One of my new favorite brunch options has become Chef Michael White’s Osteria Morini in Yards Park. Snag one of the 100 seats on the patio and you’ll your meal will fight the beautiful waterfront views for your attention. Start your brunch off with prosecco, which you can mix with a variety of juices/syrup including orange, white peach and strawberry. The strawberry is the best; you just keep having to fight with the syrup so that it doesn’t fall to the bottom of the glass.
My first choice from Executive Chef Matt Adler’s menu is the parfait with fruit and granola. It is presented beautifully, and the granola also comes with raisins and apricots. The yogurt is so flavorful on its own, that you don’t need a side of honey. Although the parfait appetizer is pretty filling, I always go to brunch ready to eat. I couldn’t decide between the poached eggs with shrimp, tigelle, asparagus, calabrian chili hollandaise or grilled skirt steak, fried eggs, marinated peppers (pictured). I finally chose the skirt steak, due to my server’s recommendation, and couldn’t be happier. Get it medium-rare and eat up. If there was one complaint, it was that the marinated peppers seemed to have too much vinegar. (You can get the eggs poached too.)
Although I didn’t try any breakfast pastries from Pastry Chef Alex Levin, definitely think about it for your visit, as his desserts are always on point. For entrees, consider the ricotta pancakes with maple mascarpone, orange preserves and porchetta panino with spit roasted pork loin, emmantaler, shaved fennel. I’ve written about Morini’s Testa appetizer (crispy pig head terrine, farm egg, Meyer lemon) in the past, and luckily, it also makes an appearance on Adler’s brunch menu. Happy brunching…and good luck on game days.
301 Water Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
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.