Borderstan Brunch Guide: We Polled the Team for Favorites

by September 9, 2011 at 10:00 am 2,606 2 Comments

HarrisQ, Borderstan Flickr Pool, DC Brunch Guide

Eggs or pancakes with your Mimosa? (HarrisQ from the Borderstan flickr pool)

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things and you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs. Email her at [email protected]

Brunch in D.C. is a thing. A sacred rite. Time to catch up with friends, carb load, share stories of the previous night and maybe have a mimosa or three.

As with most things in D.C., everyone you ask has their own strong opinion(s) about brunch spots. We’re lucky to live in a part of the city with such a dearth of brunch options, but I often find myself either overwhelmed by the choices or stuck in a rut with the same spots.

Borderstan Brunch Guide to the rescue! We polled our entire team (nine responses) for their favorite local spots, which in our humble opinion provides a pretty accurate and detailed guide to brunching in Borderstan. Which establishments got more than one mention?

  • Cafe Saint-Ex (4)
  • Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (3)
  • Bar Pilar (2)
  • Commissary (2)
  • Darlington House (2)
  • Scion (2)

Now just one question remains: Do you order eggs or go for pancakes?

Michelle B

  • Darlington House
  • Scion

Ashley L

  • Open City (technically outside of “Borderstan” but it’s good so we’ll let this one in).
  • The Diner (same thing — not too far away in AdMo).
  • Busboys and Poets
  • Birch and Barley (“very savory” says Ashley).

Mike K

  • Cafe Saint-Ex
  • Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: “A classic.”
  • Commissary: Mike thinks its well-priced, delicious AND he’s a big fan of their sustainable practices.
  • Bonus: he’ll also leave the ‘hood for his favorite brunch in town at Georgia Brown’s.

Michelle L

  • Urbana: “Urbana’s prices for food are extremely reasonable, the food is delicious, and it’s one of the broadest menus (eggs bennie and frittatas to sweet and savory pizzas to waffles and pancakes and italian sausage and oysters) I’ve seen around. That’s all a rationalization, though — the $16 bottomless build your own bellini with actually tasty-on-its-own champagne bottles deposited on your table combined with your choice of about seven different fresh fruit purees… that’s the stuff Sunday dreams are made of.”
  • Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe
  • Bar Pilar: “A no brainer — the food is great, the ambience is great and its hands down the best bloody mary I’ve had in our hood.”

Khelan B

  • Vinoteca
  • Crème
  • Bar Pilar
  • Scion

Tom H

  • Café Saint-Ex
  • Tabard Inn
  • Next on Tom’s list: Cork brunch

Matty R

  • Florida Avenue Grill (recently profiled by Alejandra) because “They have biscuits and sausage gravy on the menu!”
  • Café Saint-Ex: “The food is simply very good and so are the Bloody Marys.”
  • Commissary: “Great prices and healthy choices on the menu.”
  • Darlington House: “A good choice on Connecticut Avenue.”
  • Annie’s Paramount Steak House: “You want meat? Here it is.”

Alejandra O

  • Karmer Books & Afterwords Café
  • L’Enfant Café
  • Dolcezza for a breakfast snack
  • Café Saint-Ex

Laura H

  • Mandu: “Really, words can’t even express how much I love Mandu. At  any time any for any occasion. But particularly for brunch. It’s out of control good.”
  • New Orleans Cafe “My newest brunch obsession. Good when you need something slightly greasy.”
  • Birch and Barley “Good for out of town visitors.”
  • Cafe Dupont


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