By Danielle Turner
Brunch may be the best meal of the week – part breakfast, part lunch and cocktails to boot! Weekends are made for a leisurely brunch and the DC area is rich indelectable options that will transport your tastebuds to delicious locales around the globe or keep your plate filled with the best of American cuisine.
418 7th Street Street, NW
Chef Jose Andres showcases Peru’s rich and diverse cuisine with Asian and Spanish accents at China Chilcano. The restaurant’s name itself pays homage to Peru’s renowned fish stew and national drink. Brunch favorites at China Chilcano include Picante de Huevos, poached eggs, alipanca, pork belly, potato, tomato, red onion and toast andFutomaki, a jumbo sushi roll with sweet egg omelet, bok choy, shiitake and plantains. Be sure to try a brunch cocktail, like an Inca Surprise, rum, tomato, passionfruit and cilantro, to enjoy with your meal. Brunch is servedSaturdays and Sundays from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm.
524 8th Street, SE
DC’s Barracks Row is home to this farm to table restaurant where brunch runs every Sunday from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Chef Rob Weland specializes in simple,, seasonal American cuisine. The brunch menu reflects his devotion to local products and food traditions like smoking, canning and preserving. Brunch highlights include PoppyseedGougere, Duck Sausage & Biscuits, Virginia Bison Tartare Toast and Fennel Gratin.
1351 H Street, NW
Dim sum brunch at the H Street corridor’s Makettocan be an all day affair. The 6,000-square-foot marketplace combines retail and dining space so you can get your shopping fix in after brunch. Chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s menu for the 60-seat restaurant offers a mix of Cambodian and Taiwanese delicacies like Taiwanese Fried Chicken, Beef Rib Hash with Soft Eggs, Rice Noodle Crepes with Chinese doughnuts, and an assortment of dumplings and noodles. Adventurous diners can try the Braised Chicken Feet. Dim sum brunch runs Sundays from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm.
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Marcel’s has long been known as a hot spot for fine, French-Belgian cuisine in the DC area and their new brunch offering continues that tradition.Smoked Salmon Carpaccio with Red Onion, Dijon CrèmeFraiche & Watercress; Aunt Leila’s Pancakes with Powdered Sugar and Fresh Berries; and Valrhona Chocolate Bar with Coffee Crème Anglaise and Salted Caramel Ice Cream are just a few of the gems on the brunch menu. Brunch is served every Sunday from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. Three courses are $65 per person, excluding drinks. Children 12 and under are $28.
1120 19th Street, NW
Bottomless Bloody Mary cocktails, mimosas and pancakes, along with elevated American cuisine made with fresh, local meat and produce are on the menu at Olivia’s Diner. The sleek spot focuses on homemade dishes prepared with simple ingredients.Diners can order from the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus during brunch, which runs 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday and from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday’s. Bottomless cocktails are $14 and bottomless pancakes $10. Olivia’s offers three different types of hash, each topped with eggs, Belgian waffles, and Chicken Fried Steak with Biscuits and Sausage Gravy.
The Source by Wolfgang Puck
575 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck serves up modern Asian cuisine in his stylish DC outpost The Source. The brunch menu features three different types of Bloody Marys, fine French press coffee, plus stylish Asian influenced dishes like Turnip Cakes with Sichuan Sweet Soy, Short Rib & Brisket Wontons, Scallion Pancake with Smoked Chili Shallot Sauce and Coconut Panna Cotta with Rice Pudding and Pineapple Sorbet. Brunch is served in the restaurant’s bar and lounge area on Saturdays from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm.