The Ten: Best Brunches

Photo courtesy of Founding Farmers

Photo courtesy of Founding Farmers

So many choices, so little time. The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer.

Mother’s Day is on the horizon, so it’s time to start making reservations. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the best brunches. However, you’re on your own when it comes to picking out a card and ordering flowers.

Founding Farmers
Fluffy malted waffles generously doused with homemade cinnamon maple syrup, best in show beignets dunked in sweetly tart raspberry sauce and “Red Flannel” hash pocketed with funky chunks of creamy goat cheese and earthy beets are all surefire bets at this farm-to-fork favorite in Foggy Bottom.

Begin with a basket of buttermilk biscuits swiped with house-made maple butter and jam at this Rockville resto. Continue your carb loading with the chicken and waffles sandwich complemented by a thicket of golden fries. 

Tabard Inn
We absolutely recommend getting the freshly fried cinnamon sugared doughnuts at this Dupont Circle mainstay. Dip them in the snowy mound of vanilla whipped cream, and sip a cup of coffee while you decide on your entrée.

Ted’s Bulletin
Pop tarts, pop tarts, rah-rah! Boozy milkshakes, boozy milkshakes, woo-hoo! Do we need to say anything else about this bastion of badassery on Barracks Row? Didn’t think so.

Pizzeria Orso
If we were being stranded on a desert island with only one thing to eat, we would bring executive chef Will Artley’s lemon glazed doughnuts topped with Nutella mousse. His cheesy, garlicky, prosciutto topped Orso pizza would be a part of our final feast before we left civilization.

This epic brunch is the dining equivalent of watching the extended editions of all three Lord of the Rings movies in a row. The Georgetown hotel puts out a lavish spread featuring a variety of American farmstead cheeses, a raw bar, fresh pastries galore, an omelet station, an entire room filled with desserts and much more. 

A&J Restaurant
Tucked into the lower level of an unassuming Rockville strip mall, this cash-only, family friendly spot turns out Northern Chinese dim sum on the weekends. Go for the flaky sesame biscuit packed with pork, wide noodles dressed with spicy sesame sauce and a plate of the pickled greens.

For a taste of the wild side, order the tasting flight of game sausages at this season-centric Penn Quarter restaurant. Executive chef Aaron McCloud handcrafts most of them using primal proteins including venison, rabbit and duck. For your main course, the crab cake benedict is an excellent choice.

Family Meal
Breakfast is available all day at Bryan Voltaggio’s modernist diner in Frederick. Whether it’s morning or midnight, the bourbon sticky bun, corned beef hash with a sunny side egg splayed atop it and the croissantwich with sausage, egg and tomato are all worth enjoying.

Jackie’s Restaurant
Pastry chef Carolyn Crow fires up doughnuts to order for Sunday brunch at this Silver Spring cornerstone. For something savory, opt for the egg’s nest – golden fried shoestring potatoes crowned with escarole, tomato and Hollandaise sauce.


Is your favorite missing? Disagree with one (or more) of my choices? Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter @nevinmartell.

  • Lane

    Missing from list: Bistro Cacao.