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While it might seem that D.C. politicos are incapable of anything resembling compromise, this celebrated meal, where breakfast meets lunch halfway, is inspiring enough to bring everyone back to the table (*okay, so probably different tables).
Deciding where to eat in the capital can be a little daunting, so we've selected a few of our favourite Washington D.C. brunch spots for you to discover.
Prepare to sample Latin-Asian small plates at will at this trendy Logan Circle’s $35 Bottomless Brunch. Masa 14 not only offers limitless choices from the extensive brunch menu (try the Serrano Ham Flatbread with goat cheese, cantaloupe, rocket, truffle and lime), but also endless creative cocktails such as the Bloody Mary prepared with bacon-infused vodka and the Lychee-Bellini with homemade Lychee puree.
Masa 14, 1825 14th Street NW, Washington D.C.
A popular neighbourhood brunch spot, Firefly throws modern flair into traditional recipes, offering an entire gluten-free brunch menu as well as local, organic offerings. Kale’n’Eggs is served over a grilled polenta cake with charred tomato vinaigrette dressing. Eggs Chesapeake – a Maryland-style crabcake with poached egg, cheddar cheese, grits and hollandaise sauce – is another draw, along with the $2 mimosas!
Firefly, 1310 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington D.C.
If an extravagant brunch feast is your goal, then Four Seasons (the city’s only five-star, five-diamond luxury hotel) will not disappoint. Dishes like charcoal-grilled lamb chops with mint chimichuri or grilled NY strip with café au lait satisfy those of a carnivorous inclination, and fresh seafood makes a splash with everything from poached shrimp, crab claws and oysters on the half shell to curried crab salad with fresh mango on offer. Even vegetarians will have their pick – grilled green and white asparagus with lemon olive oil and pecorino, goat cheese mac n’ cheese and spring leek soubise complement the omelette station. As if you needed more motivation to splurge, an entire room is devoted to desserts.
Four Seasons, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington D.C.
Sometimes you want to go all out, dress to the nines and embark on a lengthy multiple-course gastronomic event. Sometimes you just want good, wholesome, farm fresh ingredients – with a philosophy as thoughtful as the creations coming from the kitchen. Judging from the ever-present line happily waiting for a silo-shaped booth or spot at a communal table at Founding Farmers, many prefer the latter. From Banana Foster milkshakes and Red Velvet pancakes to egg custard tarts, homemade English muffins and Niman Ranch applewood smoked bacon, there’s a wealth of options to choose from on the all-organic, sustainable menu. No need to teetotal with the Intelligentsia Coffees or Farmers Cranberry Cucumber Cooler – give in to handcrafted “Eye Openers” like Pimm’s Cup, Bellini, or a Bloody Mary with organic infused pepper vodka.
Founding Farmers, 1924 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington D.C.
Penn Quarter is the land of power players. And Poste is the land of the power brunch. Jetsetters and business professionals abound in a spot known for one of the best courtyards in the city (request outdoor seating). A la Carte ordering lets you pick and choose, but the award-winning duck fat doughnuts with bourbon maple glaze are a must, along with the smoked trout rillettes served with soda crackers. Those interested in a liquid brunch will find an impressive bar stocked with all manner of ingredients, as well as a DIY selection of juices, sauces, spices and garnishes. The “Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon” is appropriately intriguing, though the real (and surprising) value of this upscale modern brasserie can be found in the Bottomless Mimosa.
Poste, 555 8th Street NW, Washington D.C.
Written by Sascha Zuger
Have you indulged at one of these D.C. brunch spots? Where are your favourite places to eat in the city?
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About the author: SaschaZugerSascha Zuger
Sascha Zuger is the author of several Moon Handbook and Spotlight guidebooks. Her work has been seen in National Geographic Traveler, The Washington Post, The LA Times, Food Network Magazine, Parenting, SELF, Gourmet, WIRED, and a number of other national magazines. She also writes novels for teens under pseudonym, Aimee Ferris.