After a recent trip to Washington D.C., I realized that I had gone to brunch a lot. Maybe it was because I didn’t roll out of bed until noon, but I also found that brunch is something more popular there than any other city I’ve visited. For those of you looking for some brunch spots to hit up after museums, or as a meal that’s really your breakfast because you woke up late (we won’t tell anyone), these are some spots that will hit your craving for midday breakfast.
1. Art and Soul
photo via artandsouldc.com
Southern cooking meets brunch at this spot, and serves simple dishes that taste homemade. The atmosphere is cozy with vintage pieces and artwork hanging on the wall, it feels like it’s your exclusive spot. When I went, it was a bit crowded, but the service was quick, and the food was brought out in a timely manner. A personal recommendation is the shrimp and grits. Take a look at the rest of their brunch menu here.
2. Sixth Engine
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This is one of the oldest firehouses in the District, and it’s one of only eleven buildings still standing that was built during the 19th century. Sixth Engine was born, and the original helmet still hangs above the door. The food hits the spot and is one of the most affordable brunch spots in D.C., but the $15 bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s is another reason for a visit.
3. Belga Cafe
photo via examiner
Modeled after cafes in Brussels, this stop in D.C. is known for its brunch and their craft beers. What else would you get at a Belgian brunch spot? Waffles, of course. They have so many variations it’s overwhelming (in the best way possible). The spot won The 2014 Diner’s Choice Award For Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America, so the hype around this small spot is well deserved.
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This Spanish restaurant has locations in Las Vegas, Crystal City, and Bethesda. Jaleo also has drinks available only for brunch, that pair with their tapas perfectly. Visiting any of their locations is a definite need for anyone who wants a twist on a traditional brunch.
5. Busboys and Poets
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This place was one of my favorite spots when I went to D.C. I went to brunch on Saturday morning, and they have brunch until 3 p.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays. It’s a spot where you can feed both your body and mind, and it’s also a bookstore. If you want to talk literature over a good meal with some friends, it’s the place to go. Art, poetry, books, food, and drinks make this place an intellectual hot spot.