On a recent rainy weekend I found myself on the northeast side of Capitol Hill with a friend, and we were in need of a comfortable place to sit and catch up on lots of business and life updates. With the exception of H Street, the choices around the northeast side of the Hill are a bit slim. But there is one place that deserves some more attention, especially for brunch – Bistro Cacao. Continue reading
Category Archives: brunch
Bottomless brunches are one of my favorite trends in the city right now. But, I recently ran into a snag with one of my favorites, which will remain unnamed. I will just say that it is part of a restaurant group so this policy is likely in effect at several of our favorite DC brunch locations.
A large group of us were running a race together and wanted to go to brunch after. We wanted a fun atmosphere and a set price so we didn’t need to worry about splitting the check in different ways. I called one of my favorite places and was told that I had to coordinate with the events group since our group was more than eight people. That was fine with me until they asked that I put down a 50% deposit. Then they doubled the price because we wanted to come a half hour later than they wanted us (11am instead of 10:30). I understand the need to turn over tables, but to double the price? And I have never seen this particular restaurant filled for brunch.
Enough about where we didn’t go. Where we ended up – Tel’veh – could not have been more perfect. They had no qualms about letting me make a reservation for 12-15 people, immediately brought our table of hungry and cold runners bread and water, and kept out plates and glasses full while we enjoyed the music, great views and fun company. Continue reading
When your house guests are only 5-years-old, you have an excuse to have some extra fun with breakfast. The last time my niece and nephew stayed over, I picked up this cheery pancake griddle from Costco. Continue reading
A pancake is a pancake, right? Mix flour, baking powder, milk and eggs, cook and serve with syrup. Voila! And blueberries or chocolate chips and it gets even more exciting. But if you start looking at recipes there seems to be a variety of opinions on the ratio of those ingredients. I was recently introduced to one recipe that, after trying several times now, I am convinced will knock it out of the park every time. Continue reading
In the absence of amazing brunch menus that seriously stand out among the rest, there is a growing brunch trend that I want to give a nod to: the ones that offer bottomless food AND drinks. And I’m not talking about buffets of ordinary pastries and rubbery eggs. I’m talking about unlimited ordering from the menu, especially when said menu offers some unique and tasty dishes that step outside of the typical brunch menu formula.
Masa 14 was one of the first to start the trend, but many soon followed. It’s the most gluttonous approach to brunch possible, and effectively kills all hopes of a productive afternoon. But, damn, every once in a while I love a brunch where I end up saying “I cannot eat one more bite but wow that dessert looks too good to pass up.” Continue reading
Cross posted at The Hill is Home
Until a trip to Austin, Texas in 2012 I didn’t know what I was missing by never having tried a breakfast taco. It just makes so much sense! And now I can get them right up the street from my house, thanks to District Taco, which opened up this last spring at 656 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.
I first heard of District Taco when I was working in Rosslyn; they were one the first, if not the first, food truck to serve the VA crowd. They eventually opened a brick-and-mortar location in Arlington and their popularity started to spread. And this last spring, they opened their third DC location in the space formerly occupied by Yes! Organic Market. Continue reading
One of my favorite new additions to the Capitol Hill restaurant scene is Beuchert’s Saloon, located at 623 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. The building used to be owned by John Ignatius Beuchert, a German immigrant and prominent Capitol Hill businessman. He opened Beuchert’s Saloon in 1880 and his son reportedly ran the Saloon through Prohibition as a speakeasy “behind such fronts as a Singer sewing machine store and a gramophone shop,” according to the website. The owners of the new Beuchert’s Saloon pieced together the history by working with the Capitol Hill Restoration Society and researching at the Library of Congress. Continue reading
As much as I roll my eyes at the sugary-coated Hallmark holiday that is Valentine’s Day, I can’t deny that I love the fun things you can do with some of your favorite breakfast recipes. With some red food coloring, a cookie cutter and a little creative inspiration, you can put together a very fun breakfast that would make just about anyone smile. Homemade poptarts with a strawberry heart in the center, heart-shaped cinnamon rolls, heart-shaped hard boiled eggs, or even red velvet pancakes… Single or not, how could a plate of bacon and heart-shaped pancakes not make your morning happier? Continue reading
Having lived here for so long, I’ve experienced more than my fair share of inaugurations. The last one was amazing and I am so grateful to have been able to be there (despite the many issues) but this time around I’m more inclined to and enjoy a quiet weekend away from the crowds. But if you’re in town and need to satisfy your brunch cravings, plenty of our best restaurants have you covered. Yes, even on Monday.
Visiting from out of town and looking for a traditional DC locale for your brunch? I’d recommend any of the following: Continue reading