Adams Morgan used to be the talk of the town for leisure. Everyone wanted to flock there for food, drink, and more drink. Patrons have been flocking elsewhere in the past several years, like NOMA, 14th Street, and Bloomingdale to name a few. Now, establishments old and new are upping the brunch game. Admo is back, baby.
Named one of the top new restaurants in America, Elle makes you feel like you’ve been invited to your grandma’s house for bagels and lox, but when you arrive you realize you’re surrounded by beautifully hip people with impeccable taste in cocktails and trendy toast creations. Retro is in. Read the review, here.
Elle, 3221 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 652-0040
There’s a reason that Mola earned back-to-back mentions on D.C.’s Bib Gourmand list, and we would be remiss if we did not salute Micky, Erin, and their supportive team of female superstars. Their tapas-style brunch is elegant, tasteful, and is the perfect time brunch to enjoy a classy cocktail or glass of wine. Read the review, here.
Mola, 3155 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 849-3247
Chef Alex McCoy knows his way around a burger. So his latest burger-centric venture, Lucky Buns, was sure to be no different. Lucky Buns offers another casual, affordable joint for people to flock to. Definitely hit up the patio if you can and order the San Miguel Bloom Shandy. Read the review, here.
Lucky Buns, 2000 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 506-1713
Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters in The Line Hotel turned a lobby into a cocktail bar with lounge seating and a full set of appetizers, entrées, and killer desserts. Everything at The Line Hotel is slightly unconventional. Their unique pastry and beverage program kick everything up a notch to make a fun, trendy, boutique brunching experience. Read our review of the afternoon tea, here.
Brothers and Sisters, 1770 Euclid St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 588-0525
Tail Up Goat
Tail Up Goat is your neighborhood restaurant turned imperative D.C. destination. Jon Sybert, Jill Tyler, and Bill Jensen are the trio responsible for the gorgeous nautical atmosphere, the fresh Mediterranean-inspired small plates, and a vibe that feels like home. Read the review here.
Tail Up Goat, 1827 Adams Mill Rd NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 652-0040
Award-winning chef Spike Gjerde of Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen has designed a mid-Atlantic menu inspired by the bounty of the coast. The restaurant occupies the top floor of the lobby at The Line Hotel, encircling the bustling shared space below and surrounded by hauntingly beautiful stained glass windows. Read the review here.
Rake’s Progress, 1770 Euclid St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 588-0525
Brunch at Southern Hospitality is comforting and nostalgic. This large restaurant is known for its homestyle Southern goods and delivers on the hospitality. The beverage prices and ambiance make it worth a visit. Read the review, here.
Southern Hospitality, 1815 Adams Mill Road NW Washington, D.C. (202) 588-0411
Steak frites, sausage hash, bacon, and home fries are our best friends on hungover and ravenous mornings alike. On such mornings, we know we can rely on D.C.’s bistros for big burgers with boundless accouterments. Mintwood Place could see right through our poised personas and into our imaginary floating thought bubble. Read the review, here.
Mintwood Place, 1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, D.C.
Tryst is the unique anti-cookie cutter coffee shop ambiance with phenomenal coffee, a wide menu of coffee, tea, and espresso creations, and affordable prices. Oh, and they give you animal crackers to dip in your coffee. Read the review, here.
Tryst, 2459 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 232-5500
Smoke and Barrel
Smoke and Barrel is a gal’s hangover dream. It’s at a bar where you would typically go for rare breeds of bourbon. Instead, you can soak up the sickness with a barbecue buffet that rivals most. Read the review, here.
Smoke and Barrel, 2471 18th St NW Washington, D.C. (202) 319-9353
Bar Charley has a chill space and vibe, really reliable food, and a hard-to-beat bottomless deal. The English basement restaurant is cozy and busy on a rainy day, but the patio is even more fun on a sunny day. Read the review, here.
Bar Charley, 1825 18th St. NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 627-2183