We all know it: DC is obsessed with brunch (and Instagramming it). In fact, Time magazine even penned the piece “Millennials Spend More Time Planning Brunch Than They Do Looking for a Date,” reminding us that love for this weekend staple extends outside of the area.Well, get ready to unbutton those pants on April 5, because restaurants are busy planning their Easter brunch specials. Whether you’re looking to indulge after giving up carbs, meat, or alcohol for Lent, or just in search of a reason to plan a special brunch (not that you need one) we decided to round up the top ten Easter brunches, no matter what type of bruncher you are.
If you’re an admirer of the “Incredible Edible Egg,” get it in line, because so is Daikaya’s Executive Chef Katsuya Fukushima. On Easter, he’s adding five new small plates ($7-12) will to the menu that will be available exclusively during brunch service, from 11 am-3 pm. Highlights include meringue with seasonal berries; fried Jidori egg with caviar and bottarga; onsen tamago egg with hazelnuts, browned butter and dashi potato; ambrosia salad, as well as miso-honey glazed carrots with rabbit sausage.
Baller status? Head to Georgetown and celebrate with Cafe Milano’s Sparkling Brunch Buffet available from 11 am-4 pm. The stations are: eggs, breakfast, antipasti, pasta, bread, raw, carving and dessert. It’s a mere $95 for adults and $35 for children. The price excludes tax and gratuity but does include endless sparkling wine and mimosas for the adults! Win.
Spice up your brunch plans with Rosa Mexicano’s dedicated holiday menu of cocktails and brunch favorites. Start the kids off right with a Mex-a-Mango mocktail with sweet mango puree, pineapple juice, grenadine and Sprite, while adults indulge in a Bloody Maria with Herradura silver and smoky mescal. Pair them with huevos rosa: Sunny-side up eggs, crispy tortilla and refried-chorizo beans, topped with roasted tomato-chipotle sauce; or fried eggs and ancho chile-potato hash, with pineapple-habeñero mustard jam.
On the other hand, maybe you’re feeling a little cash strapped. If so, visit Pound the Hill on, you guessed it, Capitol Hill. They do breakfast all day, everyday, which means that it will always be brunch time. Our favorites are: Southwestern steak and egg ($6.25) with sauteed peppers and onions, shaved prime rib, fried eggs, cheddar; huevos rancheros ($5.75) with fried eggs, pepper jack, chorizo, black bean salsa; and The Italian Elvis (Nutella) with sliced bananas, drizzled honey.
If you like spotting a celebrity at brunch, try Fiola Mare on the Georgetown Waterfront. Earlier this year, The Washington Post told us it’s one of “three DC eateries where you’re almost guaranteed a celebrity sighting,” calling it along with Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab, and STK “the cooler kid sisters to established power spots like The Palm and Cafe Milano.” Note: you probably won’t be “allowed” to take a selfie with said celebrities.
Another waterfront is perfect for the Instagram addict/bruncher. You know him/her/you–always with a phone attached to the hand. Must. Shoot. Every. Dish. We recommend Osteria Morini in Yards Park. You’ll enjoy shooting Executive Chef Matt Adler’s ricotta pancakes, fritatta, and poached eggs. Plus, who can forget the desserts from Pastry Chef Alex Levin? This Easter, his pastry special will be a hot cross bun bread basket (Easter bread spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and sweetened with currants and honey).
Think Outside the Box Brunchers will like Thip Kao in Columbia Heights. Feast on Laotian dishes such as khao tom with rice congee, guinea fowl, poached egg, pork floss, fried garlic, scallion, cilantro; pho Lao with bone marrow broth, rice noodle, beef, pork meatballs, tomato, fried garlic, scallion, onion, cilantro; and khao gee with grilled sticky rice skewer dipped in whipped egg, chili fish sauce, from Chef Seng Luangrath.
All-day brunchers can feel the love from Poste Moderne Brasserie. Executive Chef Kyo Eon has put together an all-day three-course menu from 11 am-8 pm (okay, almost all-day) at $68 per person with items like tuna tartare, lamb duo, ricotta Gnudi, and an Easter sundae.
Prefer to brunch at home but not cook? Lucky for you, Kapnos and Kapnos Taverna are offering Greek Easter favorites to-go, available for pick-up at both locations on April 5 and April 12. The selections include Kapnos favorites, such as classic Greek spreads, spanakopita, roasted lemon potatoes and spit roasted lamb, pork and chicken.
Brunching while still hungover? Recoup at Masa 14 with its Unlimited Prix Fixe Brunch from 10 am-3 pm ($39). You can choose as many brunch items as you like from its entire selection of brunch plates. The offer includes limited selection of brunch drinks: traditional mimosas, Masa mimosas, lychee bellinis and more–hair of the dog, perhaps. So whoever you are, happy brunching!
Feature photo courtesy of Fiola Mare.
Tricia is a native Washingtonian, born and raised in Columbia Heights. She loves DC so much that she was only able to leave the city for one year after college and immediately came running back. She’s lived in Navy Yard for the last few years and is excited to see all the new restaurants finally moving into the neighborhood. Tricia works in PR during the day, and spends her nights trying out new restaurants in DC with friends or watching The Good Wife, Scandal, Bones and Grey’s Anatomy. A couple of years ago Tricia decided to eat at all of the 100 Very Best Restaurants until she realized she would be old and broke by the time she finished. Unfortunately, part of that fate might still come true due to her obsession with Uber.