From a chic, French petit déjeuner with croque madame to a casual, boozy Saturday morning brekkie, D.C.’s brunch scene is a diverse and delightful treat.
Under ostrich-feathered chandeliers, weathered teal walls and a patterned ceiling at this Parisian-inspired spot, customers can spend the day brunching with friends and savoring delectable dishes. Start the meal with a French 75, or order a carafe of mimosas for the table. The go-tos, including smoked salmon eggs benedict and brioche French toast, are sure to excite the taste buds, or request the spicy chicken sandwich with Antonito sauce, bacon jam, herbs and mayo. 3000 12th St. NE, 202.248.4558, primrosedc.com
With locations in Manhattan and Chicago, as well as D.C.’s Penn Quarter and on U Street, The Smith continues to be a popular East Coast brunch spot. The restaurant works with local farmers and purveyors to serve fresh, tasty food and bubbly libations like a white peach bellini. For bites, the skillet mac and cheese is a popular favorite, but they also serve steak and eggs, vanilla bean French toast and a Mexican ranchero scramble. Multiple locations, thesmithrestaurant.com
The European decor and classic Gallic dishes are why Le Diplomate is a Logan Circle mainstay. Their new COVID-friendly al fresco dining makes customers feel as if they are inside a restaurant, thanks to cozy, covered and separated spaces with blue and white detailed interior. Order the selection of cheeses and Belon oysters to share before trying les oeufs, such as the gruyere omelet and poached eggs basquaise, or entrees like the quiche florentine and croque madame. 1601 14th Street. NW, 202.332.3333, lediplomatedc.com
Inspired by East London corner cafes, bodegas and curry joints, Duke’s Grocery focuses on using sustainable ingredients to create high-quality, scrumptious food. At any of their three D.C. locations, the bottomless drinks—mimosas and house-spiced bloody marys—are a must for boozy brunch fans, while the food includes American and European favorites. Try the Angus beef burger with garlic aioli, truffle mac and cheese, shakshuka, or the proper English brekkie with all the fixings, such as banger sausage, black and white pudding and roasted tomatoes. Multiple locations, dukesgrocery.com
At Logan Circle’s Commissary, the casual atmosphere welcomes guests to relax and enjoy locally sourced and sustainable plates. The bloody mary bar serves four different twists on the classic cocktail, like the Extra Spicy with jalapeño infused vodka and the Smokin’ Maria with bacon and mezcal. For a weekend indulgence, the southern fried chicken sandwich, dulce de leche grilled cheese with mascarpone or the huevos rancheros are all heavenly choices. 1143 P. St. NW, 202.299.0018, commissarydc.com
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