Splett’s Best: 5 Best Brunch Spots in the Greater DC Area

Hey Splettsters, here’s a new feature I’m calling “Splett’s Best,” with a list of my favorite things in the DC area. Sometimes they’re the best, and sometimes they’re the only ones I know, which would logically make them both the best and the worst simultaneously. But let’s stay on the bright side.

1) Scion Restaurant, Dupont Circle


If you know one thing about me, you know I love mimosas (see my post on “The Best Mimosas in DC”), and I like (but don’t love) beer (still working on my “Best Beer Spots in DC”), so this place kicks it up ten notches by offering beermosas. Yup, they combined beer and orange juice, and created a breakthrough breakfast beverage. Let’s just say, after a few hours, the beermosas weren’t the only things that were bottomless. JK. I can’t remember if the food was good.

2) Kapnos, U Street/14th Street


This brunch spot was highlighted by FOUR different kinds of spiked lemonade they serve out of kegs. Yup, four. There’s a super tasty gin lemonade made with grilled lemon juice that I can’t recommend highly enough. Also, a whiskey lemonade made with cucumber water and ginger, as well as an agave lemonade and a watermelon lemonade. They’re $12 each, but I suggest buying the $44 pitcher to save money. Not sure what kind of food it was, but I think Greek, and I think it was good.

3) L’Enfant Café and Bar, Adams Morgan


Brunch at this spot is nuts, it’s reservations-only on Saturdays and it’s called La Boum. They close the blinds, drinks flow like rivers, and people go nuts. DJ’s throw down some sick beats, and the MC really pulls the party together. Everything starts off with Kir Royale shots, and then the burlesque dancers come out and things really get freaky. The most cost-effective way to get drunk is champagne bottles, especially the magnums. The name suggest French cuisine.

4) Open City, Woodley Park


Open City is famous for it’s signature brunch cocktail, the Royal Reviver, and it will pull you out of your Sunday stupor and shoot you right into the stratosphere. It’s a combo of cava (Spanish sparkling wine, way better than Prosecco or champagne, IMHO), gin, lemon juice, triple sec and a little absinthe. And by “a little,” I mean enough to have you dancing with the green fairy. The chai waffles were fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, just how I like my waffles. Avoid the arepas benedictos, the pork was a tad dry.

5) Barrel, Eastern Market


Brunch inside a bourbon bar? Oh, hell yes! And the great thing about this brunch spot, in addition to its deep bourbon bench, is that you can build your own Bloody Mary. You choose your own vodka, hot sauce, and salt rimmer, and then comes the big decision: garnish with a bacon brick, ham-wrapped scallop or Andouille sausage. I asked for all three, but they said they wouldn’t fit, so I alternated between garnishes as I mixed and matched my Bloody Mary ingredients. No clue about the food, but I’m assuming brunch type stuff.

6) Cuba Libre, Penn Quarter


Came here for brunch during DC Restaurant Week, and man, I was not disappointed. They do an unbelieveable brunch deal: unlimited cocktails for $16.50 when paired with tapas brunch. I wasn’t hungry, so I let my friend Jonah eat my food and just focused on the cocktails, and the mojitos and the caipirinhas were both muy delicioso! I did try a few spoonfuls of the mango butter, which was really good on its own.

7)  Georgia Brown’s, Dupont Circle


Pretty sure the atmosphere was nice, but what I do know for sure is they have a brunch special you don’t want to miss: the Delta Dawn. What’s a Delta Dawn, you might ask? Well, let me tell you. It’s a raspberry vodka with watermelon puree and of bit of honey, and during the Jazz Brunch on Sunday, you get one of those for $12—or bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary’s for $25. I can handle a lot, as liquor doesn’t really have much of an impact on me. The food is a buffet, all-you-can-eat for $42, I didn’t try it, but it looked extensive.


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