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
Good Stuff Eatery, opened by Top Chef’s Spike, is one of my favorite burger joints in DC. Great burgers (and a really amazing portobello mushroom burger for vegetarians), and really good hand cut fries. So when I heard they were going to open at 7am on Inauguration day and serve breakfast sandwiches, I set my schedule around stopping by on my way to the swearing in ceremony.
The cinnamon buns looked delicious but I opted for the bacon, egg and cheese sandwich since it was more likely to keep me going through a long morning. I actually wasn’t blown away by the breakfast sandwich. The egg was cooked the way it is for the Five Napkin Burger – very runny. Not the greatest thing to discover when you are standing in a very crowded line without enough napkins. And there was not nearly enough bacon. Overall, it was just not anything special.
If they open for breakfast again for any special occasions, I will likely give it a second try and choose something else from the menu. But ultimately it seems like they should stick with what they do best – great burgers and fries. So while this may never get to be one of my recommended breakfast or brunch spots, they still get to be my favorite neighborhood burger joint.
Since our city is about to be filled with large numbers of tourists for the Inauguration, I thought I’d put together a small brunch guide for our out-of-towners. For any Washingtonians staying in town this weekend, I recommend picking spots off the beaten track or close to home, as our visitors are probably going to stick with the downtown restaurants.
Traditional DC Brunch
For a less expensive brunch
Brunch Events (Pricey but may be what you’re looking for)
Non-Brunch Spots That Are Worth A Visit
You’ll notice that these are pretty much all downtown…I did that for two reasons. 1) I feel like most tourists will be staying downtown or wanting to eat around there while sightseeing; and 2) I don’t want to encourage them to fill up my favorite neighborhood spots. Selfish, I know, but I don’t want to have to wait in long lines for my brunch! If you want a few more suggestions for a specific neighborhood, ask me in the comments and I’ll be happy to help!
**Other Useful Links For Inauguration Weekend**
- Metro’s Website – because driving into DC is a terrible idea. Seriously, please don’t drive into the city. There will be no where to park, let alone drive since half of the streets will be closed to traffic. And the rest of the roads will be a giant parking lot due to the people stubborn enough to drive in despite warnings…
- Metro Etiquette guide – because we get really cranky if you don’t stand to the right so we can get by on the escalators.
- Bike Valet Information from the Washington Area Bicyclist Association – because sometimes biking in the freezing cold is better than dealing with the crowds on Metro.
- DC’s Official Inauguration Guide – full of lots of great information, including a list of street closures (A map would be more helpful but hopefully they will provide one in the next week)
- Follow DC’s Inauguration Guide on Twitter!
- Washington Post’s Inauguration Central – a good resource for everything going on that weekend.
- Going Out Gurus’ recommendations for where to eat on Inauguration Day.
- Capital Spice put together a very comprehensive list and Google Map of all of the 213 bars and restaurants staying open late throughout the weekend.