1. Le Diplomate
This authentic French diner is without a doubt my go-to spot for brunch in DC! From picturesque cappuccinos to a bucket of pastries, when you go to Le Diplomate you’ll truly feel like you’re in the heart of Paris. I’ve never had a bad meal here and this is the first place I’ll take visitors when they come to town. It’s a must try!
2. Momfuku CCDC
Not your typical brunch spot, this “Asian fusion” food brought to you by world renowned chef David Chang is something everyone should try if they have the chance to. You have to start your meal with some “Bing Bread” and dipping butter, but the main dishes are incredibly unique, and exquisitely tasty! Even though your taste buds won’t know what hit them, they’re going to like it! Don’t forget that sister-company Milk Bar is right next door for a slice of cake of post-brunch shake!
3. Old Ebbitt Grill
Just steps away from the White House, Old Ebbitt Grill is an upscale American spot that exemplifies historical class and provides down-home cookin’. I will go on record saying that they’ve got the best French toast I’ve ever had, but they don’t stop there. We’re talking shrimp and grits, eggs benedict, corned beef hash, authentic Chesapeake crab cakes, and so much more. Complemented with a Bloody Mary on a Saturday morning, Old Ebbitt Grill never fails to bring you the presidential experience you’re looking for!
Another French inspired restaurant, Commissary offers downright tasty food. Near Logan Circle and the 14th Street district, I recommend beating the rush and getting there early so that you can enjoy a chai latte with blueberry pancakes, but my husband loves to get the steak and eggs. They also have a lot of healthier meals and smoothies if you don’t feel like going too heavy to start out the weekend! Yum!
5. Teds Bulletin
Ted’s Bulletin is a DC classic. Up on Capitol Hill, this old-school diner has all the American breakfast options you could ask for. They’re known for their “Ted’s Tarts” (an adult version of a pop tart), but no matter what you order, expect a lot of food to come out. It’s one of those places that has you wanting to take a mid-afternoon nap after eating, but you’re not allowed to leave without ordering one of their Mile High Chocolate Pies (or any one of their other delicious desserts)!
If you don’t feel like sitting down….
1. Duck Donuts
I’ve always been more of a savory breakfast person, so that means I’m a huge fan of donuts! My favorite donuts in the area come from Duck Donuts, where you get to watch them dress your donuts by hand shortly after you order. They have multiple locations in the area, but no matter which one you visit, you’ll feel right at home in one of their small mom-and-pop feel shops.
2. Bethesda Bagels
If you’re a fan of cream cheese, you’re going to be a fan of Bethesda Bagels. I’ve officially dubbed them “cream cheese sandwiches”, but all of their bagels are made fresh in store every day. Even if you don’t like cream cheese, they have any combination of bagels and toppings you could imagine! You may be waiting in line at one of their many locations for awhile, but it is always worth it!
3. Astro Donuts & Fried Chicken
The name tells you everything you need to know. Great donuts, great chicken, great combo. They also have a number of chicken biscuits for you to try, but this combination of savory and the sweet is something you don’t want to miss out on.