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One of the most frequently mentioned places I hear when people recommend spots for brunch in DC is the Sunday jazz brunch Georgia Brown’s. This upscale southern restaurant cornered DC’s brunch market long before Sunday brunch became a trend here, and they have maintained their place on these lists by consistently serving good food in a great atmosphere.
There are two parts to the brunch at Georgia Brown’s — the buffet and the entrees. Well, technically there are four parts: the Pre-Show is drinks; Act One is the buffet; Act Two is the entree; and Act Three is the dessert buffet. Yep, it’s a lot of food, and they know it, which is why they recommend upfront that you take that entree to go instead of trying to force yourself to over eat. All of that for $40 a person. It’s not the cheapest deal in town but this is one of the only places that will encourage you to take the main dish home to enjoy later. When you factor that in, along with the quality of the food, this may be one of the best values for your money. Continue reading
I was recently invited to The Source to try out their new-ish Saturday brunch; this had been on my list since they announced the new offering this summer, but travels and busy weekend schedules had prevented me from getting there until now. So I was obviously very excited to get the invitation on a weekend I was in town and without brunch plans. To ensure that we got a bit of everything they have to offer, the chef sent a sampling of several items before our entrees came, so I left very full but excited for a return trip. I will do my best to summarize everything, but keep in mind that the menu is regularly changed to highlight seasonal foods and new items that the chef is experimenting with. Continue reading
To kick off my birthday week, my mom and sister took me to Café Atlantico‘s Latino Dim Sum Brunch on Sunday. Dim sum for breakfast is not usually my first choice, but I knew better than to say no to Café Atlantico and a menu created by Jose Andres. My sister gets major bonus points for picking this one — it was easily one of the more interesting and delicious brunches I have had in this city. Café Atlantico also has a more limited and traditional Saturday brunch (which I am sure is excellent) but if you’re looking to try the Latin Dim Sum menu, be sure to make your reservations for Sunday. (Update: for a review of the Saturday brunch, check out Bitches who Brunch)
I’m not sure I even know where to start with explaining this meal. If you don’t know anything about Jose Andres, he takes a very unique approach to cooking, incorporating science and techniques that you would not see in a typical kitchen. He mixes flavors and textures that sound so strange together but are absolutely amazing when you taste them. The menu can be a bit overwhelming, especially to someone who is not an adventurous eater, but it is worth expanding your horizons for. Continue reading
With the lovely spring weather in DC comes the opening of sidewalk seating and patios around the city, and the chance to bring your dog along for your favorite weekend meal. And starting this month, Acadiana is opening their sidewalk patio to the dogs on Sundays from 11 am until 2:30 pm. While you enjoy an amazing meal, your pooch can enjoy homemade treats from the “Dog Day” menu.
In case you missed my review of brunch at Acadiana, call over to make some reservations, pack up your dog, and grab a stack of quarters for their parking meter special — 25-cent Bloody Marys and blood orange mimosas.
Acadiana has always been one of my favorite restaurants in DC. I love southern-style cuisine and they do it really really well. I hadn’t really thought of it as a place to try for brunch until I came across an announcement in February that they were reducing the price of their pre fixe Jazz Brunch menu and adding the “parking meter” special — 25 cent blood orange mimosas and Bloody Marys.
For $27 dollars you get an appetizer, entree, and dessert, as well as all of the 25 cent mimosas or Bloody Marys you can drink. For an extra $6 you can also get the all-you-can eat raw bar. The friend I went with was very excited about that extra addition but decided against it at the last minute, concerned that that the three courses would already be more than enough food. After seeing how much food was really included in the basic brunch, I’m not sure who could possibly handle the addition of that raw bar special. Continue reading
Last weekend I was invited to partake in a brunch cooking class at Kellari Taverna, a new Greek restaurant located in downtown DC. I love Mediterranean food but have never had a brunch with the cuisine as the focus, so I was excited for the chance to try something new.
They opened the restaurant a bit early for our group and set us up at a big table in front of the kitchen so we could get our hands dirty as the sous-chef showed us how to make number of delicious Greek dishes, including Greek-style french toast and spanakopita. After an hour and a half of cooking and chatting, we got a tour of the restaurant and their large fish display, and then sat down to our feast.
The restaurant was really lovely, and while it was empty when we were there so early on a Saturday morning, I imagine it can be full of energy at happy hour and dinnertime. I’m now eager to go back and to try some items on their dinner menu. They serve brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 am until 4 pm – you can check out the menu here.
Emily, who writes Voila! Adventures in the Kitchen with Emily, has some great pictures of the restaurant and food on her blog.
If you want to try any of these Greek dishes at home, here are the recipes for everything we learned to make:
Considering how much I like everything else at Founding Farmers, I had little doubt I would love their brunch. Their website still says “Sunday Brunch,” but do they serve brunch on Saturdays, so this is a good place to keep in mind when you want to start your weekend with a fantastic mean — for some reason a of of restaurants still only serve brunch on Sundays, making it difficult to find places for the earlier part of the weekend…a big issue for a brunch-lover like me!
I ordered the Founding Farmers Breakfast: two eggs, thick cut bacon, grits and an English muffin. The English muffins, by the way, are homemade and fantastic. The grits were a little creamier than I like but the flavor was right, and the bacon was very good quality and perfectly cooked. The friend I went with got the sausage, mushroom and spinach pan scramble with the English muffin and hash browns. We were both stuffed by the end but somehow managed to make room for dessert: homemade donuts holes, which came with three dipping sauces: chocolate, caramel, and what I believe was butterscotch. I still say Tabard Inn‘s donuts are the best around, but these are a pretty amazing second. Continue reading
I generally avoid Old Ebbitt Grill on holiday weekends since it a mob house of tourists. In fact, because of those weekend crowds, I haven’t been there for brunch in at least four years. But this past weekend, a friend had some visitors in from out of town. They wanted to go to brunch on Sunday somewhere downtown, and were planning to walk to the monuments afterward, so Old Ebbitt seemed like the perfect way to start a day of sight seeing.
The brunch menu at Co Co. Sala is a dessert lover’s dream, featuring items such as chocolate covered bacon, french toast s’mores, and hotcake obsession. If you have a sweet tooth, you need to try this place out.
The Amuse Chocolat, warm chocolate fritters with brown butter caramel sauce and pecans, sounded too good to pass up as a starter. They were very small but packed with an interesting mix of flavors and absolutely delicious. The french toast s’mores were even better than I expected, with a crispy outside sprinkled with cinnamon. The dish was not too big (a good thing with something so sweet), didn’t over-do the chocolate in the middle, and had small homemade marshmallows on the side. My friend who wanted something a little less sweet got the breakfast flatbread, comprised of cheddar hash browns with chicken sausage, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, roasted tomato, and hollandaise sauce on pesto flatbread. An excellent dish that I would have gotten if the sweeter items hadn’t already caught my eye.
The drinks are something to mention as well. This place doesn’t want to serve anything in a simple or traditional manner, including the drinks. The mimosas had the addition of passion fruit and the Bloody Marys were spiced with wasabi. It is hard to find a good Bloody Mary in this city but the ones at Co Co. Sala make the list of the best around.
And, of course, I couldn’t pass up the chocolate covered bacon. Best I’ve had? No. Salty & sweet deliciousness? Definitely. It’s chocolate and bacon combined – hard to not please me with that!