The Bitches’ 2010 Best Brunch Bites

There’s a reason Cori Sue ran a marathon and Becca chain-smoked half of the year: We ate our way through 2010 (hey, we all keep our weight in check in different ways. Don’t judge). In our second “look-back-at-2010″ post, we give you the Best Bites we found at brunches around Washington, D.C. this year.

Donuts: It’s a tie between the huge, sugar-coated monstrosities with whipped cream at Tabard Inn and the delicious donut holes with three dipping sauces at Founding Farmers (review coming tomorrow).

French toast: Granville Moore’s. Labeled as “French Toast sticks,” we envisioned the frozen kind from the fifth grade. Instead came enormous slices of thick bread, coated in sweet sticky eggy goodness, and topped with whipped cream, fresh strawberries, and a maple cinnamon butter concoction straight from heaven.

Pancakes: Bar Pilar. Each pancake is filled to the brim with a different berry – raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry – and cooked perfectly throughout. (We hate it when stuffed pancakes have mushy spots). Pancake perfection, and meets our price preference of less than $10.

Crepes: Napoleon. The service at this French bistro may be awful (coincidence?), but, the fact remains, if you want great crepes, you head to Napoleon.

Eggs Benedict: Brasserie Beck. The most colorful of Bennies we’ve had, the perfectly poached egg came with goat cheese, crispy Serrano ham, and delicious Hollandaise sauce. Review coming later this week.

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Eggs Chesapeake: Ulah Bistro wins with a traditional and reliable Eggs Chesapeake: English muffin, real jumbo crab cakes, a perfectly poached egg, and great Hollandaise.

Smoothies: We love the enormous fruit smoothies at Peacock Cafe on a hot summer day.

Fruit plate: J & G Steakhouse. A huge plate laden with a rainbow of fresh and flavorful fruit, we die.

Omelet: The Egg White Omelet at Cafe Saint-Ex. While the selection varies, on our visit the omelet was Mediterranean style- feta, olives, tomatoes, and spinach- with a side of mixed greens. The dish was fresh, full of flavor, and slime-free with a light, fluffy consistency like that of a frittata.

Fries: Granville Moore’s. They’re delicious because they’re twice fried and covered in herbs and spices. Then, dunk them into one of five gourmet dipping sauces: roasted garlic-horseradish sauce, chipotle mayo, curried ketchup, dijonnaise, and our fave, truffle aioli.

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Mimosa: Acadiana. The blood orange mimosa is both TDF (read: to-die-for) and cheap: only $2 a piece with the prix fixe.

Bloody Mary: Since we’re not big BM drinkers (bring on the mimosas), we took a poll of our Bitches and found a tie between Ulah Bistro and Commonwealth in Columbia Heights.

Meat-lovers dish: No steak knife needed for the tenderloin Benedict at Masa 14, the meat was so tender. It’s served on kimchi pancake with poached egg and green chile hollandaise. Good God that thing is good.

Chicken and Waffles: The chicken at Marvin was crispy and not greasy. And the waffle was toasted to perfection and not soggy from the chicken perched on it. It really is a perfect mix, only made better by the sweet syrup that balances the savory chicken.

Breakfast Sandwich: The winners of our most innovative menu, Birch and Barley, take the cake for best breakfast sandwich, hands-down. (One bite of the soft, cheesy biscuit explains why). The bagelwich at Vinoteca is also pretty damn good.

Grits: Scoop your grits by the bucketfull from the amazing Southern buffet at Georgia Brown’s. They come served in a skillet and taste so delicious.

Pizza: The wood-fired pies at Red Rocks Pizzeria win first place with thin, crispy crust and house-cured meats and cheeses. Plus, they have breakfast pizzas, combining two of the Bitches’ favorite things.

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Dessert: It’s no surprise that the chocolate lounge and boutique CoCo Sala boasts the best desserts. The S’mores Creme Brulee combines two of my favorites seamlessly into a delicious concoction that further tempts the tastebuds with each bite. The molten chocolate cake at J&G Steakhouse comes in a close second.

Gelato: Red Rocks Pizzeria. All Becca wanted for Christmas was an unlimited supply of Red Rocks gelato. It wasn’t under the tree. WTF, Santa?

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Comments

  • Joanna says:

    The Bloody Mary was pretty good at CommonWealth. I’ll have to try Ulah’s. Also, where NOT to try a BM would be helpful tips :).

  • ElaeudanlaTéitéia says:

    As a french girl, I can tell you that Montmatre (Eastern Market) is actually one of the best if you want to try real and great French cuisine, especially crepes. I found the ones from Napoleon were not so great. Plus, their chocolate cake was definitely not homemade! I’m not sure either that Napoleon is run by French people, contrary to Montmartre…

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