Check out this week’s four top picks in DC to get your brunch on during your weekend fun-a-thon
1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Across the board, this French brasserie received consistently high reviews from both critics and patrons alike. Located in Logan Circle, Le Diplomate is the epitome of a classic French dining experience.
Everything from its organic aesthetic to its hearty menu choices and warm, inviting ambiance easily qualify this restaurant as one of the top establishments for brunch in the DC area. The “hottest address in town – after 1600 Pennsylvania avenue…”, as Zagat once claimed, is the brainchild of restaurant king/heavyweight Stephen Starr.
Starr has a string of popular restaurants under his belt from those based in Philadelphia which have been considered “arguably the key reason for the city’s revitalized culinary scene”, to his acclaimed NYC establishments.
Winner of the 2013 Melman Innovator of the Year award, Starr was also recognized in the Harvard Observer for his exceptional artistic significance, shown throughout his career in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
The staff were agreeable and accommodating as well. When phoning to confirm brunch hours we were greeted by the lovely and pleasantly helpful Elisabeth who confirmed both times and menu options.
The brunch a la carte menu boasts a hearty selection from steel cut Irish oatmeal to salmon carpaccio, steak tartare du parc with quail egg and duck sarladaise made with confit, sunny-side up egg and roasted potato. Patrons have been known to wait as much as a month for dinner reservations, so brunch is the perfect time to drop by and take in the experience.
Just take a look at that gorgeous cheese platter and we’ll pretend like we totally didn’t notice the gawkily placed HIV periodical piece right next to it….#awkward.
1443 P St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
Another Logan Circle favorite tops the list with the “major hit” Commissary café making an appearance due to its reputation as a popular, casual neighborhood hangout and their “Bottomless Mondays”, where patrons pay $15 for Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas every Monday from 8 am – 4 pm.
The restaurants offer outdoor patio seating for those warm summer days in addition to their large bar and cozy lounge area and is a part of Eat Well DC, a local restaurant management company. The company offers a synthesis of “great food, service, and people” to create both “exciting” and “provocative” atmospheres.
If by provocative they are referring to the number of pitchers of mimosas we can throw back in an hour’s time then we’re right there with you Eat Well DC!
And the best part? They own and operate a private farm less than forty miles away – so you can rest assured that you are receiving natural and fresh local produce.
Their brunch menu boasts a breakfast vegan burrito, kale and fennel soup and quinoa salad for all of you animal lovers out there, as well as a hearty steak and eggs meal and lox and onion option amongst many others for those who don’t really care either way.
2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037
District Commons is one of those places where if you happen to be living under a rock and haven’t been to it, you know a dozen people who have and rave about this trendy upscale establishment. This happy hour “go-to” spot received a 4.3 out of 5 stars by the Zagat Review and a critical mention from foodie reviewers such as Thrillist and the 2017 Michelin Guide, which coined the establishment’s beer selection “impressive”.
“Sometimes you want a place that crosses all of its t’s without a lot of drama–and District Commons, set on a bright corner, hits the spot…”
–2017 Michelin Guide
This place is known for doing the classics and doing them well. All-American, southern inspired comfort food is District Common’s forte and they dish up a hearty brunch menu amongst its other options. Among brunch’s heavy hitters are their artisanal bread, including the pretzel baguette served with beer mustard butter, deemed “basically heaven” by Zagat Review and its sweeter hot cinnamon sugar option complemented by their popular apple butter.
Oysters are brought in fresh daily and patrons will love their country fried steak, shrimp, and grits or their uber yummy toasted coconut pancakes.
We asked local Andrea Koch who raves about the establishment what her number one recommendation was.
“The Classic Monte Cristo is my favorite –Get it!” said the self-proclaimed foodie and expert of all things DC.
However, we’re crazy about their $16 Bottomless Bloody Marys or Mimosas brunch offer! #YassQueen
1090 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Everyone and their mother half way across the country knew about celebrity chef David Chang bringing his famous Momofuku to the area. A year before the establishment opened Twitter went ablaze with the news further solidifying the famed chef’s comeuppance from his humble NYC beginnings to a world-renowned food icon.
Chang boasts “six restaurants in New York, one in Sydney, and three in Toronto” along with a bestselling cookbook that has become what some claim a “cult classic”. This young chef spawned an entire generation of admiring followers with his fresh and eccentric take on basic street fares.
Ramen and pork buns are this master chef’s specialties and we found raving reviews galore splashed across the internet from both patrons and acclaimed food critics alike. If this is a “glorified noodle bar”, then it is the Heisman, the Oscar of glorified noodle bars.
The establishment boasts an airy and modern, organic, contemporary aesthetic with a brunch menu that offers kimchi, shiitake, shrimp and brisket bus, ramen bowls, a plethora of vegetarian options and alternatives and desserts by the adjacent Milk Bar.
The menu changes daily and there’s often a wait so take advantage of their brunch hour which is available weekends from 11 am to 3 pm.