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
One of the many things brunch is great for is snapping yourself out of a funk leftover from an evening that didn’t pan out quite as well as you’d expect for a Saturday night. A few mimosas, tasty food and good friends will get you laughing and smiling again. I needed one of these types of brunch recently – as did another good friend – so we met at the new Hank’s Oyster Bar on Capitol Hill, which has been a very welcome addition to the neighborhood since it opened in late July. Continue reading
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Travel & Leisure recently released a list of the best brunches in America — from California to Texas to Georgia. And a local DC spot happened to make the list: Ted’s Bulletin.
The all-day breakfast offerings and nostalgic feel of the restaurant’s theme definitely seemed to help them earn a spot on this list. While I love Ted’s, there are a lot of great brunches in the city, so it’s a bit tough to say this is the best in DC — let alone one of the best in the country — but I am always happy to see DC get a shout out.
What would you say is the best brunch in DC?
Over the summer the Hill got a charming new Italian restaurant on Barracks Row — Lavagna. After several dinners there, I decided it was finally time to try their brunch. My original plans for the day were canceled at the last minute, and with some beautiful fall weather, it was the perfect chance to enjoy a seat on the patio while catching up with some neighborhood friends and taking advantage of an unlimited drink special. Continue reading
Generally, I wouldn’t recommend going to a coffee shop for brunch. For a good cup of coffee and muffin? Sure. But coffee shops, generally, do not have a proper kitchen set up to handle quality brunch dishes, so you end up with egg and cheese sandwiches that are made using a microwave and Panini-maker.
Well, Pound, the Hill’s newest coffee shop, is a bit different. If you’ve ever stopped in for lunch and dinner, you know that they do food pretty well. They love mixing in international flavors and keeping the menu a bit limited so they can focus on the items that they know will really work. Their approach to brunch is very similar — a selection of 5 dishes that cover a range of flavors and tastes.
When Senart’s Oyster House opened on the Hill, I knew I found a new favorite dinner spot. The oysters were delicious, the meats were juicy, and the soup was excellent. And then the chef mentioned something about brunch…yes, it was time to come back for another visit.
Senart’s serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10am, which is perfect for those weekends that are jam packed with, say, an early afternoon bridal shower in Baltimore, which meant I needed to hit the road by noon. Continue reading
Belga Cafe is an old favorite of mine on the Hill and one I recommend frequently for brunch in the neighborhood. Two of the best selling points — beyond the great food and atmosphere — is that they serve brunch on Saturdays and they have a great outdoor seating space that is perfect on a warm morning.
Despite this being one of my old favorites, I haven’t reviewed it yet because I’ve been so busy brunching everywhere else. But this last Saturday, Belga ended up being a great place to catch up with an old friend as we juggled our equally crazy schedules. Continue reading
I didn’t give much thought to Le Pain Quotidien when it first opened — it’s very pricey and seemed like just another upscale chain that gets a lot of hype because of its menu of fresh and organic meals. But over the last year I have found that it has become one of my neighborhood standbys for early breakfasts on Saturday mornings, as well as healthy lunches or a place for an afternoon meeting over a cup of tea.
Most Saturday mornings my sister and her daughter have breakfast there before going to Eastern Market to buy vegetables for the week. And on mornings when I am up early enough, I join them for some girl time. The menu provides a great selection of healthy but filling items for breakfast, and they have a pretty good kids menu that my niece loves…although it may also be the quality time with the girls that she really likes so much. Continue reading
A friend recently emailed me raving about a new brunch option on the Hill and insisted I try it out as soon as possible. I always love new choices — especially ones that offer a more creative menu, and ones that are not very well known so I can get a table without a reservation or long wait. So on a recent lazy weekend when I was somehow without brunch plans, I decided to try out Fusion Grill.
Fusion Grill is well known around the Hill for its Asian-fusion menu, and its expansive Chinese menu for quick neighborhood delivery. For brunch, though, it’s not exactly the first thing that would come to mind. But a few months ago they set out to change that, developing a menu that is inspired by their Asian focus and the local seasonal foods from neighboring Eastern Market. Continue reading