Best Brunch Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

February 20, 2016 8:00 AM

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When it comes to brunch — that unique mealtime that’s a blend of breakfast and lunch — Washingtonians own it. Brunch is not just a meal in the nation’s capital, it is an event that friends and families will often plan for weeks in advance. It’s so popular that there are multiple blogs dedicated to reviewing and sharing news about bunching in the city. Declaring the best brunch restaurants in Washington, D.C. is likely to result in a few tossed mimosas, but here are five that are certainly worthy of the title.
nopa Best Brunch Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

Nopa’s Short Rib Hash (Photo: Troy Petenbrink)

Nopa Kitchen + Bar
800 F St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-4667
www.nopadc.comLocated in the heart of Penn Quarter, adjacent to the International Spy Museum, Nopa Kitchen + Bar is part of a D.C. restaurant dynasty. The self-described American brasserie is part of award-winning restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s Knightsbridge Restaurant Group, which includes Raskia and Ardeo+Bardeo, among others. Nopa’s brunch menu consist of American fare with French and Asian influences such as the short rib hash and a poached egg over truffled​ Anson Mills polenta. Its stylish, industrial interior provides the perfect background for the delicious menu.

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 419-6755
www.blueducktavern.comBrunch at Blue Duck Tavern is all about enjoying seasonal American cuisine while watching the creative hustle and bustle of the restaurant’s open kitchen. It works closely with regional farms and prints on the menu the name of the farm where the main ingredient for each dish is sourced. Located in the Park Hyatt Washington in D.C.’s West End, Blue Duck Tavern has been named one of the best hotel restaurants in the country by USA Today. Anyone brunching here should save room for a house made dessert.

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1811 Columbia Road, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-6218
www.perrysam.comPerry’s is home to Washington, D.C.’s longest running drag brunch — and its two reservation only seatings every Sunday are consistently packed. The drag queens offer fun and campy entertainment, but it is the food that is the true star of the show. For bunch, Perry’s offers an extensive buffet that changes often but typically includes muffins, assorted bread and pastries, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, a selection of salads, fresh fruit and desserts. Brunch cocktails are available by the glass or the pitcher.

ambar Best Brunch Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

Ambar’s Housemade Breads and Spreads (Photo: Troy Petenbrink)

523 8th St., S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 813-3039

Ambar is the first modern, international Balkan cuisine restaurant in D.C. It is a partnership between celebrity chef Richard Sandoval and Serbian-born chef Bojan Bocvarov. The Capital Hill eatery’s brunch is a blend of Balkan dishes such the ground pork and beef pie and more typical brunch items such as steak and eggs. Diners have the option to order individual items from the menu or to get the “unlimited brunch,” which includes an endless selection of items plus bottomless brunch drinks. While not part of the brunch drinks, Ambar’s rakija (Balkan brandy) collection is also worth sampling.

Ted’s Bulletin
505 8th St., S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-8337

Ted’s Bulletin has multiple locations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, with its original location still going strong in the D.C. Capital Hill neighborhood. Each of its outlets are must-do brunch destinations — despite the fact that it doesn’t serve brunch. What it does offer is the option to order items from its extensive breakfast and lunch menus. Popular items include the T.U.B.S. (Ted’s Ultimate Breakfast Sammy) and Drew’s Peanut Butter Bacon Burger. In addition, it has developed a huge fan base for its house-made pop tarts and its boozing “adult milkshakes.”

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Based in Washington, D.C., Troy Petenbrink is a freelance writer, blogger and social media influencer. A member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association, he has written for Fodor’s, Travel Channel, and Miami Herald, among other outlets.