Love it or hate it, this weekend is all about good lovin’ followed by brunch.
It could be lovin’ with your boo at a fancy-schmancy resto Friday night, followed by a morning-after brunch on Saturday.
Or perhaps it’s a girl’s night out with your favorite single friends, followed by, of course, a morning-after brunch fueled by mimosas and stories of the night before.
Or maybe you’re early on in a relationship and didn’t want to take the V-Day Friday-night date plunge, and instead want to plan a romantic-yet-boozy brunch over the weekend (much less pressure, boys).
Whatever your Cupid stitch is: We know you need a solid brunch this weekend. Here are our picks.
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For the Romantic
When romancing, there’s no better atmosphere than a beautiful French restaurant. Table in Shaw (also our 2013 Best Brunch of the Year) is a gorgeous space complete with hand-written menus, French waiters pampering you with attention, and full view of the chef making magic in the open kitchen. Not to mention the great brunch food, including light options like buckwheat crepes, omelettes, great French bread, and of course, delectable desserts. Read our review here.
For the First (or Second) Date
Early on in a courtship, you want to pick restaurants that serve up consistently good food, but aren’t too showy. We’d suggest Boqueria or Birch & Barley for brunch, as both restaurants are delicious, gourmet, but won’t break the bank or give off the impression you’re trying too hard. Plus, the tapas-style brunch menu at Boqueria will spark great conversation over what to share. Read Boqueria and Birch & Barley.
For the Foodie
Lavagna will be coming off an epic Friday night Valentine’s three-course dinner menu, but Saturday morning they will open up their kitchen early to start pouring the mimosas with just as much romance. Brunch at Lavagna is always fresh and the dishes are created with natural, locally sourced ingredients. We love it because it’s also a great boozy bottomless deal on both Saturdays and Sundays. Can’t go wrong there. Read our review here.
For the Cocktail Connoisseur
There are lots of charming, romantic cocktail spots in Columbia Heights that also serve a great brunch. Personally, we adore Maple and Room 11, quaint little restos with spectacular cocktails and delicious cuisine. Plus, the tiny spaces mean cozy conversations and perhaps even some cuddling over brunch. Read Maple and Room 11.
For the Latin Lovers
Fuego Cocina y Tequileria in Clarendon is the perfect brunch spot for your Latin lover. The festive atmosphere, great tequila options, and delicious brunch dishes will get you both in the mood. The restaurant nails Mexican food with class. Try the Latin-style French toast with roasted pineapple, canela, and agave nectar syrup; or the Amor Prohibido with strawberry-infused tequila, triple sec, strawberry puree, lime juice and arbol chilli salt rim. Read our review here.
For the Single Girls’ Brunch
Every girl needs a little chocolate, especially if Valentine’s Day was slightly below expectations. Brunch at Coco Sala serves up chocolate—and cheese—like you need it: coupled with champers. The $34 prix fixe brunch offers the amuse of the day, one main dish (we’ll take the hotcake obsession citrus ricotta pancakes, please), a dessert, and a cocktail. Read our review here.
For the Single Bros’ Brunch
Piola is the perfect place for a no-frills Bro Brunch. It’s super chill, bottomless booze, and bottomless pizza. We loved the Malta pizza and the Bruxelles pizza, too. We also love brunching with our Bros, but we understand if we’re not invited to this one. The service is great, and you can load up on all the carbs you can handle. Just don’t forget to order the Nutella pizza for dessert, boys. Read our review here.
To Drown Your Sorrows
So you kicked him to the curb after Valentine’s Day and you want to celebrate your freedom (or perhaps cry about it, only for a bit) with cocktails. Head to The Rye Bar in Capella for a gorgeous brunch laden with their new anti-Valentine’s cocktail, “My Bitter Valentine.” The “bitterness” of the cocktail is inspired by the luxardo cherry liqueur that is made out of the maraschino cherries, including the seeds. The hum liquor gives the cocktail an added floral aroma. Couple that with their Benny and that’s all you need from Cupid. Read our review here.