By Rachel Barber

Published on June 19, 2015

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birch & barley
The creative menu at this happening eatery is as much a draw as the romantic ambience in the exposed-brick, dimly lit space.

Birch & Barley
1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

WHAT TO ORDER:
Fried Chicken and Waffles – the Birch & Barley go-to, belgian waffle, buttered pecans, maple- chicken jus

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boqueria
With locations in New York and Hong Kong as well, Boqueria is a worldwide hit for tapas. Their brunch menu offers classic Spanish brunch dishes and small plates, as well as refreshing sangria. Don’t miss the warm churros filled with chocolate or nutella.

Boqueria
1837 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

WHAT TO ORDER:
$39 Prix Fixe Brunch – includes unlimited tapas and either sangria, mimosas, or preselected beer for up to 2.5 hours, must be ordered by the entire table

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dnv rooftop lounge
Worth it for the stunning view of Thomas Circle alone. The perfect place to enjoy summer weather and a mimosa.

DNV Rooftop Lounge
1155 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

WHAT TO ORDER
Short Rib Hash – miso braised short rib, fried fingerling potatoes, poached egg, jalapeno vinaigrette

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farmers fishers bakers
The place to go for a brunch buffet. Tasty and varied choices including breakfast jambalaya, brûléed pink grapefruit, cheesy grits, and honey pot fried chicken.

Farmers Fishers Bakers
The Washington Harbour, 3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

WHAT TO ORDER:
Buffet – don’t skip the cinnamon rolls or biscuits, buffet includes complimentary coffee and iced tea

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founding farmers
This open, contemporary eatery whips up a market fresh classic brunch, featuring all of your favorites from stuffed french toast to various benedicts.

Founding Farmers
1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

WHAT TO ORDER:
Red Velvet Buttermilk Pancakes

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gbd
A rustic-cool spot known for unparalleled donuts and fried chicken. Stop in for weekend brunch and even more indulgent options. Pair a donut and coffee with any entree for only $3 extra.

GBD
1323 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

WHAT TO ORDER
The Luther – fried brioche donut glazed in maple-chicken jus, with butter pecans, slab bacon and fried boneless chicken chicken thigh, side of fries

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iron gate
Located in an original carriageway house, this historic restaurant provides a classy and romantic ambience with its vaulted ceilings and gorgeous patio. Expect classic brunch options as well as some with Italian and Greek twists.

Iron Gate
1734 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

WHAT TO ORDER:
Baked Hen Eggs – sunday pork ragu, tomato, scallion, burrata

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kapnos
This trendy Greek restaurant serves unique Mediterranean-inspired brunch in modern surroundings. Don’t skip their innovative mimosas in flavors like pineapple lemongrass, pomegranate cardamom, and grapefruit. Or give one of their four kegged lemonades a try.

Kapnos
2201 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

WHAT TO ORDER:
Stone Oven Baked Eggs crispy lamb, potatoes, feta

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satellite room
A hip, new take on an old fashioned diner, serving junk food favorites and Mexican-inspired dishes.
Satellite Room

WHAT TO ORDER:
Breakfast Cereal Boozy (or Non-Boozy) Milkshakes – with fruity pebbles, apple jacks, cinnamon toast crunch, count chocula, honey nut cheerios, or lucky charms)

2047 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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mintwood place
A warm and inviting space offering classic options and French-influenced American fare. Mintwood Place has many local fans and contemporary farmhouse interior.

Mintwood Place
1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

WHAT TO ORDER
Eggs Benedict – served with caper and egg sprinkled salmon

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room 11
A tiny hipster wine bar known for its stellar grilled cheese. People watch from the outdoor patio seating. Locals enjoy its neighborhood feel. Great place to stop in for a quick coffee as well as brunch.

Room 11
3234 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

WHAT TO ORDER
Room 11 Grilled Cheese – oak cheddar, mozzarella, local cacioavallo, add egg and bacon, comes with a side of spicy marinara for dipping

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scion
Known for their craft beer selection, Scion delivers on their brunch as well. This place provides a laid-back atmosphere and innovative appetizers like Honey Glazed Baked Brie and Edamame Hummus.

Scion
Inwood Village,
5560 W Lovers Ln,
Dallas, TX 75209

WHAT TO ORDER:
Potato Nacho – breakfast potatoes smothered in cheese, bacon, tomatoes, and fried jalapenos

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ted’s bulletin
This 1940s soda shop serves incredibly instagram-able treats, like their colorful homemade pop tarts. Definitely the place to overdose on sugar, Ted’s boozy milkshakes and giant, gooey cinnamon rolls can’t be missed.

Ted’s Bulletin
505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

WHAT TO ORDER:
Big Mark’s Breakfast – 3 eggs, 2 strips of bacon, 2 sausages, hash browns, toast, and homemade Ted’s tart
Cinnamon Roll as Big as Ya Head – available Saturdays and Sundays only

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vinoteca
The place to meet up with friends for a vibrant, casual weekend brunch. Vinoteca boasts front and back patios, $10 bottomless mimosas, and a bocce court. A reliable, celebratory atmosphere with great food.

Vinoteca
1940 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

WHAT TO ORDER
Duck Confit Benedict – morbier, hollandaise, rustic bread, frisée, roasted garlic vinaigrette

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compass rose
A quaint eatery inside a townhouse, serving an eclectic mix of international flavors. The short but diverse brunch menu represents recipes from Turkey to Korea.

Compass Rose
1346 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009

WHAT TO ORDER
Khachupuri – from Georgia, 3 cheese, egg yolk, local butter