From Namita Koppa. Email her at namita[AT]borderstan.com.
Featured image of the bar at The Pig by Luis Gomez Photos. See more photos of the interior of The Pig on Flickr.
EatWell DC’s newest restaurant, The Pig, recently announced their new brunch offering. Beginning Saturday, June 30, you can park a seat and fill up on classic brunch fare with a twist as curly as a pig’s tail at the 14th Street restaurant. (Also, see EatWell’s Newest Venture: The Pig Opens Thursday.)
Featured dishes include a smoked ham Benedict with a buttermilk biscuit, duck egg, and poblano hollandaise; gnocchi & eggs bacon lardon; and huevos tomatillos, complete with eggs, smoked chorizo, lentils, and house cheese on a corn tortilla.
Vegetarians and vegans, don’t fear! The Pig will be offering a garden omelet complete with salad and grilled bread; chickpea hash with eggs and greens; sweet potato pancakes with crème fraiche; and roasted beets salad with chef’s cheese and pomegranate reduction. Vegan options include an heirloom radish salad and fruit salad.
Since opening its doors in mid-May, The Pig has offered up delicious meals featuring every part of our porcine companions. Sourcing fruits and vegetables from EatWell DC’s Natural Farm in La Plata, MD, The Pig’s culinary team receives whole pigs, which they break down in-house.
Ranging from a salad featuring crispy pig ears to an ice cream sundae containing pig’s blood, the menu by Chef Garret Fleming is diverse, creative, and tasty. Also featured are a number of craft beers and cocktails made from small-batch spirits. The Pig is at 1320 14th Street NW, just south of Rhode Island Avenue.
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?
- Darlington House
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.”
- Bar Pilar
- Café Saint-Ex
- Tabard Inn
- Next on Tom’s list: Cork brunch
- 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.”
- Karmer Books & Afterwords Café
- L’Enfant Café
- Dolcezza for a breakfast snack
- Café Saint-Ex
- 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
This post was co-authored by Alejandra Owens and Laura Herman. You can follow them on Twitter at @frijolita and @lmhhabs, respectively. Also check out One Bite At A Time, Alejandra’s personal food and cooking blog.
Mother’s Day is always a popular day to take your special lady out for brunch, but as we well know by now, it’s difficult to get those coveted reservations. If you haven’t already made your phone calls and OpenTable visits, it’s time to get on it.
Make Reservations Now… Right Now
Elite brunching spots like the ones below require some serious planning. But if you can get a table, they’re worth it.