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National French Toast Day Guide: DC

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Brunching can be a decadent affair and we think there is no better way to indulge than with a plate of ooey gooey French toast. One of our favorite things about the dish is its variety. Restaurants around town are serving up French toast made with all types of bread, delicious twists on the traditional maple syrup, or stuffed with sinful fillings. Treat yourself with any (or all) of our top French toast picks at these local favorites.


Blue Duck Tavern

If you’re in the mood for a high-end brunch, you should look no further than Blue Duck Tavern. The Oprah-approved restaurant located in the Park Hyatt Washington makes one of the best French toasts (and mimosas) in the city. The divine toast made from French bread is flecked with cinnamon and topped with tons of fresh berries. The dish is finished off with a dusting of powdered sugar and served with warm maple syrup. Read our review here.

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 419-6755



Central is always high on our list of go-to restaurants and they sweetened the deal by recently launching brunch. For $25, you can get three courses and bottomless brunch drinks for another $15. Given the high level of cooking, we think this is one of the best brunch deals around. The standout dish at our most recent visit was the crème brulee French toast. This dish is taken up a notch by bruleeing the top to get a crusted layer that gives way to the indulgent bread served atop a delightfully sweet sauce. Read the review here.

Michel Richard’s Central
1001 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 626-0015

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Copperwood Tavern and Second State

Bitches know that sharing is caring, so an order of the French toast sticks for the table is our way of showing love. These heavenly bites have a perfectly crunchy crust followed by the rich doughiness we all love in standard French toast. All that’s left to do is take advantage of the maple syrup for dunking and enjoy. These French toast sticks are served at Copperwood Tavern and its new sister restaurant, Second State, so you can get your fix whether yourself in the city or the suburbs. Read the review of Copperwood Tavern here and be on the lookout for a review of Second State.

Copperwood Tavern
4021 Campbell Ave.
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 552-8010

Second State
1831 M St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 466-3010

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People may not associate a Jewish deli with brunch, but DGS nails our favorite meal. While the brunch menu features their famous matzo ball soup and Reuben, the real star is their French toast. DGS showcases its Jewish roots by using Challah bread instead of the more traditional options. It is served with fresh berries, toasted almonds, and a sprinkling of powdered sugar. DGS serves the French toast with apple-maple syrup, a delicious twist on the standard maple. If you’re looking to go the bottomless route, DGS offers a fabulous deal of two courses and bottomless drinks for $27. Read the review here.

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DGS Delicatessen
1317 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 293-4400

Medium Rare

This steak frites spot with locations in Cleveland Park and Barracks Row goes beyond their famous entrée at brunch, offering brunch staples of Eggs Benedict, Steak and Eggs, among other things. Although we love everything on the menu, we keep coming back to their out of this world French toast. The restaurant repurposes the addicting bread they serve at dinner by soaking it overnight in custard and deep frying it. It is all topped off with blueberries, strawberries, and a generous dusting of powdered sugar. The French toast is so crave-worthy, co-owner Mark Bucher told us that it is their most popular brunch item. Read the review here and our interview with Mark here.

Medium Rare Barracks Row
515 8th St. S.E.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 601-7136

Medium Rare Cleveland Park
3500 Connecticut Ave N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 237-1432

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