the brunch at any of these places? Also, please let me know if they have loud music or are cramped - my grandparents would NOT enjoy....:( Are any of them AWFUL or not particularly special? I am going through previous posts and looking at their menus, but as a student, I would appreciate any input.
Also, any and all suggestions are welcome! Thank you so much.

Tabard Inn
1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

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

Chef Geoff's
3201 New Mexico Avenue, Washington, DC 20016

Cafe La Ruche
1039 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007

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

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

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    1. Cedar has a pretty good brunch. But if your grandparents have trouble walking down stairs don't go here. It's a HUGE flight of stairs.

      J Paul's is boring...not very good in my opinion. Poste has a good brunch (although I never felt it was a ton of brunchy items).

      A couple of other places to consider: Urbana (great brunch and they have a MYO Bellini bar with fresh juices), Ris (I hear they have a fun small plates brunch now), Darlington House (again with the stairs, but I just love their brunch and the room is charming). These are all in Dupont or West End, which is close to Georgetown.

      Darlington House
      Washington, DC, Washington, DC

      J Paul's
      3218 M. St. N.W., Washington, DC 20007

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      1. re: Elyssa

        I wasn't pleased with my brunch visit to Poste.
        I think Firefly has a much better brunch. Haven't been to Urbana, but I'm partial to all things Palomar after how amazing they were for my wedding weekend including visits to Urbana.

        1. re: Jeserf

          I go to brunch at Firefly on a fairly regular basis and usually like it. But had an odd experience there the last time when I went with my bf and parents. A) the service was spotty and she kind of disappeared at times, meaning it was hard to catch her eye to get extra butter or hot sauce for the eggs b) My bf wanted to add a few more veggies (which appeared elsewhere on the menu) to his omelet. They wanted to charge him $3-4 extra for each additional vegetable. So $3 for some red pepper, $3 for some spinach. Kind of ridiculous!

          1. re: Elyssa

            hm that's not good! I haven't been in a long time - I would probably stick with Urbana of all the Kimpton hotel places for brunch.

      2. Just curious - did you call those places, or just check OpenTable? Most places hold some percent of their tables back from OT for call-ins...

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        1. re: DanielK

          I called all of those places. Since my family's staying on Wisconsin, and I'm a Georgetown student, I think we'll just stick with Martin's. Thanks for the help!

        2. clyde's is open at 9 am:

          but there are more options at martin's.

          1. I absolutely love the brunch at Blacksalt! We have gone with family a number of times and have really enjoyed it.

            Chef Geoff's has better brunch than dinner and would do in a pinch.

            And I have also really enjoyed Poste's brunch.

            All are places we have gone with family and they have had nice experiences.

            Chef Geoff's
            3201 New Mexico Avenue, Washington, DC 20016

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            1. re: ktmoomau

              Yes, Black Salt is a good choice, as is Burch & Barley