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The Best Brunches in Eastern Market

Every neighborhood in D.C. has its share of attractions. Tourists and residents alike flock to Capitol Hill for a history lesson on the American government and a delicious meal afterwards. Recently, restaurants have been taking advantage of the Hill’s popularity and have developed brunch spreads that draw visitors for years to come. If you haven’t had a chance to experience the brunch scene in Barracks Row/Eastern Market/Capitol Hill, read on for our favorites in the historic subdivision.

Lavagna Brunch (Again)


Lavanga is a charming spot that does Italian food right. Each visit is better than the last and honestly we’d become unhinged if they ever closed up shop. Marvel in the smoked salmon omelet and sip on classic mimosas in the process. Check out our brunch review here.

Lavagna, 539 8th St SE, Washington, D.C., (202) 546-5006

Medium Rare

We love a restaurant that does one concept right, and Medium Rare deserves credit for nailing steak. Vegetarians will  be happy too with an assortment of options to choose from. Honestly, the only bone we have to pick with the longstanding eatery is their reluctance to divulge the recipe of their secret sauce. Read our brunch review here.

Medium Rare, 515 8th St. SE, Washington, D.C., (202) 601-7136


Belga Café

If you’re craving Nutella crepes, then I suggest you book your next brunch at Belga. The restaurant is modeled after the causal bistros in Brussels, Belgium – and it’s pretty spot on. After stuffing your face with traditional fare, you might be inspired to hop online and book a vacation across the pond. Read what we had to say about brunch here.

Belga Café514 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C., (202) 544-0100

Ted’s Bulletin

We’re all for the movement to bring diners back, and maybe that’s because Ted’s Bulletin does it so well. Behind glass counters you can find homemade Pop Tarts, carrot cake, and other tasty treats. Comfort food is their specialty, and grilled cheese with tomato soup is a must order. Don’t believe us? Perhaps our brunch review will change your mind.

Ted’s Bulletin, 505 8th St SE, Washington D.C., (202) 544-8337


Boxcar Tavern

Sometimes small and cozy brunches seem like a better idea than a large party with a dozen plus in tow. Boxcar Tavern fulfills those requirements and plenty more. The ambiance is wonderful, almost as if you’ve walked right into a London pub. For a dish with a little bit of a kick, we recommend the chili omelet. Read our review here.

Boxcar Tavern, 224 7th St. SE, Washington, D.C., (202) 544-0518



Barrel is a reliable spot with hearty Southern platters, chill vibes, and a bottomless deal that rivals any out there. We’re not saying the shrimp and grits here will change your life, but the value, portions, and ambiance keep the crowds coming back. Read our brunch review ahead of your next visit.

Barrel, 613 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, Washington, D.C., (202) 543-3622

Vinciane Ngomsi

Associate Lifestyle Editor

Vinciane is our Associate Lifestyle Editor, which is a fun way of saying she knows where to find the best plate of nachos in D.C. Food is her love language, and she can prove it by baking you the most delicious coconut crepe cake you've ever eaten. A Kansas City-bred sports writer by day, Vinciane is still on the hunt to find the best BBQ in the DMV area. Her favorite brunch plate is eggs Benedict with a side of candied bacon.

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